Gaming PC


    I have £500 to spend on a gaming pc can include monitor but not important.

    I can also build it

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    Hi mate,

    I'm willing to chuck a few specs together from various websites.

    What do you need out of the following?

    Graphics Card
    Hard Drive
    Optical Drives (DVD-RW, floppy etc)
    Power Supply
    Software (operating system etc)

    Hard to get a monitor into that budget without sacrificing on something else.

    What resolution will you be gaming at?


    Original Poster

    No OS needed but everything else will be.

    A monitor isn't necessary just wondering incase there were some bundle deals.

    Only looking to play battlefield 2142 and WoW

    Will whip you something up later [rough specs] will just need reminding, so pm me :P

    I've got just the thing for you although it doesnt include a case so you'd have to downgrade it a bit to fit one in to your budget. The computer is also £20 over budget so you'd also have to adjust for that etc:

    Asus P5N-E SLI (£70)
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz 4MB Cache - (£115)
    Graphics Card
    Point of View 8800GTS 320MB DX10 PCI-E (£182)
    Corsair 2GB XMS2 DRR2 RAM (£50)
    Hard Drive
    Western Digital 160GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache SATA II (£34)
    DVD Writer
    HP LightScribe DVD-RW Drive (£26)
    Power Supply
    Hiper 530W PSU (£47)

    Total: £520 Inc Delivery

    I have spent months researching into buying a new computer with a budget of £500 and this is what i have come up with. I hope this helps you.

    £518 for a complete base unit including delivery.


    You could always change the graphics card to a X1950Pro 256MB/512MB to save a quite a lot of money. The X1950 card won't play DX10 games (they're not even out yet) but it is still a fantastic graphics card for pretty much any of todays games.

    good little stick with the 8800 gts though as they outperform the radeons by a massive margin

    I agree mate, the 8800s are in another league to the X1000 series Radeons. :thumbsup:

    Wait till the end of july if you can the price on intels should be coming down.

    8800's may out perform the radeons - but if your monitor doesnt do huge resolutions then there is no point in having one! (well, except dx10).

    Taking singh's screen shot, I'd replace the 8800 for a 1950pro and a cheap 17" monitor (the pro will max out 1280x1024 - I have one!)

    You'll still be over budget though!

    I have a 22" monitor at 1680x1050 so i would personally go with the 8800gts lol.

    get the dell deal and add a few more parts youll have the best pc with a tft screen for your budget.


    Taking singh's screen shot, I'd replace the 8800 for a 1950pro and a … Taking singh's screen shot, I'd replace the 8800 for a 1950pro and a cheap 17" monitor (the pro will max out 1280x1024 - I have one!)

    Yeah mate that can be done too. :thumbsup:

    Btw, the E4300 only has 2MB cache but that's still very good, trust me. You can always overclock as well, which is an easy way to get more bang for your buck. Also, the X1950Pro is still a very respectable graphics card.

    If you are gaming the cache size makes very little difference. Most games engines will be optimised to fit in the small superfast level 1 cache of the processor and won't often go to the 1meg/2meg/4meg level 2 cache nearly as often as other programs. Also you will want to overclock.

    Yeah the extra cache only really matters if you are going to be doing video encoding and the like. In terms of gaming, the 2MB cache doesn't matter. Games generally respond to higher clock speeds rather than more cache, hence the recommendation of overclocking.
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