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Cheap first build

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by gaz90, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. gaz90


    Joined: Jun 29, 2020

    Posts: 2

    Hi all. Absolute newbie here looking to build a very cheap gaming PC. Other than helping a family friend with the build of a PC when I was in my early teens, I've got very little idea on how to build one or what to look for, but I'm after a bit of a project and would like to learn!

    My wife and I are looking for a fairly basic gaming PC to play games like Plant Coaster and Football Manager on (though our tastes might evolve into games that are more demanding) and we'd ideally like the best spec we can get for our limited budget. We're looking to spend £350-450 on the build (preferably towards the lower end) but I'm not even sure if that's possible.

    I was preferably looking for a system with 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and a strong CPU (amongst everything else needed to build a gaming PC from scratch) but I don't know if this will be affordable with my kind of budget. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Joxeon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 15, 2019

    Posts: 2,086

    Location: Uk

    Hi, this is the cheapest i could put together for an entry level gaming PC with new parts.

    You might be able to pick up some deals on used stuff to bring the price down further.

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £537.20 (includes shipping: £12.30)
  3. Sparx


    Joined: Jul 30, 2007

    Posts: 3,731

    Location: Lincolnshire

    No chance I’m afraid, you could maybe look for something used. But it won’t be very good.

    This is the minimum I’d dare spec for a ‘budget’ gaming PC...

    Edit: Very similar spec to @Joxeon lol - unsure if that mobo will come with latest BIOS to boot Ryzen 3 though??

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £560.77 (includes shipping: £0.00)
  4. Minibiker


    Joined: Mar 27, 2016

    Posts: 5,593

    Location: Bristolian living in Swindon

    The Used markets are the place to go, you can get some older gen ryzen gear....

    I've recently grabbed a few bargains on an auction site. It can be a good place to shop but some sellers try their luck.
  5. bagel


    Joined: Apr 27, 2020

    Posts: 307

    3200g/3400g would take £150/£100 off those builds and could play games at low settings.

    Used probably the way to go for something more capable
  6. gaz90


    Joined: Jun 29, 2020

    Posts: 2

    Thanks all
  7. arc@css


    Joined: Nov 8, 2008

    Posts: 27,294