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May 1, 2010 3:19:15 PM

planning a new build and for the first time it has to be on a budget :( 
aha. and because of that I'm not entirely sure what is going to give me the most "bang for buck" if you know what i mean.

My budget is as follows;

mobo £200
graphics card £150
memory £80
cpu £100
psu £70

Basicly, my budget is about £600 just for the hardware as i already have a case and HDD's all the rest of the required stuff.

just looking for advise on whats best

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May 1, 2010 3:26:01 PM

also, my preference is an AMD build with nvidia graphics
May 1, 2010 4:15:37 PM

AMD Athlon II X4 635 £98
Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V £95 - The good set of 1600mhz G.Skill is getting very expensive.
HIS HD 5770 1GB £123
ATI is the better option atm. It requires less power, so a less expensive power supply will more easily do two of them. There are more AMD motherboards that support crossfire compared to SLI. Performance is better for the money as well.
OCZ Z Series 650W 80plus Silver £68
Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium £76
I wasn't clear whether you needed an OS or not so I included one anyway. If you don't then you will be able to do a much nicer build.

Total: £575
I would probably spend the spare £25 on getting a Phenom II X3 or X4.

If you have to have Nvidia, then change to a GTX260 (~£160), and get this motherboard so that you can SLI: £80 but you would need a 750W PSU to have enough power to SLI two of them.
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May 1, 2010 4:31:28 PM

thanks, yer i've actualy got a 1000watt psu that i was going to put into another computer, but never did, and i've also got win 7 ultimate 64bit
so that free's up about £150ish, so other than getting the phenom cpu, anything you would suggest ?
May 1, 2010 4:54:06 PM

Absolutely, get the 5850. The 5770 has no longetivity to it, it is a budget card, great for its price, but only for those on a real tight budget or don't game too much.
Worth looking at too. They have a 750W Modular PSU which I am using and have had no issues with so far for £52 and I think the 5850 is a bit cheaper.
May 1, 2010 5:35:54 PM

thanks a lot. i've just gone and ordered a 5850 card :)