First Build. i7 Under $1650

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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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
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