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March 11, 2010 9:04:04 AM

Is this a capable gaming rig, and is it a good price?

Intel® Core™i3 Processor i3-540 (3.06GHz) 4MB Cache
INTEL SOCKET LGA1156 STANDARD CPU COOLER
4GB CORSAIR DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz
1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GT220 PCI EXPRESS
500GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
22x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO
WIRELESS N 300Mbps PCI CARD
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER
ANTEC 900 BLACK GAMING CASE
450W Quiet Dual Rail PSU

All for £652.00 UK (pounds).

Thanks for answers. :) 

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March 11, 2010 9:20:29 AM

Sorry, I forgot to add; parts are changeable. I'm custom building. So feel free to suggest changes etc. Thanks again. :) 
a b 4 Gaming
March 11, 2010 9:49:07 AM

For gaming you would need a more powerful gaming graphics card...
And that GT 220 is no where near to being a decent gaming card...
IMO you should spend more on the core components like the CPU, graphics card and less on the case and other stuffs...
And sticky please...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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March 11, 2010 9:53:30 AM

OK thanks for your advice. :)  And sorry, I'll have a look at the sticky post.
March 11, 2010 1:11:35 PM

depends on what resolution you are going to game at. If you want nvidia get atleast a 250-260 and for ATI a 4850 or 5770 would be fine.
March 11, 2010 1:16:15 PM

I will take your advice. I'm not looking to go crazy with the graphics but anything is better than my current integrated chip.

Thanks. :) 
March 11, 2010 1:34:39 PM

G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180490

HIS HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E Graphics Card

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191864

antec EarthWatts 500W 80%+ Efficiency PSU - 80mm Fan 4x SATA 2x PCI-E

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/120377

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791

antec 300

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

Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H 890GX Socket AM3 HDMI DVI VGA Out 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/197546

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190673

Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450

Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252



+ shipping
£12.11
£698.89

a b 4 Gaming
March 12, 2010 2:07:12 AM

^ Very good build...
But I would suggest some changes to take advantage of the Crossfire as that 500W PSU wont suffice for 2x HD 5770s, if you want to upgrade later on...
Change the following...
1. CASE - Antec 200 - Even this case is as good and saves some money...
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168615

2. Change the PSU to EA 650W - So that you can go Crossfire as the mobo also support that...
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141006

3. RAM - Change to this...
Crucial - Not that the GSKillz is not good...but this RAM is better value and again it saves some money...And dont get fooled by the absence of the heatsinks...this RAM can be overclocked to the GSkillz levels without any issues and runs cooler too...
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166995
March 12, 2010 12:44:42 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Very good build...
But I would suggest some changes to take advantage of the Crossfire as that 500W PSU wont suffice for 2x HD 5770s, if you want to upgrade later on...
Change the following...
1. CASE - Antec 200 - Even this case is as good and saves some money...
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168615

2. Change the PSU to EA 650W - So that you can go Crossfire as the mobo also support that...
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141006

3. RAM - Change to this...
Crucial - Not that the GSKillz is not good...but this RAM is better value and again it saves some money...And dont get fooled by the absence of the heatsinks...this RAM can be overclocked to the GSkillz levels without any issues and runs cooler too...
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166995


1. Got a different case but with required spec.
2. Upped my PSU to a 650w for crossfire (possibly). :D 
3. Changed RAM to your recommendation.

I posted another thread with the final list which I've made many changes to but I've used your recommendations because they seem sensible.
!