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Advice - Building a new system (UK)

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April 14, 2014 5:30:43 AM

I know this is a pretty generic question but here goes...

I need to seriously get a new system, this is my current setup, it's old now...

AMD Athlon 62 X2 Dual Core 4600+ (2.41 Ghz)
2Gb Memory
ASUS MSI M2N4 SLI Motherboard
Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT

I do some gaming ( Star Trek Online) which the graphics are lagging badly now on my system. I also use PhotoShop a fair bit too.

So, with a budget of £400 for a total new system including case etc, can anyone give me a few suggestions for specific models/makes of components so I can build a new faster system?

I have a 1Tb external HD and several SATA drives, but not opposed to a brand new SSD HD to speed up access times. I can also re use my DVD writer, it's just the tower I need to build.

Will need:

Case
Power Supply
Motherboard & processor
8Gb Memory
SSD Hard Drive ( Is this necessary ?)
2Gb Graphics card

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April 14, 2014 5:47:16 AM

How about...
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£53.95 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.79 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£151.49 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Total: £430.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 13:44 BST+0100)

£400 is quite a tough budget...
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April 14, 2014 6:20:37 AM

Do you already have a new copy of Windows or is the one you are going to use installed on your old pc?
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April 14, 2014 12:50:35 PM

I already have the Operating System here.
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April 14, 2014 12:55:44 PM

Dalek_Winston said:
I already have the Operating System here.


Is it retail or OEM? (If it came with a pre-built PC, it's OEM)
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April 14, 2014 6:59:12 PM

Retail
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April 14, 2014 10:45:05 PM

Dalek_Winston said:
Retail


Ok, then you should have no problems. You'll have to re-install it though, so make backups as installing Windows usually wipes the entire HDD clean.

I think the build Seeking Solace proposed would be an excellent choice.
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