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Budget General/Gaming System £400 - £450

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September 4, 2009 5:40:44 PM

I've been out the homebuilding game for about four years, but after a nice rebate from the taxman I've decided it's high time that I upgrade my ancient setup.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month

BUDGET RANGE: £400 - £450 ($650 - $750 approx)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, gaming, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None, this is a completely new build

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any reputable U.K. based company. Stak Trading is the closest locally. No second hand or ebay.




MONITOR RESOLUTION: >= 1600x1200 preferably for games unless that's too demanding for my budget?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Great if the OS cost can be included but is a secondary concern.

More about : budget general gaming system 400 450

September 4, 2009 6:25:43 PM

Thats going to be hard. Depending on what gaming your doing.

Monitor will take out $120+ or a little less.

so your left with a build that will prolly use a 4670 gpu / 770atx am3 board / dualcore cpu am3 / 400cx psu / a cheap case such as the antec 300.

Just some of the parts to look at for a good quality build.
September 4, 2009 6:30:58 PM

Yes I know the monitor will take out a fair chunk but Ineed to get rid of this horrible 17" CRT I've been using for 4+ years.

As for gaming I know I won't be able to make a machine that can run Crysis on max specs just something that can run current games at medium/low specs and that has the capacity for upgrading.
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September 4, 2009 6:56:41 PM

well a 4670 is capable of doing that job.
September 4, 2009 9:17:17 PM

I think I can knock together this with all relevant bits for approx £430.

AMD Athlon X3 8650 processor
4Gb DDR2 Memory
450W PSU
SATA 320Gb Hdd
PCI-E 512Mb Geforce 9600 GT
17" Flatsceen TFT

Onlt thing is an OS is going to run me about £70 :pfff: 
September 5, 2009 10:53:14 PM

Alternatively I could get rid of 2gb of Ram and the Geforce and just squeeze a 4770.

Will 2GB of RAM be sufficient and will my PSU be able to hack a 4770?
September 5, 2009 11:24:56 PM

Phenom 8650 is a bad outdated procesor, keep away from it. Check for an Athlon II 250 or a Phenom II 550.
September 6, 2009 12:57:11 AM

The AM3 x2 chips should be fine.

Regor x2 550 AM3 chip.
Heres a nice combo.

PSU, The 400cx Corsair is your best bet at this range of computer.

Would prefer you stick with the crossfire side since AMD boards have no sli "just yet" in stock.

4670 is good enough for what your wanting

September 6, 2009 12:12:14 PM

Righto clubbed together this lot see what you guys think.

Processor -

Motherboard -

Case -

Memory -

Hard Drive -


Optical Drive -

Total Price including keyboard, mouse, OS and monitor = £473.64

A bit over budget but I can stretch to £500. I'm not at all sure about the Case/PSU and am I right in assuming that the motherboard has intregrated networking? With the remaining budget would some extra cooling go amiss?
September 6, 2009 7:40:35 PM

Alternatively for a bit less I managed to get this lot from ebuyer.

Case -

Processor -

Motherboard -

Monitor -




Optical Drive -

OS -

Keyboard & Mouse -

All for a shade under £500 with shipping. What do you guys think?
September 6, 2009 8:54:53 PM


For some stupid reason I had next day delivery selected. Putting it back to 5 wrking days means I can afford this monitor:
by going £5 over budget which is well worth it I think.
September 7, 2009 1:30:40 AM