New pc

ive been looking at a pc with the
following specs.

amd x4 870 quad 3.2ghz
4gig ddr 1333
dvd burner
asroc board
cooler master psu 500Wat's
nvidia 450gts green 1 gig
with case
1terabit hard drive
360 quid 5yr warranty

is this ample for average
gaming to play todays games
with medium settings ?
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  1. update if u had say 100 quid for a processor would u take the
    amd x4 870 quad 3.2ghz or something different
  2. Are you sure it's 870, I can't find anything about an x4 870. Anyways, I'd get a i3-2100.
  3. sorry i ment x4 840
    also didnt answer
    if this was ok for mid range
    gaming
  4. these are the parts list so far

    Seagate 500GB SATA III
    ( £ 30.00 Inc VAT )

    Liteon 24X +/- DVD-RW
    ( £ 16.00 Inc VAT )

    CoolerMaster 550W GX PSU
    (RS-550-ACAA-E3)
    ( £ 58.00 Inc VAT )

    Palit GeForce GTS450
    1GB Green PCiEx
    ( £ 81.00 Inc VAT )

    AMD Athlon II X4 840
    (Skt AM3) Retail Kit
    ( £ 81.00 Inc VAT )
    (Including Heat Sink+Fan)

    Kingston 4GB DDR3 PC3
    10600 (1333MHz)
    ( £ 35.00 Inc VAT )


    my budget is about 400 pounds
    this is just for pc only
  5. anyone at all ?
  6. What's the budget? Is the machine already built and you are buying it that way?
  7. these parts come with it but i have the option
    to change anything b4 i pick it up

    thoughts. is it worth dropping
    the cooler master 550 for just
    a standard psu for 20 quid
    mobo im told asroc or asus for 840

    processor yes its a low end quad 3.2ghz
    AMD Athlon II X4 840 but not bad for the
    price.

    any ideas pointers
  8. I didn't look around for best price but this is just off ebuyer.


    XFX HD 5770 1GB Single Slot Cooler Edition 850MHz Dual DVI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card £86.99
    Intel Core i3 2100 3.10GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £93.20
    Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V 166995 £34.85
    Corsair 500W CX Series PSU 240999 117 in stock £44.97
    Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU £28.71
    Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM £29.99
    LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials £14.99
    MSI H61M-E33-B3 H61 1155 Socket 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard 260862 £56.44
    Cart total inc vat: £390.14
  9. Ah yes, missed the budget right there at the bottom. I agree with K1114, grab an i3-2100 if you can. If not, change the processor to a Phenom II x4 955, much faster for only a bit more. If you can, ask for a Antec earthwatts psu, they are more reliable/efficient and cheaper too! Asides from that, looks fine and have fun.
  10. k1114 said:
    I didn't look around for best price but this is just off ebuyer.


    XFX HD 5770 1GB Single Slot Cooler Edition 850MHz Dual DVI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card £86.99
    Intel Core i3 2100 3.10GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £93.20
    Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V 166995 £34.85
    Corsair 500W CX Series PSU 240999 117 in stock £44.97
    Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU £28.71
    Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM £29.99
    LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials £14.99
    MSI H61M-E33-B3 H61 1155 Socket 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard 260862 £56.44
    Cart total inc vat: £390.14


    Definately a better build. If you can swing it, +1 to this build.
  11. whats different between

    XFX HD 5770 1GB Single Slot Cooler Edition 850MHz Dual DVI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card £86.99 - does this card have hdmi

    Palit GeForce GTS450
    1GB Green PCiEx
    ( £ 81.00 Inc VAT )

    and is there a vast difference between the
    x840 which is recently new and the older 955
  12. the 5770 and gts 450 perform similarily, but the 5770 has the edge.

    The 955 is a much better performer.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=188 I know the 645 and the 840 are different, but they perform very similarly.
    As you can see, the 955 mops the floor with the 645. This is because of higher clock and more l3 cache/ better architecture in general.

    I really would suggest trying to get that build that K1114 suggested.
  13. i found a
    AMD Black Edition AMD Phenom II X4 965 34 GHz processor
    for 110 - would that improve things some what
    ps ive had amd 3 pcs 7 yrs ille stick with amd
  14. I think it's worth the extra 30 euro's. It would give you a big boost in performance. What is your screen res?
  15. well compared to this pc which has been a works pc at home for 3 yrs
    this is a mear amd 2.2ghz single core 1 gig ddr2 crt 1024x768
    i did say old - but as were re decorating the place
    hence the pc has to be less than 400, other prioritys
  16. hence i had in mind

    500 gig hard drive bout 30 quid
    4 gig memory 30-40 quid
    case 25 - 30 quid
    processor 100 quid
    mobo ?
    amd x4 965 100 quid
    power supply .?
    dvd writer 15-20
    graphics 80 ish
  17. well compared to this pc which has been a works pc at home for 3 yrs
    this is a mear amd 2.2ghz single core 1 gig ddr2 crt 1024x768
    i did say old - but as were re decorating the place
    hence the pc has to be less than 400, other prioritys
  18. Seems like you have your mind made up. Go ahead and get it if the cost is justified to you.
  19. thats why im asking your opinion
    which would be the better
    just for average medium gamming

    640 - 840 - 955 - 965 - are in
    my range
  20. The 640 and 840 are actually very similar. They just named the 840 a phenom to sound better. I stand by the 955, as it is an excellent value. the 965 is simply a slightly overclocked version, which you could do yourself.
  21. this is what i have so far 400 is tops

    LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero
    14.99

    Corsair 500W CX Series PSU
    44.97

    Seagate 500GB 3.5" Barracuda SATA-III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - 7200RPM 16MB Cache
    31.00

    Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V
    34.85

    Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Interior Mid Tower Case with Side Window
    36.94

    undecided
    Palit GeForce GTS 450 1GB GDDR5 Dual-Link DVI Low Profile Graphics Card
    92.60

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
    94.64

    1 thing missin mobo i got 50 quid to play with - ish
    Cart total inc vat: Cart total ex vat: £349.99
  22. This one is a tiny bit over, but seemed to be the best value: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238971
    If you just can't swing it, check this one out: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/231368
  23. Cart total inc vat:£402.19

    ok honest opinion im getting this
    because im a deus ex fan and
    part 3 comes out august.

    should what i have listed in most
    cases play the average game with
    medium settings. ps u asked about
    my rez earlier - 1024 x 768
    monitor comes later

    ps - do i get a cooler with the x4 chip
    or do i need 1 seperate. recomend ?

    i will prob buy the parts in a few at a time
    then get it built for me - unless this site
    does it for you ?
  24. This should be able to play most games at high/max at that res. The stock cooler that comes with the CPU will be just fine. Why not check out building it yourself? It will be cheaper, and more fun! take a look at this guide and decide. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building
  25. also leads to this the memory your mate recomended 2x 2 gig 1333 34.99

    would this add an improvement


    Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyperx Memory Module CL9 1.65V
    40 quid as a swap out
    the mobo u sujested takes upto 1800 right the 50 quid 1
  26. you can get it if you wish, it will have a small boost on performance. A VERY small boost, but a boost nonetheless.
  27. so with 1 exception of maybe g/card change we have a winner
    ps is psu ok for this machine

    LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero
    14.99
    Corsair 500W CX Series PSU
    44.97
    Seagate 500GB 3.5" Barracuda SATA-III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - 7200RPM 16MB Cache
    31.00
    Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V
    34.85
    Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Interior Mid Tower Case with Side Window
    36.94
    undecided
    Palit GeForce GTS 450 1GB GDDR5 Dual-Link DVI Low Profile Graphics Card
    92.60
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
    94.64

    would u say this is ok
  28. Psu should be fine there, but I'd +1 the 5770 love (I have a sapphire 5770 and they're around £90/95 on scan/ebuyer/overclockers.co.uk at the moment)
    if you buy the retail version of the 955BE chip then you should get the heatsink in the box,
    sub £50 Mobo> http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174597
    and if your near Nottingham then yes, a Toms member is willing to put it all together for you :)
    Moto
  29. i am near nottingham
  30. Well, I'm a man o' me word so I am (and not Irish in any way :P)
    so the offers here,
    if you get the parts pm me to arrange meeting up and I'll assemble and test it for you, all in the name of Toms niceness :)
    Moto
  31. just an update - thanks to you guys i called my local pc store
    were ive had 5 pcs over the last 8 yrs
    and put the price list and parts u guys said.

    LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero
    14.99
    Corsair 500W CX Series PSU
    44.97
    Seagate 500GB 3.5" Barracuda SATA-III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - 7200RPM 16MB Cache
    31.00
    Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V
    34.85
    Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Interior Mid Tower Case with Side Window
    36.94
    undecided
    Palit GeForce GTS 450 1GB GDDR5 Dual-Link DVI Low Profile Graphics Card
    92.60
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
    94.64
    Gigabyte GA-770T-D3L AMD 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

    they sold all the parts except the gigabyte board and the 955 phenon
    they said quote - they can get thoes parts in + they have all the rest
    in the above list, assemble it with 5 yrs warrenty for 393 quid
    thats 9 quid cheaper than getting them from ebuyer.

    they also said for an extra 30 quid they could add a g force
    and i might get this wrong gtx or something 550 for 132.
    total was 425 quid. good deal ?

    also which is the better gtx. the zoltac ?
    http://www.ebuyer.com/search?q=gtx+550
  32. The GTS 450 and GTX 550 ti are very similar cards, I would not bother with the 550. It sounds like they are charging a bit to much for it anyway.
  33. It's an excellent card. If you can swing the price, go ahead and grab it.
  34. i cant but - it doesnt stop me getting the system built without the
    card - and just add it when i have the cash.
  35. You will need a GPU of some sort to use the computer. If you want an upper tier card without the attached pricetag, check out the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 XTREME 1 GB at $149 here, it's hard to beat.
  36. ^ Nice, does the Egg ship to uk though? Op would prefer uk sources :P
    I did see a xfx 5830 though,
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/9563916/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-5830-xtreme-1-g.html
    at £80 you arent going to get that much card for that much money anywhere soon
    Op, go now and buy that card :P
    stop reading, go buy it
    go!

    Moto
  37. I linked amazon... Newegg doesnt ship it. It was meant purely as a reference. For sure grab that 5830, it performs on par with the 6850.
  38. ^Sorry Bro, Saw the Dollar signs and brain said 'NEWEGG'
    but yes, if I had the funds, I'd grab two of those for me and the gf
    Moto
  39. which the gtx 560 ? or the radion
    surly the 560 blows smoke
  40. ok were back finished the decorating so now i can concentrate
    on my new pc. back in may we were looking at

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 94 pounds
    so questions the new x6 would it be ott to get a
    # AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition 3.3 GHz
    for gamming or is a lower one in the x6 going to perform
    just as well?

    and would a
    Gigabyte GA-770T-D3L AMD 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    run it just as well as the 955
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