New low budget gaming built for a friend £400

Building a very low budget built for a friend, only £400 and full setup required including monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers. I know it is a low budget but that is all he wants to spend. I will have a word with him tomorrow to see if he can stretch it a bit.

This is what I have come up so far:


Best Value BLACK GALAXY3 CASE 450W
Quicklinx:4RGJWS | Mfr#:CAS-408
In stock now
£37.17 £37.17

Asus S775 Intel G41 mATX DDR2 Audio & Gigabit Ethernet
Quicklinx:64N2WS | Mfr#: P5QPL-AM
In stock now
£43.13 £43.13

Intel E5300 Pentium DC S775 2MB 2.6GHz
Quicklinx:5HKRWS | Mfr#:BX80571E5300
In stock now
£48.77 £48.77

Crucial 4GB (2x2GB KIT) 800MHz DDR2 PC2-6400
Quicklinx:55XPWS | Mfr#:CT2KIT25664AA80
In stock now
£40.39 £40.39

XFX ATI Radeon 4650 HD 600Mhz 512MB PCI-Express 2.0 DVI
Quicklinx:63VYWS | Mfr#:HD-465X-YAFE
In stock now
£39.98 £39.98

Seagate 250Gb BARRACUDA 7200.12 3.5"
Quicklinx:5K3JWS | Mfr#:ST3250318AS
In stock now
£29.29 £29.29

Optiarc (Sony/NEC) 20X DVD+/-RW IDE BLACK
Quicklinx:50B9WS | Mfr#:AD-5200A-0B
In stock now
£16.13 £16.13

Microsoft Wired Keyboard 500 Lite Black
Quicklinx:3NFXWS | Mfr#:ZG6-00010
In stock now
£7.00 £7.00

Acer 19" Wide P193WW 5ms TFT White
Quicklinx:56V1WS | Mfr#:ET.CP3WE.021
In stock now
£69.98 £69.98

Logitech Optical Wheel mouse Black OEM
Quicklinx:573YWS | Mfr#:931646-0000
In stock now
£3.91 £3.91

Akasa 120mm Crystal Blue case Fan - Blue LED
Quicklinx:3035WS | Mfr#:AK174CB-4BLB
In stock now
£7.92 £7.92

Logitech X 230 - PC multimedia speaker system - 32 Watt (Total)
Quicklinx:3TM8WS | Mfr#:970123-1120
In stock now
£29.45 £29.45
delivery
(21.506kg) £0.00
total (inc VAT) £373.12


I am looking to any suggestions.

I know first thing is the PSU that comes with a case, I know somebody who put Q6600 and GTS 8800 in ththe same case on that PSU and is still running more then a year later. So it should do for
e5300 and HD 4650.

The idea is to put a small overclock on CPU 2.8-3.0 @ lowest possible voltage not to stress PSU too much and on stock cooler.

Anybody familiar with that motherboard, any comments or somebody can recommend another low budget board?

I will talk to my friend to see if he can stretch a budget to get GTS 250 and bettter power supply whitch would also allow for higher CPU overclock 3-3.2, not expecting much more from this m/b and stock cooler.
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  1. rayher get a 4850 its cheaper then the gts250 aka 9800gtx+
  2. Same price for the cheapest I could find

    HD 4850 £75.87
    GTS 250 £75.04
  3. Well going to tell you this anyways, dont skimp on a psu. Get atleast a antec earthwatt 380 or a corsair 400cx (wich ones the cheapest ofc)

    As far as the build goes, i wouldnt settle for a 4650. Try to get atleast a 4670 or 9600gso. and get a e5200 rather then 5300 should b somewhat cheaper. And imo get a 10 quid case and put 30-40 pond to one of the psu's i just named above

    Even with a stock cooler the e5200 should hit bout 3.2, also depends on mobo ofc
  4. Case gone, replaced with £13.12 cas without PSU aN SPU to VX 450 for£47.67. dabs.com does not have CX400 and I would like to order everything from one place to save on postage. It brings it up to £383.62.

    As for video card price difference between HD4650 and 4670 is quite high so looking to jump to GTS250/HD 4850 if he can find extra cash.

    I have also done some research on m/b and it looks it is not great for overclocking. Now looking @ Gigabyte S775 Intel G31 MATX A L G which is also cheaper and even being older tech better overclocker. @ £35.94

    If he goes for hd4850/GTS 250 it will bring total to around £410

    Price difference between E5200 and E5300 is only £3.74, so I guess E5300 is the way to go.

    Any ideas about motherboard?
  5. How does the HD 4730 stack up?
  6. How does this look?



    Intel E5300 Pentium DC S775 2MB 2.6GHz
    Quicklinx:5HKRWS | Mfr#:BX80571E5300
    In stock now
    £48.77 £48.77

    Crucial 4GB (2x2GB KIT) 800MHz DDR2 PC2-6400
    Quicklinx:55XPWS | Mfr#:CT2KIT25664AA80
    In stock now
    £40.39 £40.39

    Seagate 250Gb BARRACUDA 7200.12 3.5"
    Quicklinx:5K3JWS | Mfr#:ST3250318AS
    In stock now
    £29.29 £29.29

    Optiarc (Sony/NEC) 20X DVD+/-RW IDE BLACK
    Quicklinx:50B9WS | Mfr#:AD-5200A-0B
    In stock now
    £16.13 £16.13

    Microsoft Wired Keyboard 500 Lite Black
    Quicklinx:3NFXWS | Mfr#:ZG6-00010
    In stock now
    £7.00 £7.00

    Acer 19" Wide P193WW 5ms TFT White
    Quicklinx:56V1WS | Mfr#:ET.CP3WE.021
    In stock now
    £69.98 £69.98

    Logitech Optical Wheel mouse Black OEM
    Quicklinx:573YWS | Mfr#:931646-0000
    In stock now
    £3.91 £3.91

    Akasa 120mm Crystal Blue case Fan - Blue LED
    Quicklinx:3035WS | Mfr#:AK174CB-4BLB
    In stock now
    £7.92 £7.92

    Logitech X 230 - PC multimedia speaker system - 32 Watt (Total)
    Quicklinx:3TM8WS | Mfr#:970123-1120
    In stock now
    £29.45 £29.45

    Corsair Memory 450W ATX PS/2 SATA 12V
    Quicklinx:4N14WS | Mfr#:CMPSU-450VXUK
    In stock now
    £47.67 £47.67

    Gigabyte S775 Intel G31 MATX A L G
    Quicklinx:5CZRWS | Mfr#:GA-G31M-ES2L
    In stock now
    £35.94 £35.94

    Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 4730 HD 750Mhz 512MB PCI-Express HDMI
    Quicklinx:62BGWS | Mfr#:11148-02-20R
    Delivery 3-5 days
    £62.47 £62.47
    delivery
    (17.486kg) £0.00
    total (inc VAT) £398.92


    Still within budget.
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