First System Build - Opinions/Advice welcome

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime between now and x-mas

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor & PSU (OCZ Stealth Extreme 600W)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Scan, Microdirect, Novatech.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Open to suggestions



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 - Scalable


Hi guys,

Looking for a little bit of advice:

First time round with a build, I've picked out what I think will work but I could be way off. Opinions would be welcome!

Coolermaster Storm Scout Gaming Case - £74

Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AMD 890GX (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard - £110

AMD Triple Core Athlon II X3 440 3.0GHz 1.5MB Socket AM3 - £64

Western Digital 500GB hard disk drive Caviar SE16 SATA II 300 7200rpm 16MB - £35 (x2)

Sony AD-7241S Lightscribe 24X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer DVD-RAM SATA Black - OEM - £19

OCZ Memory 4GB (2x2048MB) Reaper HPC Edition DDR3 PC3-14400 1800 MHz RAM Dual Channel 8-8-8-27 Reaper HPC Heatsink - £112

OS I am thinking Windows 7, 64-Bit... although I've never really understood the difference (Answer's on a post card please!).

I already have:

OCZ Stealth Extreme 600W PSU
Radeon 4890 X-Vapour 1GB DDR5

Main aim is a stable system, no overclock but as future proof as possible. Budget is about £600.

Cheers Guys,

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  1. Looks good nut get the Samsung 500GB F3 and the G-Skill 4 GB DDR3 PC10666 1333Mhz Kit CAS 8 Ripjaws Kit.
  2. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB drives both use a 500GB platter which helps them to be faster than 500GB WD drives, as well as quieter, produce less heat and due to the fewer moving parts mean that there are less parts to fail.

    OCZ Ram is not really the best idea as they have reputation atm for having difficulties with mobos. Also you are unlikely to benefit from RAM faster than 1600mhz.

    Win 7 64bit will utilize all the RAM in a system, which will include the VRAM on the graphics card. I've also heard there are security benefits over the 32bit version, altho I'm not clear about what these are.
  3. Thanks Guys,

    If not the OCZ who would you go for? I had the option of OCZ 1800mhz or Corsair/G.Skill 1600mhz.

    Thanks for clearing that up for me.
  4. I'm not trusting my eyes atm because this looks like a FANTASTIC deal: G.Skill Eco 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CAS7 (7-8-7-24-2N) 1.35V £92

    Also I assume you made a mistake linking to the X3 435 rather than the 440.
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