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A barebones PC + Graphics card + CPU that can do the Sims 3 and FSX for under £500

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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
I'd greatly appreciate any help. I'm very new to PC building myself and I'm helping out a friend with a £500 budget for a new PC which is capable of doing the Sims 3, Flight Simulator X and Google Sketchup at high settings. Not totally maxed out, but good enough to make the games look good and play at 40fps. So, I'm hoping someone in the HUKD community could advise me about which components I should configure.

I think that when browsing a barebones PC, I should check that the PSU has enough wattage to support a dedicated graphics card. I wondered if this would be a good choice:
http://reviews.cnet.com/barebones-pcs/asus-v-series-v2/4505-11485_7-33304104.html?tag=rnav or whether there are any better deals to go for. The asus one is priced £70-£80

I think it would be best to go for either a powerful Intel Core 2 Duo (sa E7400 2.8GHz) or weak Core 2 Quad (sa Q8200 2.33GHz). I was fishing on ebuyer and found this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152177 . Again, could I do better for the price? Or the same horsepower for less price? BTW, do they come with CPU fans and thermal paste or do you have to buy them separately?

Graphics cards wise, I've been eyeing 4670s on ebuyer at £54, but I think I could get something cheaper as the sims 3 and FSX aren't very needy compared to other games. I know you don't need much to run Sketchup. The deals on HUKD seem to expire very quickly, so for £30-£50, any suggestions? ATI or Nvidia is fine. Personally I prefer Nvidias naming scheme.

I've already got lined up:

£35 for 4GB of RAM http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146049
£9 for 802.11g card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132449
£40 for 500GB HDD http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228
£14 for DVD drive http://www.ebuyer.com/product/97527
£90 reserved for a 19" monitor
£20 reserved for mouse, keyboard and USB speakers
£50 reserved for Windows 7

So £242 left to spend on a barebones, CPU and graphics card. I'd really love your suggestions on how to configure this PC. I want to make it future proof to last a few years and be upgradable.

I'm also looking for components that won't keep running out of stock, even if it means paying a premium. Any other PC building advice for someone new to this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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Buy this then stick a powerful video card and new powersupply in it, happy days.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164667
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I'd like to stick with a C2D or C2Q if possible.
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I'd be wary of that barebones system since I can't find PSU or motherboard manufacturer. As you say, it's important to get a good PSU to make sure you don't fry everything in your system. For PSUs, it's generally recommended that you stick to well known manufacturers such as Corsair, Antec or Seasonic.

Most of the components you've picked out should be pretty good, though personally, I'd make the upgrade to a 1TB hard drive for the extra £16. I'd also make the leap to a good 20" screen as you will appreciate the difference and if you want Window 7 for £50, order pretty sharpish. Regarding processor, generally if they are sold as retail, they come with a heatsink and thermal paste. Some people prefer to buy OEM (without the accoutrements) so that they can add their own, but if you're not overclocking, I would stick to retail.

I've recently upgraded my PSU so have a spare Antec 450W. If you read some reviews, you'll find that they're very well respected. This should handle a C2D easily as well as anything up to a 4850 graphics card. I've also been thinking of upgrading my graphics card from a 1800xt which, looking at the system requirements of Sims 3 and FSX, should handle it with a breeze.

If you're interested in the PSU, let me know. Good PSUs at this wattage usually retail for around £45, so I'd be happy to accept £30 delivered. Also, if you'd be interested in the graphics card, let me know and I'll stop procrastinating and get a 4890!
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jasonwllee
I'd be wary of that barebones system since I can't find PSU or motherboard manufacturer. As you say, it's important to get a good PSU to make sure you don't fry everything in your system. For PSUs, it's generally recommended that you stick to well known manufacturers such as Corsair, Antec or Seasonic.

Most of the components you've picked out should be pretty good, though personally, I'd make the upgrade to a 1TB hard drive for the extra £16. I'd also make the leap to a good 20" screen as you will appreciate the difference and if you want Window 7 for £50, order pretty sharpish. Regarding processor, generally if they are sold as retail, they come with a heatsink and thermal paste. Some people prefer to buy OEM (without the accoutrements) so that they can add their own, but if you're not overclocking, I would stick to retail.

I've recently upgraded my PSU so have a spare Antec 450W. If you read some reviews, you'll find that they're very well respected. This should handle a C2D easily as well as anything up to a 4850 graphics card. I've also been thinking of upgrading my graphics card from a 1800xt which, looking at the system requirements of Sims 3 and FSX, should handle it with a breeze.

If you're interested in the PSU, let me know. Good PSUs at this wattage usually retail for around £45, so I'd be happy to accept £30 delivered. Also, if you'd be interested in the graphics card, let me know and I'll stop procrastinating and get a 4890!


Thanks very much for the help! I'll get onto ebuyer. :-D

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