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Need advice on building PC

As the title says I need help building a new gaming PC. The computer I have right now is far too slow to play hardly any new games. Its struggles playing HL2 on lowest settings.
So I would like advice and possibly links to any components that will do the job of playing the latest games out at normal settings or better.

Its been years since I last made a pc and now I am completely lost and don't know where to start looking. I currently have £450 pound to spend on a motherboard, gfx card (capable of high definition), CPU, and a case that will power it.

I can use the 1gig of RAM, hard drives and disc drives from my current computer untill I have the funds to upgrade them.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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You may not be able to use the parts from your old PC.

Not sure how old the parts are but technology has moved and they may well not fit.

Memory changes all the time and may not be compatible with your new motherboard.

Hard drives used to connect with IDE but now connect via SATA (although most motherboards still provide a legacy IDE connector).

If I were you I would register for the MicroMart forums and add an append to the "System Builders and Upgraders" forum (or the Gaming forum). They really know there stuff and reply very quickly.

forum.micromart.co.uk/

Original Poster

Thanks for the quick response, I was always under the impression I could reuse old RAM but it wouldn't run as good as higher frequency ones. The hard drive I use now is a 120GB SATA hard drive so it hopefully will be reusable.

mr.brightside86;3561712

Thanks for the quick response, I was always under the impression I could … Thanks for the quick response, I was always under the impression I could reuse old RAM but it wouldn't run as good as higher frequency ones. The hard drive I use now is a 120GB SATA hard drive so it hopefully will be reusable.



If the SATA drive came with the computer then it's probably not that old and you may be able to reuse the ram. Do you have the original specs?

As for parts I'd go for an Intel Quad-Core, P35 motherboard, Nvidia 9800GTX+ or ATI 4850 and a decent brand power supply (you may be able to use your original case, the standards haven't changed in years)..

To be honest, building PC's these days (depending on spec of course) is not as cost effective as it once was, particularly if you need to buy a new operating system as well. It's worth checking sites like ebuyer or dabs just to see how much a built system would cost you compared to building a new one.

n64play;3563409

To be honest, building PC's these days (depending on spec of course) is … To be honest, building PC's these days (depending on spec of course) is not as cost effective as it once was, particularly if you need to buy a new operating system as well. It's worth checking sites like ebuyer or dabs just to see how much a built system would cost you compared to building a new one.



I agree, the last PC I built (a general home computer) cost me more to build than buying one from Dell.

These companies can get the parts cheaper by buying in bulk than you can buying one at a time.
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