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January 8, 2010 12:14:00 AM

I am building a computer for the first time and would like some peoples advice. I have used a template I found on a forum on this site and hopefully I've filled it out ok.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within this month (January 2010)

BUDGET RANGE: £600-800 (Including monitor)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Use of 3D software (3Ds Max and Maya), Other software packages (Adobe), Browsing the internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and mouse, OS, Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.ebuyer.com (More than happy to use others if reccommended)

PARTS PREFERENCES: No current preferences.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I mainly want a good computer as it will hopefully last me through my next 3 years at university. I am happy to go over my budget if it means having better quality parts that will last me. I'd preferably like some advice that gives me a good idea of what I am getting for my money.

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I have already chosen some parts that I have seen myself that I am interested in and also ones that have been reccommended to me. If possible could you please look at these parts and see if they are suitable for my needs or if there are others that are better suited to my budget.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 3GHz Socket AM2+ 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155714

Asus M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe Nforce 780a SLI Socket AM2+ onboard VGA HDMI audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/144554

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.8v
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166785

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

ZOTAC GTX260 192 Core SYNERGY EDITION 896MB DDR3 Dual DVI PhysX and Cuda ready PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160748

Black Mid Tower Gaming Case with Massive 14cm Front Fan - No PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134798

Arctic Power 700W PSU - With PCI-E, 4x SATA, 20+4, ATX12V, 8pin +12V Connectors
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124927

Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL Internal SATA 3 Bezel Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179014

Philips 230C1HSB 23" Full HD LCD Monitor 1920x1080 12000:1 (Dynamic) 300cd/m2 5ms VGA/DVI-D/HDMI/USB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161787

Thanks alot to whoever takes the time to read and offer their views. :) 
January 8, 2010 12:56:01 AM

going with an older configuration aint too good but for £800 i would go like this

Asus AM3 AMD 790X ATX DDR3 Audio & Gigabit Ethernet

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-am3-amd-790x-atx-ddr3...

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL7 1.7V

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169488

Philips 230C1HSB 23" Full HD LCD Monitor 1920x1080 12000:1 (Dynamic) 300cd/m2 5ms VGA/DVI-D/HDMI/USB Multimedia Glossy Black

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161787

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

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

Antec 300 Three Hundred Case

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854

Antec TruePower New 650W Modular PSU - 80plus Bronze and SLI Certified 3x SATA

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159920
(comes in a nice combo)

HIS HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/186468

Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL Internal SATA 3 Bezel Drive - Retail Box & Software

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179014

comes too bout £790

ddr3 is the future ddr2 is being phased out as we speak

ati 5770 is a bit more powerful then a gtx 260 192 and has dx11 support

but for your uses i would seriously consider an intel i5/i7 build since it handles cpu intensive tasks much better but will work out too bout £900+
January 8, 2010 9:38:54 AM

:D 
obsidian86 said:
going with an older configuration aint too good but for £800 i would go like this

Asus AM3 AMD 790X ATX DDR3 Audio & Gigabit Ethernet

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-am3-amd-790x-atx-ddr3...

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL7 1.7V

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169488

Philips 230C1HSB 23" Full HD LCD Monitor 1920x1080 12000:1 (Dynamic) 300cd/m2 5ms VGA/DVI-D/HDMI/USB Multimedia Glossy Black

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161787

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

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

Antec 300 Three Hundred Case

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854

Antec TruePower New 650W Modular PSU - 80plus Bronze and SLI Certified 3x SATA

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159920
(comes in a nice combo)

HIS HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/186468

Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL Internal SATA 3 Bezel Drive - Retail Box & Software

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179014

comes too bout £790

ddr3 is the future ddr2 is being phased out as we speak

ati 5770 is a bit more powerful then a gtx 260 192 and has dx11 support

but for your uses i would seriously consider an intel i5/i7 build since it handles cpu intensive tasks much better but will work out too bout £900+



I have looked at the build you suggested and both me and a friend are really impressed. For alot of the parts the prices are very reasonable. I reckon I will be going for this build. :D 

Thanks again for taking the time to look. Done me a huge favour
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January 8, 2010 2:01:41 PM

yeah all will work fine it even has enough power to run crossfire when you wanna toss in another 5770 in future but it should last a good while
January 10, 2010 2:56:17 PM

I ordered all the parts so hopefully should have it all by friday. Thanks again for your help mate
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