• Log In
  • Register


Build #1: Gaming PC for less than £500

by JasonUK


Part List View full price breakdown


CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

980 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz


I decided to build this gaming PC as a fun project, and to also save quite a bit! I had a tight budget for this build as I didn't have any savings beforehand. It certainly isn't a looker, but that's not really what I was looking for (or expecting on a low budget). For the price I paid, I'm pleased. Note: some of the parts were bought from eBay, but I ensured that I always bought unopened or new condition items. Here's a breakdown:

CPU - AMD FX-6300 - Great CPU for the price. Was contemplating Intel i5 at first, but it would have increased my budget by too much. The extra performance of an i5 didn't warrant me spending the extra money. Stock cooler. (Aria)

Motherboard - MSI 970A-G43 - Very easy to work with. Great value. (Aria)

Memory - Corsair XMS3 - 2 x 4Gb modules (dual). (eBay)

Storage - 500Gb SATA - I don't use that much storage, and so 500Gb is plenty for me. I thought about an SSD, but for my budget I'd only be able to buy a 60/64Gb device. Not having a faster OS and 1/2 games isn't going to keep me awake at night. I thought it best to buy a decent sized SSD in the future instead. (eBay)

Video Card - GTX 660 2Gb - Thought this was a bit of a bargain at £130 (+P&P). Should play the latest games in High/Ultra settings. May buy another in the future, but would probably need to upgrade the PSU along with it. (eBay)

Case - Xigmatec Asgard Pro - Not the best quality case, but was the cheapest option for me with a 3.0 USB at the front. It was a bit fiddly in places (especially the optical drive area). I'll probably spend a few more quid on a better case next time. (Dabs)

PSU - OCZ 500W - Not the 550W (that's the only one on this website). Plenty for this build, but may require upgrading in the future if I buy another GPU. I've used this before and it was very reliable, hence why I've bought another. (Dabs)

Optical - Samsung - £12 for an optical drive, can't argue with that. (Dabs)

OS - Windows 7 64-bit - Bought Windows 7 for personal preference, I'm not keen on Windows 8.

Peripherals were already taken care of and I'm using Powerline adapters for networking. This was quite an easy build (though I'm not sure what I'm comparing it to since it's my first!). Great for a first-timer!

Cable management was beyond my control in some areas. Unfortunately the PSU doesn't have the longest cables in the world, and so I had to take a direct route in some places! I did have a problem, initially, with 'no signal'. Turned out to be an incorrectly seated CPU, so it's something I'll take a bit more time with in future!

Comments Sorted by:

xplasqura 2 points 66 months ago

nice build and well done for keeping it below 500 euro

Ipwnyou33 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

Nice build love the case looks nice

DontUSASme 1 point 66 months ago

Yes it does!

zypherstones 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

If you want to clean up the cable management, since your PSU cables aren't very long, you can buy extensions from places like FrozenPC and Bitfenix for about 9 dollars per cable.

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

Thanks for the tip. I'll have a browse tomorrow.

Sprocket30 2 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

Nice build +1

I'm surprised you didn't kill the cpu by seeding it wrong . I'm happy you got your build working. :D

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

I was definitely expecting to spend an extra £80 on another processor to be fair. I got very lucky!

Spunky 1 point 66 months ago

Hi, I'm quite new to PC gaming/building and just have three questions. Well before I ask, great build, I'm definitely going to steal it for my first gaming rig :p Anyways, I see that it has 500GB of storage and was wondering if I did add 1TB of memory, what would you recommend? I would need atleast 1.5 TB to feel comfy (I'm not sure if any memory would be compatible with this build so that's why I'm asking) My second question, which may be pretty stupid, is about the motherboard. Let's say I wanted to upgrade in two years, is the motherboard upgrade friendly? Specifically, with GTX models? Like if I wanted to upgrade to a GTX 680 or 690, would I have much difficulty? My final question is, is that with the build at it's current state what would you say the performance would be on the newer games be on High/Ultra? Ex) Farcry 3, Witcher 2, PayDay 2, Crysis 3 etc. I would appreciate any sort of answer, it would be extremely helpful for me to commit to full time PC gaming and make my life a whole lot easier. I really like this build compared to the others I viewed, it's right in my price range and seems like a perfect gaming rig.

Radicult 2 Builds 1 point 66 months ago
  1. Seagate Barracuda 1tb 64mb cache 7200rpm
  2. it would handle a 680 and probably a 690 ((though i doubt it will fit the case)), but in two years, those cards will be old news.
  3. dont expect perfection on a single 660, it gets the job done, but it's not gonna play crysis 3 on ultra 1920 x 1080 at 100 frames.
  4. this build will last you alot longer than you think, but not on ultra the whole time.
Radicult 2 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

btw for the 680 and 690, i wouldnt trust that psu to start up a 690

ExcaliburVII 1 point 66 months ago

I agree, 680 should be fine as long as CPU/GPU aren't overclocked, but I highly doubt that the 690 would be able to run.

Radicult 2 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

I know you can run dual titans on an 8350, but I'm not too sure about this set up

Radicult 2 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

ahhh, you mean power wise... derpy derp :P

[comment deleted]
ExcaliburVII 1 point 66 months ago

Because that's what the comment said.

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

I'll try and judge the performance/[FPS] of a few games later tonight. I would have posted them earlier but I installed the OS yesterday, and so games are downloading now while I'm at work.

[comment deleted by staff]
xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

Looks insanely similar to what I am thinking about. Like same CPU, MOBO, and GPU (although I'm also looking at 7770's and 7790's)

bigpete08 1 point 66 months ago

is there a way that you guys can look at my potential build. I need help and second opinion please. Thanks in advance.

gxsaurav 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

What is your motherboard temperature considering VRMs lack a heatsink? Does it gets too hot? Any stability issues?

LaputaCake 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

Would you recommend the 6300 as im unsure whether to get the 6300 or i7 3820

JasonUK submitter 12 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

It really depends on what you'll be using the PC for - the FX-6300 and i7-3820 are very different CPUs.

If it's just gaming, and you're on a budget - the FX-6300.

If you plan on doing any video editing, coding, rendering, etc - go for the i7 (though probably not that particular CPU, as it's overpriced).

LaputaCake 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

Thanks well ive decided to go for a 8320 and gtx 760 http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2oNbn

[comment deleted by staff]