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Gaming system on a £500 budget

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Kona*, 8 Mar 2010.

  1. Kona*

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,039

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Morning chaps. I've come in to a little bit of money (nothing massive, hence the budget :p) and I'd like to upgrade my PC as it's struggling on Bad Company 2, plus I'd like to play TF2 at full resolution (1920x1080) with all the bells and whistles enabled at a decent frame rate!

    I have a few components that I will be keeping:

    • Crucial M225 64GB SSD
    • 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 7200rpm HDD (Will I see a noticeable difference if I upgrade to a WD Black Edition HDD? I'll be keeping games on this drive)
    • 16x Sony Optiarc DVD+RW
    • Antec Solo Case
    • X-Fi Xtreme Music
    So... I'm after your advice on what I can get with my £500 budget, the components I'll be needing are:

    • CPU (Would prefer to stick with Intel, what are the new i3's like? I don't mind overclocking a little)
    • Motherboard
    • Memory (4GB minimum, if spare cash then 6GB would be nice...)
    • CPU Cooler
    • Graphics Card
    • PSU (Modular is a must)
    • HDD (See above, only needed if I will see a noticeable difference to my current Hitachi HDD)
    This is what I've came up with so far:


    Cheers :)

    Last edited: 8 Mar 2010
  2. shanezog


    Joined: 16 Feb 2010

    Posts: 138

  3. shanezog


    Joined: 16 Feb 2010

    Posts: 138

    also the AMD tri core > i3