Need Advice for cheap Gaming/Rendering Computer Build

I have been planning to build a new computer from scratch for about 9 months. However, the cost of build one was too great to the spec I wanted.

A few weeks ago however, my brothers Packard Bell Imedia x2421 decided to crash and not want to turn on. He was told by a computer specialist that the mobo had gone and recommended him to buy a new computer.

So I brought his broken pc for parts. Since it has some decent spec items like the 2.4ghz Quad Core and 3GB of ram which would of totalled £150+. My idea is to integrate these parts into my build which should reduce the cost alot from the original list. Also with this, he also has a 320GB HDD with windows vista pre-installed (which I should be able to use). Anyway, I have never built a computer so I may need some help/recommendations by people who have experience in building computers from scratch about the specs. My budget is between £300 and £375. Here is the planned spec...

Mobo: Asus P5Q SE PLUS -£66.38

Cpu: Intel Q6600 Quad Core @2.4ghz (Over clocking planned)*

Cpu Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro -£18.99

Ram: 3GB DDR2 Ram (Unknown Brand)*

Gpu: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition - £119.99

Psu: Antec EARTHWATTS EA-650 - £56.24

Case: Antec P183 -£87.98

Fans: 2 Xilence XPF120R - £14.08

Monitors: 2 21.5” Benq e2200hd @1920X1080*

Total: £363.66
(Prices from or and include VAT)

*Already Have

Since I have the CPU, Ram, HDD and the OS, it has made the project much cheaper for me. At a later date, I will be replacing the ram and a maybe adding a decent sound card and 2nd GPU.

I am going to check that the CPU works before ordering the MOBO as there are better CPU out now like the AMD PIIx4 or Intel’s I5 (Which both require a different MOBO to the Q6600).

Also, I would like to note that I will be using the system for gaming along with Adobe After-effects rendering.

Thanks in advance, Tom
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  1. I love the Q6600... though I suggest you don't overclock, since you plan to render stuff. The last thing you want to do is your CPU locking up during a render. Stick with default settings for the sake of stability.
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