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March 11, 2011 6:10:46 PM

Hi everybody

I'm looking to build a budget PC and I just need some help choosing the right Processor and Motherboard. I'm looking to spend between £250 and £300.

So far I'm leaning towards the following Processor although I'm not sure if it's a good choice as I'm not too experienced when it comes to building PC's.

AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz AM3 6MB Cache Processor

If it's a decent Processor then which Motherboard should I get for it as there's loads out there. Also should I be looking for a Motherboard with integrated graphics or I be buying a separate graphics card? I'll just be using for normal use e.g. browsing and light gaming etc.


Thanks
March 11, 2011 6:28:44 PM

AMD phenom ii x4 955
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Proc...

Asus M4A87TD/USB3 AMD 870
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/...

The total cost for motherboard + cpu is around £171, and for that you get a solid quad core.

Although for under £300, you could get a lot faster intel sandy bridge set up.(Just an idea)
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/...

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Proc...

The total of the intel build is £290 (280 if you go for the one day only special offer)
I hope I helped :) 
March 11, 2011 7:05:16 PM

Thanks for your reply.

I think I didn't explain myself properly. I'm looking to spend between £250 and £300 for everything e.g. Motherboard, CPU, RAM, and Hard Drive etc.

I've heard good things about AMD Phenom II X4 955 Processor. Is it worth paying slightly more on this processor than AMD Phenom II X2 555 Processor considering I'm on a budget? Is there a big difference between the 2 Processors?
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March 11, 2011 7:12:01 PM

Differences between the 955 and 555.
The 955 has 2mb more of L3 cache and 1mb more of level2 cache.
The 955 also has 2 more cores. Which will help in gaming but I doubt you are going for a gaming build.
Heres a comparison
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/120?vs=88
You could also go in between and buy a triple core, which could be unlocked into a quad (not guaranteed though)
What will you use the pc for?
March 11, 2011 8:07:29 PM

romanrp said:
Differences between the 955 and 555.
The 955 has 2mb more of L3 cache and 1mb more of level2 cache.
The 955 also has 2 more cores. Which will help in gaming but I doubt you are going for a gaming build.
Heres a comparison
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/120?vs=88
You could also go in between and buy a triple core, which could be unlocked into a quad (not guaranteed though)
What will you use the pc for?


I'm building it for normal use. Occasionally will be playing game.

Is 'Asus M4A87TD/USB3 AMD 870' a good choice for AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU or can you find other Motherboards for similar or less money?
March 11, 2011 8:17:04 PM

Where are you planning to buy the stuff?
That would help a lot :) 
March 12, 2011 5:20:22 PM

romanrp said:
Where are you planning to buy the stuff?
That would help a lot :) 


I haven't decided where to get the stuff from. I don't many UK sites to be honest. I'm thinking of what to get first really.

March 12, 2011 5:59:06 PM

I've come up with this with rough prices. The total so far is £301. Since I'm not too knowledgeable I'm not sure if some of the items are any good. Any suggestions?

Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD/USB3 870 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard (£70)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB Cache Processor (£105)

Memory (RAM): 4GB Kingston HyperX blu DDR3 1333MHz DIMM (£35)

Graphics Card: Not decided yet......

Hard Drive: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache (£33)

DVD Drive: LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive (£13)

Power Supply Unit: Sumvision 450W 20+4pin SATA Power Supply PSU (£15)

Case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Mid Tower Case (£30)
March 12, 2011 6:28:58 PM

romanrp said:
Looks good apart from the psu.
Buy something branded , eg Corsair.
The cheapest corsair I could find.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/pow...
Corsair CX 430W
Dont skimp out on the psu, a poor psu can damage your components, cause reboots and stuff like that.


Thanks for advising mate.

The only other thing I need is a decent graphics card. Would I also need another fan?
March 12, 2011 7:00:39 PM

No problem,
and a couple of extra fans wont hurt. Do you plan to oc?
And what kind of resolution will you be gaming at?
March 12, 2011 7:02:32 PM

I'm also looking at doing this sort of thing, but with an AMD Phenom II X4. I've found this (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003A4RY8O/ref=ord_c...]) ASUS motherboard which has a lot of interfaces etc, easy performance upgrades & overclocking etc, and some decent integrated ATI graphics. It is about £100, but I think it's worth that much, considering it's been discounted from £180.
March 12, 2011 7:39:30 PM

romanrp said:
No problem,
and a couple of extra fans wont hurt. Do you plan to oc?
And what kind of resolution will you be gaming at?


I haven't thought about oc yet but it's something worth doing isn't it?

Not sure about the resolution to be honest since I'll be gaming every now and then. Light gaming.. I'm just after a decent graphics card which is not too expensive.
March 12, 2011 7:54:38 PM

Yeah, you could oc the 955 to about 3.4ghz on the stock cooler, higher with a better cooler such as the cheap cooler master hyper 212+.
I would reccommed the 5770, maybe 5750 as the gpu.
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March 13, 2011 9:23:22 AM

romanrp said:
Yeah, you could oc the 955 to about 3.4ghz on the stock cooler, higher with a better cooler such as the cheap cooler master hyper 212+.
I would reccommed the 5770, maybe 5750 as the gpu.



When you say 5770 or 5750, do you mean something like this:

Sapphire HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort HDCP PCI-E Graphics Card (£100)
ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDMI (£110)

I heard you can oc the 955 processor to up to 3.8ghz, is that even true? If so I guess it would require a better cooler?
March 13, 2011 9:32:29 AM

Yeah, the 5770 is kick ass for low res gaming like 1600x900.
As long as you dont go full hd, you will be fine.
And the 5770 is better than the 5750.
The price might seem a little high, but in terms of gpus its pretty low.
March 14, 2011 6:23:51 PM

Since I'm totally new to OC and stuff, I've got a newbie question. You know the cooler master hyper 212 that you mentioned would that replace the heat sink that comes with CPU or do you use it in conjunction with that. I'm assuming it would be used in place of that.
March 17, 2011 4:38:39 PM

I think it's getting a bit off-topic now.

I'll just open a new thread for a new build as opposed to just creating a thread to help decide which motherboard to buy.
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