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March 11, 2010 1:26:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible (within 1 month).
BUDGET RANGE: £400-700 UK Pounds.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (such as FS9/X, RCT3) and screen recording; video editing and rendering using Adobe After Effects, Adobe Flash, Sony Vegas; image editing in Photoshop CS4; watching HD videos; office documents and surfing the web.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.misco.co.uk/ OR any other large online retailer in the UK (basically, not Newegg.com).
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, 4GB RAM at least, and 1GB dedicated Nvidia graphics (I've been advised to go for Nvidia; feel free to suggest another).
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe.
MONITOR RESOLUTION (on 24in monitor): 1280x1024. A graphics chip that can handle more is a plus.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet fans on case, but good enough cooling for hard tasks.

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March 11, 2010 1:34:11 PM

You've been advised poorly if someone told you to go with nVidia. Well, at least until March 26th when Fermi comes out...

Do you need an OS on that budget? The following build assumes you don't.

Try pricing this out over there. I used Newegg links because I can find the parts easier there and think better using dollars. If you can't find the exact part, find one with the same specs.

CPU: X4 620 $96
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case: HAF 922 $90
GPU: HD 5870 $380
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $100
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24

Total: $985 (~650 pounds).

The GPU is way overkill for your current resolution. If you're planning to step up to a 1920x1080 monitor, it will be awesome for that resolution. If you don't drop it down to the HD 5850 and pick up a new monitor.
March 11, 2010 1:43:20 PM

No, the OS is not an issue.

Are AMD rigs cheaper in general? And are they cheaper for a reason?

I will price it out on Newegg then. I'm just not too keen on buying away from the big brands... :/ 
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March 11, 2010 1:45:42 PM

And if I go for overkill with the PSU will it step down to the required voltage (are you better to have more than less is what I mean)?
March 11, 2010 1:47:29 PM

AMD builds are a lot cheaper and give about the same gaming performance as Intel builds. AMD is the best currently for price to performance, while Intel is the best at the high end performance

I've already priced it out on Newegg. I need you to look up the prices wherever you want to buy and let me know if it's too expensive or if I have some more cash to play with.

You can't actually buy it from Newegg, as they only ship in the US. They're the top retailer over here, and the best for researching parts.

EDIT: Yes, the PSU will only draw the amount of watts it actually needs to run the computer. For example, if the current load needs 400W, the PSU will draw 500W from the wall, pass on 400W to the other components, and lose 100W to heat (80% efficiency).
March 11, 2010 2:13:36 PM

Hmm taken off Ebuyer.com from UK we could slap on something like:
March 11, 2010 2:15:37 PM

andymcdougal said:

I will price it out on Newegg then. I'm just not too keen on buying away from the big brands... :/ 


What does "big brands" mean in this context?

Are you referring to newegg? Or Intel vs. AMD? Something else?
March 11, 2010 2:18:50 PM

I would look around to find a 5850. The 5830 is overpriced.
March 11, 2010 2:27:26 PM

coldsleep said:
What does "big brands" mean in this context?

Are you referring to newegg? Or Intel vs. AMD? Something else?


I was referring to parts but please forget about it because I mistook the wording.
March 11, 2010 2:33:11 PM

All of the parts above (with the exception of the MSI board) are the high end, brand name parts.
March 11, 2010 2:37:40 PM

andymcdougal said:
Would it be worth jumping up to the AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz?


Well it would have been but this is the older C2 version 2 125W TDP so i'd just hit the 95W 925 and look to clock lightly in future or more (with after market HSF)
March 11, 2010 3:30:43 PM

Based on everybody's advice, this is my current build. What would I get away with in terms of the PSU? And would one 120mm fan do?

March 11, 2010 3:39:07 PM

Consider that board won't allow Crossfire, you could easily get away with a 550W-650W unit.

One fan is not going to cut it. I wouldn't get a case with less than two (one front bottom, one back top).
March 11, 2010 3:44:09 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Consider that board won't allow Crossfire, you could easily get away with a 550W-650W unit.

One fan is not going to cut it. I wouldn't get a case with less than two (one front bottom, one back top).


I'll go for 650W and a couple of fans then.

THANKS :D 
March 11, 2010 4:01:48 PM

This is my finished list of components. Anyone fancy giving it a quick once over before I order? :)  Hehehe.

Thanks for all your help guys. :) 

March 11, 2010 4:32:09 PM

1. Paying 4 pounds less but 1600/CL9 instead of CL7
2. Not too sure about that case
3. Personal preference: USB wifi adaper - ease of installation/transfer
March 11, 2010 4:47:09 PM

batuchka said:
1. Paying 4 pounds less but 1600/CL9 instead of CL7
2. Not too sure about that case
3. Personal preference: USB wifi adaper - ease of installation/transfer


The case I thought would be easier to manage having a fan already installed in the front - I couldn't find any other cheap-range cases that had space for a fan in the front. What exactly is it about the case that you would improve? But very good point about the WiFi. I'll might get a USB adaptor instead...
March 11, 2010 4:49:08 PM

As in its build quality and overall workmanship, cooling options, etc
March 11, 2010 4:49:49 PM

batuchka said:
1. Paying 4 pounds less but 1600/CL9 instead of CL7.


Sorry to sound like a n00b, but what is the difference?
March 11, 2010 4:50:22 PM

batuchka said:
As in its build quality and overall workmanship, cooling options, etc


Ok well I'll take that on board and put some more thought into cases.
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