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Looking to build a half decent gaming rig

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April 14, 2011 7:39:28 AM

hi... looking to build a half decent gaming rig, and the money and parts and whatever will be coming from my birthday :D  which is next month, and my budget for the actual comp is $550 (can be stretched?) and the screen is around $160 but im getting that from here (england) cause apparently they dont work form america because of the voltage?
im not sure if ive done the conversions right so they may be a bit wonky :') and ive chosen all the parts form scan.co.uk cause im not sure theyll work from america

here are the names of the parts ive chosen already...

XFX HD 5830 Graphics Card
HD-583X-ZADA - 1GB XFX HD 5830, PCI-E 2.1 (x16), 4500MHz GDDR5, GPU 840MHz, 1120 Cores, DP/ 2xDL DVI-I/ HDMI
£90

PowerCool PWC-711 Terminator Midi Towe
PWC-711 - PowerCool Terminator Mid Tower with C/Reader High End Gaming Case w/o Psu
£40

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Dual Core Processor
HDZ560WFGMBOX - AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition, Callisto Core, S AM3, 3.3GHz, 7MB Cache, HT 4000MHz, 80W, Retail
£78

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB Hard Drive - HDD
500GB Samsung HD502HJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM
£30

Asus M4A78LT-M AMD 760G AM3 Motherboard
Asus M4A78LT-M, AMD 760G, AM3, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1600/1800, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, Micro ATX, VGA
£45

Corsair Memory XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600 Mhz CAS 9 Triple Channel Desktop
TR3X6G1600C9 - 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3, DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.65V
£55

Colours IT Black Edition CIT550UB 550W Power Supply (PSU)
550W Colours IT CIT550UB Black Edition, 120mm Silent Fan, Dual Rail, ATX v2.2
£24

Acer S221HQLbd Full HD 21.5" Monitor DVI/VGA
ET.WS1HE.008 - 21.5" Acer S221HQLbd LED Full HD Slim DVI/VGA 1920x1080 250cd/m2 12000000:1 5ms
£100

180mm Silverstone FN181-BL Blue LED Quiet Case Fan
180mm Silverstone FN181-BL Blue LED Quiet Case Fan
£12

sorry i couldnt put links here instead, for some reason they wouldnt work :p 
thanks in advance :D 

a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2011 1:30:29 PM

You would be much better off going with a i3-2100 and H61/H67. It's faster than a Phenom II quad core in gaming, and will eat that dual core for breakfast. Not to mention it will be upgradeable in the future.

a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2011 1:41:10 PM


this memory kit won't work with the motherboard you selected. you need a dual channel kit 2x2GB

Corsair Memory XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600 Mhz CAS 9 Triple Channel Desktop
TR3X6G1600C9 - 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3, DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.65V
£55

I couldn't find any specs on the case you selected to see if those fans would work or not.

other than that it looks ok.
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April 14, 2011 5:53:22 PM

cool :)  and sorry about the repost...
a b 4 Gaming
April 15, 2011 2:53:07 PM

Well you achieved your goal of a HALF decent gaming rig.
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