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May 19, 2010 3:43:28 PM

Ok i'm new to tomshardware, so first of all hi!

My question is what parts should i use to create a £700 gaming pc.(DON'T FORGET IT'S ACTUALLY £660 AFTER BUYING THE OPERATING SYSTEM)

First of all that has to include the operating system, but i have already found that for £40(windows 7 proffesional 64 bit-i can get it cheap as i am a student)

Secondly my monitors max resolution is 1440*900.

The sort of gaming PC i want is something powerful which has good fps in most games if not all of them, the sort of games i want to play are crysis, team fortress 2, just cause 2 and bad company 2.

Also i am not too bothered about what type of cpu (intel or Amd) i get as long as it plays the games mentioned at a good fps.

As well as this i would like a case that fits most if not all graphics cards, so i can upgrade my GPU (if needed) at a later date without having to change the case.

Lastly i am willing to go slightly over my budget if there is something really worth doing and important for a gaming pc build.

Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2010 4:40:45 PM

AMD Athlon II X3 440
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191955 £66

ASUS M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/206150 £82
This motherboard is not capable of crossfire, you could probably get one if you wanted.

Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179278 £92

Sapphire HD 5850
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/199655 £250
There should be some 5850s available that are less expensive than this, which would help to keep you in budget.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804 £61
Or Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158798 £60
You could also save £20 if you only wanted a 500GB HDD. The 500GB versions of either of those would be my recommendation.

XFX 650W XXX Edition 80plus Silver Modular
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191826 £78
Will easily be able to handle any single high end graphics card.

Antec 300
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854 £43
The de facto budget case suggestion. It has space for three more fans. This will be able to fit a 5870 which is the second longest graphics card available atm.
(This is a case someone else wanted in their build, and I think it is quite good, also has room for a 5870: Xigamatek Utgard £65.)

SATA DVD Drive ~£15

Total: £687 (with 500GB this would be £664).

My recommendation now is to find cheaper versions of the graphics card and they buy everything (or it's equivalent) from that site and hopefully that will bring you under budget. Lately it seems like Overclock.co.uk is the best site to check out for low prices: http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/Gigabyte-ATI-Radeon-... £225
May 19, 2010 5:06:55 PM

Thank you very much! going to look for some cheaper prices to get the price down then im set!
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a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2010 5:16:43 PM

I just built this:
1 x CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Cooler LGA775/1156/AM2/AM3 £15.50
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English £64.24
1 x Sumvision PowerX2 700W PSU - 2x SATA 1x PCI-Express £19.99
1 x Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU £25.45
4 x 120mm Black Case Fan - 4 pin connector 63281 Invoiced Track £1.26 £5.04
1 x HKC 21.6"Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920x1080 5000:1 2ms Speakers - Black - 3 Year Warranty £93.60
1 x Asrock 880G Extreme3 Socket AM3 DVI VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £75.39
1 x Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Thermal paste 3.5gram £4.84
1 x AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 Retail Boxed Processor £60.19
1 x OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10666 Platinum i5 Memory Kit 1.65V CL7(7-7-7-20) £87.62
1 x Black Multimedia Keyboard - USB/PS2 Connection - UK Layout £3.07
1 x LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA - OEM Black £11.48
2 x Western Digital WD5000AADS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM Caviar Green £34.08 £68.16
Prices don't include VAT so total was £628.18
as you can see there is not graphics card as I already have an Radeon 4890 but if you are keeping your monitor and saving £40 on Win 7 it will come in at around £480inc leaving £230 to buy graphics cards either
2 x Radeon 4870s for 93.99 each from aria.co.uk to run in crossfire
2 x Radeon 5770s for 115.99 each
£5 over a 5850 234.99
I am running the 2 hard drives in RAID 0 and have unlocked an extra 2 cores on the processor and got it up to a stable 3.5GHz
So in summary you can have a 4 core 3.5GHz (not guaranteed) PC running 2 1Gb high end graphics cards all in buget. If you don't want to overclock the Athlon x 3 on a cheaper motherboard may be a better option and spend the save on even better graphics or a few pints.
May 19, 2010 5:45:29 PM

Just looked all this up on the internet and found some cheaper prices. But i just wanted to make sure everything will be OK, will the ram definetly work with my motherboard and will i get a bottleneck or anything like that? (i don't know anything about bottlenecks, so i just wanted to make sure i won't get it)
May 19, 2010 8:08:55 PM

AMD 955 - £128
Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 DDR3 - £101
Samsung Spinpoint - £38
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz - £100
Xclio 3060 PLUS Black Silver Midi Tower Case - £25.24
OcUK 650W Dual-Rail High Efficiency Power Supply - £42
Samsung Dual Layer DVD drive - £14.71
Total: About £448, plus £40 for OS that is £488. That leaves £212 for a GPU, possibly a 5850 if you look around.

All the parts are from www.scan.co.uk except memory and PSU which were from Overclockers.co.uk

The first thing people will critique about the build will be the PSU - it is not a proper well known brand of PSU and most will steer away from this. I won't deny you take a risk with unknown PSUs, but I thought I would put a cheap one in for you to see what you can get ith your budget. Ideally though, search for an Antec or Silverstone type PSU and pay the extra money.

If you go with a better PSU and cannot afford the 5850 then look to get the 5770 (£130), at your resolution to be honest it will be fine. Until you get a bigger monitor the 5850 is likely uneccessary. So a 5770 plus a better PSU will probably be best choice if you don't plan on getting a new monitor anytime soon. You could then also afford the case Silvune suggested as mine was just a cheap one with a nice big fan for cooling
May 19, 2010 9:01:24 PM

I would prefer to have a good gpu from the start, and i will upgrade my cpu later to the 955 probably so i think im going to go with what Silvune suggested. Thanks you to all of you for your fast responses!
May 19, 2010 9:22:20 PM

Fair enough, its just until you get a decent monitor the 5770 will play all your games at high settings easily, replacing a CPU is more hassle than replacing a GPU and as the 5770 will give you everything you need at your resolution I figure getting the CPU and good mobo from the start. Not to mention by the time you actually need a 5850 it will be readilly available and better priced
a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2010 11:35:07 PM

matt101 said:
Just looked all this up on the internet and found some cheaper prices. But i just wanted to make sure everything will be OK, will the ram definetly work with my motherboard and will i get a bottleneck or anything like that? (i don't know anything about bottlenecks, so i just wanted to make sure i won't get it)

Assuming you are asking this about my suggestion I ordered this ram as it is recommended by Asrock as being suitable for the motherboard (though OCZ say its for i3 & i5 systems) and also I have this running fine in front of me now.
a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2010 11:52:46 PM

You'd have to be pretty unlucky for RAM of the correct type and speed to not work with a 'compatible' motherboard.
May 20, 2010 3:09:25 PM

What i meant was in the build you selected for me (Silvune), will the ram definetly be compatible with the motherboard as i looked at the supported ram list for that motherboard and that ram is not on there. And also would i get a bottleneck on the build u selected (silvune still) i don't know much about bottlenecks so i just want to make sure.

Thanks
a b 4 Gaming
May 20, 2010 4:17:17 PM

No there shouldn't be any bottlenecks. And the supported RAM list is only made up of memory modules that the board makers actually bothered to test; they don't test them all. So I would definitely say that almost any RAM of the correct speed and other specs would run perfectly fine on that mobo.
a b 4 Gaming
May 20, 2010 4:39:12 PM

No, that's nothing to worry about. The 5V rail is hardly used in modern systems, certainly not to the extent that it caused that rail to go out of spec.
May 20, 2010 5:33:30 PM

OK, i have another question- does it matter which sata cable i get or are these the same?

link 1: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/43cm-Scan-Serial-ATA-Cab...
link 2: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/45cm-Akasa-AK-CB053-SATA...

Also will the chosen cable be compatible with the 500gb version of the samsung f3?
link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252

I just looked on ebuyer and the hd5850 is now out of stock- how long do they usually take to restock?

And lastly what sata dvd drive would you reccomend?- all i want is something that will perform really well while gaming and thats it

May 20, 2010 6:03:21 PM

Anything is fine for DVD drive, I think there is a £15 dual layer DVD drive you can get from Scan.

Motherboards tend to come with a couple of Sata cables so you shouldn't need any extras unless you have more than one DVD drive and HDD.

The 5850 is regularly out of stock and who knows when they will return. The only ones round now tend to be expensive.

Due to your monitor and the unavailability of the 5850s I would seriously consider going with the better mobo and CPU and getting the 5770. That way, in future you can XFire another 5770 if you like (assuming you eventually get a new monitor) if you don't fancy selling the card and getting a better one (2 x 5770s are highly rated).

I usually always tell people to save the money and get the better GPU, sacrificing CPU power for a better GPU is usually the best idea, but again, due to the resolution you play at, the 5850 will be very excessive, the 5770 wont even start to struggle on games under 1920 x 1080 resolution
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