£300-£400 Gaming PC

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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  1. 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.
  2. Wow, this is awesome. Thanks a lot, I'll look into these. :D
  3. 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!
  4. Yea I would reckon it could do medium settings with a decent framerate.
  5. [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
  6. 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
  7. or if you dont care bout dx11 get a 4850 brand new on ebay at the min £65 including postage total £274
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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 :)
  11. TG for that, which one are you going to change?
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