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July 31, 2009 2:50:09 PM

Hi

I have been toying with the idea of building a PC for a while and have finally decided to do it. I am a student so have a fairly low budget.
I would greatly appreciate any advice that you could give me.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of months BUDGET RANGE: £300($500)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming(not overly serious though), internet, movies, school work

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: ebuyer.com(seems to be the best for the UK?)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe once i have more experience.

Here are the parts that i have found and want to use. I know they are on the cheap side, but i dont have to much cash at the moment. I am wanting to know if they will all be ok together? And if there are any that i should steer clear of?

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5GHz Socket 775 800FSB 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148715

Palit 9500GT 1GB DDR2 Super + VGA DVI HDMI PhysX and Cuda ready PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/154994

Asus P5KPL-AM iG31 Socket 775 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148094

Kingston 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ecc CL5 Unbuffered 1.8V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129954

Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860

LiteOn 20x DVD±RW Dual Layer & Ram IDE Black Bare Drive - OEM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134324

Coolermaster 460W eXtreme Power Plus PSU - 20+4pin 4+4 ATX12v 4x SATA 6pin PCI-E
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150596

Casecom KB-7760 Black ATX Midi Tower Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/108280

80mm Black Case Fan
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/23880


What do you think?
Many thanks for looking

Dan

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July 31, 2009 3:18:11 PM

My suggested config ($USD, NewEgg USA)
July 31, 2009 3:24:42 PM

Hold off on buying until sometime next week, all of the newegg combos just ended and the pricing scheme is a bit screwy right now, things should normalize by the end of the weekend.

What resolution is the monitor you will be gaming on? And make sure to get a SATA DVD burner like the one batuchka suggested.
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July 31, 2009 3:31:43 PM

The combos look amazing on newgg, however unfortuneately I live in England, so cant ship here. how i wish i lived in USA when it comes to PCs. I'm not 100% sure on the resolution but i think the screen size will be about 17 to 19 inch.

Thanks for the advice for those parts batuchka, i will try and look them up on a different site.

Many thanks
July 31, 2009 3:34:51 PM

You are welcomed and sad to hear the lack of combo deals where u at
July 31, 2009 3:36:52 PM

Ah okay, so are you going to be buying from overclockers.co.uk? Their pricing scheme likely didnt change much so i will see about parting you out one there after lunch
July 31, 2009 3:56:40 PM
July 31, 2009 4:48:01 PM

wen going low budget, always go amd, try to go for a 4850 tho
July 31, 2009 6:22:33 PM

hunter315 - thanks for those suggestions. it really is so much more expensive here than in america.
ok i will bear that in mind xaira. thanks.

July 31, 2009 6:42:59 PM

Excellent job, hunter, for recognizing that the OP doesn't sound like he needs a monster gaming card. I suspect he'd like a more powerful CPU though, but I see you're already a little over budget. Would a 790GX board and no discrete video card (at least for now) make budget, or let him get a better CPU?
July 31, 2009 7:03:45 PM

A 790GX would actually probably handle a 19" monitor decently, its a hell of alot better than the radeon 9550 i had been using on mine so he should be able to get medium detail levels with playable frame rates. Lets see what that does to the budget.

You can save a bit by getting some bits from ebuyer like the HDD
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124735

As for the motherboard you can get this one
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160931
which frees up your budget to get another core if you would like and a better processor in general
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159069

Comes out to about the same in the end but the phenom triple core will make the system fare alot better in any non gaming task, and its far easier to add a GPU than to change a CPU.

Good thought jtt283!
July 31, 2009 9:03:38 PM

thanks for all the advice, it really has helped.
I have decided to change to an AMD system, which is thanks to hunter's suggestions. However, in my original post i put the fans and the case. would it be ok or suitable to put the build in there? perhaps with the PSU that hunter said?

Thanks so much guys it is really appreciated
July 31, 2009 9:12:25 PM

There, nice. That should do well.
July 31, 2009 9:21:04 PM

It should be alright, just dont overclock too much with that case as it doesnt have very much airflow and likely wont fit an aftermarket cooler too well, but the stock one that comes with the processor will fit fine.
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