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May 3, 2010 11:09:15 PM

Hey guys, I'm looking to build a decent gaming PC and my budget caps at around £400.
I've done quite a lot of research, but ultimately it's best to ask people who know what's going on right now and have experience.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week or next week.

BUDGET RANGE: £300-£400.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and surfing the next primarily. So long as it can run new games on mid settings, I'm happy.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS. I can upgrade this stuff at a later time.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Whoever's the cheapest and most reliable. I have no past experience.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've heard Intel and Biostar are good, but no real preference.

OVERCLOCKING: It's appealing, but I need to do more research. Possibly.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Would be great, but I can always go single and upgrade later.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x768 - 1920x1080. Monitor is 16:9 with 1920x1080 max.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not too bothered about how it looks. As future proofed as possible.

Overall, although I'd obviously prefer to be running new games at mid-high settings, I can settle for low if it goes over budget.

Thanks a lot for any help :D 

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a b 4 Gaming
May 4, 2010 12:15:02 AM

CPU: Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz Socket AM3 £60
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176043

Mobo: ASUS M4A77 AMD 770 Socket AM3 £56
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190979


RAM: Kingston DDR3 2GB 1333MHz i5 Memory Module CL9 1.5V £45
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147903
- Will be easy and cheapish to add another stick of this later.

GPU: XFX HD 5750 XXX 1GB £103
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190258
- Will not be able to deal with the highest settings at 1080.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB £37
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860

PSU: Be Quiet 530 Pure Power £45
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190751

Case: Xigamatek Asgard £31
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179016

Optical: LG GH22NS50 22x SATA DVD±RW £14
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169683

Total: £391

That's the best I could do.
May 4, 2010 12:33:50 AM

Wow, this is awesome. Thanks a lot, I'll look into these. :D 
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May 4, 2010 12:55:16 AM

Okay, so from the reviews I've read, this rig will be able to run most games at at least medium settings, right?
Thanks again for your help!
a b 4 Gaming
May 4, 2010 1:15:41 PM

Yea I would reckon it could do medium settings with a decent framerate.
May 4, 2010 10:20:40 PM

[ALL FROM EBUYER :TOTAL £275

Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache

Compucase Z-Power 550W PSU - 12cm Fan 20+4pin 1x SATA


Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6GHz Socket 775 800FSB 2MB L2 Cache


Asus P5KPL-AM EPU iG31 Socket 775 onboard VGA 6 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard


Casecom KB-5510 Black/Silver Blue LED Mid Tower Case - No PSU


XFX HD 5750 XXX 512MB DDR5 DUAL DVI DISPLAYPORT HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card

Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM

this is what i should have built lol! but this should play every thing no problem on medium settings but you will need to overclock the cpu to alteast 3ghz stock cooling will be 100% very very easy to do hope this helped
May 4, 2010 10:24:35 PM

SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT! I FORGOT THE RAM I ALWAYS FORGET THE RAM



Crucial 2GB DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6


NEW TOTAL COST £312

May 4, 2010 10:38:13 PM

or if you dont care bout dx11 get a 4850 brand new on ebay at the min £65 including postage total £274
May 4, 2010 10:52:43 PM

sorry for all the new posts i just keep thinking of things if you went for the 4850 you could put these fans in that case then it would keep every thing nice in cool +be alot quieter than the stock fan+a zalman cpu cooler alot better that a stock one for close to my original price total £317

FractalDesign - 80mm Silent Series Cooling Fan x2

FractalDesign - 120mm Silent Series Cooling Fan x1


Zalman CNPS7500-CU LED Socket 478, 775, AM2, 754, 939 & 940 CPU Cooler
a b 4 Gaming
May 4, 2010 11:24:40 PM

I just realized I made a mistake, hopefully you haven't ordered anything yet, especially either the motherboard or the RAM as they are not compatible. You will either need to get DDR2 memory or change motherboard.
Really sorry if you've bought this stuff already.
May 6, 2010 7:26:34 AM

Silvune said:
I just realized I made a mistake, hopefully you haven't ordered anything yet, especially either the motherboard or the RAM as they are not compatible. You will either need to get DDR2 memory or change motherboard.
Really sorry if you've bought this stuff already.


Hey, no problem. A friend pointed that out actually, so it's all good.
Going to be ordering the parts in the next couple of days, so excited!

Thanks so much for the help from both of you!
Rich :) 
a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2010 4:26:03 PM

TG for that, which one are you going to change?
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