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    Budget gaming PC for £200

    Is this possible?

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    New, or second hand?

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    New without need for case or hard drive.

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    Probably need to upgrade it within a few days if you want to play any new games .

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    Without a need for a hard drive and case its.... not really possible

    Motherboard: No idea, something ~ £50
    CPU: e5200- ~£60
    RAM: pc6400 2gb ~ £20
    PSU: 500w BFG ~ £50
    GPU: ati 4830 ~£90 or an nvidia 9800GT~£90
    Total: £270

    Could try 9600GT for ~£70, cheaper motherboard of like £30 but then you still talking £230 so i guess you should save a bit more .
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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    i still think you should try second hand?
    Otherwise your best to save up a bit.
    Last edited by handscombmp; 06-12-2008 at 08:27 PM.

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    how about dont waste money on a cheap thing and just save up

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    Well I would have to agree with everyone and say save up a bit longer and wait. But for about £200 this is qhat I managed:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150596 - 460W PSU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148715 - E5200 2.5Ghz dual core CPU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119279 - 2GB DDR800 Crucial Ballistix RAM
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148094 - Asus G31 mobo (should overclock reasonably well)
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150349 - ATI 4670 (decent mid range graphics card)

    Total: £213.80 inc VAT

    That would still be a decent enough rig, but a bit more money will help no end.

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    assuming you have an os an amd route that could double as a HTPC after

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/350W-...ATA-80plus-Eff - 350 PSU £27.49 ( not checked if this would be ok )
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB...-DL-DVI-I-HDMI ASUS ATI 4670 £62.45
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/2GB-(...d-CAS-5-5-5-15 2GB CVS memory £21.31
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-RAID-HDMI-ATX ASUS 780g Mobo £47.83
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-A...ergy-Eff-S-AM2 AMD x2 5000+ £45.97

    £205.05 Inc VAT + Delivery

    Personaly I would wait
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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    bit-tech do a good technology round up each month (maybe hexus could do their own and get some competition going ) but I'm in two minds about your predicament. Most people spend lots of money on PCs and so expect other people to spend a lot of money too, but as long as you get cheap CPU and motherboard you could get a *reasonable* system that would play games. Don't expect it to be a monster PC and others are right in recommending if you want to get the best value for money you spend more you get more. I think it would be interesting actually to do a chart of bang for buck vs total expenditure, I expect it would be a curve whereby when you spend very little you have poor bang for buck and when you spend a lot you will also have poor bang for buck, its about hitting the sweet spot.

    £300 would get you a decent enough machine, though.

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    The above £200 machines will do the job but if you could get to £300 (as Dreaming says) you will get all the performance you need for current gaming.

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    Quote Originally Posted by s3ds View Post
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/350W-...ATA-80plus-Eff - 350 PSU £27.49 ( not checked if this would be ok )
    Wow, that is pretty incredible value, I doubt you'd need more power than that for a system this spec.

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    Here is the nearest I could get using Ebuyer using Supersaver postage if you needed a case,optical drive and a hard drive:

    PowerColor HD 4650 512MB DDR2 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card £45.99 £39.99

    Kingston 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Hyperx Memory CL5 £18.99 £16.51

    Foxconn M61PMV GeForce 6100 Socket AM2+ onboard VGA 5.1 channel audio mATX Motherboard £35.09


    Hiper 425W PSU - 120mm Fan, 20+4pin, 1x 6pin PCI-E, 2x SATA, 6x Molex £24.99


    Casecom KB-7720 Beige ATX Midi Tower Case - No PSU and no Case Fans Included £10.76


    LG 16X DVD-Rom Beige SATA - OEM £7.82

    Seagate ST380815AS 80GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 8MB Cache - OEM £25.36

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Socket AM2 (2.2GHz) Energy Efficient 1MB L2 Cache OEM Processor £33.56

    Akasa AK 860SF - Processor cooler - ( Socket 754, Socket 940, Socket 939, Socket AM2 ) - aluminium £5.72


    Total: £208.28

    All you need is an OS, a keyboard and mouse and a monitor to complete the system!
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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    He didn't need a case CAT-THE-FIFTH so spec a real PSU!

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    Thanks guys a lot of good suggestions I guess gpu is where you need to spend the money not expecting top notch performance, anything is better than current computer which amd 3000+ semprom with really awful onboard graphics!

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    Re: Budget gaming PC for £200

    Meh! The Hiper should be Ok for such a low powered system!

    Here is an updated specification from Ebuyer lacking a case,hard drive and optical drive:

    Kingston 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Hyperx Memory CL5 £18.99

    Hiper 425W PSU - 120mm Fan, 20+4pin, 1x 6pin PCI-E, 2x SATA, 6x Molex £24.99

    MSI K9N6PGM2-V Socket AM2 GeForce 6100 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard 148025 £37.05

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Socket AM2 2.7GHz Energy Efficient L2 1MB (2x512KB) Retail Boxed Processor £49.44

    Inno3D 9600GT 512MB DDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card £79.21

    Total(including free Supersaver postage): £209.68

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