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Become my personal God. (Newbuild AMD pc advice wanted) (Gaming PC)

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September 12, 2010 10:39:32 PM

First off I'll say thank you, for taking time to read this. I'm quite possibly useless at making decisions but you can save me! I can't give you anything other than my gratitude, so thanks again. Any replies will be appreciated. Basically I'm after the best gaming PC I can make with the budget below.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: £390 (Insane I know)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Media

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, PSU, DVD/RW drive, Mobo(Mobo is a MSI 770-C45 AMD 770, AM3 board), Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer.com

Country of Origin: UK

Parts Preferences: AM3 processor due to the Mobo I have.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm wanting to get the best CPU possible really as I can get a decent graphics card later on in the year when my brother upgrades his PC. I'm open to any suggestions and ideas.


Currently I have this in mind:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 8MB L3 Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/186428
Mobo: MSI 770-C45 AMD 770 - ALREADY OWN
HD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/235776
GPU: Asus HD 5450 1GB GDDR3
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/198817
Case: Casecom MA-1199
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160915


September 12, 2010 11:55:34 PM

Ebuyer is also my preferred supplier but you should also look at http://www.saverstore.com sometimes the prices are lower (more often not) but they do sometimes do good deals.
September 13, 2010 12:20:55 AM

Thank you for that, I'll have a look now :) 
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September 13, 2010 12:45:47 AM

First off I would get the X4 955 and save a few. You won't really get much more from the 965, plus you can change the multiplier easily to match the 965's speed or even more. That CPU will hit 3.4 without any voltage adjustments. My X4 940 runs @ 3.6 Ghz at stock voltage, but I have it under a TRU.

For gaming you will not be satisfied with the 5450. For about $60US, you could get a GT240 that is a competent gamer. Not sure about your area, but its about the most powerful GPU without a PCI express power connector in the states.

Otherwise I would look at the HD 5750, or perhaps the HD 5670, or 4670. But that starts moving into the 80-100US range.

At 1080p, the HD5450 will be woefully inept.
September 13, 2010 1:17:02 AM

Thank you, I'll have a look at a different card. I think I will go for the X4 955 then, seems like a better idea and I'll save some pennies in the process.

Would a 9800GT be worth using? My brother is going to give me one next month.

a b 4 Gaming
September 13, 2010 1:20:42 AM

Wont be great but it will be better than that 5450 by a fair amount, i would use that rather than the 5450.

What PSU do you already have that you will be carrying over?
September 13, 2010 1:34:52 AM

It's an Antec 750, is that suitable for such a build?
a b 4 Gaming
September 13, 2010 1:41:43 AM

It will be more than enough no matter if its the EA750 or TP-750 you will have more than enough power for the setup.
September 13, 2010 1:42:42 AM

Ok brilliant, good to know that's a bit more money saved then. I was just thinking then that I'd have to scale my budget down a little if it wasn't good enough.
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