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Budget gaming machine

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April 4, 2009 11:30:24 PM

Hi guys,

Sorting a new gaming machine, have a sata disk and dvd drive spare but the rest is up for grabs. Been a couple of years but any advice is welcome. Will be getting components from scan.co.uk.

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R - £106.95
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigabyte-GA-EP45-UD3R-iP...

Akasa AK-965 - £13.79
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Akasa-AK-965-x3-Copper-H...

Intel Core2 Duo E7400 - £98.31
http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductId=26925

896MB XFX GTX260 XT, 2000MHz GDDR3, GPU 621MHz, 216 Cores - £147.19
http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductId=28567

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066) - £42.38
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(2x2GB)-Corsair-TwinX-DDR2-XMS2-PC2-8500-(1066)-240Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-5-5-5-15-EPP

550w Corsair VX Series PSU - £69.63
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/550w-Corsair-VX-Series-P...

Antec Three Hundred Black Midi Tower Case - £50.47
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Antec-Three-Hundred-Blac...

Total - £528.72

p.s. Should the cpu retail box and/or the fan come with thermal paste or should I pick some up seperate?

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April 5, 2009 2:24:56 AM

the intel paste is painted on to the heatsink.

Buy some
April 6, 2009 3:35:55 AM

If you're OCing get an E5200.

If you are using 1680x1050 an HD4850 would do.
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April 6, 2009 4:35:07 AM

I'd get a better cooler like the scythe mugen 2 or Xigmatek S2183 Dark Knight so you can really OC your CPU and get the most out of it.
April 6, 2009 4:46:45 AM

wtf I never even heard of that hsf lol. That is a great review...something about that seems odd though, the S1283 and TRUE are often neck and neck in reviews that I have seen...I just don't see the Akasa competing with the TRUE.
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