Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 16 of 18

Thread: Budget gaming system help

  1. #1
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    41
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • jsfarthing's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Foxconn A690GM2MA
      • CPU:
      • AMD Athlon x2 3600+ 2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 1.5GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675 MHz
      • Storage:
      • 80GB Western Digital HD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire HD 2900gt 256mb GDDR3
      • Case:
      • I-cute randon white case
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17"

    Budget gaming system help

    hi,
    i need some help with my pc upgrade ... at the moment my system is pretty outdated and i cnt run most of the new games (crysis, bioshock etc). As i am only 15 years old, my budget, as you can imagine is pretty low. So far i have chosen these new parts to buy

    Motherboard: Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H
    Memory: Corsair 1gb DDR2 PC2-5400 XMS2
    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000+ 2.1ghz
    Graphics card: Not yet decided
    Ill keep my old hard drive, DVD drive and things like that.

    Can anyone recommend the best graphics card that costs around £50 or below. I'd like to be able to play games like crysis, bioshock, COD 4 and oblivion at low to medium quality (it would be nice to play some games at high quality, but i doubt many sub £50 graphics cards will be able to).

    oh and does any know if the motherboard i've chosen is any good?

    thanks

    btw im new to the forums so im sorry if this sort of thread has already been posted.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    676
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    13 times in 13 posts
    • Ommid's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Mac Pro
      • CPU:
      • Dual Xeon 5130
      • Memory:
      • 4GB (8x512mb) FB DIMM DDR 2
      • Storage:
      • Need to sort this out
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Rubbish
      • PSU:
      • Apple 1000W
      • Case:
      • Mac Pro Case
      • Operating System:
      • OS X
      • Monitor(s):
      • SAMSUNG 2232BW x2
      • Internet:
      • Dual GIGABIT LAN

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    First of all i'd start by making sure you have 2 sticks of memory, if you are not going to overclock you can go for crucial/corsair or kingston value, 2 x 1gb for about 30-40 quid these days max

    Video card for Crysis? You would struggle for 50 quid, works with my 7900gs on medium. Something like an 8600 off ebay? or a 7800/ x1900 would do it, just within your budget if youre lucky

    What PSU do you currently have?

  3. #3
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    41
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • jsfarthing's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Foxconn A690GM2MA
      • CPU:
      • AMD Athlon x2 3600+ 2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 1.5GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675 MHz
      • Storage:
      • 80GB Western Digital HD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire HD 2900gt 256mb GDDR3
      • Case:
      • I-cute randon white case
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17"

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    well i av a crappy 350 watt (im not even sure of the manufacturer) but im gonna buy a 450w or 500w, i reckon that would be enough.

    if i save a little more money i'd be able to get a 7900gs or a 7800 although i don't know many website that sell them anymore apart from ebay.

  4. #4
    Lover & Fighter Blitzen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Between Your Mum & Sister
    Posts
    6,310
    Thanks
    539
    Thanked
    382 times in 300 posts
    • Blitzen's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ABIT iX38 QuadGT
      • CPU:
      • Intel Quad Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz : 30 Degrees Idle - 41-46 Degrees Load
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 1GB OCZ Platinum PC6400 @ 4-4-4-12
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoints - RAID 0
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 285
      • PSU:
      • Enermax MODU 82+ 625W
      • Case:
      • Antec Nine Hundred
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Viewsonic Q22wb 22" Widescreen - 5ms
      • Internet:
      • O2 premium @ 17mb

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    Can anyone recommend the best graphics card that costs around £50 or below. I'd like to be able to play games like crysis, bioshock, COD 4 and oblivion at low to medium quality
    For only £50???

    The ONLY way you will get a card to do that is if you are lucky enough to pick up something half decent second hand.

  5. #5
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    41
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • jsfarthing's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Foxconn A690GM2MA
      • CPU:
      • AMD Athlon x2 3600+ 2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 1.5GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675 MHz
      • Storage:
      • 80GB Western Digital HD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire HD 2900gt 256mb GDDR3
      • Case:
      • I-cute randon white case
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17"

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    well i doubt that a £50 card will play crysis, bioshock or COD 4 at a medium setting but i was hopin to play oblivion and far cry at medium since my ati 9600 pro can play oblivion at low settings

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    289
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    20 times in 20 posts
    • LegacyOne's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4
      • CPU:
      • Intel® Core™ i7 860
      • Memory:
      • 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz CAS 9-9-9-24 XMP
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Gainward GTX 295 V2 1792MB
      • PSU:
      • Thermaltake Toughpower 650W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master WaveMaster

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    You might be able to play games crysis with this 7600GT for under £50 in Scan's Today Only.
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    Also have you looked at an Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L + E2140 ?
    Last edited by LegacyOne; 08-12-2007 at 03:27 PM.

  7. #7
    Custom User Title
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Wirral UK
    Posts
    1,168
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked
    14 times in 14 posts
    • cougarslam's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Maximus Formula SE (ROG)
      • CPU:
      • Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3ghz
      • Memory:
      • 4gb Corsair DDR2
      • Storage:
      • 1TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • BFG Nvidia 8800GT OC 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Zorro
      • Operating System:
      • Vista Business 32
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2 x 17" crt
      • Internet:
      • adsl max (entanet)

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    you got a budget for each part or overall budget would help people select suitable components.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,456
    Thanks
    100
    Thanked
    75 times in 51 posts
    • Mblaster's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS PK5 Premium
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 2500K
      • Memory:
      • 8gb DDR3
      • Storage:
      • Intel X25 SSD + WD 2TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Antec P180
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Professional x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • HP w2207 (22" wide)
      • Internet:
      • Rubbish ADSL

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    Hard to know what to surgest without knowing mroe of your budjet, but just checked some prices on scan.co.uk, and you can get (approximate prices):

    Core 2 Duo E4500 - £75
    IP35 Motherboard - £60
    2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-5400 - £25
    512MB 8800GT - £180
    Decent PSU - £60

    For about £400. I you don't have that much you can chose a lower spec video card. I'd recommend sticking with 2gb RAM though, cause it's really cheap at the moment.

  9. #9
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,497
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    You can drop the cpu down to a E2140 which will overclock nicely in that board.

    PSU down to £45 for te corsair 450vx

    which saves £45ish overall on that.

    Get the 256mb GT when they surface for £115 - £125.

    Another £50 - £60.

    So you could do it for around £300

    Judging by what you have picked you are trying to do it for around £125 - £150 without the PSU.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    676
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    13 times in 13 posts
    • Ommid's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Mac Pro
      • CPU:
      • Dual Xeon 5130
      • Memory:
      • 4GB (8x512mb) FB DIMM DDR 2
      • Storage:
      • Need to sort this out
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Rubbish
      • PSU:
      • Apple 1000W
      • Case:
      • Mac Pro Case
      • Operating System:
      • OS X
      • Monitor(s):
      • SAMSUNG 2232BW x2
      • Internet:
      • Dual GIGABIT LAN

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    I'd be willing to sell my 7900gs but i only just bought it an uprated cooler last week! idles below 35 c loads at 38 lol, best part is it is silent

  11. #11
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    41
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • jsfarthing's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Foxconn A690GM2MA
      • CPU:
      • AMD Athlon x2 3600+ 2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 1.5GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675 MHz
      • Storage:
      • 80GB Western Digital HD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire HD 2900gt 256mb GDDR3
      • Case:
      • I-cute randon white case
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17"

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    well for the motherboard, CPU, memory and graphics card im guessin iv got a budget of around £160 for now, which isnt a lot. i mite be able to go a little higher. i dnt need reli high specs. i just want a system with a dual core cpu and a good enough graphics card tht will play the latest games at atleast low settings. i can upgrade the graphics card later.. i just want my system up and runnin quickly.

    ive been wondering if the 7600gt or the x1650pro gddr3 or the 8500gt were any good.

  12. #12
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,497
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    8500GT is not very good.. I wouldn't bother with it for games.

    7600GT is probably your best best if you want a new card..or look for something used on ebay.

    7900GS 7800GT etc..

    Certainly try and get 2gb of RAM as that will help no end in modern games.

  13. #13
    Tech Geek.
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    1,741
    Thanks
    82
    Thanked
    37 times in 36 posts

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    if you can afford it then 3850 is pretty damn good for £100
    but if not then 7900 stuff is cheapo

  14. #14
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    41
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • jsfarthing's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Foxconn A690GM2MA
      • CPU:
      • AMD Athlon x2 3600+ 2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 1.5GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675 MHz
      • Storage:
      • 80GB Western Digital HD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire HD 2900gt 256mb GDDR3
      • Case:
      • I-cute randon white case
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17"

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    hmm well i mite decide to save up a bit more. which one is better? 8600gt or 7900gs?

    i hear that the 8600gt isn't as good as it looks.

  15. #15
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,497
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    It isn't as good as the 7900gs unfortunatly but it is DX10 so you need to make your decision based on which is more important.

  16. #16
    Senior Member 2Cold Scorpio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Greenvile, NC, U.S.A.
    Posts
    802
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked
    13 times in 12 posts
    • 2Cold Scorpio's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Abit IP-35 Pro, Sound Card: Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 w/ G0 stepping - stock: 2.66 GHz OC'd to 3.6 GHz 1.48v
      • Memory:
      • 4x1GB Patriot PDC24G6400LLQK Extreme Performance PC2-6400 OC'd to 900MHz 5-5-5-18 timings 2.2v
      • Storage:
      • 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F4 5200rpm (main), 2x 250 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA in RAID 0 (backup)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • eVGA Geforce GTX 460 1GB Superclocked
      • PSU:
      • Antec NeoBlue 650w
      • Case:
      • Raidmax Smilodon Steel ATX
      • Operating System:
      • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung 226BW 22" LCD Widescreen (S-Panel) @ 1680x1050
      • Internet:
      • 15Mb/s Cable, Optical Drives: 1. Lite-On DVD+-R/+-RW/RAM w/ Lightscribe, 2. LiteOn CD-RW 52/32/52x

    Re: Budget gaming system help

    You might could get Patriot RAM instead of Corsair. Myself and my friend who co-operates GuildCom with me both use Patriot Extreme, and its pretty good stuff. And its quite a bit cheaper (I purchased a 4x1 GB kit off of NewEgg for about $140 American; if they offer it on Scan or such, I'd seriously consider it (in your case, look for a cheaper 2GB kit). In my opinion, its just as good as all but the real high-end Coursair or Ballistix RAM out there.

    And yes, I strongly suggest saving up for a 8800GT; its pretty much the best price/performance winner you're gonna find, though its kinda pricey (about $300 American; but I actually got my eVGA 8800GT Superclocked for $280). Or a Radeon HD3870; its cheaper, but doesn't perform quite as well. However, with your budget (and depending on how quickly you want to get your upgrades), one of these two options will be your best bet for getting a part that will last a couple of years (at least); the 7900s won't have as long of a lifespan. And avoid anything thats 8400, 8500, or 8600; they just aren't worth it except for the most budget-strung casual gamers; getting an 8800GT or a HD3870 is worth the extra cash.
    Last edited by 2Cold Scorpio; 08-12-2007 at 05:58 PM.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Budget gaming PC
    By gt81 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 18-08-2007, 09:37 PM
  2. Best hardware out for new gaming system
    By Infinitive1 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-07-2007, 04:52 AM
  3. Budget Gaming/General PC System Help Please
    By theoaf in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 07-05-2007, 10:14 PM
  4. New Gaming system on a £900 budget - please help
    By Pazza in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 08-05-2006, 11:40 AM
  5. Budget - Max £200 - Require Mini Hi-Fi System
    By TomWilko in forum Consumer Electronics
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 22-08-2004, 11:46 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •