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June 21, 2009 4:36:25 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Some time in the next week. BUDGET RANGE: I'm from the UK so around £1000 (equates to around $1650)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: All round usage - Internet, films, music. Also any good game for the PC i.e. Crisis, WoW.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor.


OVERCLOCKING: Yes (nothing ridiculous, just so I get my money's worth :D  )

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe. Rather go for single so I can SLI in a few years but if it's a good deal I'm happy to SLI.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not really sure but will be using a 37" HDTV.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As I say I'm completely new to this so after weeks of research have narrowed it down the following parts. The main problem is getting a decent enough GPU to output my 37" TV without blowing my budget.

Also, I won't be likely to upgrade anything for a couple of years.


**Price have been converted with xe currency converter**

CPU - £212.98 ($352)
Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail + World In Conflict PC Game

Mobo - £181.27 ($300)
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P Motherboard Core i7 Socket 1366 Intel X58 ATX RAID Gigabit Ethernet

RAM - £84.34 ($140)
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-15000 (1800MHz) Tri-Channel (OCZ3P1800LV6GK)

Case - £67.15 ($111)
Coolermaster Dominator 690 Black Case + Window No PSU RC-690-KWN1-GP

GPU - Under £200 ($300)
**This is the main thing I need help on**

Fan (CPU) - £55.53 ($92)
XIGMATEK Dark Knight HDT-S1283V Fan

PSU - £94.99 ($157)
Corsair HX 620W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-620HXUK)

Hard Drive - £53.99 ($89)
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD6401AALS)

Drive - £21.99 ($37)
Samsung SH-S223F Internal 22x DVD Writer Drive SATA (Black)

Total £972.94 ($1607)

As far as I know I'm playing it pretty safe but let me know if there's any parts you'd recommend differently. Also, I know some parts are out of stock but I'm just using the sites to show you the product. I will shop around if you think the parts are fine.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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June 21, 2009 6:05:58 PM

Replace that psu with a 750w Corsair. Look at ebuyers or over clockers to see who has the best deal. Also I would look at a 4890 or a gtx 275...whichever one is on sale atm. £139.99 inc VAT | £121.73 ex VAT
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
June 21, 2009 8:16:55 PM

Ok nice one, thanks for the reply.

GTX 275 seems pretty good but the only one in my price range is this:

XFX GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - £176

What am i missing out on with the more expensive versions. Is it worth overclocking myself?

GPU's were the only thing I haven't researched very well.

Again, thanks for the help.
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June 21, 2009 8:43:37 PM

Whats the resolution of your TV, 720p or 1080p? It isn't the size of the monitor that matters in regard to choosing a GPU, it's the resolution of the monitor. Since a 295 gtx is out of your budget, I would consider a 275 gtx or a ati 4890. This leaves room for crossfire/sli later on.
June 22, 2009 12:32:49 AM

Thanks Greg. My monitor is 720p.

I thought there was a link between monitor size and resolution. Surely on a 37" TV I'll need far greater resolution that someone on a 22", for example. Or am I wrong?
June 22, 2009 6:18:13 AM

You are incorrect. Monitors have much higher resolution than TV's. For instance my 24" monitor has a resolution of 1900x1200 much higher than 720p.

A 275 or 4890 would be plenty for 720p. You won't come close to maxxing them out at that resolution.