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First PC Build, $900-1200 budget

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March 23, 2010 9:42:38 PM

Approx Purchase Date: Ideally within next two to three weeks.

System Usage: Gaming, Internet

Parts not reqd: Monitor, Keyboard, mouse

No preferred website, UK based so probably aria, Overclockers, scan, ebuyer etc

Parts preference: prefer to use AMD CPU, ATI GPU

Overclocking/Crossfire: not initially, possible in future

Native Monitor Res: 1680*1050

I don't have any particular parts in mind at the moment, so I'll leave it in your collectively capable hands for suggestions and ideas, thanks in advance.





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March 23, 2010 9:57:53 PM

What is your budget in pounds?
March 23, 2010 10:16:00 PM

Between £600 to £800, preferably on the lower end of that range though.
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March 23, 2010 10:38:58 PM

This is the gist of what I would recommend.
AMD Athlon II X3 440 £66
Asus M4A79XTD EVO £90
G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V £99
XFX ATI 5770 1GB £135
Antec Three Hundred £43
OCZ Z Series 550W PSU - 80plus Silver £60
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB £42
Cheap SATA DVD Burner £20
Win 7 Home Premium 64bit £76
If you want to save yourself the trouble of installing a CPU cooler later, buy this: Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B £37

Total: £632 +£37

You could upgrade to the AMD Phenom II X4 955 if you're comfortable paying closer to £700. The motherboard allows for crossfiring, there are other motherboards that have SATA 6GB/s ports, so if you think you would interested in adding a fast SSD at any point then it would be a good idea to get one of those. If you want a larger harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £62.
March 23, 2010 11:13:39 PM

Great, thanks for the help Silvune, looks good
March 23, 2010 11:40:18 PM

By the way, found this bundle on Ebuyer, it's the Asus board, but with a Phenom 965, Windows, and Geil Black Dragon 4GB ram: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/196584

The price only comes to roughly £40 more than the components you outlined earlier, which seems like pretty decent value considering the upgrade of the processor. I was just wondering if you knew how the Geil memory compares to the Ripjaw, because I've not seen it before?
March 23, 2010 11:59:45 PM

No I don't know much about Geil either. I'd say the chances of success in overclocking those modules would be lower than with the Ripjaws. Altho I think the upgrade in processor is very compelling.
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