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What could i improve? budget £500 build. V1.0

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June 22, 2011 2:29:09 PM

hi im lookng to build a new PC, am a bit stuck beetween AMD and intel too.

the CPU that i was thinking of was the Phenom 955:
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Pro...

the mobo (AM3+, USB3 and sataIII):
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards...

the graphics card, XFX 5830:
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Car...

4gb DDR3 1600Mhz mushkin ram:
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...

OCZ modstream 500W:
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli...

the coolermaster elite 335:
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+T...

HDD, samsung spinpoint F3:
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/...

DVD-rw drive:
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Samsung+SH-D163C%2...

the crucial M4 64GB ssd:
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Solid+State+Drives...

without the SSD it comes to £397, with the SSD it comes to £481.58.

i really like the idea of an SSD, and the money i save from the budget will add to my budget of my monitor.

currently i was lookng at this monitor:
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/22%...

its the AOC F22+, is there anything bad about it? (apart from ajustibility)?

i already have the OS, and mouse/keyboard i can pick up later on, i would like to keep future options open and would like a PC with fast boot times (hence the SSD) and fast application opening times.

my main uses for this PC are, web-browsing (like 50 tabs, firefox), gaming, word processing, and the occasional image/video editing.

thanks in advance!

i would like the total cost to be £430 so i have room for a better monitor, BUT if it REALLY matters than £480 is good, the rig should include an SSD though.
June 22, 2011 3:21:33 PM

If it was me i would drop the SSD for a better graphics card but the SSD is obviously important to you. I'd also say that the HD 5770 is worth a look for the lower power draw and roughly equal performance. As for that monitor, it just looks like a standard cheap monitor. I'm sure it will do the job unless youre really anal about that sort of thing. You might want to consider 8GB of RAM for all those tabs too.
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June 22, 2011 3:52:04 PM

you really do not need 8gb of ram
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June 22, 2011 3:54:31 PM

btw jmsellars1, can you find a 5770 cheaper than the one bnot has found? if so that would be cool
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June 22, 2011 3:59:23 PM

im not too worried about the power consumption, found the ram cheaper somewhere else, (£21) and the 5830 would be more than enough for my needs (im not a ultra-high-end gamer, just want a system that can get medium settings/high settings, in most games).
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June 23, 2011 12:04:30 PM

bump?
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June 23, 2011 1:01:26 PM

pkhamidar2com said:
btw jmsellars1, can you find a 5770 cheaper than the one bnot has found? if so that would be cool


I don't know because that link doesn't work or it has been discontinued but you can get a HD 5770 for less than £75.

EDIT: Also, about the 8GB of RAM i'm just saying it's worth a consideration because that will help multitasking.
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