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    gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Hi all. Long time since I posted here! My teenage son wants a gaming PC for his bday in a few weeks. Not sure if best to go for a pre-built or self build? He wants and i5 but I'm thinking an i3 with discrete GPU may be a more realistic option - thoughts?

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Do you need an OS,monitor and other peripherals??


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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    No to monitor and peripherals, OS is a maybe....

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    What OS do you have available?

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Theoretically any MS OS....but via MSDN...hence the maybe!

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    OK well it's going to be pretty tight, an i5 is totally off the table. An i3 is just about doable, I reckon you should be able to fit in a 1gb 7850 along with that.

    You will have to self build in order to hit your budget and have a decent machine.

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    So not worth just getting something like an i3 from dell and whacking and new gfx in at Xmas?

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Well you could, that would cost around £500. Although on the plus side that would include a copy of windows and a few extra goodies, like card reader, cheap keyboard/mouse, DVD-RW, etc.
    I'd dread to think what PSU it includes though.

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    What resolution is the monitor he's going to be using?

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Consider an AMD rig, you can shave off a good chunk of pounds on the motherboard and CPU, and put more into the GPU where it's really needed. I clobbered together a quick spec here:



    A wee bit over budget, but not bad either.
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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Hes using my old shuttle with an xp2500+ cpu. The monitor is a dell 32" TV, red I think is 1366 x 1000ish. We also have a spare dell 20" 1600 x 1200.

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Consider an AMD rig, you can shave off a good chunk of pounds on the motherboard and CPU, and put more into the GPU where it's really needed. I clobbered together a quick spec here:



    A wee bit over budget, but not bad either.
    That's a silly build. Why get a 7850 with an APU?
    Besides you can get an intel motherboard for cheaper than that.

    You aren't saving any money you are just choosing worse components.

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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willzzz View Post
    That's a silly build. Why get a 7850 with an APU?
    Why get a 7850 with an i3/i5 which has an IGP? It's there, but you don't have to use it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Willzzz View Post
    Besides you can get an intel motherboard for cheaper than that.
    A few pound, maybe, you can also get AMD boards cheaper, but you'd end up with a pile of crap, and you can't get an Intel quad core CPU for anywhere near £80. Overall AMD still trumps Intel when it comes to bang per buck at the tight budget end of things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Willzzz View Post
    You aren't saving any money you are just choosing worse components.
    What's worse? 4 cores are going to be more useful than 2.
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    Re: gaming pc for son <£400 ?

    Yes, we know 4 is more than 2, that doesn't mean that all quad cores are better than all dual cores.

    A core i3 will absolutely thrash an A6 on every single benchmark.

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