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Build Advice Spec me a Gaming PC = £700

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Quattro D, 4 Jun 2010.

  1. Quattro D

    Quattro D What's a Dremel?

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    Hi ppl,

    Budget: £700


    Main uses of intended build: Gaming :)

    Previous build information: non salvageable :miffed:

    Monitor resolution: 24" 1920x1080 (already own monitor)

    Storage requirements: 500gb will suffice

    Overclocking: yes, but not a great deal

    Motherboard requirements: possibly usb 3.0 and new sata


    Right now I am probabily looking for a i5 setup, any suggestions???
     
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  2. Kris

    Kris Lord Lolwut

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    Here's what I'd get:

    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition: £85,25
    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 PC3-10666: £94,99
    Asus M4A87TD EVO, AMD 870, S AM3: £91,50
    1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3: £54,84
    1GB Asus HD 5850 , PCI-E 2.0 (x16): £223,23
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM: £82.33

    Total: £605,14 inc. VAT

    Some comments:

    didn't include case, as this is something you should choose for yourself :) And, as the HDD is only £54, you don't really save much by going with a 500GB HDD imho.
    Also, don't know if the mobo is capable of unlocking cores, I recommend looking into that as well. :)
    Another option is going with an i5/i3, but the price will increase accordingly so you'd have to take that into account - by all means, this should be a very capable gaming beast, especially as your resolution is high enough that the CPU won't be a bottleneck 90% of the time.
    Also, I think the Intel motherboards that would support crossfire are more expensive.
    Alternate mobo: same as mine, M4A79XTD EVO: unlocks easily, supports crossfire easily, is a tiny bit cheaper, yet doesn't have upsb3/sata6.
    Some food for thought.

    Hope I was of help, and feel free to update my build so I learn more as well :)

    Edit: took the list prices from Scan.co.uk. Also, I didn't put together an i5 build for you, as I'm a bit dark in the mobos for i5 cpu-s. :)
     
  3. Wing Zero

    Wing Zero Ita-sha owner

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  4. Kris

    Kris Lord Lolwut

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    forgot about the cooling and psu :)
    but I see that going with antec 300 + a nice cpu cooler you're easily tipping the 700£ limit. Can you stretch a bit over the budget?
    As there's not much to cut back on to be honest, at your resolution i'd really recommend at least a 5850 to be able to enjoy full details in almost all games ;)
     
  5. rollo

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    you wont get an i5 setup for under £650

    problem is adding your hard disk means he has no case which would be intresting.

    the setup is the way to go

    change the cpu to amd 250 its more than fast enough. MSI board is like £40 why would you spend double that on the asus?

    you can save over £100 on the cpu and motherboard which allows you to get a decent case and the samsung hard disk

    granted you may get more cores with the black edition but its a risk not worth taking. If you want a quad core you need more money.

    the cheapest i5 build i got to that could play games at 1920x1080 ( aka 5850 5830 cards) was around £720 for the 5830 and closer to £800 for the 5850. That includes case but not windows 7 which would put prices up alot

    5770 would allow i5 build but its not powerful enough for 1920 x 1080

    and your below £600 with case which isnt too bad
     
  6. Kris

    Kris Lord Lolwut

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    True that the amd 250 is fast enough, however there are cases where the L3 cache really ups performance... :)
    now put all components: amd 250, msi 770-c45, 500GB seagate, antec 300, titan fenrir and you're up to ~£735 with W7. getting lower than that, and you'll have to sacrifice some performance... or alternately you could skip the fenrir at first, which brings you just a tiny bit over £700.
     
  7. LeMaltor

    LeMaltor >^_^

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    Build your own case out of cardboard, that'll save you some dollar
     
  8. montymole

    montymole Rigid Tubist

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    I got the MSI 770-G45 board about two weeks ago for a build for my little brother and it one of the best board iv seen (for that price bracket).It easily overclocked the 240 to 3.6ghz and will go higher

    Also i would recommend getting an F3 1tb drive as it is only slightly more expensive than a 500gb and you get brilliant proformance and an extra 500gb, i can not recommend these drives enough
     
  10. Quattro D

    Quattro D What's a Dremel?

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    Right got back from work so just a few things to update

    -I dont need an OS I got Win7

    I need to amend my budget to £700 :D

    I would like to get me something that will last for a few years, so ideally a quad core, as more of the newer games prefer them
     
  11. Quattro D

    Quattro D What's a Dremel?

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    Well the last build I did was back 2006, and I've not been keeping up with the latest tech, after a read around and taking to a mate, he suggested going AMD, as the i5 platform wont be supported after a few years :( is this true???
     
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  12. Quattro D

    Quattro D What's a Dremel?

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    no offense mate but I think I will pass that offer from overclockers, I've had a bad experience with them in the past and so have a couple of my mates. The company may be fine now for all I know but I will stick to ebuyer, scan, ccl etc
     
  13. Arthur

    Arthur It's for 'erberts !

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    What happened here ?
     
  14. Quattro D

    Quattro D What's a Dremel?

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    :sigh: its a long story, too much to mention. But in a nut shell I was not a happy chappy. But as for now who knows they might have improved.
     
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    Quattro D What's a Dremel?

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    Right so how about going for a phenom 955/965 build instead they seem to be fairly good on some of the benches I've been looking at
     
  16. Bakes

    Bakes What's a Dremel?

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    I'd recommend for you:

    Case: Antec 300
    You're not looking for something insane at your price, and you'd have to compromise on other stuff if you were going to go for something more expensive.

    CPU: i5 750.
    I'm not saying that the AMD models are bad, I'm just saying that I haven't used them. Personally, I try to go by my own experiences, and so I picked you the 750. Further more, for AMD chips you really want as tight latencies as possible with the ram, whilst Intel chips don't really care how loose your memory is.

    Memory: Corsair XMS3 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24
    It's the cheapest 1600MHz kit on Scan. That's all there is to it.

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-US3L
    It's the cheapest P55 motherboard on Scan from a supplier I trust. Gigabyte tend to make quality products, if anyone can find something else that would be better, great, but here's a nice cheap one.

    Graphics card: 5850!
    You can see why I've skimped so much on everything else! A 5850 will be all but essential for gaming at 1920x1200, personally I'd be wanting a 5870 for that (which clearly isn't in your budget).

    Hard drive: 500GB Seagate
    It's cheap.

    PSU: Corsair VX550w. It isn't much, and if you can stump up the extra £10 for the 650w that would be great. Both will work, but the 650 will give you more room for upgrades later on and will probably be quieter.

    DVD drive: Anything will do.

    Total price: £722. A little over, but it's not much over your limit and I hope you can stretch further for perhaps a better power supply.

    I think that would give you some great speed, and since a significant minority of 750s nowadays can overclock to about 4GHz on the stock cooler, you should be set for some reasonable overclocking even without an aftermarket cooler.
     
  17. Quattro D

    Quattro D What's a Dremel?

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    thanks for the advise.

    But wow the tech is changing so fast now both intel and amd have 6 core cpus. How does the phenom X6 1055 fair against the i5 I wonder?
     
  18. Bakes

    Bakes What's a Dremel?

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    Dw, you won't be able to afford either if you want to play games :D

    In single/dual/some quad-threaded apps the i5 will be clock-for-clock just as fast as the X6. There are no real mainstream uses for six core setups yet, as far as I know.

    In the future, maybe, though the majority of processors sold are as of yet still dual core and occasionally quad core.
     
  19. Edge102030

    Edge102030 Son, i am disappoint.

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    QFT, all good advice:thumb:. On the thought of hexacore cpus, dream of them, because they will cost your entire budget atm :D.
     
  20. Quattro D

    Quattro D What's a Dremel?

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    Well I guess I will looks for prices on the components that bakes spec'd, thanks again
     

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