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October 2, 2010 4:31:49 PM

As far as I can see this is as good a place as any to drop this thread :) 


Case
ANTEC NINE HUNDRED TWO - UK, The Ultimate Gaming Case, Evolved
Processor (CPU)
AMD PHENOM II X2 560 (3.30GHz/6MB CACHE/AM3) - BLACK EDITION
Motherboard
ASUS® M4A87TD/USB3: DUAL DDR3,SATA 6.0GB/s, USB 3.0
Memory (RAM)
4GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 2GB KIT)
Graphics Card
1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 5830 PCI EXPRESS - DirectX® 11
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
640GB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD6402AAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply & Case Cooling
CORSAIR 650W PSU (TX650) 80+ ULTRA QUIET (£76)
Processor Cooling
SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (£19)
Sound Card
Sound Blaster® Audigy™ SE (£25)
Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Firewire & Video Editing
3 Port IEEE 1394a Firewire PCI Card (£9)
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 9 to 12 working days
Quantity
1

Price: £827.00 including VAT and delivery.



Hi there, I configured the above c over at pcspecialist.com without much knowledge of the individual part's performances. The pc will be used primarily for gaming. I will also be doing some casual photo/video editing and music editing/production.

Looking at the specs above is there anything obvious that you would swap/upgrade. Are there needless expenses? I know that I will be being charged more money than if I were to order the parts and build the pc myself but the extra money is worth the peace of mind that everything is going to work for me. :) 

So yeah, i'd appreciate your advice on the matter

Cheers

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October 2, 2010 4:59:36 PM

Get the AMD PHENOM II X4 955
1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 5850 PCI EXPRESS
No sound card (the onboard is good enough)
October 2, 2010 5:04:09 PM

CPU, Hopefully not sound rude or that, but what are the advantages of quad-core? I've read that it's not fully utilised by games and only the likes of advanced video editing programs fully exploit the four cores?

Graphics, I'll check it out :) 

Soundcard, yeah I was never sure about getting one

Thanks for the advice :) 
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October 2, 2010 5:38:24 PM

Well, quite a few games benefit from quad cores and there are more to come. Definitely get a quad even if it's an Athlon II X4 (those are good too). HD 5830 isn't worth the price, get the 5850.

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October 3, 2010 1:44:14 AM
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I agree with mosox's drop the soundcard and get a 955BE.
I would also buy a GTX460 or 5850 over a 5830.
Antec 300-£44.41 inc. VAT
http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?prodID...
XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular PSU -£69.99inc. vat
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191826
AMD PHENOM II X4 955 -£108.09 inc. VAT
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Proc...

October 13, 2010 2:11:01 PM

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