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Budget Gaming PC £300 cheaper the better

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December 28, 2009 12:46:17 AM

Greetings Tom's Hardware Community!

I looking at building a new super budget gaming PC the only requirements are being able to run Left4Dead 2 at Medium-High detail and Stable as possible. At the moment I run a HP dv4 laptop that runs l4d2 at a average of 30fps on low detail so I think most builds will make a big difference.

I have preferences towards Nvidia/Intel but would go to ATI and AMD If I get better bang for the buck(or pound in this instance).

So far this is what I have: ---Prices from

Price: £36.27

LG GH22NP20 AUAU50B 22x DVDRW (IDE) Bare Black Inc Software
Price: £19.74

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAII 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM
Price: £40.30

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L Motherboard Intel Core 2 Extreme Socket 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Gigabit Ethernet (GA-G31M-ES2L)
Price: £34.23

Kingston KVR 800Mz HyperX DDR2 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC Memory
Price: £55.55

Intel BX80571E5300 E5300 Pentium Dual-core Processor - 2.60 GHz,2MB Cache,800MHz FSB,Socket LGA775,45 nm,3
Price: £48.00

Total so far £234.09 + Case + Shipping.

I will also require a Monitor but was just going to get a £50 job off eBay (Budget of £350 incl. Monitor). If you can suggest websites to buy parts from would be greatly appreciated. I have built a couple of pcs around 5 years ago so have some experience putting it all together.

Thanks so much in advance!!

December 28, 2009 1:04:07 AM

Unable to edit post So here the Overview Info

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: First week or so of new year



PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Never bought parts in the UK before. Advice Greatly appreciated

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia/Intel, will use Ati/AMD if bigger bang for the buck

OVERCLOCKING: Not at this stage

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Most likely 1280x1024. Will probably get a 17" wide and would like to run in native resolution

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quieter the better

December 28, 2009 2:42:20 AM

Done a bit more Looking around and priced up my build on with a few changes

Intel Dual Core E5300 2 x 2.6Ghz 2MB Cache 800MHz FSB Dual Core Processor - Retail

LG 22x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer DVD-RAM SATA Black - OEM

Maxtor DiamondMax 22 SATAII 500GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive <8.5ms 7200rpm - OEM

Gigabyte GA G31M-ES2L - Socket 775 - Intel G31 - DDR2 1066(O.C.)/800/667 MHz - SATA II - PCI-E (x16) - Gigabit Lan - Micro ATX

Novatech 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black

Novatech ATI Radeon HD4670 1GB DDR3 TV-Out/DVI PCI-Express - Retail ** With FREE Stormrise PC Game Download **

Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C5 800MHz Dual Channel Kit

Novatech Corona Micro ATX Tower Case With a 450w PSU - Black

Comes to £399.56 with VAT and Shipping. Any suggestions on what to trim to get it under £350?
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December 28, 2009 3:55:04 AM

Heres what I suggest, its a LOT better for gaming and comes in at £302. it will actually play pretty much anything out there at playable frames

ddr3 mobo
triple core am3 proc:
graphics radeon 4830:
ram 2gb ddr3 (using windows xp there is no need for more)
hd 250gb (no need for more and you can always get big external drive cheap later)
Novatech Corona Micro ATX Tower Case With a 450w PSU - Black
19" monitor (the one you picked is really low res, bad for gaming, this is cheaper and better on amazon)
£79.99 looks like free shipping too?

total = £302

and i didn't forget a dvd drive. you can do away with the dvd-rom, for installing windows just borrow one from another system/use an external. after that you can download games from sites like steam and or if you have to go with an actual disc you can make an image file of it on your laptop and then mount it on your desktop with some free virtual cdrom program (daemon tools, magic disk etc)

edit: figured i might as well finish it up
December 28, 2009 3:35:27 PM

thanks glaex, but the mobo you linked is only ddr2?
December 28, 2009 4:36:45 PM

I know this is far fetched but will the following mobo with integrated graphics run L4d2 with all settings on low?

Asus M2N68-AM PLUS nForce 630a Micro ATX (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

If so I could afford to get More ram and the AMD Quad Core X4 630 2.8GHz Socket AM3, And then buy a Dedicated graphics card in a month or so once I have some more cash.
December 29, 2009 12:51:02 AM

Cant find any Benchmarks for the integrated graphics... any one able to offer advice?