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Old 11-03-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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Question Build recommendations please

One of Josh's friends would really like to upgrade his old pc (P4 3.0, x600) so that he can play modern games.

We're looking at a complete build. There's nothing apart from the DVD drive that can be reused from the old kit. The hard disk is tiny and the case is hideous. He's keeping his old 15" monitor though to save costs (although I have a 17" Digimate with a power supply problem I'm going to give him if I can repair it)

The only fly in the ointment is the budget. He's unemployed and on jobseekers allowance so this is going to be a save up for it kind of thing.
It needs to be the absolute minimum cost possible. We really need to know how much he's going to have to save.

What we're looking for is the best bang for the buck. He doesn't mind having to turn the graphics down a bit but he wants to be able to play current games at a reasonable frame rate.

What would you guys recommend?
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:54 PM   #2
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Re: Build recommendations please

I would say your looking at a min 300.

As you know prices for parts change all the time so it pointless specking a pc now.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:25 PM   #3
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Re: Build recommendations please

I guess what I'm really looking for is examples I can show him so he can decide how much he wants to save up. If we start with a minimum spec then I can show him what effect spending a bit more would have.

Thing is I'm well out of date on hardware. I only really pay attention to it when I'm planning a new build or an upgrade for myself or Josh so I've no idea what motherboards I should be looking at or which cpu.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:42 PM   #4
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Re: Build recommendations please

I'd say AMD, ATi Midrange card, 3GB DDR2/3 if possible kit. Case needed?
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Re: Build recommendations please

Yes, we'll be wanting a case
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Re: Build recommendations please

Just to add betty, this build I did leaves rooms for a crossfire setup, an extra 4GB of RAM, and a better AM3 quad as thats the base model. It will run most new games with ease, and when it comes to the next of stuff he has a chance at running them too.
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Re: Build recommendations please

i managed to pick up a 2nd hand one for Luke
Dual Core system, 2 gig of ram for about 130
all i did was added a 60 graphics card and his rig plays all the latest games (all the latest games that are under 18 you understand)

I can show you some examples this weekend if you give me a shout on MSN
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Re: Build recommendations please

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Re: Build recommendations please

im going to be buying a new gfx card in the next couple of months, so ill have a 9600 up for adoption if interested?
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Re: Build recommendations please

I should say guys that this isn't a request for parts. He wants to save up and make it his as it were. Thanks all the same Flarty.
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I should say guys that this isn't a request for parts. He wants to save up and make it his as it were. Thanks all the same Flarty.
no worrys, ill have to find someone else to offload it too :P
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(all the latest games that are under 18 you understand)
Has this not been put to bed yet?

The specs given look good, Gunner the 650 watt PSU seems a little overkill for this system but yea does leave room for expansion.
5770 from what I have read is a great card though, would defiantly recommend it, apparently it gives the performance of a GTX 260 / 4870 at a much lower power draw with the advantage of DX11.
The triple core CPU's might be worth a look, apparently with the right motherboard the 4th core can be unlocked
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