Description

I got into PC gaming a few years ago when my mate got me into TF2. I only had a HP laptop with a 3rd gen mobile core i5, Intel HD and 6Gb of RAM. I decided that I needed an upgrade soon and decide to get a job to pay for it. It took a while to get a job and I managed to get everything but the graphics card in October. I thought that it would be better to get them then then use the integrated graphics until I decided on a graphics card. I bought the graphics card on black Friday because it was on sale.(Before anyone says anything I know I have the nitro not the nitro+ but it wasn't on the site.)

I am hoping to upgrade to either 8 or 12GB of RAM soon because most modern titles need more than 4GB as well as an ssd and hopefully a nice looking CPU cooler. I am also going to try and get and led fan and a rgb led strip.

Choices:

Processor - I went with the Pentium G4400. No hyper-threading but no bottle-necking in games (although I don't play any particularly demanding games). Would not recommend for multitasking at all but seems to handle gaming fine.

Motherboard - I went with this motherboard simply because there was a refurbished one on eBay for £40 plus a few quid postage and packaging and I wanted to try and save as much money as possible.

RAM - I went for this because when I first set out to build this PC I thought I would only be playing Skyrim, TF2 and portal which are fine with 4GB. I should've bought 8GB of RAM instead because I got Skyrim remastered and being 64 bit it can use more than 4GB of RAM.

Storage - I got a cheap 500GB hard drive from CEX (used parts place) for £12 and it does fine. Will probably want to get an SSD soon though because even though game wait times are not terrible, I would really like them to be faster.

Video card - I got this on black Friday and for an RX470, £150 seemed like a great deal. It deals with any game I can throw at it easily and when I first started up portal after playing it at 60fps on Intel HD I laughed at the 284fps I was getting. I've been seeing it go no higher than 55° C whilst playing Skyrim so the cooler seems to be doing a good job.

Case - probably not the best choice for this budget but great case with a lot of nice feature at this price point.

Power supply - got it off amazon for £30 and it works fine. Will probably want to get some sleeved extensions it though.

Monitor - Got a 1080p monitor for £70 off eBuyer and it works fine. Only complaint is the shortage of display options for it; it only has one VGA port. Can't complain at this price though.

Overall a pretty decent 1080p PC for under £400 if you don't include the monitor.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for budget gaming

Motherboard

It does what its meant to do. no problems but no extra features

Memory

Decent RAM. Don't buy 4gb for gaming!!

Video Card

Awesome video card for 1080p gaming

Case

Nice looking case with lots of features at a price that my wallet can deal with

Custom

Works fine. Isn't loud and has no coil whine

Custom

Good monitor. Would've been 5 stars but only one input

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

420 lit +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

nice mouse pad,looks nice,works nice,great overall setup

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Hoping to get a mouse pad off amazon soon. Magazine works fine for now though

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

true,you can even read while using it

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Just got an actual mouse pad and added a picture

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 love it, man nice desc to

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build

Thumbs up.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely love your mousepad.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fans come pre installed with the case

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

two 120mm but they are only 3 pin

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  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. Just tested it with furmark and added a GPU load temp btw

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers mate

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Here's the thing - He can get more ram later easier then upgrading to a better case. Better to get a case you like to look at and that's good then get one that doesn't satisfy in look at and stuff.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Getting another stick of ram soon to take the total to 12gb. I only got 4gb because I bought it just after ram prices rose so I thought I could get another 8gb stick when they returned to previous prices but apparantly that isn't gonna happen anytime soon.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Just added it to build

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