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Need help on a PC Newbuild
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Posted December 29, 2012 at 5:56PM
I need help on some specifications for a new PC I am hoping to get. Ive been told that building it myself will save a heap of cash and I know how to, but I need help choosing the right components. I will be using this computer for daily tasks and some light gaming, however my budget only extends to around £300.
So far I have looked far and wide on the internet for 'The best deals' but I have found there is just too much variety. I've found some cheap deals on Ebay, is it just me or do they seem too good value?
I think the components I want to get are:
ASRock Motherboard £78.22
Corsair 8GB Ram £35
Intel I5 3570 £162
Case with PSU £21
I have already got a harddrive but I might get an additional one
As this is all new to me I've just got a few questions about this planned build; Will all these work happily together? Is this a good price for a low-end gaming pc? Are there any recommendations about this build?
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Posted December 29, 2012 at 6:30PM
A couple of observations...
First is, it seems a shame to put a very expensive i5 processor into a cheap and nasty case/PSU combination. It's always worth spending money on a decent PSU - I'd expect to spend on a PSU alone at least what you've spent on a case/PSU. It'll almost certainly work, but it's less than ideal.
Kinda similar observation on the motherboard. You've chosen a nice one - seems a shame to skimp on the case/PSU.
Much depends on what you mean by 'light gaming'. Today's games are pretty graphics intensive, and typically need a discreet graphics card to play them satisfactorily, even at fairly modest settings.
Personally, I'd perhaps spend less on the processor, more on the case/PSU, perhaps save a little on the memory and see if you can add a graphics crad.
I'm assuming that you already have screen, keyboard, mouse, operating system ready to load etc.?
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Posted December 29, 2012 at 7:12PM
Ive been told that building it myself will save a heap of cash
Not true nowadays it can be cheaper to get one from the likes of Chillblast they allow you to pick and choose a certain amount.
DO NOT scrimp on the PSU, a cheap PSU blowing can take the motherboard and HDDs with it.
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Posted December 29, 2012 at 7:57PM
If you want to do a self build which is not always the cheapest option a decent PSU is essential or you will be replacing it a few months down the line anyway plus any thing else it,s damaged. False economy cheap PSU.
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Posted December 29, 2012 at 8:14PM
Thanks for these suggestions, I am considering (when I've got the funds) a Asus nVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti, will this system support it?
You suggest a better case and PSU, any suggestions on this?
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