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December 31, 2008 2:48:45 PM

Hi i need some advice.
i am building a new system with a budget of near 250 pounds( i will go over by up to 300 but thats the base plan) . i will be buying the parts from ebay.
i already have a 350gb sata hd and a dl dvd drive
what i need is...

a decent (cheap) motherboard that supports a q6600 and has a PCI-e x16 bus and supports up to 4gb ram.
a decent yet again cheap mid ranged graphics card (like a 8800gt)

it will be used for alot of gaming and using programs like flash,java,photoshop and a bit of 3d modeling.
i dont think il bother overclocking with a quad core so a

things that are going to be bought for sure:

corsair 2x2gb ram (4gb total) - 40 pounds
q6600 quad core processor - 150 pounds

Already have:
350gb sata HD
DL Dvd drive
400W psu

Needed items again:
Motherboard that supports q6600,sata and Pci-e 2.0 bus 4gb ram
Mid ranged good graphics card like a 8800gt used for gaming (gta iv)

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December 31, 2008 3:01:25 PM

Look for a P43 or P45 motherboard.

A generic 400W PSU may struggle or fail with an 8800GT or 9800GT. An ATI 4830 might draw a bit less power, but the same thing applies.
December 31, 2008 3:20:13 PM

thank you for the quick reply, what Watts do you reccomend? keeping in mind its a quad core and the min power reqierment for a 8800gt is 400w
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December 31, 2008 3:24:32 PM

also is there a mobo that im looking for within the price range of 50 pounds? (sorry for saying pounds, my icon thing dont work)
December 31, 2008 4:00:48 PM

Is this setup better? seeing as Q6600 is quite expensive:

AMD PHENOM 8650 X3 SOCKET AM2 PROCESSOR 64 BIT Tri core processor.
AMD PHENOM X3 8650 3.5MB SKT-AM2+ 3600MT/s
Model Number:HD8650WCJ3BGH / HD8650WCGHBOX
Package Type:Retail
Warranty:3 Years
Interface:Socket AM2+
Bus Speed:3600MT/s
Core Name:Toliman
Core Frequency:2.3GHz
Core Voltage:1.1v - 1.25v
Process Technology:65nm
Bus/Core Ratio:11.5
Memory Controller:D ual
L1 Cache:384KB
L2 Cache:1.5MBL3 Cache: 2MB
Multi-Core Design
HyperTransport 3.0
Cool n Quiet 2.0

COST : 100 pounds


Mobo for this
Biostar GF8100-M2+SE Socket AM2 Motherboard
BIOSTAR GF8100 M2+SE Socket AM2
Package Type: Retail

Supports AMD Athlon Dual Core & Phenom Quad Core & Triple Core Processors

Supports both Windows XP 32-bit & 64-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit & 64-bit
Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 8100
CPU Interface: Socket AM2 & AM2+
Front Side Bus: From 1000MHz to 4000MHz +

On board 512MB nVidia GeForce 8100 Turbo Cache Graphics

RAM Technology: DDR2 (Dual Channel) MAX 8GB
RAM Slots: 2 x 240-Pin

RAM Speeds: DDR2 533 / 667 / 800 / 1066
RAM Speeds: DDR2 4200 / DDR2 5300 / DDR2 6400 / DDR2 8500
Max Memory Support: 8GB
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 (2.0)
Expansion Slots: 2 x 32-bit PCI
Storage Controller: 1 x P-ATA/133
Storage Controller: 6 x S-ATA & S-ATA2
Support SATA RAID: 0,1,5,0+1
On-Board LAN: 1 x 10/100
On-Board Audio: 6-channel Realtek 5.1 HD Audio
4 x rear USB2.0 Ports (plus 4 x front USB header)
Motherboard Dimensions: ATX 190mm x 244mm

COST : 46 pounds!

will this be okay for the work i am doing?

everything will addup to 284 pounds. if i add a 8800gt (Exc. a psu)

What do ya think
December 31, 2008 4:11:50 PM

found a quad core for 136 pounds!

Special Features Thermal Design Power: 95W‚True Multi-Core Design‚HyperTransport 3.0‚Cool n Quiet 2.0
Memory Controller Dual
Model Number HD9750WCJ4BGH / HD9750WCGHBOX
L1 Cache 4 x 128KB
Interface Socket AM2+
Bus Speed 3600MT/s
Core Frequency 2.4GHz
Package Type Retail
Core Name Agena
L2 Cache 4 x 512KB‚L3 Cache: 2MB
Product Name AMD PHENOM X4 9750 4MB SKT-AM2+ 3600MT/s RET
Bus/Core Ratio 12x
Warranty 1 Years
Core Voltage 1.1v - 1.25v
Process Technology 65nm
Package Contents Heatsink and Fan

are phenoms good? i dont think il over clock it so yeah. only thing il overclock is the gfx card.

thanks, PS Wont let me edit.
December 31, 2008 4:15:21 PM

Are you sure you need a quad? Have a look at my guide, linked in my sig.

In most applications and games, an E8400 would do far better than a Phenom.
December 31, 2008 4:29:27 PM

thank you, il have a look