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February 22, 2010 4:34:05 PM

Hey guys

Buying a new PC on the budget of £400. This is what i feel suits me, just posting in case anything is wrong etc.

• AMD Athlon II X4 630, Quad Core, S AM3, 2.8GHz, 2MB Cache, HT 4000MHz, 95W, Retail - £80 Scan

• 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V – £81 Scan

• Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - £37 Scan

• Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2, AMD 760G, AM3, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1066/1333, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, MATX, VGA - £52 Scan

• ATI Radeon HD4850 - £81 Scan
• LiteOn iHAS324 24x DVD±RW SATA DL & RAM Internal SATA Black Bare Drive – OEM - £18.51 – ebuyer - £18.36

• Black 500W PSU - With 12cm Blue LED Fan 20+4pin 1x SATA 1x PCI-E - £19.77

• Coolermaster Elite 334 Black Mid Tower Case - No PSU - £25

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February 22, 2010 4:45:21 PM

okay cool thanks.

i did a lot of research regarding the graphics card. Was originally going to get a 9800gt but realised that for £4 more i could get the 4850 which was on par with the 9800gtx + and even maybe the gts 250, i did further research and decided to go for a hd 4870 as thats on pair with a gts 250 and only a £5 more than the 4850.

so yeah edit - HIS ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card instead.

what you think?
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February 22, 2010 4:54:06 PM

I think thats a good choice, as its better peformance for a few £

I'm pretty sure that PSU you listed in your orginal post won't cut it for a 4870, I'd recommend you get a good quality PSU. like the one i linked to.

What resolution are you going to be playing at?
February 22, 2010 5:05:29 PM

I just read the guide on here about making a pc, they said that my motherboard model is cheap and basic etc, im slightly concerned, should i go for something a bit more or not? I am not going to overclock ever.

I'm on a single core 1.8ghz, 512mb ram, intel onboard graphics card laptop atm so im not too fussy atm but want to make sure im getting proper parts as i want this to last me years.

Atm at home i have a Belinea 1925S1W 19" Widescreen 5ms 850:1 (1440 X 900) Silver & Black MultiMedia TFT Monitor 3 Years Onsite Warranty

so i will be using that, guess i will be gaming on 1440 x 900 then?
February 22, 2010 5:41:49 PM

yep 1440 x 900, A 4870 is alittle overkill for that res. But its so close to the 4850 price you might aswell go for it.

If your never going to be overclocking and your happy witht the features of the motherboard, E.G the amount og USB and SATA connections it has then by all means go for it. I take it your on a pretty tight budget?
February 22, 2010 5:45:29 PM

I can afford more tbh but i want to spend as little as possible (within reason obv and not blowing up my pc in first week of use with *** parts) as i want to buy other things such as maybe a new monitor and holidays lol.

yes £400 which is $620.

February 22, 2010 5:46:58 PM

I dont mind spending ***that little extra bit*** if it will help me have a more stable and long living machine.
February 22, 2010 5:56:16 PM

Well theres a few thing I would consider

1) Getting a crossfire capable motherboard for future upgradability
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigabyte-GA-MA790GPT-UD3...(x16)-DDR3-1333-1666-SATA-3Gb-s-RAID-ATX

2) If your interested in DX11 maybe think about a HD5750 or HD5770 instead of a HD4870

3) consider buying an after market cooler and overclocking slightly.

Just some ideas.
February 22, 2010 6:00:25 PM

I was thinking about fans.. will i need better fans for my case or i think i need to buy and extra 120mm for the back too..

and yes i read about this dx11 business, i mean what is that about? never was too sure what dx was about, will this make those cards outperform the hd 4870 or what?

think crossfire will be really unecessary for me, will never need 2 graphics cards heh.

February 22, 2010 6:04:15 PM

why cant you edit on this forum?

I did look at those 2 cards but they are more expensive, im not a gamer, only play the odd game like cod 2 modern warfare or maybe an mmorpg like WoW, just want a nice card. Maybe its the fact i havent had a good pc that i dont play games haha but im sure that hd 4870 will handle anything for years to come.
February 22, 2010 6:15:23 PM

yeah that case only has 2 fan bays and only 1 fan included, You might run into heating issues with a 4870 in that case (4870's run hot)

Maybe consider a case with more fan bays to improve air circulation.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Xigmatek-ASGARD-Black-Mi...
That case also only comes with 1 fan, so you'd have to buy 3 more to get the most out of it.

This explains what direct X is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectX

So basically a 4870 is DX10.1 capable and so it can only in render DX10.1 and lower.

DX11 games have just started to come out and will become the industry standard in a few years. For now a 4870 is fine and will be able to play all games at 1440 x 900, but wont be able to use direct X 11 features.

A 4870 and a 5770 are about on par as far as performance is concerned, The HD5770 is more expensive, but has DX11, uses less power, outputs less heat and has eyefinity.

If your not going crossfire then the motherboard in your orginal post is fine.
February 22, 2010 7:09:21 PM

mmmm i dont know now whether to switch, not too sure if i'll bother.

any recomendations on fans, i would hate a noisy machine (think everyone would) so i dont know what extra fans to get exactly.
February 22, 2010 7:19:32 PM

ah another £30 for 3 fans hmm could i get away with one on the back and one on the side then the default one on the front?
February 22, 2010 7:38:30 PM

yeah should work fine, although i would put the best fans as intakes.
February 22, 2010 7:44:25 PM

so which fans do i get and how do i set it up exactly?
February 25, 2010 7:12:29 AM

Get the fans I linked to.

Put the good fans on the intake of your case (front and bottom of the case) and then a good one at the back of the case as an exhaust fan.
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