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New Build, Final Component Check Before Purchase

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May 27, 2010 5:53:10 PM

I am just about to embark on my first PC building experience, and just wanted to check that the components I have shortlisted are all compatible/value for money/suitable for my needs, and not over the top.

The PC will mainly be used for multitasking internet surfing, office documents, itunes and films. My budget is £600. I have an upgrade disc for Windows 7 that you can apparently use for a clean install. I require everything aside from speakers.

Here is what I have come up with:

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO 785G Socket AM3 onboard DVI VGA HDMI 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169532

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Socket AM3 2.8GHz 2MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176579

Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179278

Antec 300 Three Hundred Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176157

Corsair 400W CX PSU - 12cm Fan 80Plus Certified Efficiency 6x SATA 1x PCI-E
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150985

Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228

Sony AD-7240S 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA - OEM Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164449

120mm Black Case Fan - 4 pin connector
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/63281

Logitech Wireless Desktop EX 100 Black - USB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146708

BenQ G2420HDBE 24" LCD Monitor 16:9 Widescreen Full HD 1920x1080 300cd/m2 40,000:1 (Dynamic) 5ms DVI-D / VGA 2yr Onsite SWAP Warranty - Gloss Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176582

Many thanks for all your suggestions.
May 27, 2010 6:06:24 PM

That "Upgrade Disc" will not work, you need a full version of the OS. If you are not going to overclock, then the stock AMD CPU cooler will be fine. I would upgrade to the Antec 300 Illusion case, it comes with the front 2 fans and is cheaper than buying them for the regular Antec 300. Good PSU selection. For the hard drive, I would recommend the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB, its currently one of the top platter drives out. Everything else looks solid, should be a nice computer.
May 27, 2010 6:14:46 PM

Transmaniacon said:
If you are not going to overclock, then the stock AMD CPU cooler will be fine. I would upgrade to the Antec 300 Illusion case, it comes with the front 2 fans and is cheaper than buying them for the regular Antec 300. Good PSU selection. For the hard drive, I would recommend the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB, its currently one of the top platter drives out.
I wouldn't really recommend that heatsink for overclocking as it's an older design, it is good for being quiet tho. We don't have an Antec 300 Illusion here, unfortunately. Altho the harddrive your talking about is also cheaper than the Caviar Blue, so no reason not to go for it.
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May 27, 2010 6:23:48 PM

Overclocking is not something I can envisage myself doing in the near future, so would it be best to keep the heat sink to enhance cooling or get rid of it all together?
May 27, 2010 6:29:40 PM

Yea I wouldn't recommend it either, judging from the OPs uses, I assumed he wouldn't be overclocking as there is not much of a need to.

Coolermaster Hyper 212+ if you want to OC.
May 27, 2010 6:30:35 PM

dollie31 said:
Overclocking is not something I can envisage myself doing in the near future, so would it be best to keep the heat sink to enhance cooling or get rid of it all together?


The stock cooler will be fine, an aftermarket one will keep it cooler, and probably do so more quietly, but its more money to spend and not necessary for you.
May 27, 2010 6:36:42 PM

Thanks for the feedback, I've changed the hard-drive and will probably ditch the cooler.

I've added a retail version of Windows 7. I'm aware of OEM packages, but for £20 difference, seeing as it is my first build, I think I would be happier with the full version with support...unless the support they offer is so useless as to be a waste of time?
May 27, 2010 6:48:57 PM

OEM means out of box. Microsoft still supports their product, you just don't get the manual and pretty packaging, but for people building their own computers thats not necessary.
May 27, 2010 7:53:14 PM

Thanks for all your help, I've added a copy of OEM Windows 7 and chucked the cooler! Comes to £500 without a monitor, will purchase that at a later date! All that's left is to order and construct, fingers crossed!
May 27, 2010 8:02:08 PM

Good luck! Let us know how it turns out
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