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July 8, 2009 1:41:37 AM

Intel X25-M 80GB SSD 2.5" MLC Solid State Drive
Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8400
Coolermaster Hyper TX2
Asus P5QL (Intel P43 chipset, 4x DDR2, PCI-E 2.0)
4.0GB Corsair DDR2 1066Mhz XMS2 C5 (2x 2GB)
Coolermaster Elite 330 Case
700W EZCool Tornado
Could this work? Or is the motherboard just too disgusting for a Q8400 & intel SDD.

Look forward to hearing what sort of problems i would get if i bought all this. I've literally put this together tonight with absolulely zero understanding of what i am looking at. I am looking to buy something along the lines of this in the next fortnight with a budget of around £500-600. Its soley for playing online poker with. 80gig is more then sufficient imho for my requirements.

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July 8, 2009 1:54:54 AM

You can cut a good chunk out of your budget by switching to a standard HDD instead of the SSD, the price difference is extreme right now especially for a build in that price range.

Asus M4A78T-E AMD 790GX (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD6401AALS)
AMD Phenom II X3 Tri Core 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C7 1333MHz Dual Channel (OCZ3P13334GK)
Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU)
Corsair VX 550W ATX Power Supply (CMPSU-550VXUK)

Comes out to 419 including VAT, and should be more than enough for online poker, you can swap the HDD out for a smaller cheaper one if you want but if you go to small they go up in price. The Corsair 550vx also gives you a lot of head room if you want to install a discrete video card in the future.
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July 8, 2009 2:46:07 AM

^+10 on what hunter315 said...

You have a little room under your budget with hunter315's build, so you could add a Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4670 to help with graphics & in case you decide to play other games.
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July 8, 2009 3:33:39 AM

Hi, :hello: 

Get a Laptop & a High speed connection, it hurts to lose your connection when you have pocket Aces :non: 

July 8, 2009 11:36:30 AM

The build is based around the SSD, if I cant get an SSD then its not worth doing rly imho for my requirements.

Only an SSD will make a significant difference to my hand history poker database and the heads up display that constantly imports infomration from a postgres database onto the online cardrooms showing opponent "stats".

If I cant get an SSD then i wont do it basically, until they are cheaper.

July 8, 2009 10:30:40 PM

Thanks Hunter, I actually took some time out to read what you wrote this time and thanks very much for that. I am seriously considering it but have changed the case+psu slightly.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/127584# £28.98
Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Mid Tower Case - No PSU

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159 £45.00
OCZ Stealth Xtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB... £98.99
Asus M4A78T-E AMD 790GX (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP... £104.99
AMD Phenom II X3 Tri Core 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY... £46.99
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C7 1333MHz Dual Channel (OCZ3P13334GK)

HD: undecided just yet.

But does this still hold up or is the other PSU a must have in comparison to this one?
July 8, 2009 11:25:25 PM

That PSU is still plenty strong, OCZ is one of the major PSU makers and as you are only running an IGP you have plenty of power. For the HDD the Western Digital Caviar Black series especially the 640GB version are some of the faster HDDs out there right now, they are a bit more expensive but they are built strong.
July 8, 2009 11:28:19 PM

Pick a different SSD, like the (newer) OCZ vertex. Its just as fast as the intel, but a fraction of the cost.
July 9, 2009 12:25:02 AM

I might have this wrong but I believe the vertex is 64mb is more expensive then my £207..... ?

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160732

Okay I am making adjustments as I go along but feel like I am getting somwhere. I just wasnt going to state that I was getting an SSD due to the hassle it causes with ppl telling me not to do it.

But here's what it looks like so far.

Coolermaster RC-330 Elite Blk/Silv Midi Tower Case £28.97
Asus M4A78T-E, AMD 790GX, AM3, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 £95.44
80GB Intel, SSD, X25-M, MLC-Flash, 2.5", 1 x SATA 3Gb/s, £206.
AMD Phenom II X3 Tri Core 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz £105.00
Corsair VX 550W ATX Power Supply £68.99
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C7 1333MHz Dual Channel £46.99

What additions should i make?
July 9, 2009 12:43:27 AM

I think you will need a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter to fit your SSD into a standard case.
July 9, 2009 12:45:09 AM

Thanks very much.... I didnt know that... will i need anything else?

I am swaying towards going with a intel core 2 quad... will that fit on this mobo? (cause any problems?)
July 9, 2009 12:54:28 AM

AMD boards only support AMD chips, intel boards only support intel chips, you would need a p43 or p45 board and you would need to change back to ddr2.

The price will increase as the cheapest C2Q is 120 and a p45 motherboard will cost the same as the 790gx board, but you wont get much of a performance difference as i doubt poker uses more than 2 cores.
July 9, 2009 1:12:52 AM

yeh i think i'll stick to what i've got. So its...

AMD Phenom II X3 Tri Core 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz (Socket AM3) £105.00
Corsair VX 550W ATX Power Supply (CMPSU-550VXUK) £68.99
Coolermaster V8 CPU Cooler (Socket 940/AM2/LGA775/LGA1366) £54.99
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C7 1333MHz Dual Channel £46.99
OcUK Value 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Adapter £5.99
Coolermaster RC-330 Elite Blk/Silv Midi Tower Case w/o PSU £28.97
Asus M4A78T-E, AMD 790GX, AM3, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1600(OC), 1333, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX, VGA £95.44
80GB Intel, SSD, X25-M, MLC-Flash, 2.5", 1 x SATA 3Gb/s, Read 250MB/s, Write 70MB/s £206.77

Total £606.56

Will I need any specific cables or stuff as well to put all thsi together.. am i missing anything?
July 9, 2009 1:18:06 AM

If everything is retail it should come with all the cables you need, but im not sure as they dont list the entire contents of the box, but motherboards generally come with sata cables and a few other important bits that you might need but other than the sata cables there are no special cables you will need.
July 9, 2009 1:21:17 AM

thanks dude, appreicate your help!
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