Gaming PC

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Found 17th Feb 2011
Looking into getting a new PC - as I dont really have the need for a laptop anymore.

I'd like to spend around £400, and perhaps be able to play games on medium settings?

this possible? if so can you send me some links of pre built or component parts you would reccomend!

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I was looking on cube247.co.uk/ the other day, cant vouch for their customer service or anything - but their prices are quite competitive.

Gigabyte EP31 DS3L - £50
Arctic Power 700W psu - £42
Intel C2D 5200 - £54
Kingston 4GB DDR2 800MHZ - £37
Zotac GTX260 - £117
WD 500GB HDD - £40

£343

Add case

save money on gfx by changing to ATi 4870/4850, but lose a little Umph!. Job Done Also if you purely want gaming you could upgrade the Gcard + Ram

Edited by: "KapA" 17th Feb 2011

Original Poster

anyone think this spec is ok?


Q6600 cpu (quad core) 2.4ghz
2Gig DDR2 ram
ATI HD4870 512mg GDDR3 Ram
630Gb HDD
2 x Dual layre Re-writers
Asrock sli gaming motherboard
Brand new black case with extra usb ports
windows 7 ultimate

Ram is shocking, You can pick up 4GB of DDR3 for £40 these days.

Original Poster

yeah id definitely do what you said.

However, the above is second hand... how much would you pay?

I was planning on selling mine, and that would have been for £350,

the specs were:

Q6600 2.4 Quad core (as above)
8GB DDR2 ram
GT9800 1GB DDR3 Gfx Card
Win 7 Ultimate,
2 x 500GB HDD
3 x CD Rom, 2 Floppy, 8 USB Ports
Wireless Mouse/Keyboard

As to the other Quad core above I'd go with £250 is fair for that. £300 isn't bad, but i'd not be paying anywhere near 400 for it!

Original Poster

Hes actually selling his for 150£, so sounds reasonable, however, always nervous about buying second hand...

Don’t bother with Core 2 Socket 775 setups – no point with the current pricing mate:

Below is a good spec PC – £7 below your £400 budget. Will last you for donkeys years, will most all current games pretty comfortably at med – high settings. Socket 1156 / i3 based. With the Nvidia 460, you’re getting slightly more future proofing with DX11 compatibility, it's also one of the best value to performance cards about.

Only thing i’d change if you could go £10-£15 over budget, is slightly better RAM:

ebuyer.com/pro…933

http://i51.tinypic.com/259lt87.jpg

Edited by: "spritey" 17th Feb 2011

Original Poster

what website was that from ? cheers

ebuyer.com/

Fantastic site - use them all the time. Next day delivery will only set you back around £10. Can order up till 11pm for next day delivery.. I once ordered at 11pm, it arrived the next day at 7.30.. Insane.

Even then, it's free 5 day delivery if you don't mind the wait.
Edited by: "spritey" 17th Feb 2011

So you’re aware – the Zotac Nvidia 460 is recommended but bit-tech and various other buyers guide for an affordable build such as this.

I’ve got quite an expensive gaming PC, i7 920, 6870, 6GB of DDR3 1600mhz etc..

My friend has an i3 setup for a Zotac 460..

He comes round on occasion to play Bad Company 2 with his PC.

He has the resolution and settings whacked up at a high level.

While mine may long a fraction quicker, it plays pretty much the same as mine.. I frankly don’t notice the difference from high > very high settings.

You buy that setup – you’re gonna be sorted for a good 2+ years playing any games between medium and high settings.

Most buyers guide will point you in the direction of 1,333MHz RAM over 1600mhz. As the performance difference is incredibly minimum. Although i’d say it’s worth the extra £10-£15 on top.

If you can go slightly over budget, i’d recommend these changes:

ATI 6850 as the graphics card
ebuyer.com/pro…431

OCZ 4GB DDR 1600mhz
ebuyer.com/pro…933

Which would bring you in at £407.85 - i'd very much say do this if you don't mind the £7 extra.

Beyond that, bumping the CPU upto an i3 560 would be my next recommended step. Bumping the budget to £428.42. But the 540 is more than adequate anyway.

Hope that's you sorted

Lastly Do not buy Socket 775 / Core 2 - While they’re perfectly capable CPUs still – you may aswell invest in something which will last you much longer. While they’re phasing out socket 1156 – it’s going to be around a long time.. Especially after the Sandy Bridge mess.
Edited by: "spritey" 17th Feb 2011

Original Poster

thanks alot for the above, will definately let you know what I end up doing!

However, do you think it could be worth buying the PC in post #3, and then upgrade a ram, stick with it for a year, and then look at prices of an i7?

Go for the Phenom II X4 970 and then your getting almost i7 performance for a lower price. If you are not overclocking AMD is the way to go for gaming rigs.

parsons14

thanks alot for the above, will definately let you know what I end up … thanks alot for the above, will definately let you know what I end up doing!However, do you think it could be worth buying the PC in post #3, and then upgrade a ram, stick with it for a year, and then look at prices of an i7?



Honestly? I wouldn’t personally bother.

You’d get much more mileage over time for your money with the i3 build.

With socket 2011 set to replace socket 1366 in 8 months, i wouldn’t recommend purchasing an i7 setup currently. While 1156 has quite a bit of life left in it, mainly due to the Sandy Bridge incident and fact they offer get value to performance.. Socket 1366 is going to be phased out far more quickly, as it’s mainly for the enthusiast market.
Edited by: "spritey" 17th Feb 2011

Original Poster

I know the i3 would be better, but would speed difference be that noticeable? but if I did upgrade the pc....

Q6600 cpu (quad core) 2.4ghz
2Gig DDR2 ram (THIS MAINLY)
ATI HD4870 512mg GDDR3 Ram
630Gb HDD
2 x Dual layre Re-writers
Asrock sli gaming motherboard
Brand new black case with extra usb ports (430 psu)
windows 7 ultimate

and could spend £200 in total.. its a tough one for me, as obviously the extra cash would be nice!

parsons14

I know the i3 would be better, but would speed difference be that … I know the i3 would be better, but would speed difference be that noticeable? but if I did upgrade the pc....Q6600 cpu (quad core) 2.4ghz2Gig DDR2 ram (THIS MAINLY)ATI HD4870 512mg GDDR3 Ram 630Gb HDD 2 x Dual layre Re-writers Asrock sli gaming motherboard Brand new black case with extra usb ports (430 psu)windows 7 ultimateand could spend £200 in total.. its a tough one for me, as obviously the extra cash would be nice!



The i3 540 is slightly better than the Q6600.

But you’re mainly buying into upgrade potential.

You buy that PC – where is there to go.. You’d need a new Motherboard, CPU, RAM and graphics card if you wanted a decent upgrade.

You buy the i3 540 – you’ve got a very clear upgrade path, with many available options to you for the next 2+ years.

While you may end up paying out less now for the Q6600 – overtime – i think you’d end up paying more. Plus, it’s a second hand system.. Which has its own risks.

You could likely (if you looked hard enough) – source a similar i3 based system second hand for 20% off retail in total.. So around £300-£320.. Which would represent a much better bargain than the second hand Q6600.
Edited by: "spritey" 17th Feb 2011

if you can that that quad core pc for £150 id snap it up its a great bargain and provided u dont game at ridicolous settings and resolutions that pc is more than fine

my friends is a similar setup and he plays bf2, mw2, black ops etc etc

like you said just switch the ram to 4gb and maybe buy a more recent gfx, u can subside the cost by selling of the 2gig and the ati 4870
Edited by: "muffin247" 17th Feb 2011

i would buy the quad core for £150, real bargain

Original Poster

can get it for 130 now.. so even better

snap it up dont delay!

Original Poster

I have also sourced a LG W2252S FLATRON (22")

+ amazon.co.uk/dp/…528?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=****&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B003BORCK8

with the PC it totals, £205!

Am thinking of playing LOTRO until payday as its free to download and play!

Original Poster

Ive got all the above now, for 210£.... the PC is rapid compared to my laptop! and will keep me going for a little while...

Now i have it any suggestions of good downloads / or components i could buy?

I was looking at a programme so i can analyse my CPU temp as this is important?

anyone used one of these?

http://****.co.uk/ws/…dll?ViewItem&item=220680891044&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_2522wt_1027

cheers

Original Poster

im only casual user so, it will be ok for me.

and just sourced all locally, second hand, but had checks done on the pc from my friend whos a Techie, and the screen is practically brand new.
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