Ideal build for £500 - £600 ($800 - $1000)

By mrtruesdale
Dec 19, 2009
  1. Hi guys,

    Thinking of going for a new build, I'll hold onto a couple of components from my machine such as operating system, case, sound card, monitor and mouse/keyboard.

    So if you had between £500 - £600 ($800 - $1000) to spend for a new,

    Graphics card
    Hard drive

    What would you recommend? Machine used for gaming and photo editing on Windows 7.

    All the best,
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +8

    Well at that budget you could squeeze in a Core i5 system.

    Look around for a few good deals online.

    My picks:

    CPU - Intel Core i5 750
    Motherboard - MSI P-55 GD 65
    RAM - G.Skill (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    PSU - Corsair 650TX or 550VX (for a little cheaper)
    GPU - Radeon HD 5770 or HD 4890 (the 4890 is definitely much more powerful but does not have DX-11 capability.)

    You could get all these for about £600 along with an HDD.
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,424   +142

    Probably won't be able to keep your OS, aside from that you won't be able to use DX11 in the future.
    Wait actually vista supports DX11.
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