Gaming cpu and motherboard

i have about £360 for a motherboard and cpu. but i am geting lost on what is best for gaming. i want to get this hard part out of the way. what to go with?


the othere parts(say if they are not the so good)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Complete package - 1 PC - DVD - English - United Kingdom

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.65V

OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD 2.5" SATA-II Read = 285MB/s, Write = 275MB/s 50,000 IOPS 225415 > 10 in stock £97.99 £83.39 £97.99 £83.39

Coolermaster V8 Socket 1156, 1366, 775, AM2+, AM2, 940 Processor Cooler 148238 250 in stock £43.33 £36.87 £43.33 £36.87

XFX HD 4550 512MB DDR2 With Hyper Memory DVI VGA Out PCI-E Low Profile Graphics Card (just till i have the money to do the easy parts like this)

coolermaster sl pro 700w (got)

sc scout (got)

thanks for help
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  1. also i think i can do overclocking
  2. You cant really select your ram before mobo and cpu,
    decide on the cpu you want/need then select a mobo with the features you need for it, then dependant on what the cpu and mobo both support decide on your ram,

    for such a low budget I'd say something like,

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/246637 £34.14
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/235421 £58.10
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189741 £107.99
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178942 buy two @ £22.99 each
    Total so far £246.21
    dont worry about a cooler just yet, but when you can afford it and want to overclock more than a little bit, go for
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/245376 £22.84
    same goes for an ssd, get a normal hdd until you can afford to go solid state.

    Shop around for better prices on the components of course, some sites include
    Scan.co.uk
    Ebuyer.co.uk
    Pixmania.co.uk
    Overclockers.co.uk
    Hope this helps,
    Moto
  3. thanks but £360 just for cpu and motherboard. cant get a ssd? why?


    what cpu and motherboard for £360
  4. ok, I misunderstood, thought the entire budget was £360 :P
    you can get an ssd, I thought you were building the whole thing for £360 and didn't see the point of a highcost ssd in a low/mid gaming set up, if you have money for the ssd, you'd have a better rig to put it into :), ok, £360 for mobo and cpu? I'm clear on that now :) Games only?
    *Ram advice still valid though*
    Moto
  5. Core i7 930 - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-320-IN

    POWER POWER POWER POWER

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    ASUS P6X58D-E - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-399-AS

    Everyone loves ASUS, awesome overclocking here.
  6. Take a look at the G.Skill Phoenix Pro for a SSD over the OCZ. It's regarded as one of, if not the best SSD right now.
  7. Motopsychojdn said:



    bit teach said if you've got £150 to spend on a new CPU, we cant recommend the X4 970 BE unless you already own a compatible motherboard and just want a simple upgrade


    what do you think go with this or i5 760? if 760 what motherboard?
  8. Phenom 955BE

    Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3

    XFX HD 6850 ATI - AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 1GB

    That's £355 Inc VAT. Make the wifey buy you the second AMD HD 6850 1GB.

    As noted --- don't spec ram before you purchase your motherboard.

    This 4GB stick of Hynix 4GB DDR3 PC3-10600 (1333) is £70.46 Inc VAT and is qualified by Gigabyte. It looks to be roughly the same price as your Corsair kit.

    Add another stick at your leisure for 2x4GB -- that will feed your SSD nicely.
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