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May 15, 2013 10:05:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Planning on purchasing one part each week with spare money.

Budget Range: £300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light Gaming, Photoshop, Watching dvds and internet.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, LG D2343P-BN 23"

Parts to Upgrade: Processer, Motherboard, Ram, Casing, and Graphic card.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) EBay, Amazon. Preferred sites with free p&p to keep cost down.

Location: Nottingham, England, Great Britain.

Parts Preferences: Prefer a motherboard with 7.1 capability for a turtlebeach headset using optical. Would also like 4 ram slots and usb3 capability. (Asus m5a78-m/usb3) Prefer a processor over 5000 benchmark and would like some nice looking ram sticks(viper/vengeance.)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
I already own the following;
Maxtor 250gb sata ii internal hdd
atx 450w psu
Pioneer 24x dvd/re-wr

Id like a case with a window, not too jazzy but so i can see whats inside.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading. The whole of my old system is obsolete.

Thanks

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May 15, 2013 10:35:04 AM

Save more money to meet all your requests.
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May 15, 2013 10:43:01 AM

If i was to buy the asus m5a78-m-usb3, would these all go together if not can you direct me where im going wrong? thanks

Asus m5a78-m-usb3 (£50)
amd fx-6100 six-core (£87)
4gb corsair vengeance ram (£25)
450 atx power (already own)
6870 graphic card (£85 Second hand)
Maxtor sata 2 250gb hdd (Already own)
Pioneer 24x dvd/re-wr (Already own)
K3 Gaming atx casing (£25)

Thanks
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May 15, 2013 10:51:20 AM

My big advice is: save until you can buy all at once. As time passes, better hardware is released and prices tend to go down. This means that you could buy a GPU now only to find it is 30 pounds cheaper when you buy your last part.

However, this is roughly what I would get today for 350 to meet your requirements:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/XsLc
It has dual graphics, but it has to be enabled manually in Windows. You can avoid the PSU and HDD if yours are enough for you.
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May 15, 2013 11:06:16 AM

I have checked out all the parts. It looks good to me, i can respect the fact i will have to purchase a hard drive as mine is outdated too which i didnt add into my budget, i can spare the extra cash, it was just going to be a little hobby of building one up after collecting the parts so ill keep an eye out for better deals on each part weekly.

Also one more question, do i really have to pay as much as £38 for a power supply, or could i compramise on that and add the extra to the graphic card as i was working towards an £85 hd gddr5 6870.

Thanks
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May 15, 2013 11:27:12 AM

Shaun Garner said:

Also one more question, do i really have to pay as much as £38 for a power supply?

Thanks


Post the exact model of your power supply, or at least some pictures of the labels so we can look it up.
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May 15, 2013 11:40:48 AM

The name of my psu is APX-450w-P4 and if i can compramise on the pricing of buying another psu would the 6870 be recommended and would it run on the lg monitor i mentioned? Thanks
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May 15, 2013 11:43:22 AM

Well initially i were intending on getting the asus m5a78l-m-usb3 but someone told me not to. Although this motherboard has all my extras i want for future reference eg 32gb capability and 7.1 optical for my headset .
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May 15, 2013 12:09:15 PM

Don't listen about the Asus m5a78l/usb3. I have the same motherboard but in ATX form factor and it's decent.
Regarding the PSU, that is the most generic and crappy PSU i have seen in a long time. I would definitely buy the corsair one i suggested. Your's will work, but it has no circuit protections and it's inefficient. It heats more and wastes more electricity. In the end the choice is yours of course. You can for example leave it for last, build your system with the PSU you have and maybe later get a better one.
Oh and the 6870 is pretty good for that price, I assume is second hand?

PS: And yes, it will work with that monitor.
PS2: About the FX-6100 you posted, i will suggest you buy the 4350 or 6350, not a x100. These two are newer and improved models.
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May 15, 2013 12:22:58 PM

Well im not in a rush to build this, its just abit of something to do for the next 2 months with spare wage so i can push over £300 if needs be and if you recommend the power supply i shall definately reconcider getting one towards the end of the build and maybe just use mine to power it up after its built to try it out. The Graphics card is second hand, it is £115 new XFX manufactured. Could you pin point a benchmark reading for the fx-4350 as i can only find fx-4300 which has a benchmark rating at 4700+ which sounds good to me.

Im definately going to go for the ones you suggested and really appreciate the help.

Heres going to be my final cemented build.

Asus M5A78L-M-USB3 Motherboard (£50)
AMD Fx-4350 4.2Ghz Processor (£92)
Cooler Mast Elite 371 ATX (£32)
XFX HD Radeon 6870 GDDR5 1GB (£85)
Corsair Builder 430w Bronze Power Supply (£37)
Seagate barracuda 7200rpm HDD 500Gb (£39)

Which RAM do you recommend with this setup as the Ripsjaw ones are 1866mhz or will they still be fine to use?

Thanks

And this would all be complete and running ? I hope :p 
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May 15, 2013 12:27:05 PM

Ps Now you;re mentioned the fx-6350 this will just slot in the asus motherboard no problems? as its much better than the fx-4350 and only £15 more

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May 15, 2013 12:42:19 PM

Shaun Garner said:
Well im not in a rush to build this, its just abit of something to do for the next 2 months with spare wage so i can push over £300 if needs be
Thanks
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Shaun,
You would be better off to save the money and buy it all together for a better deal and prices because you plan to do it over the next 2 months. With new models coming in from Intel and AMD, you may get a better price. Similarly for the GPU, nVIDIA releasing a new model. ;) 

PS - Even I am building a new PC here in India and very tempted to go out and just get a config which I finalised with the help of Tom's community :) . But, the markets here are closed in protest of Local Body Tax :pfff:  and perhaps it is an indication that I should wait till Haswell releases next month.
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May 15, 2013 12:54:09 PM

Shaun Garner said:
Well im not in a rush to build this, its just abit of something to do for the next 2 months with spare wage so i can push over £300 if needs be and if you recommend the power supply i shall definately reconcider getting one towards the end of the build and maybe just use mine to power it up after its built to try it out. The Graphics card is second hand, it is £115 new XFX manufactured. Could you pin point a benchmark reading for the fx-4350 as i can only find fx-4300 which has a benchmark rating at 4700+ which sounds good to me.

Im definately going to go for the ones you suggested and really appreciate the help.

Heres going to be my final cemented build.

Asus M5A78L-M-USB3 Motherboard (£50)
AMD Fx-4350 4.2Ghz Processor (£92)
Cooler Mast Elite 371 ATX (£32)
XFX HD Radeon 6870 GDDR5 1GB (£85)
Corsair Builder 430w Bronze Power Supply (£37)
Seagate barracuda 7200rpm HDD 500Gb (£39)

Which RAM do you recommend with this setup as the Ripsjaw ones are 1866mhz or will they still be fine to use?

Thanks

And this would all be complete and running ? I hope :p 


You can't find benchmarks for the FX-4350 or 6350 because they were released 4 days ago and by surprise, so not many people have them yet. :p 
The 4350 performs better in games because it has a higher clock speed and games don't use more than 4 cores today. However, if you really can afford the difference I would get the 6350 for two reasons: first, 6 cores are useful in other applications that are well threaded (photoshop) and even for general purpose, and second, games slowly tend to use more and more cores, so maybe in 1-2 years, the 6350 will perform better than the 4350.

PS: Oh, and sorry I keep forgetting things... yeah, every FX processor will work in that board.
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May 15, 2013 1:02:46 PM

Ok thank you very much. surely the benchmark for the fx-6350 will be better than the fx-6300? and yea im aiming to keep it for a few years to come without having to upgrade it for at least 2 years anyway which is why i can stretch a little.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Xuel

Here is the exact link for what ive tallied up from what information you have given me, but should only cost around £350 as i have certain things like the cheaper graphic card and my case could be used instead of a new one.

Thanks for the help
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May 15, 2013 1:05:02 PM

Shaun Garner said:
Ok thank you very much. surely the benchmark for the fx-6350 will be better than the fx-6300? and yea im aiming to keep it for a few years to come without having to upgrade it for at least 2 years anyway which is why i can stretch a little.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Xuel

Here is the exact link for what ive tallied up from what information you have given me, but should only cost around £350 as i have certain things like the cheaper graphic card and my case could be used instead of a new one.

Thanks for the help


Of course the 6350 is better than the 6300. And take a look at the RAM i just posted, it's a better choice.
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May 15, 2013 1:06:07 PM

Oh so i can use the corsaid vengeance which i think look really cool! Ill choose the vengeance 1600mhz instead as its the same price :)  Thx
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May 15, 2013 1:08:18 PM

Glad to be useful
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May 15, 2013 1:12:46 PM

Shaun Garner said:
One lasto quick question

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/XujO

Here is the cement decision based on what you've helped me with. is all of the parts compatable? Thanks


Yep, you're good to go.
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May 15, 2013 1:16:13 PM

Thank you very much for your time i really appreciate it :) 

Just not upto spec these days, when i got my nvq level 3 in ict pracitioner maintenance and networking i think the latest processor was around a amd dual core 2.4 a2? haha :D 

thanks dude
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May 15, 2013 1:25:54 PM

Shaun Garner said:
Thank you very much for your time i really appreciate it :) 

Just not upto spec these days, when i got my nvq level 3 in ict pracitioner maintenance and networking i think the latest processor was around a amd dual core 2.4 a2? haha :D 

thanks dude


Lol, well, you can see here we are a bit more up to date XD I actually suggested a CPU that released 4 days ago XD
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May 15, 2013 1:52:26 PM

Definately more up to date, i finished college 6 years ago and didnt keep myself kean to the computer knowledge and drifted :(  ha. really appreciate it .
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