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First time building a PC - Can you review my comp's?

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May 6, 2010 7:29:14 AM

Hey y'all,
This is my first time designing and building a PC, so it would be really great if somebody could run through my components and check they're all okay.
I've gone through them pretty thoroughly and most of them were recommended by Silvune, a member here, so I'm pretty confident it's gold.

My Config:

CPU: Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz Socket AM3 £60
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176043

Mobo: ASUS M4A77 AMD 770 Socket AM3 £56
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190979

RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800MHz 1.8V £45
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143805

GPU: Gigabyte GTS250 1GB GDDR3 £118
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167792

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB £37
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860

PSU: Be Quiet 530 Pure Power £45
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190751

Case: Xigamatek Midgard £31
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179016

Optical: LG GH22NS50 22x SATA DVD±RW £14
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172821

Thanks for any help,
Rich
May 6, 2010 7:58:13 AM

How tight is your budget?
Are you wanting to stick with Nvidia? Because the 250 is simply a rebadged 9800 and is old technology.
I would suggest the ATI 5770, it is newer, supports Direct X 11 and competes more closely with the 260. Its price is anywhere between £116 and £135 so similar price to what you have
May 6, 2010 8:05:29 AM

^Agree. Also, I would try to upgrade to 4GB of RAM
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May 6, 2010 3:21:00 PM

jbakerlent said:
^Agree. Also, I would try to upgrade to 4GB of RAM


Good point, I'm going to be putting the 2gb in my current PC into the new one. In fact, I'll probably go to 6 eventually.
May 6, 2010 3:21:14 PM

Hey, thanks for the advice.
Sounds great, which brand should I choose?
May 6, 2010 3:34:31 PM

Actually, could anyone recommend a different mobo that would still run that CPU, but has 2 PCI-E x16 slots? Will probably crossfire someday.
May 6, 2010 4:38:46 PM

Didn't really specify a budget or what components you might already have. For better help, follow the link in my sig.

Anyway, I gotta build, tried to keep close to what seemed like your budget.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 435
Mobo: ASUS M4A79XT-D EVO
GPU: XFX 5770 w/ free game
PSU: Corsair 650TX
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
ODD: Sony CD/DVD Writer
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws 2X2GB CL 7
Case: Antec 300

Totals w/shipping - 579.78 GBP.

Changed your PSU to something more reliable. The Corsair 650TX should be able to crossfire those 5770s later with ease.

Also, are you on a really tight budget? I just noticed you were trying to use a board that supported DDR2 memory. This board only supports DDR3, if so I can try and find another board. This board is able to crossfire, too.

EDIT: Are you going to need an OS?
May 6, 2010 8:21:24 PM

Hey, my budget's around £400, so that's a bit too high for me.
I'm pretty happy with most of the components I chose, just need a new mobo and I'm going to go with the 5770 that was recommended. -Thanks for the link to the one with the free game :) 

If you do know any mobo's that support DDR2 and crossfire, that would be awesome.

Also, I won't need an OS, I have a copy of Win7. :) 

Thanks a lot! Rich
May 6, 2010 8:30:34 PM

I recommend that you try to stick to AM3, and I don't know if a good crossfire board and power supply will fit in your budget, but if you fill out the form in my signature, it will be easier for us to help you.
May 6, 2010 11:28:12 PM

Okay, I've come down to this:
It would be really great if somebody could just run through them and check all the parts are compatible. I'm pretty sure they all are though.

Thanks for all your great advice :) 


CPU: Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz Socket AM3 £60
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176043

Mobo: ASUS M4A77 AMD 770 Socket AM3 £56
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190979

RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800MHz 1.8V £45 (+2GB from current PC)
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143805

GPU: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 £135
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/196442

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB £37
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860

PSU: Corsair 650W TX Series PSU £78
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135514

Case: Xigamatek Midgard £31
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179016

Other: Arctic Silver 5 £5.69 (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126410)

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Total = £448
May 6, 2010 11:32:18 PM

FireSketch said:
Okay, I've come down to this:
It would be really great if somebody could just run through them and check all the parts are compatible. I'm pretty sure they all are though.

Thanks for all your great advice :) 


CPU: Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz Socket AM3 £60
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176043

Mobo: ASUS M4A77 AMD 770 Socket AM3 £56
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190979

RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800MHz 1.8V £45 (+2GB from current PC)
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143805

GPU: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 £135
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/196442

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB £37
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860

PSU: Corsair 650W TX Series PSU £78
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135514

Case: Xigamatek Midgard £31
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179016

Other: Arctic Silver 5 £5.69 (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126410)

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Total = £448



Looks compatible but that power supply is overkill for what you have. Also, there is no reason not to get a DDR3 supporting motherboard and 4gb DDR3 memory.
May 7, 2010 12:29:19 AM

antisyzygy said:
Looks compatible but that power supply is overkill for what you have. Also, there is no reason not to get a DDR3 supporting motherboard and 4gb DDR3 memory.


Other than the fact that it'll make him go over his budget? Lol
May 7, 2010 1:57:58 AM

antisyzygy said:
Looks compatible but that power supply is overkill for what you have.

Good point, just calculated it's roughly double what I need.
Any recommendations?
May 7, 2010 2:06:14 AM

^ I would still advocate dropping down to a non-crossfire PSU (500W-550W) and a weaker GPU in favor of moving up to AM3/DDR3 if at all possible. If you really want us to make the best build for you, it is essential that you fill out the build advice sticky in my signature.
May 7, 2010 2:18:06 AM

jbakerlent said:
^ I would still advocate dropping down to a non-crossfire PSU (500W-550W) and a weaker GPU in favor of moving up to AM3/DDR3 if at all possible. If you really want us to make the best build for you, it is essential that you fill out the build advice sticky in my signature.

I actually posted a topic the other day with the guideline in your sig, I'm just really checking my build will work now :) 

Also, I decided to switch to this PSU: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159 instead.

I think I'm pretty much set now, right?
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