Need help with first build

Basically this is my first build fromt scratch. I am working to a £500 budget,
So far these are the parts i am looking at, i want to buy everything of ""

CPU : Q6600
Graphics card : Radeon 4850

I would really like some help filling in the gaps, to make a machine capable of playing games reasonably

PS sorry if this is in the wrong place
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  1. Here are some ideas:

    Motherboard: GA-P35-DS3

    RAM: 2Gb Crucial DDR2-800

    PSU: Corsair 500W

    Case: Anything you like

    Optical drive: anything you like

    Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 640Gb.

    I just wrote this without checking the price, so you might have to do that.
  2. Thanks very much, do you think moving up to 4GB RAM would be wise, since it is only about £25 more?
  3. If you can do that within your budget, yes.
  4. After looking at the site, the board you'll want that they have will probably be the ga-ep35-ds3. The "e" in front of the "p" designates their new generation of boards that are supposed to be more energy efficient. Also, it almost doesn't make sense not to get 4GB these days since it costs so little more to get 4GB over 2GB.

  5. thanks guys for your input,but 2x2gb sticks or 4x1gbs sticks, or does it not make a difference?
  6. ram: 2-4gb ddr2 800 corsair about 60 to 100 dollars(us dollars)

    motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4(it is a crossfire board in case you want to give your 4850 a buddy $230

    case: personal i like the antec 300, 900, and 1200 but it is what ever you like really

    power supply: corsair 550 watt $100

    hard drive: 500gb or so western digital about $100
  7. get a p45 board, in my opinion gigabyte or asus preferably, and a corsair psu.
  8. oh and case i like the coolermaster cm-690
  9. Two 2GB Crucial DDR2-800 sticks will be best.
  10. willg21 said:
    thanks guys for your input,but 2x2gb sticks or 4x1gbs sticks, or does it not make a difference?

    Go with 2*2GB.
  11. +1 for shadow, it makes a difference when you are overclocking cpu.
  12. change MOBO to:
    Its an overall much better board.

    Total with next working day:
  13. Straight from ebuyer
    CPU: Q6600 £130
    MOBO: ASUS P5KC £70
    RAM: OCZ 2GB Kit £28
    GPU: PowerColor HD 4850 £118
    PSU: Corsair 550W VX £55
    COOLER: CoolerMaster Hyper TX 2 £10
    HDD: Seagate ST3250410AS 250GB £33
    DVD: Pioneer DVR-212 18X SATA DVD £12
    CASE: Xion Stacker Black Full Tower £40
    PASTE: Arctic Silver 5 £4

    TOTAL: £500

    "if you have a piggy jar to break for a few more £ do it to get a higher wattage PSU (SilverPower 850W for £75 or Corsair TX 750W for £84) because your motherboard can hold more and it would be a shame that you can not upgrade because your PSU doesn't have enough juice."

    future upgrade(s):
    RAM +2gb (for 4gb RAM) £28
    HDD +250 (for RAID0 possibly..?) £33
    another 4850??? (need better PSU for that though)


  14. I think 250GB is a little too small, plus its pretty much a last generation Seagate product.

    I still prefer WD Caviar SE16 640GB. Inexpensive, yet packs a punch in terms of performance.
  15. The e8400 (or even the e6850) are better gaming microprocessors and would save you a few £'s ...

    Tom's CPU Charts,387.html?
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