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New budget gaming pc £650

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August 14, 2010 6:01:02 PM

Hi there,
I'm looking to purchase a new pc specifically for gaming for no more than £650.
I'd be looking to play games on max/high settings (battlefield bad company 2, dirt 2, sims 3 etc)

What would you suggest?

Many thanks Elliot

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August 14, 2010 6:17:36 PM

I've already been quoted a price for a custom built pc at a local computer shop, they suggested for £665:

AMD ATHLON II X4 Quad Core 635 2.9G
Manufacturer Supplied Cooler
AM3 DDR3 X-fire - ASUS M4A77TD PRO
1000Gb SATA Hard Drive
768Mb GTX460 PCI Express Nvidia DDR
4Gb DDR3 (2x2GB) 1333 Cougar Extrem
Elite 330 Black/Silver Midi Case No Psu
Powercool 650W High Efficiency Black P
Windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
DVD+/- RW - 20X Samsung Lightscribe
Integrated Sound Card

And another option £600:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD USB3
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (4x 2GB)
Hard Drives: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Case: Xigmatek Asgard

What do you think is the best option? I would preferably like the option to add another graphics card which the motherboard on the second quote doesn't allow.

Also is a 64bit OP needed?

a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2010 6:23:57 PM

Off EBuyer UK ^^
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August 15, 2010 1:08:56 PM

I see that you've added a xfx 5850 1gb. Do you think this is much better than a GTX 460 1gb??

I myself have made some changes to the system, could you just check that everything would work together?
Im a bit unsure on the motherboard, I would ideally like it to support SLI for two GTX 460 1gb in the future, would my motherboard and PSU allow this?

a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2010 2:39:17 PM

Nope with your budget a SLI capable mobo and PSU alone will compromise other parts hence the reason i went for the slightly better HD 5850 and a single GPU set up ^^ At the rate tech moves, just upgrade to the next gen bang for buck GPU for the games of tomorrow :p  Just look how Metro 2033 made seemingly decent GPUs look today hehe
August 15, 2010 3:26:19 PM

Thanks for your advice im considering your setup now but would also need windows 7 OS preferably 64bit. If I where to buy windows 7 as well, it would take me up to around £710 which is out of my price range.

What would you suggest I cut back on?

Thanks again
August 15, 2010 3:40:26 PM

Thanks so much for your time, sorry for all the questions it'll be my first system build so rarther new to it.
How does the GTX 460 and the HD 5850 compare? If I went for the GTX 460 would that mean I would have to change the MOBO you suggested?

And what about this PSU:

Thanks Elliot
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2010 3:47:45 PM

Nope no worries about Nvidia and AMD not playing nice :p 
The 1GB version of GTX 460 is nipping on the heels of a HD 5850
Ouch minus 10 to CIT PSUs
In Europe u are lucky to have Be Quiet as they make very decent PSUs in the 80+ line but i wouldn't cut back to a CIT @@