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March 13, 2010 1:43:14 PM

Hey guys i am building my very first computer build i have saved up about £550 pounds but that included a moniter at 89.99. here is what i have put together i would like you please to see if it is all compatable or suggestions of what i could switch for etc for better bang per buck.

here are links to my build it is all from ebuyer

Case: Casecom Black Mid Tower Case £18.88 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/115479

Ram: OCZ 2GB (2x1GB) DDR3 1333Mhz £47.80 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132911

PSU: Coolermaster 460W eXtreme Power Plus £39.54 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150596

DVD drive: Sony AD-5240S £15.81 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/170014

HDD: Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB £39.76 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228

Moniter: Acer X203 20" Widescreen £89.97 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/193681

Graphics card: XFX HD 5770 XXX 875Mhz 1GB GDDR5 £145.70 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190734

Motherboard: Asus M4A785TD-V EVO £70.81 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169532

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz £68.88 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166518

Total: £537.15 this will leave a bit left over for extra case fans cool lights etc .

Ok and thats it. is that my best bang/buck ratio? this computer is mainly for gaming i would like to be able to play most games on full on the moniter i have chosen. but this computer will also be used for normal surfing and a bit of video editing. thanks guys and advice would be helpfull.
March 13, 2010 3:51:19 PM

Did you mention the OS ???

(just) At first glance, 2GB ram looks (is) weak ... even for XP (these days).

A 3 core cpu would make it better for general multimedia tasks (making mp3s).

If you get into gaming, stretch for a 5850 GPU (1GB) ... It is more of a step up in performance than in %total cost.

= Alvin =

You might combine your monitor purchase with your HDTV purchase ... Combining your TV budget with your mon will get you better screen size and more flexible/practical usage. if you already have an HDTV ... woopeee ! HD rez is totally useful, as a monitor.

I would go for ~450W~600Watts~ (single rail / 80 PLUS / Xfire Ready) on the PSU ... Coolermaster makes great cases and heatsinks ... y'know? Try a Corsair PSU Around 600W +/- 80W .

March 13, 2010 4:05:44 PM

Alvin Smith said:
Did you mention the OS ???

(just) At first glance, 2GB ram looks (is) weak ... even for XP (these days).

A 3 core cpu would make it better for general multimedia tasks (making mp3s).

If you get into gaming, stretch for a 5850 GPU (1GB) ... It is more of a step up in performance than in %total cost.

= Alvin =

You might combine your monitor purchase with your HDTV purchase ... Combining your TV budget with your mon will get you better screen size and more flexible/practical usage. if you already have an HDTV ... woopeee ! HD rez is totally useful, as a monitor.

I would go for ~450W~600Watts~ (single rail / 80 PLUS / Xfire Ready) on the PSU ... Coolermaster makes great cases and heatsinks ... y'know? Try a Corsair PSU Around 600W +/- 80W .


ok mate but could you give links to suggested items as i think they are going to go way over my buget. i know its not perfect but by buying 2gb ram now i can buy another 2gb later down the line this will be cheaper than cheaping on the mobo and buying a new one later. what do you think?
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March 13, 2010 5:44:03 PM

ok mate ... I'm not gonna argue with you , nut I sure hope you were not planning on running Win7 on 2GB ... tho it WILL run. ATOMs do it.

March 13, 2010 5:53:31 PM

Wasn't argueing sorry I just wanted links a you were suggesting loads of things which I can't afford
March 13, 2010 6:01:55 PM

lemme take a closer look
March 13, 2010 6:03:31 PM

so ... budget is 550 - 90 = 460 quid?

March 13, 2010 6:09:36 PM

Yer pretty much can go a bit over but not much only up to £50 realy
March 13, 2010 6:27:52 PM

Well, the RAM @ 4GB is most important ... shop around.

The 5770 is certainly no "slouch" and, below 1080 rez you'll get good play.

I can't tell you what the cost difference between a 2 and 3 core are, over there, but if it is ~15 quid, eh, few less pots of tea.

Sufficient memory is important. As a gamer, go (stretch) for the best single card you can afford (if that is 5770, then, so be it ... you are in the game).

As far as the 3-core+5850 thing goes ... You could go from having "the nicest house on a poorer block" to having "A modest home on a richer block" ... Only YOU know what you can afford or sacrifice ... or how important higher rez and more frames are worth ... to YOU.

I am merely suggesting a rather major "break-point", where much more performance and system capability CAN be had, for some "smallish percentage" more outlay ... and you DO ... you DO WANT LONGEVITY (versus premature obscelesence). ... ... ... think about that just a little. In 2 years ... X2+5770 or X3+5850?? ... BUT ... you may win the lottery, between now and then so ... eh?

It does me NO good (none) to have you exceed you desired budget. My ONLY reward for investing this (my) time, is if I provide you with a better true value (life of system) than what you came in here thinking about.

The system you spec'd out will beat the pantz off an ATOM, that is an understatement ! Even the latest 510D.

= ya did good =
March 13, 2010 6:33:32 PM

Ok so what would u suggest x3 or x2 which one do you think would be better bang/buck. And could you give exact modal numbers please.
March 13, 2010 6:58:23 PM

All I' am trying to say (to everyone), at this break-point, is that you are already buying the same PSU/CASE/mobo/RAM/Hyper 212/DVD/HDD ...

and we know that every gamer should start with the best GPU and build-down (a top-heavy build) where games "feel it" the most..

We know that more ram means less swapping to disk (100 times slower than RAM)

We *DO* know that cpu over 3GHz be better than another core (good job, there)

We don't realize what an extra core will do for media content processing, and even moreso in the VERY immediate future (VERY). <<< i put capitals <<<
(media and teleconferencing ARE "The New, Global Literacy". Content be crunched!

You already have your mon picked so this isn't really so much for you but I really think it is smart for budget conscious folk to combine their monitor and HDTV budget to get one, large (as can afford) 1080P (in USA) 100Hz (in Britain) * H D T V *

But that's just me.

So, IF you are ALREADY spending on ALL those common components (even including the same mobo and ram(4GB) and cooler!)

THEN: Why not expand the GPU where the next step up gets you to an ENTIRE NEW SERIES of gpu architecture (57xx vs. 58xx) and the step up in frames (correct me anyone?) is gonna be more than the step up in cost (rez too).

AND: Why not just add one, tiny, measly core and give a full gig of ram to each of them (1.3GB .. point is .. more than 1GB/core).

OK ... it is my philosophy (approach) to "value" (speed, quality of experience, amortized longevity).

= WHAT ?? =
March 13, 2010 7:02:35 PM

It's 3pm, sunny and warm, where I am and I am going out to catch some of those rays right now !!!

= wisdom abounds =
March 13, 2010 7:02:47 PM

Ok in confused what you trying to say?
March 13, 2010 8:56:12 PM


I'm saying, "You already know what you want to do ... so do it".

= Nike =

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