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Budget Sandy Bridge Build

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July 13, 2011 4:36:35 PM

Hey guys,

I'm considering to build my own computer for the first time and just needed some advice.

Approximate Purchase Date: July

Budget Range:£500-£550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, work

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, ebuyer, scan

Country of Origin: UK

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 720p

The parts:

Intel Core i3 2100 £90

Gigabyte GA-H61M-USB3-B3 H61 Motherboard £63

G Skill 4gb RAM (2 x 2gb) 1333 mHz £35

Coolermaster CM 690 II Lite Case £55

Antec BP550 PLUS GB PSU £50

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache £40

LG 24x SATA BLACK DVDRW £15

EVGA GTX 460 1gb SE £110

Windows 7 OS OEM £70

Total £528

Just wondering what you guys think and any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
July 13, 2011 5:44:40 PM

I also wanted to check whether everything I have listed above is compatible.

Thanks.
July 13, 2011 5:57:25 PM

i think a phenom 955 build would be better suited for your budget, but this board would be a better choice, (its USB3 and SATAIII):
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/259263

if you dont need USB3 and SATAIII then this board would be good:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/259267

this PSU would be a good choice too:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie...
or this:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie...
or even this at £48:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie...

the SE editions of the GTX460 are a quite a bit worse than actual GTX460s, this would be better at £113:
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/MSI+...
the 6850 would be a nice choice too but its at £117:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244473
gtx460 (NON SE VERSION!) vs the ati 6850:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/313?vs=291

everything else is great.
!