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Help Building £500 Gaming PC

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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago

I am thinking of building myself a gaming rig, I've dabled with a few machines and upgraded various components, so hopefully i'm upto the job. To be honest I'm more of a benchmark addict than a hardcore gamer!

I've got a budget of around £500, prefrably with a Intel core 2 quad CPU (unless i can get an Itel i7 for that money) DDR3 Ram, hard drive doesn't need to be huge 500 GB would do, and a decent graphics card. I already have a monitor I can use.

Can anyone suggest any components that would suit this budget, and where best to get them from?

Any help woud be greatly apreciated.
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago

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From neogaf:


Just like the rig for US posters, I've put together a config that uses the absolute best "bang for buck" components whilst sticking to a strict £400 budget. The basic components are similar but I've used parts that are better priced at Ebuyer in order in come in on budget.

[Motherboard (ASUS M4A78 770)]: (£55.86)
[CPU (Phenom ii X2 550)]: (£79.99)
[RAM (OCZ Titanium 4GB DDR2 800)]: (£34.99)
[GPU (XFX HD 4870 512MB)]: (£99.99)
[DVD (22X Samsung DVDRW)]:£15.56)
[Case/PSU (Coolermaster Centurion 5 and Coolermaster eXtreme Power Plus 550w PSU)]: (£74.79)
[HDD (WD CAVIAR BLACK 640GB)]:£51.79)

Total cost = £412.97 delivered

Recommended upgrades for 1080p gaming

[GPU (XFX 4890 1GB)]:£140.73)

Total cost of 1080p gaming rig = £453.70
I think the main reason for that CPU choice is that is is actually has 4 cores but 2 are disabled and may be able to be unlocked (if you're lucky - they may not work).
Sounds like an option, thanks for that. Would idealy like to spend a bit more and get a Intel processor if possible, and maybe DDR3 Ram.
My suggestions would be:

Intel Q6700 = £130
Akasa Nero HSF (to overclock the CPU of course!) = £24
DFI Blood Iron BI P45-T2RS = £75
Crucial 4GB (2X2GB) Ballistix CL4 (4-4-4-12) = £39
Corsair 650W TX Series PSU = £72
Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB = £38

Grand total = £378

But only £122 remaining for a case, GPU & optical drive.

Don't bother with DDR3 RAM unless it's going to be used in conjunction with an i7 setup.
Sounds like a good option, could the PSU not be changed for the case/psu combo on the previous suggestion?

[Case/PSU (Coolermaster Centurion 5 and Coolermaster eXtreme Power Plus 550w PSU)]: (£74.79)

Saves a bit of money to have enough left over for a ATI 4870 or similar and DVD Drive, or is that not a great case/psu?
Anyone else have any suggestions?

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