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January 30, 2010 7:06:46 PM

Hi basically I bought a dell (fail) 3 years ago and have been up grading as I go along, I have now got to a point where everything is as good as it can be with the motherboard and cpu I have and as dell have their own brand of motherboard I’m going to start again in a new case blah blah blah

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next month (as soon as I know what I want)

BUDGET RANGE: below 500 ish

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, gaming and .... gaming? maybe a bit of surfing etc

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Harddrive, graphics, sound card, RAM if i dnt have too its ddr2 so....

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any that are trusted

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: Im not sure if theres a difference between AMD and Intel really so I know AMD is a lot cheaper

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe but by no means a must

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe/yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have made my mind up on the case (armor+) unless u guys and girls think there’s a better/cheaper one

As I say above all I basically need is a PSU, CPU and motherboard and I need some advice from yous lot

This is what I’ve been looking at:







Of course I would then need sum cooling fans and replacement ram but I can get those easy

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January 30, 2010 7:58:45 PM

That motherboard is DDR3 so imo it would be best to get a set of that, 2x2GB will be plenty. You can get decent 1600mhz RAM for £100, and on that site I think they have some from Patriot that's only around £85 so I'd suggest you grab that.
The Phenom II X3 720 is a decent gaming CPU, but if you are planning on playing CPU intensive games such as Crysis or GTA 4, then it would be best to go up to a quad core, probably just the £20 more expensive 955. Remember it's only necessary in any sense if you are planning to play such a game.
What graphics card are you using? That PSU is fine if you aren't going to crossfire, but there aren't many cards that I'd want to crossfire on a 500W PSU.
I don't know how many cases you've looked at, or how much the Armor+ is, but some cases that I like and/or are well liked generally are Lancool PC-K62, Coolermaster CM 690, HAF 922/932, Antec 900/902, 1200. Up to you if you want to consider them.
January 31, 2010 12:18:41 PM

thanks, i will look into those cases. i was thinking would it be worth downgrading the motherboard to one that dosnt have usb 3.0 and sata 3 and save me some money that way i dnt have to buy more ram either, im using a HD 3850 atm but will props upgrade because atm thats all that would fit in my dell lol, if i did want to crossfire would i just have to get a more powerfull psu? and is there the right connections on that psu?
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January 31, 2010 12:50:47 PM

id get the gigabite. Although the asus has better chips the gigabite is a better brand, cheaper, and basicly has the same specs
January 31, 2010 2:29:26 PM

I'd advise against getting the second Gigabyte board you suggested (GA-MA785GT-UD3H) as it's second PCI-E slot is at x4 speeds, so if you're going to go down get the Asus one you suggested, as it is better for crossfiring. A 600W from a good brand will be able to crossfire 3850s or 5770s. The 500W OCZ only has one PCI-E connector, whereas the 600W version of that PSU has two.
Asus M4A79XTD Evo £85
AMD Phenom II X3 730 £100
OCZ 600W MOD £65
Patriot DDR3 RAM £85
Total £335
If the case is £100, then £435. Which unfortunately wouldn't be enough to get a nice new graphics card atm. I am rather loathe to point this out to you, but if you wanted to get a 5770 (~ £120) for instance into this £500 budget, then you could get an AM2+ board which supports DDR2 RAM and could therefore save yourself £85. Such a board: Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD3P £85
January 31, 2010 3:09:56 PM

Ok thank you silvune, taken your advice on the motherboard I’ve got it down to this now:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143852
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

This all comes to around £410 which I’m happy with

Can you say if this will all work, I’ve looked and can’t see any problems; it has support for crossfire if I want to at a later date.
January 31, 2010 3:37:30 PM

Yea that is all compatible.
The Antec 1200 is quite a large case, in which case you might want the PSU to have long cables to allow for good cable management. In this review and on this page http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/11/12/ocz_700w_modx... it says that the cables from the OCZ 700W unit will reach 17 inches. Whereas in a review from the same website http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/09/18/antec_earthwa... the Antec Earthwatts 750W Modular PSU - 80plus (@ £78.68) has longer cables at 21 inches and is generally considered to be from a tier 1 PSU manufacturer while many would consider OCZ to be a top tier 2 PSU maker. Seeing as you are still well below £500, 6 pounds of difference to get such a fantastic PSU seem worth it to me.
I decided not to 'pressure' you into going for one of these top tier PSUs until now, because I didn't know how much you were willing to spend on a PSU and what components you'd end up deciding to get and how much those components would come to, and in the case of cable length, what case youd' get.
January 31, 2010 4:24:32 PM

oh great, yeah money isnt too much of an issue so will deffently go got the antec psu thanks alot will order the parts sharpish
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