Help Building a Gaming pc for around £400 ($600)

Hi =)

I'm looking to build a gaming pc within the next few months (will probably do a bit more saving for it first)
I'd prefer it to have a pretty fast processor and to be reasonably quiet. It will be used mostly for gaming but i do tend to like to have several programmes open at once, something which my poor 5 year old computer is struggling with nowadays ^_^.
I dont need a monitor but if anyone has some reccomendations they would be very welcome since mine is quite small, but its not something im desperate for. I have a nvidia 9800 gt graphics card i can take out of my current pc, but again any good reccomendations are welcome. I would like it to have windows 7, and as i live in the uk would prefer uk based websites and such so i dont have to pay huge amounts for postage.
And also a decent sized hard drive since WoW takes up a fair bit and i like to watch movies and such. Not in need of keyboard or anything like that.

Any help would be great, since im not sure where to start really. :)
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  1. Hey man, I'm fairly new here too, but I suggest you follow this template when asking for build advice:

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

    PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

    OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)


    And you should take a look at this thread.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Good luck.
  2. I'd be glad to help out. Atm I've got some ideas for a build, but I'd like to wait until the info is arranged a bit more concisely.
  3. @mfb236, i think my post does have that info in there since i did read that thread, although didn't think that it was a suggested format to set it out.
    And thanks a lot silvune i look foward to seeing your idea =)
  4. We usually prefer that format as it gives us a greater chance of receiving all the basic info that we need to suggest systems, and to be able to refer to it at a glance when figuring out what components are needed.
    Anyway, here is my suggestion
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 £100
    Mobo: MSI 770-C45 AMD 770 AM3 £47
    RAM: Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V £85
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB £40
    Sata DVD Drive £20
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W £58
    Case: Antec 300 £42

    GPU: Recycle the 9800 GT for now, and then get one of these when you have enough/more money HIS HD 5770 £120

    Total: £402, with GPU £522

    The above system isn't capable of crossfiring because the mobo doesnt have enough PCI-E slots, so if you do want to crossfire then change to this motherboard:
    Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO 790X AM3 £87

    Which would take the total to £442, & £562 with GPU. If you wanted to keep the crossfire capable system closer to £400 then change the processor to this:
    CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 435 £65
    Also if you're not crossfiring then you can safely change down to a 500W PSU, however at most you are likely to save £10; so not really worth bothering about.
    I'd say that decent gaming monitors could be bought at around £150.

    Just remembered that Windows 7 is needed, that is around £75. So save up to at least £500 without changing any of these other suggested components.
  5. Thats awesome thanks a lot =)
  6. oh god dont go MSI please
  7. Why not?
  8. Dude msi makes great stuff.
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