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Since there have been many edits, and the original build isn't really relevant, I've replaced it with the current one that I'm looking at.


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My friend wants a new PC, and he's looking to spend about £400 on it.

He already has all of the peripherals, and to save money, we're probably going to put it into one of my old cases, so he won't need that.
He also won't need a DVD drive, nor an operating system (he's probably going to use his old Windows XP disk).

That means for £400, I need a list of:
CPU
Motherboard
RAM
GPU
PSU
Heatsink (if overclocking)
Hard drive

Having looked around, for this kind of budget, I think that AMD is probably the way to go. Feel free to try and persuade me otherwise, if you really want to.

That budget is *the* budget. There is no extra cash, and while I might throw in £10-20 of my own as a present to him, that is the absolute limit.


The computer's primarily for gaming, so let's focus on that requirement. As such, my initial build looks to be something along the lines of this:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 (£83.98)
Motherboard: Asus M4A79XTD EVO (£75.35)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 (£38.54)
GPU: XFX HD 5850 (£99.95)
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W (£49.99)
Heatsink: Coolermaster Hyper 212+ (£18.83)
Hard drive: Samsung F3 500GB 7200rpm (£30.30)

Total: £396.94 + shipping

Can anyone find either better components or a better value computer for this budget?

The reason I over-specified the PSU was so he could crossfire later, to get the most "bang for buck" out of his rig, as he wants it to last 3-5 years for gaming.


I'll appreciate any suggestions


I'm now looking more at this list:

CPU: i3 540
Cooler: CM Hyper TX3
Motherboard: MSI H55M-ED55
GPU: XFX 5850 1GB
RAM: Mushkin Silverline 1333Mhz DDR3 (£235 Second Hand from Here)
Hard Disk: Samsung F3 1TB (£39.72)
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W (£49.99)
Case: (£28.98)
Operating System: (£89.99)

Total: £443.68
(without cutbacks)


Edit: Swapped the PSU
Double edit: Swapped the HDD to Samsung.
Triple edit: Swapped the 955 price to show correctly.
Quadruple edit: If you're new to the thread a new build has been suggested involving second hand parts. Feel free to submit other builds/recommendations etc, but in all likelyhood, the CPU/GPU/mobo/RAM/Cooler will all be from here making this an Intel build. Thanks for everyone's help anyway

Last edit: Updated to reflect newest build.
Edited by Korlus - 5/28/11 at 8:23am
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post #2 of 23
switch the hdd to samsung f3 and other than that looks sweet, buy some second hand from the forum here and you could add more value for 400
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Change the PSU to the CX430 and save yourself some money. The OCZ isn't the greatest unit anyway. If you really must get something 'futureproof' now, then grab the XFX Core 650W off Ebuyer for £60. Great PSU for the money.

I'd also suggest perhaps going for an Athlon triple core and spending more on the GPU.
Edited by Fusion Racing - 5/28/11 at 4:35am
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looking goood! you made sure the MB is crossfire compatible?
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CPU - I3 540 or 530 @ 4.0ghz (Oc)
Motherboard - h55m-ud2h
RAM - 4gb corsair
GPU - 5850
PSU - corsair 650w
Heatsink (if overclocking) - Coolermaster 212+
Hard drive - 1tb F3

=under 400
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Aha! -get this
http://www.overclock.net/main-compon...hkin-ddr3.html
then just get a PSU + HDD + GPU

= way under 400
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post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by Fusion Racing View Post
Change the PSU to the CX430 and save yourself some money. The OCZ isn't the greatest unit anyway. If you really must get something 'futureproof' now, then grab the XFX Core 650W off Ebuyer for £60. Great PSU for the money.

I'd also suggest perhaps going for an Athlon triple core and spending more on the GPU.
I saw an Antec High Current Gamer 620W for under £50. That'd be better than the CX430, since it's also a pretty poor quality unit. Also cheaper than the XFX, unless you think that the HGC series isn't great either?

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Originally Posted by Collins00 View Post
switch the hdd to samsung f3 and other than that looks sweet, buy some second hand from the forum here and you could add more value for 400
Are you sure that the Samsung is better than the Seagate? I haven't been able to find a review on both of them done by the same people.

Quote:
Originally Posted by smorg View Post
looking goood! you made sure the MB is crossfire compatible?
x8/x8 PCIe split, so it should be fine. It also has 8+2 phases, that are heatsinked, so I think it's one of the best mobo deals out there.


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Originally Posted by antipesto93 View Post
Aha! -get this
http://www.overclock.net/main-compon...hkin-ddr3.html
then just get a PSU + HDD + GPU

= way under 400
This! Was actually gonna suggest this only didnt know how youd feel about second hand! Does 4.2ghz and has crossfire, 4 threads! definitely an absolute bargin!

Yea samsung f3 is overall better quality drive!
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Originally Posted by antipesto93 View Post
CPU - I3 540 or 530 @ 4.0ghz (Oc)
Motherboard - h55m-ud2h
RAM - 4gb corsair
GPU - 5850
PSU - corsair 650w
Heatsink (if overclocking) - Coolermaster 212+
Hard drive - 1tb F3

=under 400
It's not crossfire capable on an H55 set. Nice build, but the one listed in the quote below might be better. Thanks though.

Quote:
Originally Posted by antipesto93 View Post
Aha! -get this
http://www.overclock.net/main-compon...hkin-ddr3.html
then just get a PSU + HDD + GPU

= way under 400
Nice find. PSU = £50. HDD = £30, GPU = £100, means that the total would be well under budget.

Despite what that review says though, isn't it only a x16/x4 split, so not good for crossfire?

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/H55M-ED55.html#Spec

I asked in the thread if the seller could check for me. Especially as he's offering a GPU as well.
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Originally Posted by Korlus View Post
It's not crossfire capable on an H55 set. Nice build, but the one listed in the quote below might be better. Thanks though.



Nice find. PSU = £50. HDD = £30, GPU = £100, means that the total would be well under budget.

Despite what that review says though, isn't it only a x16/x4 split, so not good for crossfire?

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/H55M-ED55.html#Spec

I asked in the thread if the seller could check for me. Especially as he's offering a GPU as well.
You will not get more bang for buck than the £235 for that setup and a 5850, thats an insane price! sell the 5850 for 100 and get a 6950, single card setups are way better anyway!
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