Help with purchasing first "gaming" computer...


Jul 18, 2011

I am thinking about purchasing a desktop PC, for general everyday use but with the capability for playing modern and older games such as Civ 3/4/5, Shogun War (2 would be nice!) etc etc

I would love to buy the best of everything but alas my budget will not allow it! Ideally I do not want to spend more than £450 with everything included and under £400 would be amazing but I guess not possible?

I have been looking at lots and lots of pre-builts but can never find one that seems to fit exactly what I need (or at least what I think I need?)
: Gaming is a high priority, wireless is a must, hdd is not too important as I have two external 1tb harddrives.

It is not feasible for me to build my own as I have no clue in that department so I have put together the following with an online PC company, it is slightly out of my budget really but I am willing to over spend if need be.

I would love to gather peoples thoughts on whether the spec I have put together is a) suitable, b)necessary c)overpriced d)a good deal!

Where should I cut corners and where should I spend the money?

Thank you in advance!!

Product Configuration
PC Remote Not Included
PC Case Galaxy III Black (+£25.00)
Case Fan 1 x 120mm Standard Case Fan - Included
Case Fan Controller Not Included
Power Supply Standard 500W - Included
Processor Intel Core i3 2100, Dual Core (1155, 3.10GHz, 3MB Cache) - Included
Heatsink & CPU Fan Standard Heatsink & CPU Fan - Included
Motherboard Asus P8H61-M LX2, 2xDIMM, Max. 8GB, M-ATX - Included
Memory 4GB (2 x 2GB) Mushkin PC10600 1333MHz DDR3 - Included
PCI-E Graphics ATI HD5670 1GB (+£65.00)
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio - Included
Primary Hard Drive 500GB SATA II - Included
Secondary Hard Drive Not Included
RAID Option NO RAID - Included
Hard Drive Noise Dampener Not Included
External Hard Drive Not Included
USB Flash Drive Not Included
Main Optical Drive 24x Dual Layer DVD +/- Rewriter - Included
Secondary Optical Drive Not Included
Memory Card Reader Internal Multi Card Reader With M2, Micro SD & USB Port (+£20.00)
Network Adapter PCI 802.11n 300Mbps Wireless (+£25.00)
Bluetooth Not Included
TV Tuner Not Included
USB Ports 2.0 2 Front + 4 Back Ports - Included
USB Ports 3.0 Not Included
Fire Wire Not Included
TFT / LED Monitor Not Included
TFT Dead Pixel Check Not Included
Monitor Cable Not Included
Keyboard & Mouse Combo Logitech MK250 Wireless Combo (+£35.00)
Wired Keyboard Not Included
Mouse Not Included
Headset Not Included
Speakers Not Included
Webcam Not Included
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit Version) (+£90.00)
PC Performance Optimization Not Included
Antivirus & Security Software Not Included
Multimedia Software Not Included
Office Software Not Included
Surge Protectors Not Included
Miscellaneous Not Included
Warranty 1 Year Return To Base (Parts & Labour) - Included
Subtotal exc. VAT £440.83
VAT Rate @ 20.00% £88.17
Grand Total inc. VAT £529.00