Found 30th Oct 2009
Hi Guys,

Am now ready to upgrade major parts of my current system to gaming spec.

Basically, the parts I am looking to change are CPU, Gfx, Ram, Mobo and possibly PSU.

Any ideas on what would make a really good spec for around £400 would be appreciated.



Might be worth looking at prebuilt gaming PCs and taking reference from there, give an idea of pricing and components. One thing I would suggest is to buy a good quality power supply - cheaper ones fail too often and end up taking out the rest of your PC with it!


and still leaves you £100. These would definatly make a good gaming sytem.


and still leaves you £100. These would definatly make a good gaming sytem.

your forgetting the mobo, and whats the point of buying an am3 processor and only using ddr2 ram?, i would check out that prebuilt one posted here a few days back, it was £400 and was pretty good [url][/url], although the processor isnt that good, its still pretty good value for money. However ill get back to you later on, on what to use if your gonna build yourself with prices of course.

Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P 790X Socket AM3 DDR3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard - £94.45
Corsair 4gb (2x2gb) Ddr3 1333mhz Xms3 Memory Kit Cl9 (9-9-9-24) - £80.79
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 6MB L3 Cache Black Edition Retail Boxed Processor - £89.99
Arctic Power 700W PSU - With PCI-E, 4x SATA, 20+4, ATX12V, 8pin +12V Connectors - Retail Boxed £40.99
PowerColor HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card £102.42
Total : £408.97

And these are prices taken straight from ebuyer, so you can probably get the lot cheaper if you shop around, however most of the parts are top quality and the motherboard is pretty good, iv got it myself and i cant reccomend it enough, its also crossfire so you can add another gpu, also dont forget this system is DDR3 and the GPU is 1gb as supposed to being 512mb, the Phenom X3 720 is also an excellent overclocker if your planning on going down that route, because of the unlocked multiplier even if your not the stock clock of 2.8ghz should be more then high enough.
I hope that helps, let me know how it goes
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