£450 Gaming PC

Hi there,

I'm currently making a build for my friend, and what he want's is a gaming pc, as good as he can get it for £450, however his main purpose is to play portal 2, a game being released at the start of 2010, so my first question is that is it worth me building the system without a graphics card, and they near when the game comes out, to buy one, in the hope that in a couple of months the card i could buy then would be much cheaper.

So effectively, this pc is a £325-£350 pc without a graphics card.

Also, i'm UK based, so ebuyer is preferred, as well as overclockers.uk

This is what i have so far;

Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172779

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1 GHz - Socket AM3 1.5 MB cache Retail Box Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/235421

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.65V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173122

Asus M4A87TD/USB3 870 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/206152

Corsair 650W TX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 80+% Efficiency, Single +12V Rail
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135514

OR

Corsair 500W CX PSU - 5x SATA 2x PCI-Express
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/240999

My next question is that would a corsair 500w run the above system, with around a GTX 460 in it, or most things around that price point. I won't be overclocking/small amounts.

Thanks in advance,
Joe.
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  1. I'm also currently looking into this;

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-079-GW&utm_source=froogle

    as it would just about fit into the budget now.

    And I forgot to say earlier, although not always possible with games, the monitors resolution is 1920x1080.
  2. the cx500 is good enough, if you think its too risky you could always spend £10 more and get the cx600.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241000

    that 4870 is a very good deal. it uses around the same amount of power as a gtx460. you could invest about £20-25 more and get the 5770, it has similar performance to the 4870 but uses less power and has directx11. saying that the gtx 460 768mb version is only around £10-15 more then the 5770 and has better performance then a 4870.
  3. If u want to build a workable rig w/o discrete then hit an IGP chipset like 760G/785G/880G.....
  4. I've cut a few corners and raised the budget to 500, and came up with this, please tell me what you think;

    Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172779

    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1 GHz - Socket AM3 1.5 MB cache Retail Box Processor
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/235421

    Kingston 2GB (2x1GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Blu Memory Kit CL9 1.5V Non-ECC Unbuffered
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/234969

    Gigabyte GA-770T-D3L AMD 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238971

    Corsair 600W CX PSU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241000

    Gigabyte GTX 460 OC 768MB GDDR5 OC Edition Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card With H.A.W.X. 2 Game Voucher
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/232974
  5. its only slightly cheaper but you could get a single 2gb ddr3 corsair ram for £29.99

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178942

    you could save £10 by getting this asus gtx 460 768mb directcu from scan.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/768mb-asus-gtx-460-top-3680mhz-gddr5-gpu-700mhz-shader-clock-1400mhz-336-cores-2xdl-dvi-mhdmi
  6. Hi there,

    I had seen that RAM but I though that I would lose out of the dual channel aspect of having 2x1.

    And I went for that particular model of GTX 460 as I have the 1GB version and it runs about 25 degrees on idle.

    Thanks for your input.
  7. Just a quick update to what I think is what I will be buying, if you could just check it over, make sure I haven't made any mistakes.

    Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172779

    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1 GHz - Socket AM3 1.5 MB cache Retail Box Processor
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/235421

    Corsair 600W CX PSU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241000

    Gigabyte GTX 460 OC 768MB GDDR5 OC Edition Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card With H.A.W.X. 2 Game Voucher
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/232974

    Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176026

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791

    Plexus Serial ATA 2.0 SATA 7-pin Cable (Red) 61cm / 24"
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151962

    ASROCK M3A770DE 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174597

    Crucial 2GB DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory CL9 1.5V - X2
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159919

    Comes just under 500 pounds.
  8. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189741 maybe an option instead of the 460 but a nice looking build there :) I was going to suggest the AsRock m3a770de, but you already made that swap hehe :)
    Moto
  9. everything seems fine. you are going to add another 2gb ram later right? 2gb on a 64bit OS is pretty much the minimum.

    theres currently a sale on so i would go for these corsair ddr3 ram instead and save you a few quid.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178942
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