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July 1, 2010 5:55:04 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Between now and the end of the year
BUDGET RANGE: roughly €500 give or take some After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE: I'd like to be able to play all current games, I don't expect them to be on ultra high settings but I would like to be able to run them in some playable form

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS and HDD (I have a couple lying around the place I could use)

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Pixmania Pro

PARTS PREFERENCES: No particular prefrences I'm quite new at this so I don't know much about brands etc.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I should say this is the first time I've ever tried doing this so I'm quite new some stuff may be lost on me, I plan on buying the parts over a good period of time probably like one or two parts a month as the money allows. I've been looking around for parts but I can't for the life of me understand what I should be looking for.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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July 1, 2010 7:38:19 PM

Why the preference for pixmania over newegg can i ask?
July 1, 2010 7:48:09 PM

I live in Ireland, I wasn't sure if they shipped here or not and I know Pixmania ships here so I figured I'd go with the safe option.
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July 1, 2010 10:23:53 PM

I presume you have gone with Pixmania Pro because yuo can order it through a business and claim back VAT?

Anyway, the site doesnt have the greatest collection, so i've done the best i can (its pretty much the mobo that isnt my 1st choice)

CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 435 - 2.9 GHz - €65.29 exc. VAT
http://www.pixmania-pro.com/ie/uk/786123/art/amd/athlon...

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD3P - €73.99 exc. VAT
http://www.pixmania-pro.com/ie/uk/744955/art/gigabyte/g...
I've got the cheapest/best with 2 full speed pcie lanes, as you said you might want to CF later

GPU - SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 5770 - 1 GB - €128.28 exc. VAT
http://www.pixmania-pro.com/ie/uk/801693/art/sapphire-t...

CASE - COOLER MASTER Elite 310 - €25.30 exc. VAT
http://www.pixmania-pro.com/ie/uk/756632/art/cooler-mas...
Really nice/cheap case, comes with 4 fans too!

RAM - OCZ Gold Low Voltage 2 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 - €85.04 exc. VAT
http://www.pixmania-pro.com/ie/uk/773727/art/ocz/gold-l...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VXEU PC Power Unit - 550W - €72 exc. VAT
http://www.pixmania-pro.com/ie/uk/577561/art/corsair/cm...

OPTICAL - Samsung SH-S223B DVD±RW - €17.49 exc. VAT
http://www.pixmania-pro.com/ie/uk/samsung/sh-s223b-dvd-...

HDD - SEAGATE Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 500 GB - €35.95 exc. VAT
http://www.pixmania-pro.com/ie/uk/720189/art/seagate/ba...
I included this, as it one of the fastest 7200 drives you can get, and in total, it sticks to the buget

Total = €505exc. VAT

Hope this helps!
July 2, 2010 3:37:11 AM

Hereisphilly said:
I presume you have gone with Pixmania Pro because yuo can order it through a business and claim back VAT?


Right you are my friend, but by all means if you have any other possible suggestions I'm open to other sites if it fits the budget of course, I'm going to commit to my choices sometime within the next two weeks.

I really want to thank you for the suggestions they're really helpful to someone as new at this as I am, odds are I'll end up going with your recommendations, again for that my thanks.
July 2, 2010 9:16:39 AM

No worries mate, i've done a bit of digging around on a few other sites, and the price difference is negligible, so i would stick with what i've put above, enjoy!
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