Build Your Own Gaming PC

Building my own PC - HELP?

I'd want to run games like COD4 in 1080i, I've got my own Full HD monitor so I won't be needing that. My budget is really up to £500 but if it's any cheaper then that'd be better because I don't actually have the money at the moment. Basically, I'd just like a list of every part I need if I'm completely building it from scrach, and want them to be compatible with each other because I don't want to buy anything that won't work. Reply to person below: No, I get paid at the end of the month so I'll have the money then and I want to build my own computer, just need some guidance.

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  1. Let me understand... you're talking about a budget that you don't actually have and you're already planning to buy something that you're not sure to buy... so, WHAT'S THE POINT OF YOUR QUESTION?

  2. Ok. For you, get:

    -AMD Phenom II X4 840

    -6 GB cheap DDR3 RAM

    -any tower case

    -600W PSU

    -6950 or 6890 (first one is better=more expensive)

    -AM3+ motherboard (any will do, just check that it has 1 x16 PCI-E slot and at least 4 places for RAM adn correct SATA for HDD)

    -HDD of your needs

    -DVD±RW 22X

    All in all 500$-650$

  3. Congrats on deciding to build your own PC! I've compiled a list of components from since you're in the UK (I normally shop at since I'm in the US). Below is the list:

    Processor: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Socket 1155 Dual-Core Processor (£109.61)

    Motherboard: ASrock Z68 PRO3 Socket 1155 ATX Motherboard (£99.09)

    Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Memory Kit (£32.81)

    Note: This memory IS on the motherboard's QVL (qualified vendors list), so it's guaranteed to work

    Video card: Asus GTX 560 DirectCU 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (£149.99)

    Power supply: Cooler Master GX 750W 80 Plus Certified PSU (£68.42)

    Case: Antec Three Hundred Mid-Tower ATX Case (£48.99)

    I've built two machines with this case, and it's very nice to work in, quite roomy. Add a 120mm fan to the side panel for even better cooling.

    Hard disk: Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue SATA 6Gbps 7200rpm 3.5" Hard Drive (£31.06)

    Optical drive: Sony Optiarc AD-52605 SATA DVD Burner (£14.99)

    Keyboard: Logitech Deluxe 250 Black USB Wired Keyboard (£6.09)

    Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business USB Wired Mouse (£6.33)

    SYSTEM TOTAL (including VAT): £567.38

    Just slightly over your budget, but not by much. has free "within 5 working days" shipping, too.

    With this motherboard/processor/graphics card combination, you should be able to play the games you mentioned at 1920x1080 at high settings at least, if not max settings, and get a very nice frame rate.

    Hope that helped!

    UPDATE: I assumed that you would have your own copy of Windows 7, but in case you don't, you can get the OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit from for £68.75. See link in Source(s) below.

    Good luck! Enjoy your new PC!

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