New PC Budget 350.00

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Found 29th Aug 2010
OK, my little girl has asked me for a new PC for Xmas, and well the old one is still chugging along but is starting to look and feel old.

So I am going to get a new one this is purely for the Base I don't need a monitor, also i am not afraid of building it, in fact i prefer too, but i am a bit out of touch regarding specs whats good and whats not, so if anyone would liek to contribute and help me build a new PC

My Budget is 350 of the lords coins and i need it to run Sims 3, Spore, and various other girl/kids games but i`m not looking to get basic it want them run at high res if possible maxed out, but it doesnt have to play crysis at 200fps.

so any advice what parts would you recommend, i know some of you geeks out there are waiting under your silicon just waiting for someone to give you this task :-)

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also dont need OS as i have my OEM of windows 7 ill be sticking on.

What specs does you old one have, you may still have some adequate enough parts you can reclaim and recycle in your new unit, thats a start. You fan of Intel or AMD?

Without knowing a bit more, i can not do it all, but here is a good base, but can knock things off and change things depending, for example like the wireless card (do you need one, do you need a WirelessN300 [like is here], would a cheaper USB one be better for you?... those sort of questions lol)

Casecom Shiny Piano Pink Mid Tower Case - No PSU 138654 £11.99

Black 500W PSU - With 12cm Blue LED Fan 20+4pin 1x SATA 1x PCI-E 129422 £19.99

AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz 2MB Cache Socket AM3 Retail Box Processor 233973 £76.87

Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H 880G Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard 218935 £69.53

Corsair 2gb (2x1gb) Ddr3 1600mhz Xms3 Dominator Memory Kit Cl9 (9-9-9-24) With Dhx Technology 233259 £48.00

XFX HD 5670 512MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E Graphics Card 190648 £66.63

Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM 158860 £33.49

Samsung SH-S223L 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM with LightScribe SATA Optical Drive - Retail Box Black 233897 £14.99

Tenda Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter 155641 £17.49

Cart total inc vat: £358.98

This is from ebuyer and i have left the quick find numbers in so you can see them all on there, so good base to work from and maybe drop things off and get some from a different place maybe, but ebuyer is probaly the best if you want to get it all from one place, easier if you need to use the warrenty if all from 1 shop.
all the best and give me a shout if you need a hand any more :)...... Sorry this was done very quick after being away for 22 hours lol

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Thx Guys, AMD Fan deffo, Currently have

Ati 3650, 2GB DDR 2 (2x1gb but it has some errors on it), 250GB HDD, AMD x2 5800+, 500w PSU (cheapo needs new)

but really i was going to use these older parts and stick them in a small factor case and put under the TV.

if you live near wales ( north wales ) i seen a shop today offering a Quad Core 4GB DDR Ram, 1TB HDD, with a 20" monitor for less than 350 £

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if you live near wales ( north wales ) i seen a shop today offering a … if you live near wales ( north wales ) i seen a shop today offering a Quad Core 4GB DDR Ram, 1TB HDD, with a 20" monitor for less than 350 £

Any Idea of Graphics? as that is very important.
Edited by: "haritori" 29th Aug 2010

Intel GX4500 i think or something like that x


Any Idea of Graphics? as that is very important.

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Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 460W PS £57.99
Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache £33.09
Crucial 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory CL6 1.8V £61.85
Asrock N68C-S UCC GeForce 7025 Socket AM2+ VGA MATX Motherboard £34.16
Samsung SH-D163C 16x DVD-ROM CD-R SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black £7.29
AMD Athlon X2 245 2.9GHZ Socket AM3 2MB Cache Retail Box Processor £44.87
ZOTAC GT240 1GB SDDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card £74.62
Plexus Serial ATA 2.0 SATA 7-pin Cable (Red) 61cm / 24" x2 £3.76
Logitech Wireless Desktop MK250 - 2.4Ghz UK Layout - USB £21.20

TOTAL £338.83

over £10 under budget all from ebuyer, and i havent shopped around so im sure i can knock another 10-20 quid of that price too. but might spend a little extra and get a Phenom II black edition and unlock some extra cores.. but thats my geek showing lol, i doubt the sims will need it

thx everyone.
Edited by: "haritori" 31st Aug 2010
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