Advice needed, building new gaming pc

hi, ive decided that pc gaming is the way forward so ive began saving up for a new pc. But after hours of research its obvious that building your own pc is a million times better and since i have built a few pcs at college as part of my course i know how to assemble them correctly :). The only problem im facing is what parts to put in my build :S.

my budget is quite tight, ive set my self a target of £600 ($950) which as im only 16 and money is limited, id love to not go too much over this :) the only problem is as well as all the internal components my budget also has to include an operating system.

Ive decided that i want an AMD based system and really like the look of the Phenom II x4 955 black edition and after searching around ive found it for £112.99 which isn't bad :) i also have a bit of experience with overclocking and will be probaly be doing a mild overclock so i think an aftermarket cpu cooler is in order.

Graphics card:
This is where ive stuggled the most, i just can not decide what graphics card would best suite my needs and if its worth paying the extra cash :S at the moment my computer would be hooked up to a 32 Lcd tv with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720, however i may in the future consider buying a nice 1920 x 1080 monitor but that'll be a while off. I dont think id gain much benefit from using two cards in sli or crossfire so im looking for one capable, good card that'll do the job well.

Again im not 100% how much power my computer will need and i dont want to be paying over the top for extra power that wont be used. However, if possible i would like a modular power supply as its much easier to keep the case tidy but its not a necessity.

My computer wont be just used for gaming, it'll also be used for every day use such as web browsing, music playing, all that stuff and i tend to have a couple of applications open at once but im sure something around 4gb would be enough? or should i push the boat out to 6Gb?

Doesnt have to be anything too fancy but then again i dont want anything too cheap that it'll slow my computer down or break within the first few months.

Again doesnt have to be a £200 gaming monster, just something thats good to look at, keeps everything inside it safe and cool.

As i said before this will not only be used for gaming but for every day use so a decent amount of storage is important. If you guys recommend it, i have been told that my computer would be much faster and organised if i had multiple hard drives? not too sure about that though.

Cpu Cooler:
It wont be a massive overclock but i dont want my computer to sound like its taking off so aslong as its quite and keeps my processor cool im happy.

It would be really really helpful and id be so appreciative if someone could just give me abit of advice or just a nudge in the right direction as to which parts would be best for my build.

Oh and last thing, i live in the UK so websites like Newegg which quite alot of people have mentioned to me in the past, dont deliever to my country :(
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  1. 606 quid, quad + HD 6850 and crossfire capable off EBuyer UK

    HD6K: single/CF review
  2. batuchka said:

    Wow thanks batuchka, ill deffinetly look into a system like that if not that one! :) one question i have is that ive looked into the 6850 before and reviews was saying that its not a very good graphics card, especialy not worth its price?
  3. Tom's rates the 6850 as a tie for best card for its price.

    I almost always agree with batuchka's builds anyway, but I think that a 6850 crossfire-capable build is an excellent choice for your situation. One 6850 will be more than enough at your current resolution (it's probably a little bit overkill), and if you do upgrade to a new monitor and find the performance lacking, dual-6850s will crush 1920x1080 for the forseeable future.
  4. Here you go Jedi...

    500GB is a shame and waste of money, twice the space for barely anything more, and you can put 1 TB to really good use, such as a nice movie library

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB -

    Beautiful case if you're interested

    NZXT Lexa S -

    Trusted brands that sell the 6850

    ATI Radeon HD 6850 -

    If you wanna game, you'll want RAM with a CAS Latency (CL) of 7, not 9

    Here's some great RAM from G.Skill with a CAS Latency of 7
  5. Jeditiger said:
    Wow thanks batuchka, ill deffinetly look into a system like that if not that one! :) one question i have is that ive looked into the 6850 before and reviews was saying that its not a very good graphics card, especialy not worth its price?

    O_o which review u reading?
    As for the Radeon HD 6850 however, things are much more lopsided in AMD’s favor. It’s give and take depending on the benchmark, but ultimately it’s just as fast as the GTX 460 1GB on average, even though it’s officially $20 cheaper. And at the same time it draws less power and produces less noise than the GTX 460 1GB. In fact unless the GTX 460 1GB was cheaper than the 6850, we really can’t come up with a reason to buy it

    U are welcomed :D
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