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Hi Guys,

Decided to build my next PC last week and have been doing some research but can't seem to find anything good that would suit my budget.
The Budget is around £500 and would be required to run WOW efficiently with Football Manager 13.
Any tips/guides/rig suggestions would be most welcome.

Thanks
Rich
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Hi Guys,

Decided to build my next PC last week and have been doing some research but can't seem to find anything good that would suit my budget.
The Budget is around £500 and would be required to run WOW efficiently with Football Manager 13.
Any tips/guides/rig suggestions would be most welcome.

Thanks
Rich

Hey mate, Welcome to OCN.

Firstly, good decision on building your first rig and the fact you have set a budget is great. I overspent and went way overkill on my very first build & for your needs that budget is fine. Budget gaming pc's kick ass especially when your getting the most bang for your buck out of components.

Obviously many members won't share this opinion, but I am of the opinion that when it comes down to value / performance and your on a budget, overkill is never a good idea because the budget will keep going up until your broke. If your not on a budget go nuts!

Also you need to understand that It's easily possible to build a decent gaming rig with that budget. MY advice: Get a case with a power supply bundle included


Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Case with 500W USB3.0 ( when your on a budget it helps to get a case with a quality power supply bundled ) I don't know your style however I love the look of that case and if it's too flashy there are other offerings. ( $75.00 )

Intel Core i5 3330 ( the cheapest 1155 QUAD CORE cpu, although you could get away with a dual core, this cpu kicks ass man, it's incredible for gaming. $189

These are Australian prices too so I'm not sure what the difference is.. it's not that difficult to put a budget lsit together, just do a little research & look at some other budget builds on here. Welcome to OCN
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Welcome to OCN Rich thumb.gif Enjoy your stay buddy biggrin.gif
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Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Case with 500W USB3.0 ( when your on a budget it helps to get a case with a quality power supply bundled ) I don't know your style however I love the look of that case and if it's too flashy there are other offerings. ( $75.00 )

Intel Core i5 3330 ( the cheapest 1155 QUAD CORE cpu, although you could get away with a dual core, this cpu kicks ass man, it's incredible for gaming. $189

These are Australian prices too so I'm not sure what the difference is.. it's not that difficult to put a budget lsit together, just do a little research & look at some other budget builds on here. Welcome to OCN

Thanks for the reply Curt.

I was wondering if you/anyone knew UK prices and where to buy them at the best price/service.

Many Thanks
Simmo
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Thanks for the reply Curt.

I was wondering if you/anyone knew UK prices and where to buy them at the best price/service.

Many Thanks
Simmo

Unfortunately, I do not have any experience with UK dealers or anything. After a quick google search I found a few places :

They offer a few budget options :

http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk

Check out the " Chimera " Build

Zalman Z11 Plus Gaming Case
Corsair CX 500W PSU
Intel Core i3 3220 3.3GHz Ivy Bridge Processor
ASUS P8B75-M LX Motherboard
4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Nvidia GTX 650 1GB Graphics Card
Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATAIII 7200rpm Hard Drive
High speed DVD and CD Rewriter
7.1 Surround Sound Audio
2 Front & 4 Rear USB 2.0 and 2 Front & 2 Rear USB 3.0 Ports
Gigabit Ethernet

Comes in at 469 pounds. Or you could find a place in UK that allows you to customise your order and then pay for the service. Although I know many people say build it yourself etc... one of the cool things about this service is that many places offer burn in tests, bios updating, and complete system checking & warranty before your parts are shipped out, so there's not really a chance of RMA's or anything, cost about 99. And then you can learn where everything is plugged in & add upgrades over time smile.gif

Honestly man, I recommend doing a little research to see what parts would be best, take a little bit of time out & see how the parts perform. Make a list of 5 - 10 games you play often, check the requirements of all of them, then consider what else you need / want to do on your pc, then find the best parts within your budget and put the machine together, or pay for the service for them to ship your system out to you. It can be quite over whelming at first, but it takes just a little time to get a solid list of parts.

Alternatively, head over the both the Intel " General " and AMD " General " sections that is usually full of people and ask fellow uk members to put you together a parts list, as I believe parts are expensive in the UK, I think theyre expensive here too, don't worry.
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