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Budget Gaming PC (£500)Posted:

LoyaIty
  • Winter 2016
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First of all I would like 13 for helping me out with my build. I'm currently making a DIY desk/case sort of thing and it's looking great so far .

That's besides the point. I'm planning to make my little brother a gaming pc (budget and beginner). He is only coming up to 14 and will play games like MC, CS:GO, Trove, ESO etc. Most likely in the medium/high settings (high if possible) as to retain frames.

Here is what is NOT needed (have spares or already bought these things):
  • RAM
  • Monitor
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard


The RAM I have is Corsair Vengeance DDR3 12GB @1,600MHz
Please ensure that you pick a DDR3 MOBO (saves money and I can use my old RAM from my old build).

Note:
I would give him my old build but I currently use it for work and so I cannot do that. Also I do not want him to have something that cost me £1.4k to make (made it during the 980Ti era)
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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£60.80 @ Alza)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£15.95 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£44.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£47.64 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£59.34 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£175.12 @ More Computers)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£55.56 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£47.99 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £507.39

Re-using the DDR3 RAM won't save you any money. You'd be limited to Haswell, and an i3-4170 would be the best option but the Pentium G4560 is newer and will perform slightly better. Plus LGA1151 and DDR4 RAM makes future upgrades easier/cheaper.

i3-4170=£105, LGA1150 mobo=£40, 12GB DDR3=£0, Total=£145
G4560=£60, LGA1151 mobo=£40, 8GB DDR4=£45, Total=£145

If you want to save some money, you can get him a budget case instead;
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The Eclipse P400 is a nice case and could easily last years but it's totally not necessary if you don't care about aesthetics.

RX 480 will max 1080p ez, you could get a cheaper GPU but you can fit the RX 480 in for around £500. If you do want to get a more budget GPU, get one of these;
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If you get the cheaper case and/or GPU, you can add an HDD to the system;
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Otherwise, you can add the HDD later if wanted/necessary. 240GB SSD is fine for now though.
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LoyaIty
  • Winter 2016
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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£60.80 @ Alza)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£15.95 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£44.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£47.64 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£59.34 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£175.12 @ More Computers)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£55.56 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (£47.99 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £507.39

Re-using the DDR3 RAM won't save you any money. You'd be limited to Haswell, and an i3-4170 would be the best option but the Pentium G4560 is newer and will perform slightly better. Plus LGA1151 and DDR4 RAM makes future upgrades easier/cheaper.

i3-4170=£105, LGA1150 mobo=£40, 12GB DDR3=£0, Total=£145
G4560=£60, LGA1151 mobo=£40, 8GB DDR4=£45, Total=£145

If you want to save some money, you can get him a budget case instead;
[ Register or Signin to view external links. ]
The Eclipse P400 is a nice case and could easily last years but it's totally not necessary if you don't care about aesthetics.

RX 480 will max 1080p ez, you could get a cheaper GPU but you can fit the RX 480 in for around £500. If you do want to get a more budget GPU, get one of these;
[ Register or Signin to view external links. ]
[ Register or Signin to view external links. ]

If you get the cheaper case and/or GPU, you can add an HDD to the system;
[ Register or Signin to view external links. ]
Otherwise, you can add the HDD later if wanted/necessary. 240GB SSD is fine for now though.



Cheers mate. Helpful as always
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