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    So, for my brothers birthday I have a budget of £400.
    A decent gaming PC is in mind, I've already had experience building a PC so I'm fine safety wise.
    So the question is, what's the best combination of parts possible?
    Don't include a Hard Drive though since I'll be re using one along with a monitor.
    Thanks!
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    I'm trying to pull something similar for my sister (how odd that we're both doing this as PC builders for our siblings :lolwut:).

    She's got pretty tight purse-strings, so I'm keeping costs down, but I'm trying to build her a nice powerful media centre (she's into graphic design).

    These are the specs:

    motherboard: ASUS M5A78L ATX
    http://www.ebuyer.com/269076-asus-m5...rd-m5a78l-usb3

    processor: Quad Core AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition
    http://www.ebuyer.com/190673-amd-phe...-hdz955fbgmbox

    graphics card: Sapphire 1GB ATI HD 6570
    http://www.ebuyer.com/265344-sapphir...d-11191-00-20g

    ram: 2x 4GB G-skill 1600 RAM modules
    http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill...2800cl9d-8gbxl

    hard drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004J35JZ...SIN=B004J35JZ0

    optical drive: Liteon DVD +- RW Writer
    http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-...oem-ihas124-19

    case: Casecom ATX
    http://www.ebuyer.com/239060-casecom...front-ksm-7288

    psu: Coolermaster 550W
    http://www.ebuyer.com/200489-coolerm...-550-acaae3-uk

    I also need to buy her a monitor, speakers, wifi-card, keyboard and mouse but so far that's around still only £375.55


    Would like some feedback on my build!
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    (Original post by whatmakesyoutiki2)
    I'm trying to pull something similar for my sister (how odd that we're both doing this as PC builders for our siblings :lolwut:).

    She's got pretty tight purse-strings, so I'm keeping costs down, but I'm trying to build her a nice powerful media centre (she's into graphic design).

    These are the specs:

    motherboard: ASUS M5A78L ATX
    http://www.ebuyer.com/269076-asus-m5...rd-m5a78l-usb3

    processor: Quad Core AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition
    http://www.ebuyer.com/190673-amd-phe...-hdz955fbgmbox

    graphics card: Sapphire 1GB ATI HD 6570
    http://www.ebuyer.com/265344-sapphir...d-11191-00-20g

    ram: 2x 4GB G-skill 1600 RAM modules
    http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill...2800cl9d-8gbxl

    hard drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004J35JZ...SIN=B004J35JZ0

    optical drive: Liteon DVD +- RW Writer
    http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-...oem-ihas124-19

    case: Casecom ATX
    http://www.ebuyer.com/239060-casecom...front-ksm-7288

    psu: Coolermaster 550W
    http://www.ebuyer.com/200489-coolerm...-550-acaae3-uk

    I also need to buy her a monitor, speakers, wifi-card, keyboard and mouse but so far that's around still only £375.55


    Would like some feedback on my build!
    You can save a lot of money if you get the newish AMD Fusion FM1 processors - they have decent built in graphics on par with the graphics card you chose, and the processor is pretty much equal to the one you chose, but it's a lot cheaper. For graphic design, 4GB RAM is enough, and if you get the Coolermaster Case and PSU combination which I got, you'll save a lot of money.
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    You're spending £400 on your brother for his birthday?! Wish you were my sister.
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    Here's the link to a build I just put together for you OP:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/29...af6feea9fb972b

    Total comes out to £380, but you can spend a bit more on whatever you feel you need more of.
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    Here's one for you tiki:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/8a...18aae9bc6da8b6

    That comes to £240 and you should get the hard drive from Amazon (same hard drive as you picked out)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004J35JZ...SIN=B004J35JZ0

    bringing the total to £290. The CPU is slightly better than the Phenom I just found out, and the graphics are good enough for watching movies and playing most games. If you really want 8GB RAM, you can spend another 20 quid on another stick but I don't think it would be necessary.
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    (Original post by Refrigerator)
    You can save a lot of money if you get the newish AMD Fusion FM1 processors - they have decent built in graphics on par with the graphics card you chose, and the processor is pretty much equal to the one you chose, but it's a lot cheaper. For graphic design, 4GB RAM is enough, and if you get the Coolermaster Case and PSU combination which I got, you'll save a lot of money.
    No thanks. Keeping the processing power away from graphics rendering is basic computer building 101 and I'm not going to cheap out on a PSU bundle.

    (Original post by ritchie888)
    You're spending £400 on your brother for his birthday?! Wish you were my sister.
    He's a bloke. Check his youtube channel in his sig.
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    (Original post by whatmakesyoutiki2)
    No thanks. Keeping the processing power away from graphics rendering is basic computer building 101 and I'm not going to cheap out on a PSU bundle.
    Come on man, you're kidding right?

    Benchmarks show that the Fusion processor I recommended is better than the Phenom you were planning to get.

    And buying a bundle isn't cheaping out - it's a decent coolermaster case unlike the one you were planning to get before, and it's also a coolermaster PSU which is a decent buy.
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    (Original post by Refrigerator)
    Come on man, you're kidding right?

    Benchmarks show that the Fusion processor I recommended is better than the Phenom you were planning to get.
    I have no doubt that if you individually stress each specific part of the CPU, it will provide you with a nice cosy number to be satisfied with, but I have no desire of saddling a single processing unit with graphics and processing.

    The psu deal I'm tempted to be more lenient on since it's Coolermaster, which I do agree is a reasonably decent brand.
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    (Original post by dabest2500)
    So, for my brothers birthday I have a budget of £400.
    A decent gaming PC is in mind, I've already had experience building a PC so I'm fine safety wise.
    So the question is, what's the best combination of parts possible?
    Don't include a Hard Drive though since I'll be re using one along with a monitor.
    Thanks!
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/barebones/

    Barebone system.......... then get a decent graphics card.......
    personally this one
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/b...bb-1094gb.html
    and this graphics card http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/c...s/nov-450.html
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    (Original post by whatmakesyoutiki2)
    He's a bloke. Check his youtube channel in his sig.
    Then why does he/she have the female logo next to his/her name?

    Picture related:
    http://files.sharenator.com/t259690_...236907-580.jpg
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    Thanks guys!

    (Original post by ritchie888)
    You're spending £400 on your brother for his birthday?! Wish you were my sister.
    I'm a dude :lolwut:
    The gender sign is an in joke :rofl:

    (Original post by whatmakesyoutiki2)
    He's a bloke. Check his youtube channel in his sig.
    (Original post by ritchie888)
    Then why does he/she have the female logo next to his/her name?

    Picture related:
    http://files.sharenator.com/t259690_...236907-580.jpg
    I've caused so much confusion :lol:
    Sorry for getting any hopes up :lolwut:
 
 
 
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