£300 PC Buildings Challanage

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IF You had £300 to buy PC which have PC Case(With Power PSU),Motherboard,CPU, GPU,Ram and whichever OS you have installed....

It would be interesting to compare what you guys buy for £300 PC Challange as you know everybody is different when come building pc within Tight Budget price!
 
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I built one for my brother on law recently for about £250 it's possible to make a nice system for £300 especially if you use second hand parts. I think the one I built to use on my TV last October was around that figure boasting an i5 cpu and radeon 7950. I've since stuck a £250 gtx970 in there tho.
 

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I'm currently putting together a cheap/basic PC using old and new parts. It's for my little daughter to mess around with and it will also be her first PC!

* AVP Viper Micro-ATX Case - £20 (new)
* 500W Aerocool Integrator PSU - £26 (new)
* MSI H61M-P31/W8 Socket 1155 Motherboard - £30 (new)
* 2.8GHz Intel Pentium G840 Dual Core CPU - £20 (used)
* Samsung CD/DVD-RW drive - £12 (new)
* 500GB WD Blue Hard Drive - £25 (new)
* 1GB Geforce GTX 650 GPU - £40 (used)
* 4GB Samsung DDR3 RAM - £20 (used)
* Logitech X-140 Speakers - £15 (new)
* Sumvision Nemesis LED Backlit Keyboard & Mouse - £15 (new)

I have a spare copy of Windows 7 somewhere and i'll pick up a cheap monitor soon. It's nothing special or powerful, but it'll be fine for my daughters educational software and kids games :).
 
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If you're looking to buy something AF I'm selling my old 4.2 ghz AMD quad core AM3+ bundle here on amibay ☺
 

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I would go for Intel either 4790k or 5820k(seem bit overkill! lol) :) and when my rent paid on 15th jan then I need think about buying it because I have done lots of pc reasearch past few weeks!
 
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I have notice PSU is 180 Watts which is very low if you planning on gaming!
 

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It's ok for your gran to use for general internet and looking at the family photo's or the kids homework but no way suitable as a gaming rig.

I'd recommend building one from scratch, yes the graphics card is going to cost you but that's the main component in a gaming rig. To keep in budget you will need to look at second hand parts and/or consider AMD over Intel.
 

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I used be desktop guy way back in 2005

Amd maybe Cheaper but

AMD 95 Watts or 125 Watts depending what Version of the CPU

Intel 84 Watts or 88 Watts depending what version of CPU

So if person have Intel and does mean they have cheaper electricity or am I missing somethings?
 

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I don't think those extra few watts are going to make much difference to your annual electricity bill, it was the cost of buying the parts. AMD CPU are cheaper so to keep within your budget using new components it might be the only way to go. Or as I said buy used, you can get some very good deals like I did here on Amibay :)
 

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This is an excellent idea for a thread AF! (y)

But I think using second hand parts is cheating :LOL::p

Im going to see what I can do (not including OS because its £80 for Windows)...

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OK for less than £300 this is what I got:

AMD A6 6400K 3.9GHz Socket FM2 Dual Core £36.94

ASUS A88XM-E AMD Socket FM2+ Motherboard
£40

CCL Choice 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory Module
x2=8GB £56.90

Seagate 7200.14 1TB SATA III 3.5" HDD Drive
£39.90

Samsung SH-224DB (24X) DVD-Writer SATA Black (Internal)
£10.67

AvP Imp-M88 Black Mini Tower Case
£12.96

Powercool High Efficiency 550W Power Supply
£32.26

Bundle: Cherry J82-16001 Business K-1 USB Keyboard (Black) and M-5450 PowerWheel Mouse with Optical Sensor
£12.01

Total = £241.64
Windows 7 would cost £80 on top, so not far off the £300 limit:D

Seems a capable system for a tight budget :)
 

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Ok, this is the best I can do. Can't keep in budget unless you use on board graphics or cheap no name case/PSU and get a really pants entry level CPU...

I'm sure if you shop around for individual components you'd save a bit too, but all from the same site - my picks:

(Prices correct at time of posting)

Case:

Cooler Master N-Series N300 - USB 3.0 ATX Case = £38.45

I chose this as I've personally used CM cases and they're great build quality and easy to work with plus this should have enough apace for good cooling and a decent size GPU. There are quite a few decent cases by good brands like Antec in this price range so you can find one that you like.

PSU:

EVGA 430W Fully Wired 80+ Silver Power Supply = £33.11

This was the cheapest branded PSU I could find that I would trust.

Graphics Card:

Asus GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card = £109.98

or better:
[h=1]Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics card = £127.37[/h]
These really are the lowest Cards you could buy that would be able to play modern games at reasonable frame rates

CPU:
[h=1]AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz Socket AM3+ 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor = £91.80 [/h]
6 Core CPU, should do a decent job at most modern tasks, there's just not enough budget to even look at an i5.

Motherboard:
[h=1]Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Socket AM3+ VGA DVI HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard = £40.49[/h]
Cheapest AM3+ Board I could find...

HDD as you'll need some storage at least so here's a cheap one..
[h=1]Toshiba 500GB Internal Hard Drive = £36.35[/h]
Ram - 4gb (8gb would be better)

[h=1]4GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM HyperX Fury Red Series = £29.52[/h]And cheap optical Drive:
[h=1]Samsung SH-118BB 18x Internal DVD Reader with SATA - OEM = £9.84[/h]
Total with GTX750ti = £389.54
Total with GTX660 = £406.93

Can be in budget without GFX Card (using on-board GFX) = £279.56 but forget playing any gfx demanding games ;)

Notes:

No OS!

Need to check CPU comes with a cooler, normally the retail boxed AMD FX ones do.


You'll might need a couple of SATA cables unless you get some with the Mobo (usually you do)

Double check all bits are compatible!

I don't claim to be an expert, just taking the challenge :D
 

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£300 is pretty tight, certainly not enough for anything high spec.
Assuming I already have a keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers.

Just using Dabs, all brand new items:

Asus Home Office PC Bundle (Includes H81M-PLUS, Intel Core i3-4150 & 4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 Memory) - £158.85
Best Value ME-880B Micro ATX Case & 500w PSU - £18.99
Toshiba 500GB Deskstar SATA 6GB/s 32MB 7200RPM 3.5" Hard Drive - £32.98
LiteOn IHAS124-14 24x SATA Internal DVDRW Black - £10.04
TP LINK 150Mbit-WLAN-Lite-N-PCIe x1-Adapter - £8.64
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OEM DSP OEI LCP Service Pack 1 64bit - £69.99

Total: £299.49

Just under the limit and I can even afford Windows!
Cheap and nasty though, good enough for the basics and playing older games.
I suppose I could maybe save more by using different retailers.
Ditching Windows for a free OS would let me get a bigger hard drive and an external one too.
 

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300GBP is currently about $537CAD, wouldnt be very hard to build a medium-spec system for that...something along the lines of a 3.5Ghz quad AMD, 8gig ram, 1tb hd...a 2gig r7 vid card...

AMD/ATi tends to be the way to go where cost is concerned...
 

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How about a Raspberry Pi for just day to day stuff? Oh, and emulation of course!
 

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How about a Raspberry Pi for just day to day stuff? Oh, and emulation of course!
I suppose that could work if it was strictly productivity/Internet you were after.

I don't know what emulation is like on the Pi, I guess it can only run 8bit/16bit stuff at a decent rate.
 
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