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Build Advice Another Gaming Budget Build (apologies)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by alex!, 26 Aug 2010.

  1. alex!

    alex! Kick-ass:Death ratio 93

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    Hey guys, Im new to posting on this forum but a fairly keen reader and fan of CustomPC. So anyways my apologies for posting yet another budget gaming build (theres so many) but here is my idea for a build and I would really appreciate it if anybody at all, tech-wise or not to give me an insight into this buid, if you do have any experience with any of the parts listed below please share them, along with any suggestions! *the build is based around the most recent affordable all-rounder*

    Components - EDIT

    CPU: AMD Sempron 140 2.7GHz Socket AM3 1MB Cache Retail Box Processor

    MoBo: Asrock N68C-S UCC GeForce 7025 Socket AM2+ VGA Out 6 Channel Audio

    GFX: Gainward ATI Radeon HD 4870 Golden Sample 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-E

    HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM

    RAM: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered CL9

    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-D163C 16x DVD-ROM CD-R SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black

    PSU: Corsair 400W CX PSU - 12cm Fan 80Plus Certified Efficiency 6x SATA 1x PCI-E

    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe

    Case: Casecom Black Mid Tower Case - Front Blue LED 120mm Fan - With Side Window

    Monitor: Acer X203 20" Wide LCD Monitor 1600x900 50,000:1(Dynamic) 5ms - Black

    Peripherals: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, Microsoft Reclusa Advanced Gaming Keyboard

    OS: Linux

    Overclocking: I'll give it a bash!​

    Total Price: £482.81 Inc. VAT + Delivery ​




    My requirements for the computer:
    • Be able to play Counter Strike: Source at a 16:9 ratio @ 1280 x 720, med-high settings on 10+ man games on all the reguler maps and average around 60fps.
    • General web browsing (Google, Youtube, BBC IPlayer)

    My main question is this build able to give me what im after? or will I have to start selling my relatives to increase my budget? :confused:

    Please do note this is on a very tight budget as money is very scarce in my household so I cannot afford to go past £550 which is a shame but oh well...Im not bothered about having a bigger screen anyway, 20" is a massive upgrade compared with my 3 year old 17" screen.

    I thank you in advance for any suggestions/constructive criticism/opinions :D

    when it gets around to building (hopefully in a few weeks) ill be sure to post pictures! :hip:
     
    Last edited: 26 Aug 2010
  2. thehippoz

    thehippoz New Member

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    might as well get a 1080p monitor nowdays.. the 4890 will be fine for cs at any res- if your intent on playing 1280x720 might as well get an old crt (so your not playing outside native res)

    otherwise it'll be blurry if your trying that full screen
     
  3. rob the bank

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    to play CS:s and surf the web, does the above seem abit of a overkill?
     
  5. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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  6. alex!

    alex! Kick-ass:Death ratio 93

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    I would prefer to get a somewhat decent LCD screen to use in the future aswell as CRT monitors are slowly dieing out (in my opinion anyway), but thanks :D


    From the research I've done the 4890 seems to put out very attractive frame rates for CS:S and is within my budget, the 5770 does not have much in the way of improvement (and according to the majority of benchmarks) is actually worse when pitted against the 4890 from independant reviews, although it offers dx11 and lower power consumption that still does not win my vote, as CS:S still only uses dx 9.0, cost is also a factor as i can get a 1GB HD4890 for £117. As for the UCC mobo and X140 idea I thank-you, this seems like a better option :D

    I'm not too bothered about the case to be honest with you, im sticking to a tight budget and with 48 reviews and 5 out of 5 stars on ebuyer I cant really knock the case for a budget build, the current build for the case + PSU come it at around £40. However, if I manage to save some extra pennies from Rob's suggestion I may opt for a better case.

    I'll update the build with new specs soon. Thanks :D
     
  7. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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  8. alex!

    alex! Kick-ass:Death ratio 93

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    Very very well it appears, thanks for the link, managed to bring the cost way way down to £482. Much appreciated :D

    Please do check out the new build and see what you think!
     
  9. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    case http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Silverstone-Precision-PS02B-Black-Mid-Tower-Case-w-o-PSU silverstone PS02B Precision £35
    psu http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/530W...ATX-23-Dual-Rail-12v-2x6plus2Pin5xSata4xMolex be quiet 530w £49
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-...)-DDR3-1600(OC)-RAID-Blu-Ray-Audio-GB-LAN-ATX msi 770-C45 £50
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-...3-30GHz-1MB-Total-Cache-HT-2000MHz-65W-Retail AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0ghz £47
    cooler http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Arct...1156-S775-AM3-AM2plus-AM2-939-Up-to-130-Watts! frezzer 7 pro £17
    ram http://www.dabs.com/products/corsai...12800-c9-1600mhz--cmx4gx3m2a1600c9--6ZPH.html 4gb corsair 1600mhz £75
    gpu http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-093-GW&tool=3 4870 £87
    HDD http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500G...HD502HJ-SATA-3Gb-s-7200rpm-16Mb-Cache-8ms-OEM samsung f3 500gb £32
    OD http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Sams...DR-12x-DVDR-DVDplusRW-x8-RW-x6-SATA-Black-OEM £14
    monitor http://www.ebuyer.com/product/175680 Benq G2020HD £102
    keyboard http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase26.9&prodID=B85861 logitech media 600 £13
    mouse http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/7976590/Gigabyte-GM-M6880-Gaming-Laser-USB-Mouse-Black/Product.html gigabyte GM-M6880 £10

    giving you a total of £531

    you have a better psu which has more power and actually has enough connections to power a half decent graphics card

    the motherboard is very good for overclocking and you have a good cooler

    i also found a good monitor keyboard and mouse for a very good price

    i have also put in some 1600mhz ram so that you have a higher overclocking boundary as 1333mhz ram can limit you
     

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