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Looking to build my own PC - Around the £500 mark.

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Cheaper if possible. But I want a PC that can play most of the newest games, and hopefully some due out, on decent settings, without lag. Obviously I won't achieve this with games like Crysis but I ca…
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
Cheaper if possible. But I want a PC that can play most of the newest games, and hopefully some due out, on decent settings, without lag. Obviously I won't achieve this with games like Crysis but I can try to get as near as possible.

I plan to start with the new c2d chips that come out in January, so obviously it doesn't all need to be built by then, I plan to start off with 2gb ram and one 8600(or w/e) and then double it later. Sound card I'm not too bothered with to begin with. And got a 19" monitor so thats good.

What I've got so far is:
Monitor {Already bought}
19" Gateway

Case {Already bought}
Cooler Master Mystique 632S Black

HDD: {Already Bought}
Seagate ST3500320AS 500GB Hard Drive SATA II 7200rpm *32MB Cache*

RAM: {Already Bought}
Patriot 2GB PC2-5300 Signature (2x1GB)

Mobo
£100~ Range, I would prefer quad core capabilities though its not essential, want it to be able to take about 8gb of ram (4 sticks) and to have Dual SLI, would like it also to support quad and obviously dual core.

CD Drives:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/133591
£18 ~ Not sure with DVD drives but this one seems fine.


Power Supply
Looking for a decent one around £30 that I'll have no problems with.

Graphics Card:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xpertvision-256MB-GeForce-8600GT-2XDVI/dp/B000PL7PL6
£57 ~ This seems like an okay graphics card, although I would prefer it if someone could recommend one thats alot better for not too much more, probs limit of £80~ here.

Processor:
Plan to get one of the higher range core2duo chips that are out in January. Anyone any idea how much these will cost and if anywhere has them on pre-order?
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Hi,

I see that you are in Blackpool.....with regards to the power supply issue,I would suggest popping into Tower Computers(corner of Bloomfield Rd/Central Dr) and have a chat with the chaps in there.They should give you some good advice on what you will need for your potential set up.It is important to get this right........wattage isn't everything,you need to look at the ampage available on the 12v rails(or something like that!)........something my OH found out a few years back when a psu blew(luckily no other parts were damaged,though that can happen)

Anyways,they are very good,know their stuff and could help lead you on the right path.
#2
Yeah I know where you mean, my mate had his PC put together in there, and he tried building his own at first and the PSU blew. :P
#3
Still going to buy all my parts seperatly just wondering if anyone knew of any better parts.
#4
I have that case and it's sweet, really cool and quiet (looks cool too!).
Processor-wise, I suggest an Intel e4600. I've got a e4500 (0.2Ghz lower), I've got it overclocked and it runs nicely.
If you get a e4600, it'll probably overclock further (you should get 3Ghz).

I wouldn't bother with a 8600gt, I've read that in some cases, they're even worse than the 7600gt! Maybe save and buy a 8800gt, It'd be worth it.
#5
Assesoffire
I have that case and it's sweet, really cool and quiet (looks cool too!).
Processor-wise, I suggest an Intel e4600. I've got a e4500 (0.2Ghz lower), I've got it overclocked and it runs nicely.
If you get a e4600, it'll probably overclock further (you should get 3Ghz).

I wouldn't bother with a 8600gt, I've read that in some cases, they're even worse than the 7600gt! Maybe save and buy a 8800gt, It'd be worth it.

New G-cards are out next year so a little waste if I'm going to spend like £200 on a g-card. Cheers for the info on the case :thumbsup: . Not sure if I need something so expensive though, and processor wise, I'm waiting for the new ones to come out as they wille exceed the old/the old will drop in price a bit hopefully.
#6
Mobo: - lots of top end machines use Asus' P5K range, the ones around the £80 mark seem to be the best value...

I was put off these by the lack of a PS/2 connector for the mouse - there's one for the keyboard, alongside 2 extra USB2s (which for some is desireable)

CD Drives are much of a muchness, unless you want one with particularly good error correction (for reading duff discs) or want to make backups of new copy-protected games or Cds - I recommend reading reviews at http://www.cdrinfo.com/ - who go into quite frankly scary detail on the capabilities of optical drives


Case: you could manage with a cheapER case, not necessarily a cheap one, and you really should get a reasonable quality PSU -- Take a look at this

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130947

Decent make, reasonable looking case, - don't be fooled by the low looking rating on the PSU, this will almost certainly be better than a 400-450 watt no-make cheapo PSU. - Failing that, you could get a cheap case without a PSU (or throw the PSU from a cheapy away) and get a bottom-end PSU from a quality make, something like:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159
or
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131052

Simply put, more expensive cases are slightly easier to build systems in, and slightly better at dampening the noise of the components

more expensive PSUs avoid potential explosions or frying your components

HDD: seems fine - although seagate drives have a longer warranty (5 years) and typically cost just pennies more

GFX: good deal for an 8600GT - but do you really need Dx10? - if not, then you may be able to get a previous generation card on the cheap: - X1950 cards (previously top of the range ATI territory can now be had for less than £90 and would likely trounce the 8600gt, providing you don't need DX10 support.

RAM: seems fine

CPU: dont know about preorders, but a good plan. - although you may get a bargain on current chips when the new ones start to take over.
#7
spheric
Mobo: - lots of top end machines use Asus' P5K range, the ones around the £80 mark seem to be the best value...

I was put off these by the lack of a PS/2 connector for the mouse - there's one for the keyboard, alongside 2 extra USB2s (which for some is desireable)

Will have to have a look :) Not bothered about a PS/2 connection myself as my mouse is USB anyway.

CD Drives are much of a muchness, unless you want one with particularly good error correction (for reading duff discs) or want to make backups of new copy-protected games or Cds - I recommend reading reviews at http://www.cdrinfo.com/ - who go into quite frankly scary detail on the capabilities of optical drives

Not too bothered tbh, just wanted a basic DVD-RW thing.

Case: you could manage with a cheapER case, not necessarily a cheap one, and you really should get a reasonable quality PSU -- Take a look at this

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130947

Decent make, reasonable looking case, - don't be fooled by the low looking rating on the PSU, this will almost certainly be better than a 400-450 watt no-make cheapo PSU. - Failing that, you could get a cheap case without a PSU (or throw the PSU from a cheapy away) and get a bottom-end PSU from a quality make, something like:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159
or
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131052

Simply put, more expensive cases are slightly easier to build systems in, and slightly better at dampening the noise of the components

more expensive PSUs avoid potential explosions or frying your components

Still not 100% sure what to do on this front yet :S, not really liking the look of that case tbh =(

HDD: seems fine - although seagate drives have a longer warranty (5 years) and typically cost just pennies more

Yeah not too bothered about warranties though I think.

GFX: good deal for an 8600GT - but do you really need Dx10? - if not, then you may be able to get a previous generation card on the cheap: - X1950 cards (previously top of the range ATI territory can now be had for less than £90 and would likely trounce the 8600gt, providing you don't need DX10 support.

Not too sure though I was gonna give Vista/Crysis etc. a try.

CPU: dont know about preorders, but a good plan. - although you may get a bargain on current chips when the new ones start to take over.

Yeah if they don't drop much though I'll just pay that bit extra for the new ones :P.

Overall, cheers for the help, a reply like I wanted. Rep left =)
#8
I doubt the 8600gt will perform very well at all in Crysis, and Lightscribe is always a good thing to have in a DVD-RW drive :)
#9
Updated it for the first time in 2 months bought some bits, looking for some others =) Help is greatly apprechiated, cheers.

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