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  • grey_matters 25 Aug 2009 18:18:13 3,863 posts
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    Pending an update here is an awesome post from Futile Resistor (dated 28th May 2013):
    FutileResistor wrote:
    @kentmonkey

    Sandbox has given some good advice for the budget you've set, especially the SSD recommendation, however, this doesn't mean we can't improve on his system with a little bit of work.

    I suggest an i3-3220 paired with a 1GB Radeon 7850, which should be at least twice as quick in games even before overclocking the GPU.

    Paypal are doing a promotion with Dabs whereby you can get 20 off a 199 spend by entering PAYPAL20 at checkout. This promotion is only valid until May 31st.

    First of all, add these two components with the quicklinx on Dabs site.

    Intel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz S1155 3MB Quicklinx: 86KMQ200 96
    MSI AMD Radeon 7850 900MHz 1GB Quicklinx: 8Q95Q200 127 (I know this is listed as order, delayed, but you can use the on-chip GPU of the i3 while you're waiting.)

    With the PAYPAL20 code that should bring the price for those two components down from 223 to 203.

    MSI are doing a 20 cashback promotion in May. So that's a 1GB 7850 for 107 if you can be bothered to mail in the invoice after 21 days.

    The 7850 also comes with AMD's never settle reloaded bundle of Steam codes for Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Farcry 3 Blood Dragon. Which could also be sold on Ebay for around 25-30.

    Ok, the rest of the components for this build are:

    Gigabyte IF233 Miditower USB 3.0 Midi-Tower Case Quicklinx 86Z3Q200 31 (All cases should come with USB 3.0 now. This was the cheapest decent case with front USB 3.0. I think the XIGMATEK Asgard 381 is better but that one is ordered on request.)

    Corsair 430W Builder Series CX 80+ Quicklinx 8BV9Q200 35 (because a crappy PSU is no saving at all.)

    G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws-X DDR3 1600MHz Quicklinx: 7Z4VQ200 45

    Asus P8B75-M LX PLUS Quicklinx 8FPKQ200 45.60

    Seagate 2TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM HDD Quicklinx: 7XD7Q200 70 (Don't kid yourself that 1TB will be enough, it's only 20 more for the extra terabyte.)

    That's 226.60 for that lot. Now you may be able to enter the PAYPAL20 code again and get another 20 off. If that doesn't work you can enter MEGA10A to get 10% off some of the components in the second order which should save you about 11.

    203 + 215.60 is 418.60. There's still the 20 cash back from MSI and also potentially 25-30 from selling the the game codes. Which makes it 370-380 for a system at least double the framerate in gaming.

    Also there's nothing wrong with Windows 8. Just use classic shell to get rid of the Metro guff and it's better than Windows 7.

    Windows 8 for 45.
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    Useful sites:

    Hardware Revolution. Posted by Dirtbox a while back. Very good information across a range of needs.

    Falcon Guide. Posted by FutileResistor somewhere. Another name for the The Logical Increments guide. Gives various options depending on your budget.

    (both of these site are US centric but the info holds true regardless)

    Lifehacker's First-Timers Guide. Posted by LockeTribal which he used (along with a previous version of this post) to build his first computer.

    Edited by grey_matters at 11:38:55 28-05-2013
  • grey_matters 25 Aug 2009 19:39:34 3,863 posts
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    Yeah, there's room for improvement on the case, power supply and graphics card. I'll add in whatever of the 5000 series suits for the graphics card. I can tag on some more options for cases or psu too if people would prefer.
  • Deleted user 28 September 2009 22:24:25
    Ok someone find me a good bundle of CPU, mobo and ram for around 100 and you can name my next poop. Find me a Crysis/Empire confident GFX card for under 100 and I will mail you the poop.

    I have a case, PSU, HD. Once I get the above I'm going to use the remains to build a PC for my mum. DB linked to (I think) easyPC on ebay and they had some great bundle deals but I can't find any now.
  • grey_matters 30 Sep 2009 13:01:48 3,863 posts
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    Hmmm

    The OP is now inaccurate by a few pounds due to increases in the prices of the X3 720 (presumably because of popularity/supply trade off), the RAM (DDR2 now becoming the same price as DDR3), and a bit here or there.

    I haven't updated the prices as the system is still pretty ok and anyone can shop around for lower prices once they know what to look for.

    I tagged on a few more improved options for those with more money but will do a proper overhaul once it is more economical to use DDR3 and when the 5750/5770 cards are out (both of which should happen very soon).
  • grey_matters 30 Sep 2009 13:06:45 3,863 posts
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    @mowgli

    You're asking a lot there really. Especially with the increase in RAM prices.
    (Sorry, missed your post until now)

    Maybe the above mobo and graphics card (4850), this cpu, and as much RAM as you can afford might just about be ok? Over 200 though.
  • grey_matters 23 Nov 2009 22:54:45 3,863 posts
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    Updated the OP with some more modern technology. Price has gone up due to a conversion to DDR3 and some (current) slightly bad value in graphics cards. Both of these situations should improve over the next few months.
  • grey_matters 23 Nov 2009 23:02:33 3,863 posts
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    blizeH wrote:
    Maybe look at the ATI 5750 - performs very well, fairly energy efficient and I think Directx 11 compatible

    Eh? I have included the 5750. Is it not linking for you?

    Edit: that exact card is the one quoted in the OP
  • grey_matters 23 Nov 2009 23:09:26 3,863 posts
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    Cheeky bastard
    :)
  • OllyJ 13 Dec 2009 09:13:03 3,303 posts
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    You haven't got a sound card on that list, this is essential!!!!
  • Deleted user 13 December 2009 09:35:26
    I'd like to recommend the Radeon 5770 for a budget gaming PC.

    The 5770 hasn't been getting super-amazing reviews but it has been compared to the 4870 when it has replaced the 4770, not the 4870.

    Anyway...

    It's cheap (118 on Amazon, prolly cheaper elsewhere) and has pretty great performance for the price. It gets within 4fps of my GTX 275 in the Resi 5 benchie using the same settings (1360x768). O_0

    Not bad!
  • UncleLou Moderator 13 Dec 2009 09:48:16 35,854 posts
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    OllyJ wrote:
    You haven't got a sound card on that list, this is essential!!!!


    Noone with a semi-decent mobo needs a soundcard these days.
  • Jetset_UK 13 Dec 2009 20:47:17 3,570 posts
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    I find the monthly Bit-tech guides very useful.
  • Deleted user 21 December 2009 09:53:34
    Unless they're doing something particularly resource hungry I'd go for the cheaper option.
  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Dec 2009 09:58:40 39,569 posts
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    I need a new GFX card as my current geforce 8600 GTS doesn't seem to like running games at full hd res.

    Any options at around 150? I will mainly be using it for STO (champions online engine)

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Dec 2009 10:04:30 39,569 posts
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    Ebuyer are out of stock :(

    I generally always go for Nvidia cards though. I have no idea why.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • TheSaint 21 Dec 2009 10:08:34 14,833 posts
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    I just brought a ATI 4890 for 135 odd from e-buyer. Not had a chance to test it out yet as I only built the machine on Saturday but had lots of good reviews.
  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Dec 2009 10:15:52 39,569 posts
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    So are ATI cards generally better than Nvidia cards now?

    /out of the loop

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • grey_matters 21 Dec 2009 10:32:45 3,863 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    So are ATI cards generally better than Nvidia cards now?

    /out of the loop
    It depends on a few criteria but there are probably slightly more situations where Amd/Ati is the wiser choice. What is your Cpu and monitor resolution?
  • freakzilla 25 Dec 2009 14:01:31 69 posts
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    What can I expect out of a 550w antec built in PSU? Some of the RAM, GPU prices have rocketed (made me almost break my goddam laptop), and some of the ones in the OP are discontinued or not in stock.

    Looking at mobo but all the southbridges seem to be too close to the PCIe slot. (especially considering the huge cards these days.)

  • Dirtbox 25 Dec 2009 14:20:04 79,210 posts
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    It's fine, people spending 120 on a PSU are just plain old getting ripped off. Some of the most stable PSU's I've ever had were OEM jobs that came with a case.

    +1 / Like / Tweet this post

  • freakzilla 25 Dec 2009 14:50:52 69 posts
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  • Sandbox 25 Dec 2009 15:41:25 340 posts
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    Just built the following including that artic power 700 which seems fine.

    Antec 300 case
    Artic Power 700w PSU
    Cheapo Gigabyte MB (GA-G31M)
    3gb Ddr2 800mhz ram 1x 1 gb 1 x 2gb (non matched does not seem to make any difference)
    Got given an E8400 which is now running at 3.6ghz
    WD 500gb Blue HDD
    Couple of second hand DVD RW drives
    ATI 4670 512 mb


    Seems to play most stuff fine, GTA4 etc - think the graphics card is probably the weakest link, so may blow 100 notes on a new one in the new year!

  • LockeTribal 21 Jan 2010 22:44:59 4,539 posts
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    Little bit of a bump here.

    Been considering attempting to build a PC for myself for a while now and, having bugger all experience with computer hardware, was wondering how difficult it would be to build something along the lines of what grey_matters has mentioned in the OP?

    Would I be better off tinkering with an old knackered PC first to see how I manage or just go for it?
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