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August 12, 2009 8:37:29 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: BUDGET RANGE: £300- £400 GBP

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Call of Duty, GTA 4 etc) Photoshop/ADobe Premier Pro, Watching Films Tv Shows, Internet (Youtube Etc)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Monitor, Case, HDD, DVD Drives Sound Card, OS. - Alread Own These.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Novatech, Lambdatek, eBuyer, Scan

PARTS PREFERENCES: No Specific Brand, Looking for Top and Relaiable Brands for each component.

Looking to By Motherboard, Quad Core Processor, Power Supply, RAM, Graphics Card

Cureent Specs I have Chosen:
http://www.lambda-tek.com/computing/pcdesigner.pl?cart=...

Graphics Card:
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?nov-48...


MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current Monitor Does 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Needs to Be able to Run Windows 7and Windows XP
My Current Motherboar is: Micro ATX, 244mm x 218mm Would the New Motherboard I selected Fit INto my Case.

Any Help is Much appriciated.

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August 12, 2009 8:55:03 PM

This build would total just over £400. Maybe check other sites for better deal, you're probably more familiar with them than I am...

785 m-ATX
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/170230

955
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164047

4850
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168453

1333
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166996

500W
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/120377

See what you think, other sites might carry the Phenom 945 which would be fine as well and most likely put you back under your budget, but I couldn't seem to find it on ebuyer. In any case, it is much more balanced (and better) than the system you listed above. Hope this helps.
August 12, 2009 8:56:19 PM

The processor you have chosen is an older phenom quad . The model you have chosen is OK , but these are not strong cpu's .

A far better budget choice would be a phenom ll x3 720 or 710 . These are triple core but more powerful and better gamers than your current selection
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August 12, 2009 9:11:37 PM

Processor
1 x PHENOM II X4 945 3.0GHZ SKT AM3 L2/3 8MB 125W PIB £136.77
Motherboard
1 x M4A78-EM AM2+ 780G MATX VGA+SND+GLN+U2 HT5200 S... £43.87
Memory
1 x OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Platinum 4GB Edition Dual Cha... £42.41
Power Supply
1 x Antec EarthWatts EA 500 -GB 500 Watt Power Supp... £49.55
Graphics Card
1 x XFX/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB PCI-E 2.0 HDTV/Dua... £67.75

Total is 340.35

Its impossible to know if your case can accept a full atx mb , because you havent told us what your case is .

This build uses an m-atx mb to be sure it fits . The 4850 gfx card will play any game on your monitor
The cpu is the latest AMD quad , Its WAY more powerful than the 9650.
You wont need more than 500 watt psu

The only reservations I have is that it would be preferrable to get an AM3 mb with ddr 3 ram , but the website doesnt list any ddr3 even though they sell am3 mb's [ which is weird ]
August 12, 2009 9:44:57 PM

I agree with the configuration of outlander_04...but if you have more money go for the 955 is really great...the processor that you choose first is old...
August 12, 2009 9:46:09 PM

Hi Thanks For the replys.

Just Wondering Howd You Knwo With is the Old or New Processors.
Could You Give me any Sites or Resources i could use, generally.

Is there a Differnece Between the AMD+2 and AM3.
500W is FIne

I was looking to get the X4850 HD 1GB Grahics Card But i was told that XFX Was Unrealiable and should look towards buying a HIS or Sapphire. Is the one chosen Above Alright.

Thank You Very Much "jbakerlent" Is a ASUS Motherboard better than a Gigabyte.

Thank You.
August 12, 2009 9:47:50 PM

Outlander_04 Can You Give me the Site or the Link for the Components
August 12, 2009 9:53:42 PM

Always ASUS is better that Gigabyte.....or IMO
August 12, 2009 10:00:21 PM

Asus and Gigabyte are both quality motherboard manufacturer's. You can't go wrong with either company.

I don't know who told you XFX was unreliable, but that couldn't be further from the truth. They also back it up with a double lifetime warranty.
August 12, 2009 10:06:13 PM

jr316 said:
Outlander_04 Can You Give me the Site or the Link for the Components


its from the site you linked to

Ive been building computers for a while now and so you get to know what hardware is older , and whats good .
One place to catch up is the charts section of this website . They tell you how cpu etc perform relative to each other and in what apps/games .

ASUS and gigabyte are the best to mb makers . Either is good

The 955 phenom is the same part as a 945 but its clocked 200 MHz higher . You can do that at home and not pay the price premium

I actually like jbakerlents 785g mb and RAM more than I like the ones I suggested , but the RAM wasnt available on website you were buying from . The 785g wont perform better but it is the latest model
August 13, 2009 2:46:52 AM

here's a suggestion, and I have done this successfully. Amd's phenom II x2 550 is a unlocked (multiplier) dual core phenom black edition @3.1ghz. Here's the catch. Its actually a quad core phenom with two of its cores disabled. with select motherboards and a specific bios you can unlock all four cores! Its actually easy to do! just change 1 setting in bios! I OC'd the one I built to 3.6ghz stable. In my opinion that cpu is the best bang for your buck @ $100. It has a 6mb L3 cache and 3.1ghz stock clock speed. I used a GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P motherboard.
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