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Build Advice Ultra budget build 1080p gaming

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by s1n1s, 9 Oct 2014.

  1. s1n1s

    s1n1s New Member

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    Hey bit-tekkers,

    What do you think of this ultra budget 1080p gaming build?

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/recaxion/saved/RJjRsY

    This computer is for friend who has zero understanding about computers, so there would be no overclocking and unlikely to ever upgrade.

    The main points to meet with this build would be:

    - sub £400 the closer to £300 the better
    - A complete system with a dedicated GPU
    - A bit of future proofing i.e. to meet the majority of recommended game spec
    - Playable frame rates at 1080p with decent quality e.g. better than last gen consoles
    - Of small form factor
    - Warranty required

    Parts required:
    - CPU
    - Motherboard
    - RAM
    - GPU
    - HDD
    - Case
     
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  2. GTIgeneral

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    I'm not the best for giving advice but if the budget really is tight you could probably get a cheaper motherboard and save £10 and drop to 4GB crosair XMS3 and save another £20

    You could also save around £50-80 more by going for a AMD APU such as the A10, but I'm not sure how much of a performance difference there would be

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor (£124.50 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI A55M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard (£30.54 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.71 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£26.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£31.19 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £280.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-09 20:58 BST+0100

    that was just a quick mock up and i haven't looked into any of the parts
     
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  3. s1n1s

    s1n1s New Member

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    I guess I could go down the and route however considering the computer will primarily be used for gaming wouldn't a dedicated GPU be they way to go although I suppose 4gb would suffice but considering a lot of games are starting to recommend 6 - 8 gb, just thought try and get a little future proofing
     
  4. BeauchN

    BeauchN Active Member

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    It would also be worth looking at 2nd hand stuff if you're on a tight budget. There is a full system on the Marketplace here fr £300 that you'd just need to add a GPU to and it should last for a couple of years.
     
  5. GTIgeneral

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    With th AMD APU option you can add a AMD graphics card and they will work in a type of crossfire way, if budget I tight then you can add a GPU in the future, same with the memory, 4Gb is fine for the majority of console ported games running at 1080p.

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  6. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    Your build is fine and easily upgradable same can not be said for AMD route the dedicated gpu you have picked would be faster than the CFX option and not driver dependent.

    To me it looks fine build for the money.
     
  7. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    If you can stretch the budget around £30 you could get an overclockable Pentium G3258 and mATX Z97 board. Just built two machines at work with those inside Fractal Core 1100 cases and I was really impressed for the money spent.
     
  8. s1n1s

    s1n1s New Member

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    Well the build is not for myself for friend who doesn't really understand this stuff haha, he asked me what a decent budget for a gaming PC was, I said at least £500 to £600 and his reply was I'll get a ps4 haha.

    So there will be no overclocking and most likely no upgrading for a while at least. So the main points to meet with this build I suppose would be:

    - sub £400 the closer to £300 the better
    - A complete system with a dedicated GPU
    - A small bit of future proofing i.e. to meet the majority of recommended game spec
    - Playable frame rate at 1080p with decent quality e.g. better than last gen consoles
    - Of small form factor

    So I said hold up let me see what magic I can work.

    p.s. I'll put them in the main post too
     
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  9. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001 [DELETE] means [DELETE]

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    Unless the guy is actually interested in pc gaming. I'd just go with the ps4 tbh.
     
  10. s1n1s

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    He's just starting out on the PC scene, I did build him a half decent general PC from scraps I had laying around powerful and cool enough so he could play lol with out the PC overheating and crashing.

    But still not quite good enough to manage the games our group of friends play. He's trying to move out of the parents place hence the ultra budget.

    I mean he's had a taste of PC gaming and now wants a better computer so I'd say he's into it now, yet he's still not up to scratch on the whole hardware side of things basically you could call him a noob in all aspects surrounding PC's.
     
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  11. meandmymouth

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    Okay, well you will be able to save around £50 if you get 4GB RAM and an H81 motherboard.
     
  12. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    What kind of games does he want to play?

    Got a media pc at home for the family, just using an APU and it copes fairly well with a good range of games.
     
  13. s1n1s

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    hmm hard to say really our group is varied although we do play a lot of indie games, RTS', shooters, rpg's.

    I'd say a computer that can play skyrim in 1080p with better graphics than say last gen consoles and at least matching that of current gen or better.

    Borderlands 2 and the per-sequal with same as stated for skyrim.
     
  14. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    If you're just going to play games with a controller on the PC that you can play on a console I'd recommend just getting a console personally if they don't want to mess about with things.
     
  15. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    For £300ish your looking at 2nd hand stuff really.

    APU's are fine but if you are looking for a bit of wow factor with graphics then I'd prob give them a miss.

    Rough ebay prices would be.

    i5 2500 £70
    B75 motherboard £30
    4GB Ram £25
    7950 £100

    Then the extra bits of case/PSU and hard drive.
     
  16. s1n1s

    s1n1s New Member

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    but is 4gb enough a lot of games are starting recommended 6 to 8gb I guess I could drop the board down to a H81 would make sense
     
  17. s1n1s

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    I have considered this but as mentioned it needs to be a complete PC come to think of it he already has a psu.

    additionally I would want him to have warranty on the items
     
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    If you built him something already do you really need a case.
     
  20. s1n1s

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    I was thinking this myself, however the case he has is in quite a bad state. OEM case to boot
     
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