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    Gaming base unit for £200?

    ok, i'm building a pc for a mate with a budget of £200 and he wants to be able to play games.
    I already own a socket A motherboard, so this is what I was looking at
    Case -
    CPU - i was gonna try and get a cheap AthlonXP 2000 off eBay and swap it with the 2700 that i have in my server.
    Memory - 2x512mb pc3200 off scan (anywhere cheaper?)
    Hard Drive - 40GB IDE
    Graphics - 9800pro off retek for £66

    any alternatives?

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    • Smudger's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gbyte GA-970A-UD3P
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX8320 Black Edition
      • Memory:
      • 16GB 2x8G CML16GX3M2A1600C10
      • Storage:
      • 1x240Gb Corsair M500, 2TB TOSHIBA DT01ACA200
      • Graphics card(s):
      • XFX Radeon HD4890 1GB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Akasa Zen
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Home
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 24"
      • Internet:
      • Virgin 200Mbit
    I think MicroDirect are cheaper for generic memory, but only by a few pence.

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    I need a coffee jamena's Avatar
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    doesn't sound too bad. I run the following kit which is rather similar:
    (stock apart from a tiny bit of an overclock on the gfx ram)

    nForce2 400 motherboard made by Sparkle (no support - grrr)
    2x512Mb pc2100 with low timings (1xPC2700 & 1xPC3200 clocked to match cpu)
    WD 120Gb drive
    9800pro AIW 128mb (got mine for £76 - excellent compared to my old 5600)

    It's in a nice Antec case with a decent Antec 350w psu (never scrimp on the psu!) and it's happy at 1280x960 with medium settings on BF2 and CSSource. Your only stumbling block will be the monitor, I migrated mine from my old rig(s) as it's still outstanding (iiyama 454). You can probably pick up a semi-decent CRT for next to nothing though.

    edit - check your local TradeIT paper, and university noticeboards, might find some bargains.

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