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December 19, 2009 1:06:19 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Not too sure. Just wanted advice. BUDGET RANGE: around £450

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, movies, work documents etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: mainly but any that are cheaper and ship to UK. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: Would like to try at some point

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 17- 19 inch 1280x1024 resolution maybe.

I have researched all morning and have com up with this:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 Retail Boxed Processor

Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 790GX Socket AM3 VGA DVI HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AMD 790GX Socket AM3

G-Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 PC3 10666 Memory

Asus 9600GT 512MB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card
Gigabyte Gigabyte ATI Radeon 4670 HD 1GB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 DVI

Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache

Corsair 550W VX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 5 Year Warranty

Antec 300 Three Hundred Case

LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±RW DL & Ram SATA Black Retail Kit with Software

It comes to around 480 with the more expensive parts. Is there anywhere i could cut down or swap for other parts?

Many thanks


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December 20, 2009 3:55:00 AM

Power supply is one spot, the 500w Antec basiq, 500w OCZ StealthStream and the Antec Earthwatts 500w would save L10-L15 and are quality power supplies. Since you didn't mention crossfire the MSI AM3 770 or Asus AM3 785G or Asrock AM3 785G would save some cash.
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December 20, 2009 11:03:22 AM

Thanks for your replies.

I have changed the power supply and the hard drive to the ones you both reccomended.
The reason i chose this motherboard is that it has the SB750 chipset, which i read increases the overclocking capabilities with this CPU. But i may change it as it is £20 cheaper.

Aside from that, is the build compatible and do you see any other problems?

December 20, 2009 5:33:16 PM

The SB710 of the 770 and 785 is also a good overclocker and has ACC. I didn't see any problems with the build.