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Gaming Build for friend

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August 26, 2010 1:56:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: tomorrow, if all goes well.

BUDGET RANGE: up to £700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, browsing the web
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ebuyer, scan. any other good British supplier

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Scotland

PARTS PREFERENCES: Probably Intel/ATI. if more power/performance can be found elsewhere, then make one like that instead

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, adding another card in the future, it appears.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:Needs windows 7, and a cheap and cheerful mouse/keyboard.

Already made a build:
http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/99e20b5e65b046938960b... most of it, plus http://www.ebuyer.com/product/165238 and http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135514

Right. So if you think you can do better (which undoubtedly you can) please do say, with a suggested build.

Thanks in advance, and quick replies would be great!

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a b 4 Gaming
August 26, 2010 2:06:18 PM

You realize that if the url says "secure", no one else can access it right?

Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of the PSU or the case. The PSU is a lower quality unit, which is very cheap, but not that great overall. I wouldn't trust it to Crossfire anything. The case is overpriced. It's very pretty though.

Here's my typically recommendations for lower budget builds. I'm not looking for the links:

CPU: X3 440

Mobo: ASRock 870 Extreme3 or Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H or Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4. In order of preference. The ASRock is slighly lower quality, but still decent. It should also be really cheap.

RAM: Any non-OCZ 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 kit. Look at the prices of 1600 mhz CL 7 sticks for comparision.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB. Could substitute the Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or 1 TB, as they're just about as fast, though slightly lower quality.

GPU: HD 5770 or the HD 5850 if you can afford it, but I doubt it.

Case: Cooelrmaster Elite, Coolermaster Centurion 5, Antec 300, Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster 690, Antec 900 (or 902), HAF 922. That's in rough price order. Pick whichever one fits the budget or which one you think looks best.

PSU: 650W unit from Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone or XFX. A 700W OCZ unit would do, if you feel like trying your luck with a lower quailty unit.

Optical: Get the cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find.
August 26, 2010 2:21:28 PM

sorry about the link, never used the scan shared basket before. but I sorted it now.
Ill make a couple of changes because of what you said though.
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2010 10:05:43 AM

This was for a previous poster who just had a shoestring 500 pound budget (but had OS) and was on a Full HD LCD unlike your 1280 x 1024 display so could work just as well hehe
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