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Final Check for first time build?

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May 7, 2010 2:40:28 PM

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H AMD 785G (Socket AM3/AM2+) DDR2 Motherboard [GA-MA785G-UD3H]
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...
£67
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 3.20GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail [HDZ955FBGIBOX]
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...
£136
Case: ZXT Apollo Gaming Case – Black
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
£57
PSU: Antec Basiq Plus 550W Modular Power Supply
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
£59
Hard drive: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...
£45
Total: £362.50

I already Have a Radeon HD 5670 to put inside it, and might crossfire one if I get it for my birthday. I also Have 4GB of DDR2 Ram for it and a DVD/RW with lightscribe. What do you guys think. THis is roughly the limit to my budget though given reason I could stretch it. I will be using it for gaming, and general use, such as watching television, Internet..Etc.

One question, how do DVD drives work on that case? confused :kaola: 

Thank you for any comments =)

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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2010 2:45:29 PM

To be honest, I wouldn't build anything using DDR2 right now. I'd definitely spend the extra and pick up a good AM3/SATA III/USB III board (like the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4) and some 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks of RAM. That will give you a build that is current AND future proof.
May 7, 2010 2:49:28 PM

MadAdmiral said:
To be honest, I wouldn't build anything using DDR2 right now. I'd definitely spend the extra and pick up a good AM3/SATA III/USB III board (like the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4) and some 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks of RAM. That will give you a build that is current AND future proof.


I have a very small budget of £400, and thats all I have, that system is still a lot better than my current system isnt it? see my signiture.
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2010 2:51:02 PM

Yes, but other cuts could be made. You did say you could stretch a little, so if that's out of budget, drop the CPU to either a X3 440 or X3 425. The 440 overclocks better, but both are great gaming CPUs. The 955 won't do much for gaming, so you might as well save on the CPU to get a current build.
a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2010 3:14:08 PM

You can trim a lot off as MadAd says, Do you really need a new case? The top section swings out on a hinge to access drives by the looks of it, and Modular psu? I recently picked up a 320Gb drive for the other half at £30 from Egay, I can vouch for the Amd x3 435 for overclocking, I built my pc for less than £400 recently and Im well happy with it for my first build.

ASrock M3a770de mobo and Amd X3 435 proc= >£150
GalaxyIII case and 750w psu >£50
DDR3 x4 Gb 1600 >£60 I think
Twintech Nvidia 9500Gt > £40
Wd 160Gb Hard drive 7200rpm >£35
Assorted fans have cost me the rest and due to modding/rebuilding I bought another case (Without psu) for £36 to drill holes in :p 
and Although my graphics could be better, It does what I need, (World of Warcraft, films surfing)
Your in the uk I assume as your using £, not $, Its possible to do it cheap man, Gl and keep posting your progress for us :) 
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