Jesus Fried Chicken Feb 10 @ 6:45pm
Building gaming PC for not much money.
Hello!
I have my low/medium quality computer and I wanna upgrade it, so I can play some good games. My goal is to run The Witcher 2 on (minimum) low, or if it's possible medium. My problem is that I have something about 300 pound to spend. Let's say 370 pounds. I wanna change Graphic Card, Processor, hard disc, and add some RAM. I planned to spend more than 100 pounds just on GPU. My problem is that my knowledge about computers is really low. Here's my question, could you give me list of some good graphic cards/Processors and some tips about building this PC ? Do I need new motherboard to make better GPU works ?

Here are my PC's information for now :

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
Manufacturer Intel
Speed 3.0 GHz
Number of Cores 2
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Manufacturer NVIDIA
Chipset GeForce 9600 GT
Dedicated Memory 512 MB
Total Memory 2.2 GB
Memory 4.1 GB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 64-bit
Service Pack 1
Size 64 Bit
Edition Ultimate
Display Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080
DVD TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222BB ATA Device
CD TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222BB ATA Device

I know there's a lot of work with it, that's why I want to do it.

Thanks for help!
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Rove Feb 11 @ 3:53am 
You are going to have to change your motherboard to get a real CPU upgrade to a current model. Also you may very likely require a new Power Supply Unit (PSU) since you have not mentioned what kind you have and that lack of knowledge usually indicates it's probably low pwer, uncertified and generally bad.

Here is my recommendation including new motherboard (required) and new PSU (optional if you have a good 500w unit with strong 12V rail already but included for now) as well as the CPU, GPU, RAM & HDD:


CPU = AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard = ASRock FM2A88M EXTREME4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard
RAM = Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
HDD = Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU = Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card
PSU = EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Rh8p
Base Total: £357.00
Shipping: £4.00
Total: £361.00

This has the most gaming power I think you will find for the price. It also has pretty nice upgrade options including: extra RAM slots, extra power on the PSU (recommended for that GPU is 450w as a general recommendation and this 500w is a strong good quality 80 Plus Bronze PSU), the motherboard has PCIe 3.0 x16 and Socket FM2+ and can take a top end GPU or a newer better FM2+ APU if you want to swap GPU or CPU later, the CPU is unlocked and ready for overclocking to even higher GHz though a good 3rd party cooler with at least 4 copper heatpipes is recommended to add in that case.

For a cheaper option with with less immediate performance (due to the integrated graphics) but better upgrade potential that does not involve having to throw away the GPU to get a new one later there would be this:

APU (CPU with 4 "Steamroller" cores working at 3.7GHz + GPU with 8 "compute cores" that can work fully with the CPU cores on any tasks that use HSA or OpenCL 2.0 working together on the same chip) = AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard = ASRock FM2A88M EXTREME4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard
RAM = G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
HDD = Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
PSU = EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2RhjS
Base Total: £320.97
Shipping: £4.00
Total: £324.97

Currently this one offers worse gaming performance than the first because it uses integrated graphics with only 512 Stream Processors using shared system RAM while the R7 260X has 896 Stream Processors with a lot faster clock speed and 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. However with a upgrade to the same R7 260X or a even better GPU this system would end up being better than the first due to APU (rather than CPU) and faster RAM, though it would also cost more in total.
Last edited by Rove; Feb 11 @ 4:00am
_I_ Feb 11 @ 4:38am 
with a dedicated gpu avoid amd apu builds
go with an i3 or am3 build instead
and 2133 ram wont make any difference with an apu build not using the apu

for $375 this will beat both of roves options
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2RifN

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor[uk.pcpartpicker.com] (£79.19 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[uk.pcpartpicker.com] (£33.29 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[uk.pcpartpicker.com] (£53.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[uk.pcpartpicker.com] (£59.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card[uk.pcpartpicker.com] (£112.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply[uk.pcpartpicker.com] (£34.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £372.90

stronger cpu
better upgrade options (can go to i5 4670 or i7 4770 if needed)
xfx450 will easily run a 200w gpu in an i3/i5 build
Last edited by _I_; Feb 11 @ 4:57am
cool guy yooo :) Feb 11 @ 8:11am 
OK I would recommend :
video card : MSI R7770-PMD1GD5
cpu : Intel Core i3-4330
mother board : MSI Z87M-G43
memory : twice 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 @ 1600MHz
hard disk : WD10EZEX
Last edited by cool guy yooo :); Feb 11 @ 8:12am
Rove Feb 11 @ 11:15am 
This would also be a good option, like "time goblin"'s build but cheaper even though it also includes a 1TB HDD, the power of good deals :) :
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Rrny
Total: £357.20
Last edited by Rove; Feb 11 @ 11:34am
Farma Feb 11 @ 12:26pm 
Or you could go for a AMD A-series processor
They have a intergrated gpu that isnt ♥♥♥♥ (it's good enough)

Then you wouldnt have to worry about a graphics card (for now), they have the ability to crossfire with certain radeon cards if you require more graphical power in the future


_I_ Feb 11 @ 12:37pm 
if you plan on upgrading, go with a haswell pentium g or i3
then he can go to i5 4670 in with the same mobo and not have to worry abut transfering windows lic
robwilliams Feb 11 @ 5:33pm 
This is good value for money:

8 Cores! AMD Bulldozer FX-8 8320 3.50GHz (4.0GHz Turbo)
Gigabyte 970A-DS3P DDR3 Motherboard
TeamGroup Elite 8GB 1600MHz RAM

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-233-OK&groupid=43&catid=2479

Spend the remainder on a graphics card.

Re use your remaining kit and I'm hopeing you have a reasonable power supply.

let us know what you choose.
Last edited by robwilliams; Feb 11 @ 5:37pm
Jesus Fried Chicken Feb 11 @ 5:37pm 
Allright guys, thank you very much for all your propositions. I will think about it hard, and chose one of these. After this I will write 9if someone is interested) how my chose went. Thanks again for all the answers!
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