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, £34.14 £58.10 £107.99 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 £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
    Hope this helps,
  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*
  5. Core i7 930 -



    ASUS P6X58D-E -

    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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