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Need to build gamming rig for under £500 can it be done?

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January 18, 2010 11:21:27 AM

Hi i need to replace my antiquated NF7 based system with something more up to date.
Ive got £500 to spend on:
CPU
RAM
Motherboard
Graphics card
Power suply

Is it possible to run the latest games on this budget? Surly it must as my current system is running games like Crysis and Dragon Age quite well.

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January 18, 2010 11:38:42 AM

What's your resolution? If it's 1900x, then you probably won't be able to run Crysis and DA on high quality. Also, why do you need a new computer if your current one is running the new games just fine.

You proably don't need a PSU. What one do you already have?

I'm not in the UK, so I can't give you an exact build, but I can give you what to look for.

First, this may be over budget, but give it a shot:

CPU: i5-750
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro
RAM: Cheapest 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 kit you can find.
GPU: HD 5770
PSU: OCZ makes a cheap unit, but it's still good quality. You'll need at least 450W. Also check the prices for Corsiar, Seasonic, Antec Earthwatts and FSP. These are all quality units, but prices may vary.

Second, this one should be under budget:

CPU: Phenom II X4 955
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO
RAM: same as above
GPU: HD 5770 (or if it fits, the HD 5850)
PSU: same as above
January 18, 2010 11:54:59 AM

Thanks for your advice. My resolution is 1400X900 (19") i think. I cant check as my PC has crapped out. Which is why I need a new pc. Its either the mainboard or the power suply thats gone.

I managed to price up everthing on the second list it came in at £480 odd.
Can you give an alternate motherboard for the first list?

Thanks.
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January 18, 2010 12:05:40 PM

EVGA P55 LE 123-LF-E653-KR. It should be a little cheaper.

What's in the old PC? It might be easier/cheaper to buy some replacement parts than essentially building a new one. I would also find some way to test what's failed. So I would borrow somebody's computer (with the same socket for the CPU) for a day or so and do some testing.
January 18, 2010 12:18:47 PM

Its got NF7, Mobile Athlon @ 200x12, 1.5gb DDR @ 200, 2600XT 256mb agp.

It went when i had to switch off at the mains after a crash. It will boot althe way to the login screen but there is no power to the mouse or keyboard. Thats why i suspect the power supply or main board. ive ordered a new (350w) psu to test it.

Any idea if ill be able to run XP on this new system i HATE vista?
January 18, 2010 12:53:50 PM

You'll be able to run XP. That's not really an issue, just make sure its a 64-bit OS.

I highly recommend Windows 7. I hated Vista, but I love 7. 7 is everything Vista was supposed to be. After the fact, I consider Vista to be the first Windows 7 beta...
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