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January 21, 2010 8:41:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Feburary 2010 BUDGET RANGE: £500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Digital graphics and video editing, college work, web surfing/chat.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, screens, mouse, speakers.. any peripheral really.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ebuyer/Dabs, amazon is a maybe COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI/AMD - AM3/DDR3 is preffered.

OVERCLOCKING: No, if I can avoid it, don't wanna spend more on cooling
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, i've been looking at dual 4770

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I'm on a bit of a tight budget, so I wanna try get the best for my budget. I have a rough build already, so comments/feedback and recommendations is what I'm looking for :) 

case + PSU - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135101
HDD - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252
RAM - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177345
Processor - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166519
MOBO http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-am3-amd-790x-atx-ddr3...
GFX Card - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

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January 21, 2010 8:56:03 PM

Oh, i forgot to add, I'm thinking about crossfire for the 4770's - and the hdd can take up to 1800mhz ram, is it worth going that high?
January 21, 2010 9:09:11 PM

This RAM is 1600Mhz and has CAS 7 latency, so is much better for what you'll be doing: Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz and @ £101 is a very similiar price. I suppose if you can find 1800mhz RAM that doesnt take you over budget then it would probably be worth doing.
I assume that you are including the OS in the budget of £500, in which case it is unlikely that you will be able to get a quad core in.
January 21, 2010 9:12:55 PM

I already have a Windows 7 Proffesional from Microsoft Academic Alliance, sorry. I forgot to mention.
January 21, 2010 10:30:12 PM

Ok, well then I would recommend upgrading the CPU as I imagine digital graphics and certainly video editing will benefit from it. If you're going to stick to a dual core, this one would be better: AMD Phenom II X2 550 3.1Ghz 6MB L3 Cache £70 It will just as good as the Athlon II X2 250 in video editing applications, but better in gaming.
This would be a better option for video editing work, but not as good as the Phenom II X2 550 in gaming: Athlon II X4 620 2.6Ghz £75.

The PSU that comes with that case doesn't have enough PCI-E power connectors to power two 4770s, which I missed earlier coz I wasn't thinking properly (probably still not). You could get this bundle: Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Mid Tower Case - With 500W EarthWatts PSU £99.64 As it is a quality case with a quality power supply, which I think does have two PCI-E connectors. And should be powerful enough to run a crossfire system with 4770s. And accomodate an upgrade in CPU.

The case and PSU combo that I suggested would add around £50 to the total. And the processor £15, so that would take the total to around £472.
This is the article which I referred to when analyzing the potential benefits of each processor above. You can also weigh up the power usage of each chip. He tested those processors with a GTX 280, which is a hell of a lot more power hungry than even two 4770s.

And I corrected that link to RAM in my earlier post.
January 21, 2010 10:40:07 PM

Thanks for your response! it is much appreciated! :) 

That Athlon x4 does not have a L3 cache? if I could push to a X4 955

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

Would the psu still hold? and will the 955 be worth it?
January 21, 2010 11:08:58 PM

Yea I think a 500W Antec Earthwatts would be fine with the 955. This review should show you how good it is.
I think that the 955 is a very solid processor; I'm very happy with it. It pretty much wiped the floor with the other processors that I suggested. So if you're willing to go up for it in budget terms then I would say do it.
If you're happy with that case, then that's the way to go. That Corsair is a quality power supply as well and probably gives you more room if you ever decide to get a more power hungry graphics card.
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