Is this computer spec worth buying?

By Bradders1504 · 6 replies
Jun 20, 2012
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  1. Hi, I'm new here, just wanted opinions on buying parts to buy my own PC and if it would hold up for a couple of years for gaming?

    Cpu: AMD FX-6200 3.80GHz 6-core
    Memory: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
    Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AMD 970

    I've not included the power supply and hard drive etc. because they didn't seem relevant much.
    All suggestions are welcome but I'm limited by a budget of £400.
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    That's not a great gaming setup, games are mostly dependant on the GPU and the 6570 will likely only play games on low details.

    Is the budget just for those 4 components or does it include everything (PSU, hard drive, case, etc.)
  3. ComputerGuy55

    ComputerGuy55 TS Maniac Posts: 380   +8

    as slh28 said, most games are dependent on the GPU more then the CPU.

    In this case I would suggest a quad core(even a dual core) and take the money you save from spending on the CPU and put it into a better GPU.

    The 6-core CPU will allow you to do a lot more at once (I.E have a game open, run Internet Explorer(or other browsers..) Word programs, and a bunch of other things) but if you plan on playing games, then you are really only focusing on one program running, a Dual Core would be fine for this, as most games only require a dual core anyways.

    A quad core will ensure quicker use if you plan on doing muliple things at once however, and if the budget allows for it then you might as well.

    Put the money into a GPU and you will be able to play higher end games, or at least higher graphic settings.
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    At your price point they're extremely relevant. It would be nice to see all the components, and we'll see if we can provide something better for you.

    Also, what resolutions to you intend to play at, as that is also crucial when choosing a GPU, along with the sort of games you intend to play (as some need high performing GPUs than others).
  5. Bradders1504

    Bradders1504 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the replies guys. In response to slh28, yes 400 is the budget for those 4 components as I have everything else because I'm stripping my old PC, the case is a full tower so space isn't a problem.
    Also in response to everyone, I've been doing more research and what do you make of these,
    Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-V LE
    CPU: Intel i5-2400
    GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB

    Still open to options and the RAM isn't really included in this budget any more because they're relatively cheap.

    Also, the power supply I have is corsair 800w and so is compatible with the GPU. I have a 250GB SATA 7000rpm internal Hard Drive and a 500Gb of the same. 2 basic DVD-RW 48x Drives. Case I have has a pretty big fan around 7-8" diameter and is around 500x220x580/600. These are things I already have so that's why they are not in the budget. I know a lot of people say to invest in a SDD but I can't afford one of them at the moment.
  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    That's a much better choice of components, although the i5 3450 is pretty much the same price as the 2400 so you might as well get the newer and more efficient 3450.

    You can probably squeeze in a GTX 560Ti, this is a good deal for £150 including delivery.
  7. Bradders1504

    Bradders1504 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for that, I had a look at a Ti but they were mainly 180-190 which pushed it out of a realistic price range for me anyway, so I saved the link and that'll help alot. They 3450 actually is a little cheaper which is great. Thanks for all the help, I'll probably look around more but you've given me a good view on decent and rubbish bit and bobs.

    Thanks for the help guys

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