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March 13, 2014 9:00:53 AM

Hello,

I have put together some components on PCPartPicker and this is what i have come up with:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£125.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£74.99 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£57.47 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.78 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £406.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 15:55 GMT+0000)

I need it for games like Minecraft and Total War games, but also for school work. I don't need a Mouse, keyboard or screen, and will be using a free linux os, probably Ubuntu. What do you think and feel free to make improvements, my budget is around £400.

This is my first build, so please explain why or why not i should use something!

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March 13, 2014 9:03:31 AM

Does the software work on linux? You'll probably want to make sure that proper drivers are available. Additionally, do your games work? I know MC is cross-platform, but I don't think the Total War series runs on Linux.
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March 13, 2014 9:06:59 AM

I will play it through steam, but if you have a better suggestion please say. Any advice on anything to do with the build is welcome!
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March 13, 2014 9:12:46 AM

Ok then, I will probably use windows 7 instead then, and i have a copy of it already. What do you think of the build though?
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March 13, 2014 9:19:15 AM

for your memory i recommend getting 2 sticks of 4gb so that it will be dual channel. what dual channel means is basically it will perform a little better for a few dollars more. i dont think people in general buy 1 stick like that. well i wouldn't, just my recommendation. i think this is the better option

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1600...

for a dollar or 2 more.

you mentioned you had keyboard mouse and screen, but on your part list you dont have a harddrive? do you need one?
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March 13, 2014 10:06:35 AM

I have one, but if their is a good one that goes well with this build please say. It is from an old pc though so propably could do with a new one. I need at least 500gb and would like it less than £50. Thanks
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March 14, 2014 8:46:24 AM

Ok thanks guys, that has really helped, I will defiantly get that hard drive, and will reconsider my ram options. Thanks Again!
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March 14, 2014 10:26:08 PM

jackjack701 said:
Ok thanks guys, that has really helped, I will defiantly get that hard drive, and will reconsider my ram options. Thanks Again!


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