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Need advice - New build for 350-400 GBP

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October 24, 2009 10:51:09 AM

im building a new pc... i have built 1 pc before but it was not a gaming system...
What i want is a gaming tower no peripherals or screen as i have them allready

i want it to be able to play any games and maybe a mobo with the chance to add a second card to up the power.

my budget is £400 with the chance to maybe add extra things after but i want a setup that will play any current generation MMORPG's on high settings at 720p res

ive looked at some components at Http://www.microdirect.com/ and put a system together but i dont think its balanced and am asking for any suggestions for components thx

Jam...
October 24, 2009 12:44:25 PM

please use the format from the sticky post, that way we can help you better.
October 24, 2009 1:06:47 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
SAP after Nov 11th

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Microdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Great Britain

PARTS PREFERENCES:
i have a 32" 720p LCD that i will have my tower connected to and any components that will make it work best will be accepted
I want to use this case
OVERCLOCKING:
Yes (but not essential)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Yes (in the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1280x720

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
need to be able to play current MMO's such as warhammer online quite well and be able to play the upcoming Call of Duty : modern warare 2
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October 25, 2009 12:09:53 AM

Gigabyte motherboard MA785GT-UD3H AMD785G AM3 DDR3 ATX(S024695) £65.00

Coolermaster case Elite 330 Black-silver midi tower micro ATX NO PSU(CASCOORC330) £26.08
SONY DVD-ROM DDU-1678A-0B 18x Black OEM(S025034) £9.66
Corsair PSU 550W VX550W ATX12V v2.2 5 year manufacturer's warranty(PSUCORVX550) £58.69
AMD CPU AM3 Athlon X3 425 2.7GHz 1.5MB Cache Retail(S025358) £50.29
Samsung 500GB F3 hard drive SATA II 300 16MB cache 7200rpm oem(S024902) £34.95
Gigabyte ATi Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E dual-link DVI HDMI DirectX 11 Retail(S025324) £110.00
OCZ Memory 2GB (2x1024MB) Intel Extreme Edition XMP Ready Series DDR3 PC3-12800 600MHz RAM Dual Channel CL 7-7-7-24 XMP Profile 2: 1800MHz 9-9-9-31Intel® Black XTC Heatspreader Optimized(S020220) £34.00
Sub Total £388.67

Total price with delivery excluding VAT £388.67
VAT @ 15.0% £58.30
Total price including VAT and delivery £446.97

forgive me for being an american but im not to sure if this is under or over the budget but if it is swap the video card for a 4850. i think this has a enough room for crossfire and more ram later.
October 25, 2009 12:48:25 AM

AMD Phenom II X2 550 AM3 3.1Ghz - £73.65
http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-phenom-ii-x2-550-am3-3...

MSI 770-C45, AMD 770, AM3 - £49.21
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-770-C45-AM3-PCI-E-20(x16)-DDR3-1600(OC)-RAID-Blu-Ray-Audio-GB-LAN-ATX

Corsair Memory Corsair 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 CL9 - £60.89
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/D...(PC3-10666)/Corsair+4GB+TwinX+DDR3+PC3-10600+1333Mhz+Dual+Channel+DDR3+(2x2GB)+?productId=35381

XFX ATI Radeon 4670 HD 750Mhz 1GB - £49.99
http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-ati-radeon-4670-hd-750...

Samsung 500GB F3 - £36.68
http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-500gb-f3-7200rpm-1...

Corsair Memory 450W - £50.70
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-450w-atx-ps...

Sony 24x Int DVDRWRAM SATA - £15.97
http://www.dabs.com/products/sony-24x-int-dvdrwram-sata...

CoolerMaster Elite 330 - £26.07
http://www.dabs.com/products/coolermaster-elite-330-atx...

Total = £363.16


You don't need crossfire. The 4670 will be fine for your current resolution but if your planning to upgrade your monitor soon, then get a better graphics card like the 4850.
October 26, 2009 4:16:28 PM

Thaks for the info guys i was looking at an intel based PC but i think ill go with the AMD side of things as they seem more value for money.
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