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Another gaming pc £500

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Found 15th Dec 2014
My 9 year old boy wants a gaming pc after being wowed by mine own. I have a budget of £500 max for the base unit. He plays the usual tat - minecraft / garrys mod / age of empires!

I Seem to have missed out on a couple of deals lately re gaming pcs - does anyone know of a deal on at the moment?

I know it is cheaper to build myself but this is my free time before I'm back to working my nuts off so I'd rather spend it playing the witcher2!

Cheers

Rob

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jimmyd4ng3r

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/view/Orion-i3-450-pc/



That's really terrible value for money.

Although I cannot recommend any specific system, you realize it takes less than 30 minutes to build your own and probably 1 hour to install the OS? Time to play Witcher 2 really isn't an excuse if your looking to save money

Your budget will certainly get you a good system, especially if you self build.

Edited by: "joshp" 15th Dec 2014

i dont think you need a mega pc for any of the games listed above?

£42.80 amazon.co.uk/Gig…ase

£50.49 amazon.co.uk/Int…258

£46.54 amazon.co.uk/H81…LUS

£41.89 amazon.co.uk/Cru…ram

£46.84 amazon.co.uk/Cru…128

£39.99 amazon.co.uk/1TB…hdd

£268.55

This is with an SSD and HDD combo without a GPU and the motherboard/RAM are debatable, in fact most of it is debatable, and not everything is in stock, but it gives you a good idea.

CPU wise, you could maybe reach for an i3/i5 with a lower budget for the GPU, I don't know, it depends what tasks you'd be doing other than those games. This to me is the ideal PC, much better than those you can buy from PC World or stores like that.

With the above setup you have around £230 for a GPU, but you are limited by PSU performance. I would probably wait around for the new AMD cards or the new 960 by NVIDIA.



Edited by: "rev6" 15th Dec 2014

Go for something like this and build yourself. It will handle those games with no problems whatsoever and even some more taxing ones at medium settings.

uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/K…RHx

smizzlopi

Go for something like this and build yourself. It will handle those games … Go for something like this and build yourself. It will handle those games with no problems whatsoever and even some more taxing ones at medium settings.http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Kn4RHx



With something like that, for gaming I really would recommend an SSD/HDD combo,

HamanBasher

i dont think you need a mega pc for any of the games listed above?


http://www.captainwilliams.co.uk/sega/megadrive/images/amstradmegapc.jpg

Banned

9 years old?
Get him a Meccano set or Lego so he turns into a REAL man when he grows up.

I just built another gaming PC, only cost me around £350…. not uber powerful, about equivalent to a 3 year old decent alienware…. but plays Starcraft 2 Heart of the swarm on maxed out settings on 1080p… tweaked, over clocked, aftermarket cooling, SSD HD and 7200rpm laptop HD combo, 8gb paired RAM, octo-core FX CPU @4ghz, HD6950 unlocked shaders to HD6970 and over clocked,…. I just ebayed the parts, some new, some used… worked out fairly cheap!

rev6

With something like that, for gaming I really would recommend an SSD/HDD … With something like that, for gaming I really would recommend an SSD/HDD combo,



Why? If it's only a boot drive, there isn't a massive boost in performance whilst gaming. Up to the OP if they want to put an SSD in a kids computer. Personally I'd keep it simple.

smizzlopi

Why? If it's only a boot drive, there isn't a massive boost in … Why? If it's only a boot drive, there isn't a massive boost in performance whilst gaming. Up to the OP if they want to put an SSD in a kids computer. Personally I'd keep it simple.



Throw out the HDD and just get an SSD then. They are pretty cheap nowadays and make using a PC much more pleasurable.
And other benefits are if the OS is doing work, like updating, install something, it makes running a game terribly slow, so in most cases you have to either wait or stop the process. I don't see the point in spending so much money on a PC that can't do those 2 simple things together.
Edited by: "rev6" 16th Dec 2014

Original Poster

Cheers for the replies. I'm going to build him one up now just gotta get the parts.

sdman786

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/sdman786/saved/6DL9TWone i made for when … http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/sdman786/saved/6DL9TWone i made for when i get the money

£100 on the motherboard but only £86 on graphics, so you not going to use it for gaming? Currently you are spending just over 10% on graphics, I would recommend about 25-40%.

MIDURIX

£100 on the motherboard but only £86 on graphics, so you not going to use … £100 on the motherboard but only £86 on graphics, so you not going to use it for gaming? Currently you are spending just over 10% on graphics, I would recommend about 25-40%.



it wasnt made for gaming, but for a quality pc that will last and will take games like the ones he said above with ease

sdman786

it wasnt made for gaming, but for a quality pc that will last and will … it wasnt made for gaming, but for a quality pc that will last and will take games like the ones he said above with ease

Why would you need the i5-4440 and 8GB of ram for that though?

MIDURIX

Why would you need the i5-4440 and 8GB of ram for that though?



the real question would be, why would you spend 500 if you dont want that. the specs you imagine can be bought at a lower price

A 750Ti would probably run all of those games just fine!

Original Poster

I'm building my own, as suggested. Thanks chaps!

Banned

Gaming PC's can cost a lot of money! That's why I prefer a console, cheaper and better!
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