AM3 Bulid with HD 5850.

I'm looking for a new computer to replace my outdated, eMachines 3220 which is Intel celeron 2.8GHZ overclocked to 3.0 and with No graphics only onboard mobo.

So, here's my requirements:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: After Windows 7 release.

BUDGET RANGE: £500 to £600.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, maybe folding and browsing, some very, very heavy workload.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, CD drive, speakers and Windows 7 (I preordered it.)


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type AMD Phemon II X4. and 6GB of memory. Im choosing AM3 mobo because I will replace AMD Phemon with six core.

OVERCLOCKING: NO, unless my computer is at least 5 years old and running slowly. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No way.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: CRT monitor resolution varies. Max is 1200 something. But I will upgrade it to Full HD monitor in somewhere time later.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None. But if I have some money left over, You can suggest me to buy things.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Didn't you say you'd only consider the Core i7?
  2. AMD is still using dual channel memory so you wont want 6GB. You will want 4GB (2x2) or 8GB (4x2 or 2x4).

    I'm not quite sure why you would go for a PHIIx4 over a more powerful i7/x58 system which will have a much more powerful 6 core/12 thread CPU coming soon. I guess I also dont understand why you wouldnt spend 10 minutes doing a quick light overclock to get a significant free performance boost.
  3. And I forget to add - I need 1TB of HDD.

    And like I said, I need AM3 for new oncoming six cores but with core i7, it is more expensive and won't have 100% it will work with new six core.
  4. WR2 said:
    Didn't you say you'd only consider the Core i7?

    I loved I7 before looking at benchmarks. Thats why.
  5. core i7 ownage said:
    I loved I7 before looking at benchmarks. Thats why.

    What benchmarks have the PhIIx4 better than an i7? The i7 at the same clock speed beats it 20-30% in most CPU intensive applications that you would later want a 6 core CPU for.
  6. WR2 said:
    Didn't you say you'd only consider the Core i7?

    Perhaps he realised mortaging his house for the latest Intel/Nvidia components wasn't wise?

    AM3 platform is great idea for future updating but i wouldnt bother with a 6 core CPU because even QUAD cores aren't really getting used properly. Especially if your using it for gaming, IMO my quad core Phenom is overkill.

    By the time windows 7 is out, although it isn't long now ATi's 5870 and 5850's prices would have settled nicely. Not to mention better drivers.

    IMO the more memory the better you dont want to bottle neck your multi core CPU with a small amount of memory so the more the better. Not forgetting AMD doesn't use the whole 3 X thing the i7 does.

    OCZ have got some good sticks made specifically for AM3 platforms, too squeeze the most out of your "Dragon platform".

    For a gaming system GPU is a big thing that you need to think about. Even 2 4890's would give you plenty of juice and soon they will be super cheap. 2 X 4890's in Crossfire X dual 16X lanes? Worth a thought.

    and dont forget to get some decent speed from your system, Think about RAID 0.

    Plus Network Cards make sure that doesn't lag you out in them modern warfare servers.
  7. For the OP's budget... i5 ftw
  8. Bump... I wanted AMD processor to save AMD/ATI from getting bankrupt.
    Thats my specs of computer (Before I overclocked to 3000mhz and added another 512MB of memory).
    So I really need a upgrade, any suggestions?
  10. BUMP...
  11. Bump.
  12. Its saturday, chill with the self bumps.

    Read this thread. At your price point almost everyone here would go with an i5 build.
  13. £43.99 inc vat
    Antec 300 Three Hundred Black Case - No PSU £67.92 inc vat inc Free Delivery
    Corsair 550W VX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 5 Year Warranty £86.45 inc vat Free Delivery
    Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 iP55 Socket 1156 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard £146.97 inc vat Free Delivery
    Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £66.99 inc VAT
    G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL) £54.99 inc vat Free Delivery
    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM £126.36 inc vat Free Delivery
    Sapphire HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card

    Total: £593.67 inc VAT
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