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hi guys can someone help me with as I am looking to build a gaming computer. Have a budget of £200. However I have a friend who may give me his Dell xps 720 also have a dell vostro 200. Can someon… Read More
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2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
hi guys

can someone help me with as I am looking to build a gaming computer. Have a budget of £200. However I have a friend who may give me his Dell xps 720 also have a dell vostro 200. Can someone guide me on what would be the best option to do using parts from these two. Thanks
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2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
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#1
What games are you wanting to play? £200 is quite low for a gaming PC build.

Have a look at http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc
#2
with £200 you might be able to make a machine using parts from cex or other 2nd hand shops at a push, find out all the parts you have currently, stick them in pcpart picker website and look at what is compatible.

Most people who are trying to build a gaming pc dedicate about £200 to GPU alone, using an existing machine you are going to be very limited with compatibility, but not as much as the budget.
#3
PenguinsForAll
What games are you wanting to play? £200 is quite low for a gaming PC build.

Have a look at http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc


Hi thanks for the reply. GTA, farcry furthermore looking to run solid works.
#4
phil36
with £200 you might be able to make a machine using parts from cex or other 2nd hand shops at a push, find out all the parts you have currently, stick them in pcpart picker website and look at what is compatible.

Most people who are trying to build a gaming pc dedicate about £200 to GPU alone, using an existing machine you are going to be very limited with compatibility, but not as much as the budget.


Thanks for the reply. I dont have the funds to build a PC from scratch. Do you know of any stock PC maybe over engineered ones which are good for upgrading. Probably could buy a used one and upgrade
#5
What sort of games are looking to play? Games released this year might be a bit hit and miss with the specs you have from those 2 machines. Having a look at past sales on the XPS system, you could sell on ebay for about £60-90, and the Vostro between £50 - £70. Then put all this together and then have more of a budget to work with? I used CEX for my build, as comes with the 2 year warranty, got an i5 6600k 32gb ram, 2tb hybrid drive, mini itx system for under £450, still waiting for a decent deal for a graphics card.
#6
stoneblade
What sort of games are looking to play? Games released this year might be a bit hit and miss with the specs you have from those 2 machines. Having a look at past sales on the XPS system, you could sell on ebay for about £60-90, and the Vostro between £50 - £70. Then put all this together and then have more of a budget to work with? I used CEX for my build, as comes with the 2 year warranty, got an i5 6600k 32gb ram, 2tb hybrid drive, mini itx system for under £450, still waiting for a decent deal for a graphics card.


looking to play GTA and farcry, also run solid works.
#8
kasarsenal
stoneblade
What sort of games are looking to play? Games released this year might be a bit hit and miss with the specs you have from those 2 machines. Having a look at past sales on the XPS system, you could sell on ebay for about £60-90, and the Vostro between £50 - £70. Then put all this together and then have more of a budget to work with? I used CEX for my build, as comes with the 2 year warranty, got an i5 6600k 32gb ram, 2tb hybrid drive, mini itx system for under £450, still waiting for a decent deal for a graphics card.
looking to play GTA and farcry, also run solid works.

You ain't going to get very far with a budget like that unfortunately, you'll be running the games you want to play on the lowest settings and possibly won't get higher than 30fps if you're lucky.
#9
Unpopular opinion alert - but just buy a used console. For £200 you'll get the console and games and know that it'll work out the box, no faffing with building a PC, figuring out the drivers etc. You'll need to spend a chunk of money on a graphics card capable of running GTA. For the hassle, and no guarantee of it working, you'd be better off on console
#10
For a new build, £200 would just about get a decent set of guts - the Astounding Pentium G4560 (Kaby Lake), motherboard and 8GB RAM, plus a £50 quid graphics from CeX, I call it the 50/50 build, in that it's roughly 50 quid fot the CPU, the MB, the RAM and the graphics.
Not sure if a Dell is standard enough to gut and rebuild, or if the PSU would be up to it

If you started with the Core2Quad of the XPS 720, it's likely to bottleneck anything much above a £50 CeX card, would need to check a few comparisons, as while, for instance, the HD7850 has a fair performance for the price, it's a bit power hungry (beats a GTX 750Ti, but the 750Ti uses 60W compared to the 130W of the 7850)

Older gen cards, and AMD cards, seem to be more power hungry for a given performance level, the worst being high models in older series
#11
As Matth9999 is saying you have 2 options. First is to pimp up the xps 720. The cpu in that, in its day, was up there but that was 12 years ago. The PSU in it at 750 watts will be ample to take the 750 ti and beyond although I think if pimping I would go more spent on the gpu to enable to place into another system when funds allowed.
Big issues with the xps though is that it is a BTX design limiting what you can salvage to pretty much only being just the HDD for a new system (there are examples of btx to atx convertions but these are neither simple or cheap - more people doing for the challenge that they can rather than for budget reasons).
The Vostro is older and lower spec further.
£200 is very limited in getting a new system (second option) to achieve what you are after as in the games you quote £150 could be easily spent on just the graphics card alone to match those requirements. The baseline Matth9999 is giving (which is good budget advice) does not include all you will require (case, psu and OS for starters).


Edited By: Bertz99 on Apr 15, 2017 10:48
#12
Are you willing to tell us the specs of the two computers you have? Impossible to recommend anything without it really.
#13
Thanks for the advice guys. I am away from home at the moment at uni so can't tell you the specs of the xps. Just wondering if there is any other cheap high performance stock PC's that I can buy as a base and start from there. I'm not looking to upgrade every component. probably ram and GPU.

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