Right so currently my pc is running an old quad core Q6600 CPU with 8gb ram and 512mb graphics card and to be honest it’s starting to feel the strain.
Firstly it’s currently used as a family pc but struggles with a couple of different users logged in etc. My eldest child uses for browser based games/Minecraft etc but there will be a time soon when he wants to play more demanding games.
So being on a tight budget I’m going to try and cobble together something half decent that will play games at 1080p.
Now I was initially as previously buy individual components and build one but having used a Lenovo M91p sff I thought to save time and money I would get the tower version chuck in some more memory and a graphics card job done.
After some searching I found some 4GB Kingston memory modules for cheap on ebay.
After this the project stalled as busy with other things when I came back to it I found the M91p came with an i5-2400 CPU but the case and psu was also limiting. Undeterred I carried on searching and found a Lenovo M73 on eBay with an i5-4460 and would also be able to use the ram I had previously purchased. Also liked the fact it already had usb 3.0 ports and card reader. Stuck in a bid and won it for £125 posted.
Now the one of the limiting factors in these prebuilt machines is the psu as they weren’t originally designed for gaming use.
Lenovo M73 – £125
2x 4GB Corsair DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 11-11-11-30 Dual Channel Memory – £35.30
Graphics card – Nvidia Geforce gtx 750ti 2gb – £60