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Need to know of a spec that will work and where deals are available, dont know much about computer parts but can assemble it and can get my friend to put the finishing touches that may be needed. … Read More
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
Need to know of a spec that will work and where deals are available, dont know much about computer parts but can assemble it and can get my friend to put the finishing touches that may be needed.

i want a powerful power supply, 1tb hard drive 7200prm at least. a top video graphics card, bluetooth, wifi and what else i could be able to afford for £300
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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#1
be a bit of a stretch, i doubt u will be able to get a top end card in £300 pc something mid range to low. My advice to increase your budget to meet those requirements. what games do you want to play at what graphics setting?
I specced up a pc on dabs with:
AMD Phenom II X2 550 AM3 3.1Ghz
FX ATI Radeon 4670 (Mid range card about £50)
Asus AM3 AMD 770 ATX DDR3 motherboard
4GB DDR3 Kingston Value Ram
CoolerMaster Elite 330 ATX
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
Corsair Memory 550W VX PSU
Samsung 22X S-ATA DVD Writer
£427.57
something like that will be mid range. not very upgradeable or overclockable, price can be reduced by a bit if you select ddr2 ram and motherboard. but you get the point you need more than £300. A Hi end gaming system will cost £700 easily and extreme hi end is £1000 or more. Top graphics cards like ATI 4870 cost about £100 and nvidia gtx 260 about £110. Hi end graphics cards are over about £300.

increasing the graphics card to a better ati mid range 4850 , intel e7400 2.8ghz cpu, asus motherbaord and 4gb corsair ddr2 ram costs £454.37. these prices are just average so you can get cheaper components elsehwere and if you see any on hotukdeals. you can also choose cheaper ram and and motherboard which could knock about £50 off.

This overclockers pc costs £391.49 delivered http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-180-OK which has a mid range ati 4850 so it should run most games fine. The limitation is the 400w psu so upgrading it will be a problem and a 500gb hard drive rather than 1tb you require. The price does not include operating system.

£450 Mesh Elite Desktop PC, Quad Core Q8200 2.33GHz, 1TB HDD, 4GB RAM, ATI 4850 at ebuyer http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/442571/mesh-elite-desktop-pc-quad-core-q82 Has everything you need apart from wifi and bluetooth. Wifi and bluetooth can be bought for about £20.

With low-mid range PCs you dont save alot by building but at least you know what components you have inside your pc, have a better understand of your system, be able to repair and upgrade it yourself. Buying a PC is more suited to those dont who do not know how to build one. I think with gaming pcs the more expensive it is, the cheaper it is to build. Alot of manufacturers ship low wattage PSUs in their PCs that are the minimum reuiqred to run to reduce cost eg. the ocuk titan nero with 400w i bet the mesh pc has a 400w or 450w.
#2
as the man above said, go for the one at overclockers, i recomended it on another post yesterday when it was still £400 :thumbsup:
#3
From Ebuyer

MSI K9N6PGM2-V Socket AM2+ GeForce 6100 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard £31.83

AMD Phenom X4 9650 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 2MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £80.65

ASUS HD 3850X2 dual GPU 1GB DDR3 DualDVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card £92.87

Sony AD-7240S 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM Internal SATA Black Bare Drive - OEM £15.99

Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM £36.49

Crucial 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6 Lifetime £29.99

Casecom KB-7760 Black ATX Midi Tower Case - No PSU, No Case Fans Included £10.99

Black 500W PSU - With 12cm Blue LED Fan 20+4pin 1x SATA 1x PCI-E £19.99

Tenda Wireless-N PCI Adapter £17.99

£336.79

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Super Mini Bluetooth 2.0 Adapter Dongle £1.73

Here you go, I tried to get a low price for you, but you should up your money, i have left an OS off as you cant afford it and Ubuntu is free lol

the main parts are good, things like the hard drive i made cheaper, as you can add them later, but getting a cheaper CPU means upgrading later, so this is a system you can add to :)
#4
linux is not suited for games, most games out there only work on microsoft windows. The requirements were also a 1tb hard drive and powerful psu. Also the 3850x2 is a bad buy considering you can get a 4870 for £92.75 at Ebuyer
#5
i can up my budget dependent on price and the adding on stuff later seems like a very good propersition. i just done think pre build computers are worth there money, especially when i can just get part delivered to my house off the internet,

does anyone on here now zoher???
#6
i mean if i can get solid basics that will allow me add on, then i can get cheap components for now which i can upgrade in time. i want a v good graphics card and a top notch processor.
#7
Computerman
linux is not suited for games, most games out there only work on microsoft windows. The requirements were also a 1tb hard drive and powerful psu. Also the 3850x2 is a bad buy considering you can get a 4870 for £92.75 at Ebuyer


The requirements were also a budget of £300, so you went for breaking the requirements by adding lots more money, i done it by getting cheaper parts. Also the CPU you picked is a bad buy i would rather a faster AM2+ CPU then a slower AM3 one, the PSU is powerful enough but for a really good powerful one you are looking at min £70. The GPU I picked is good and bad in different ways, Its good cos it has 1GB of ram on it, but slower in other ways, different games use it in different ways
#8
what is zoher? like i said above if you want top noptch cpu and graphics card and a syystem that is upgradeable i suggest you increase your budget. Id you cannot increase your budget what i would suggest buy a hi end processor, decent case, motherboard etc, 2gb ram as you can upgrade that later, around 600w psu, a small hard drive and integrated graphics. From there you will have a good entertainment pc that cant game then you can upgrade the ram and graphics and add a second hard drive when you have money in the future.
£415.56 hi end AMD qaud core cpu, antec 300 case (which is a better case than the coolermaster), a 650w psu from corsair, 2gb ddr3 ram (which you can upgrade to 4gb later on, ideally using the same memory kit installed), asus motherboard with integrated ati 4200 graphics and 500gb hard drive.
http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h296/computerman_01/specforzolaonhotukdeals2.jpg
You can also add a overclockers cpu fan in the future which should set you back £20-30. A sound card from creative or Asus would also provide good improvement in films, music, and games.
Chuckles1001
The requirements were also a budget of £300, so you went for breaking the requirements by adding lots more money, i done it by getting cheaper parts. Also the CPU you picked is a bad buy i would rather a faster AM2+ CPU then a slower AM3 one. The GPU I picked is good and bad in different ways, Its good cos it has 1GB of ram on it, but slower in other ways, different games use it in different ways



I knew the components i picked in my first post would go way over budget to give an example of how much it would cost to meet those requirements. The 3850x2 is only optimised for games with crossfire therefore performance varies due to drivers, it uses more power therefore more heat and i think its bigger. And also i would not use generic power supplies for gaming computers as they tend to fail if you use it near the full wattage stated, generic psu tend to be fine on home and office computers as they dont use it to anywhere near the stated max wattage.

Nvidia will be releasing their direct x 11 cards maybe next month and if you can wait till next year january/february intel will have its larabee graphics chip out so prices of graphics cards wil drop by then. If you want a hi end graphics card that is available now i would suggest ati ATI 4870, 4890, 5850 and nvidia gtx 260. The fastest on there is the ati 5850 which was released like a week ago and retails for £200.

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