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

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January 29, 2010 11:56:04 AM

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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January 29, 2010 12:00:33 PM

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.:, -- 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.

Good luck.
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January 29, 2010 1:38:03 PM

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.
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January 29, 2010 4:37:19 PM

@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 =)
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January 29, 2010 7:03:47 PM

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.
January 29, 2010 9:31:46 PM

Thats awesome thanks a lot =)
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January 29, 2010 11:15:15 PM

oh god dont go MSI please
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January 29, 2010 11:20:58 PM

Why not?
January 31, 2010 1:36:54 AM

Dude msi makes great stuff.