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    Budget Gaming Build/Upgrade

    I've got a few parts sitting around, need to put a semi-decent PC together with them . Ideally, I would like it to play CoD4:MW/BF:BC2, something of that ilk, at 1440x900 comfortably, without having to turn all the settings right down.

    £200 is probably my maximum, less than that would be best though. I'll buy Windows 7 outside of that, so no need to budget for it.

    Parts:

    AMD Athlon X2 5000+ (fairly sure it's the new Phenom-based version)
    2*512MB Crucial 667MHz DDR2
    Asus M2N SLI
    Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H uATX
    FSP 280W PSU (no connectors beyond molex though)

    Peripherals:

    HP w19 1440x900 Monitor
    Gigabyte mouse

    So as far as I can gather, I'll need a case, graphics card, hard drive, cooler (if I don't use stock), fans, keyboard , plus any upgrades to the above that would be a smart idea - almost certainly a PSU I would imagine. And anything I've forgotten

    Cheers for all advice!

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    Re: Budget Gaming Build/Upgrade

    Is the overclocked Q9550 and HD4870X2 not cutting it any more??

    I would probably look to get another 1GB of RAM TBH.

    Here are some parts you may want to consider:

    OCZ 400W Stealth XStream PSU ~ £30

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152505

    Kingston 1GB Kit (2x512MB) DDR2 PC2-5300/667MHz ~ £25

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/91126

    Coolermaster Elite 340 Black MicroATX Case ~ £29

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coole...X-Case-w-o-PSU

    Sapphire HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 ~ £55

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173705

    640GB Samsung HD642JJ Spinpoint F1 ~ £41

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/640GB...ache-89-ms-NCQ

    The F3 500GB is out of stock at Scan and Ebuyer.

    LiteOn iHDS118 18x DVD-ROM Drive ~ £9

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190715

    120MM Fan X 2 ~ £2

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/63281

    Logitech Deluxe 250 Black Keyboard USB ~ £7

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119298


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    Re: Budget Gaming Build/Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Is the overclocked Q9550 and HD4870X2 not cutting it any more??
    We all need change every now and again

    My plan is to sell off the laptop and give this to my girlfriend.

    Cheers for the build, I'll have a good look through it tomorrow

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    Re: Budget Gaming Build/Upgrade

    Right, almost all bought and ready to go

    Grabbed 2GB of RAM from Englander on the forums so I can keep my Crucial stuff for spares, and got an RC-341 instead of the 340 since, in my girlfriend's words, the 340 is "hideous" . I don't think the 341 is much better, but hey!

    Some Scythe Slipstream fans as well to keep it quiet, should be a nice little rig, especially with Windows 7 going on it.

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    Re: Budget Gaming Build/Upgrade

    If you have saved some money you could get a faster graphics card like an HD5670 or a 9800GT Green Edition.


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    Re: Budget Gaming Build/Upgrade

    Yeah I think I will, haven't made a decision on the graphics card yet.

    It's not going to get used for gaming initially, so getting a graphics card isn't essential - and as far as I'm concerned, since graphics tech moves so rapidly, the longer I can wait to buy the graphics the better really... that's the beauty of the 785G I suppose, gives me so much more flexibility

    A 5 series ATI would be nice, to keep the temperatures and noise levels right down, so I'm hoping the prices will drop a bit further on the 5670 or even the 5750 before I bite...

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    Re: Budget Gaming Build/Upgrade

    Working very nicely at the moment, just need to muck around with the stock cooler to get the noise levels down and perhaps experiment with ACC if it will work??

    Still holding out on a graphics card, but if a good deal comes along I'll probably snap one up

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