First Build Advice

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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  1. 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.
  2. The 500GB WD drives are older 250GB platters, the samsung F3 uses a single 500GB platter, it will cost you a bit more and ebuyer's doesnt seem to stock it but it would be faster, its actually the fastest conventional drive available

    If you arent going to crossfire in the future this board would save you quite a bit while
  3. 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?

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