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What is the best PC I can get for £420 budget?


ryanroks1

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Hi guys,

I am after buying my son a new desktop computer for Christmas. £420 is the maximum I can go really, and I'd prefer it about £400. He is always on his computer, and doesn't do much extreme gaming but he says he wants a good spec one, with about 8GB RAM and an i5 processor I believe. He already has the keyboard and monitor etc, so it's just the computer we need. Also, it needs to have built in windows 7 64-BIT. I have searched online and I'm really not good at finding them, and the PC can come from anyway. It would be great if you can find something to fit my budget :)

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ryanroks1

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Thanks for all of your responses. I have decided to avoid using eBay. I have found one on zoostorm however, which his aunt recommended. I think I will most likely for this or the chillblast. Is this a high build quality?

http://www.zoostorm.com/Products/313-zoostorm-7877-0095-home-pc.aspx

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ryanroks1

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Thanks for all of your replies. I am interested in the chillblast one, but I have also managed to find a one on Zoostorm.

http://www.zoostorm.com/Products/313-zoostorm-7877-0095-home-pc.aspx

Is this any good? I noticed it only has a processor beginning with 2, rarther than 3.

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rdave13

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Link to Amazon description. It's certainly good value for that price. I noticed in the reviews it only has a 300Watt PSU and the casing is not full ATX size so these factors might make upgrading to a GPU card difficult for the future. If you don't intend to do any upgrading then I would certainly consider it.

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frybluff

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Definitely not. Even with it's limitations, much prefer the Chillblast one. In fact, to be honest, apart from the fact that Zoostorm are a sort of known supplier, the ebay build is better than that, and I wouldn't touch the Ebay one, with the proverbial ten foot bardge pole. Yes, that is an old generation processor (and looks like old everything else). Do you feel able to do a self-build, or know someone, who could do it, for you, cos you could get something so much better, at least in "touching distance", of your budget.

Does your son know he's getting this, for Xmas, so you can be sure he's happy to wait, for a graphics card, later, before he can do any gaming?

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ryanroks1

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I believe he has a NVIDIA GEFORE 9500GT already installed in his current PC, which he could transfer over. I'll stay clear of the zoostorm model. I have found another alternative, which sounds promising. This time it's with novatech. It looks like it has a very good build quality

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/barebones/bb-34508b.html

I will then add this hard drive if it is possible to add it

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrives-internal/sata500gbto1tb/wd5000aakx.html

and the windows 7 they offer for around £80, and it comes to around £400. Do you think this is a good option? just I think that the chillblast does not offer enough RAM. Thanks for all of the help - much appreciated.

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rdave13

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Jock1e had already posted the link for the Zoostorm, thought it was familiar.

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rdave13

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Smaller case again and only a 300 Watt PSU. Your old drive could be used if Sata. Remember you'll also need to buy a Sata optical drive as well as the OS.

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ryanroks1

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Managed to add a OS and Optical drive for grand total of £410. What is the downsides of a 300 Watt PSU.

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frybluff

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Nothing is wrong with 300w, provided you don't want to add a graphics card. Even with the latest cards, which use low power, you'd be very limited by 300w. 400w is really about the minimum, to do anything decent. With a small case, you would also be somewhat limited, in what you could add. Novatech, themselves, are a decent supplier. They're quite helpful. You could always ring them, and they may be able to help, with some suggestions (don't know how flexible they can be)

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frybluff

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Just to give you an idea of the issues involved, I've put together the sort of build, I would recommend, if I could find it, or you could find someone to build it. [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/kXOp]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/kXOp/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/kXOp/benchmarks/]Benchmarks[/url]

b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i33225]Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor[/url] (£106.97 @ Dabs) [b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/asrock-motherboard-h77m]ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] (£62.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk) [b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8gbxl]G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] (£36.98 @ Novatech) [b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st500dm002]Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] (£41.98 @ Scan.co.uk) [b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/nzxt-case-s210e001]NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] (£39.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk) [b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450sx2b9]XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] (£35.99 @ Novatech) [b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns90]LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer[/url] (£13.98 @ Novatech) [b]Operating System:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050]Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)[/url] (£68.35 @ CCL Computers) [b]Total:[/b] £407.22 [i[/i]

That's not using an i5, but the best i3, that has decent onboard graphics, that would allow light gaming, and you could add a £75 graphics card, later, to get better game-play. It's using decent quality components, and at least gives you an idea of the costs involved.

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