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Hello there, been looking at building a Budget gaming PC for a month now and about to make the splash, I have so far been going with an overclocked i3 bundle to do this but not to sure about it due to the retailer not wanting to give out any information whatsoever on how it is overclocked (I was just asking for the voltages they are using so I can check their overclock was not going to fry my board / cpu).

Upon asking for some advice elsewhere I came up with this build, its about £1 under my budget:

https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/onWF45_-9b3dsHaU26Efsg,,

Now I know what your going to say already, get an i5 2500k, well a sandybridge system is not within my budget, there is no option to wait and save as I sat down with my wife and we agreed upon a budget I could have as this is for me and me alone so going back and asking for more would just be taking the piss.

How will this perform on wow on ultra settings whilst 25 man raiding, in Battlegrounds, and whilst in cities and solo leveling, also all on ultra settings?

And how will it perform with Crysis and CoD:Black ops on decent to high settings?

Thanks

Einholt
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hey,

the i3 is a really good processor but if you really want the best bang for your buck an AMD cpu could be a really good choice, they're usually much cheaper.

i.e AMD Athlon II X3 445 is like 75$ USD

Tom's Hardware has a nice list of a 500$ build !

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...i-x3,2811.html


Also I would get a CPU cooler if you're going to overclock. Easily one of the best budget coolers:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...%20hyper%20212
Edited by wupah - 1/19/11 at 9:08pm
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Ok, I would say you might want to go amd, if you are not encoding video or compiling a lot.

Every retail boxed cpu came with paste, everyone. So, unless you it is different in uk, drop the paste, it will save you 5 pound.


Your harddrive does not come with a sata cable, almost all of my motherboards did come with sata, but make sure your motherboard will.
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If you choose to go the AMD route, I'd recommend a Phenon X2 (or X3) Black Edition, unlocking the extra 2 cores and overclocking it.

Oh, and when you choose your memory, try to find one with a low latency, they're more expensive but I think it's usually worth it.
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