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June 30, 2010 9:34:35 AM

Western Digital 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache

OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Gold i5 Memory Kit

Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 iP55 Socket 1156 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Coolermaster GX 650W PSU - 6x SATA 2x PCI-E 80plus Certified

Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA

Point Of View GTX260 896MB DDR3 Dual DVI Out PhysX and Cuda ready PCI-E Graphics Card

Black Mid Tower Gaming Case with Massive 14cm Front Fan

LG W2261VP 22" LCD Wide Full HD Gaming Monitor 1920 x 1080

please could u guys tell me if these components will not cause a problem when i put them together and load the computer up for the first time. i would also appreciate any feedback. please comment and answer because i never get replies

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June 30, 2010 1:45:36 PM

Just a tip: don't use all caps in the post title. It makes admins angry, which leads to deleting...

First of all, what's your budget? Second, what are you using it for? Basically, we want you to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature.

I'll go ahead and point out that every is pretty much terrible in that build. The HDD is slow, the RAM is fussy (especially with Intel boards), the board is not a good choice, the PSU is a POS, and the GPU is way behind it's time and more expensive than better ones. I'm also wary of any component that doesn't have a name (like that case).

Judging from the parts you've selected, I'm guessing the budget is about $600-700 (tower only). If that's the case, here's what I recommend (links are to a US site in USD, so you can just find the parts wherever you want to buy from):

CPU/GPU: X3 440 and HD 5770 $210 after rebate
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $84 after rebate and promo code
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and TruePower 750W $125 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $21

Total: $605.

I'll list some alternative parts:

CPU/GPU: None.
Mobo: If you don't want to do Crossfire later, a Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 would be fine.
RAM: Any non-OCZ 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks
HDD: Samsung Spinpiont F3 500 GB
Case: Coolermaster 690, Coolermaster Elite, Antec 300, Antec 900/902, HAF 922
PSU: 650W from Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic or Silverstone. I picked a 750W unit because that combo is excellent (but unavailable to you)
Optical: Literally the cheapest you can find
June 30, 2010 2:40:05 PM

Here are the specific links you want:

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E PRO £174
Doesn't have bandwidth issues when trying to use USB3 and a second PCI-E x16 2.0 slot.

RAM: G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V £101
Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Ballistix Memory Kit CL8(8-8-8-24) 1.65V £93
Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V £85

PSU: XFX 650W XXX Edition £70

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM £35
Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM £35

Unless you're pretty seriously into a program or game that is extremely Nvidia based/biased then a GTX260 is not worth £170 IMO. For £40 less this is much better value: MSI HD 5770 Hawk 1GB £130.

Staying with Intel is fine if you don't have any aspirations to replace the CPU at some point in the future.

Mad, if he can afford an Intel build specced out like that then he can afford the Phenom II X4 955.
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June 30, 2010 2:42:31 PM

That's what you would think, but the extreme budget choices of RAM, PSU, and case lead me to believe otherwise. Plus, I also seem to underestimate the cost of parts in the UK, so I went cheap.
June 30, 2010 3:14:20 PM

thanks everyone for the help and sorry for the blocked capitals its jost cos last time i had 1 reply from 987 readers
June 30, 2010 3:14:50 PM

Well changing from i5-750 to Phenom II X4 will save ~£30, then changing motherboard will save at least £50. If he went for the Antec 300 that would cost ~£20 extra. Everything else I've linked is pretty much the same price as the parts he originally listed, just different and higher quality.

Those changes could probably pay for a 5850. Or maybe an entry level 465, again if Nvidia is necessary for some reason.

I remember your username humz, did I respond to your previous thread?
June 30, 2010 3:28:10 PM

yaeh thanks
June 30, 2010 4:04:38 PM

That may be because of being from the UK. Most people on this side don't like dealing in currencies that aren't USD. It makes finding parts and pricing stuff out more difficult.

If you were to switch to an AMD build, the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 is an excellent board. In the US, it's $100 cheaper than that Asus P55 board, so it should be fairly significant savings.
June 30, 2010 4:50:15 PM