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September 3, 2011 12:08:09 AM

Hey all.

I was lead here from an acquaintance on Bukkit. This is my first time posting here; I was taking a look at some other threads on this sub-forum and noticed the majority of users seem to be American / Canadian using Dollars in their build budgets. So I apologise if I have posted this in the wrong section; even though when I type this I am using the UK url for the site.

Right so now that's out of the way :p 

I have finally had enough of using a shared home PC which just doesn't cut what I need to do with electronics; Programming, editing and rendering videos for my YouTube channel.
(If you're wondering, the specs were awful: Athlon 64 x2, HD 3200, 4GB DDR2. (not so bad). 300GB HDD).

So I've set my self the budget of £600 to buy myself a semi, if not nearing a decent high end build, gaming PC.
Being 17 the money isn't exactly easy to come by. Although I should have more than £600 by Christmas (Due to my YouTube channel etc.)

I've researched multiple sites where they build the PC for you.
I plan on using the PC to render HD videos at 5 - 25 minutes of length, play some low end games such as Minecraft, LoTR: BFME 1 & 2. I also hope to play some shooters such as Battlefield 3 and Borderlands 2 on it running smoothly.

I received the following quote for £585 (Including that 20% VAT my lovely government like to shove on us :)  )


Spoiler
CPU: AMD PHENOM II X4 970 (3.50GHz/8MB CACHE/AM3) - BLACK EDITION
Motherboard ASUS® M5A78L-M/USB3: M-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 3.0Gb/s
RAM: 4GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 2GB)
Graphics Card 1GB AMD RADEON™ HD6770 - DVI,HDMI,VGA - DX® 11
HDD: 1st Hard Disk 500GB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD5002AALX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 32MB CACHE
Power Supply 600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£59)
Processor Cooling SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (£19)
USB Options 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Monitor 19" Widescreen TFT 1360 x 768 2MS, D-Sub, DVI, 18.5" Panel (£79)
^ I should mention here that i know the monitor resolution isn't the best, but it's the cheapest I could find. Any alternatives would be fantastic.

Total Order Price EX VAT £487.50
Total VAT Amount £97.5
Total Order Price £585.00



Thoughts?
I know it's cheaper buying parts individually. I have a fair understanding of computer components so putting it together myself wouldn't be a problem at all. But it's just easier buying it all built for me, you know?

But yeah, sorry for the long post.
Thought it would be good to post here to receive feedback from members who have a deeper understanding that I do.

Thanks in advance.

- Dan.

More about : current build thoughts

September 3, 2011 11:06:05 AM

inzone said:
I think it's ok for an entry level low budget comp. Should be able to play most games with it at average settings and acceptable frame rates. Any upgrade to the monitor would be great and you would get better resolutions.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Unfortunately Newegg is out of the question for me - they don't ship to the UK.
But thanks for the feedback :) 
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September 3, 2011 1:38:01 PM

Whats that in US Dollars?
September 3, 2011 2:03:29 PM

Meh....900-1000, not that it would matter buying from the US because shipping cost would make him go over budget
September 3, 2011 2:15:45 PM

Processor : i5 2500K - $220
HSF : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $130
Graphics Card : HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $240
RAM : Corsair 2 x 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $45
Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $60
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $20
PSU : Antec Neo Eco 620W - $49.99 (after mail-in rebates)
Case : Your Choice - $50

Total : $800 after rebates
September 3, 2011 6:31:48 PM

AdrianPerry said:
for UK based sites you'll want to be using:
www.SCAN.co.uk
www.EBUYER.co.uk
www.DABS.co.uk
www.AMAZON.co.uk

Just to make clear aswell, this website forum is used by all Nationalities. So you are in the right place :) 


I do indeed know of these sites, just need to get quotes from them all haha :p 

Ah, okay thank you. Wasn't sure when I saw that the majority of users were using Dollars.

008Rohit said:
Processor : i5 2500K - $220
HSF : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $130
Graphics Card : HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $240
RAM : Corsair 2 x 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $45
Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $60
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $20
PSU : Antec Neo Eco 620W - $49.99 (after mail-in rebates)
Case : Your Choice - $50

Total : $800 after rebates


Ah now that's a good build - didn't think I'd be able to afford any type of an Intel build. Let alone having it paired with a 6950.

May I ask where you found these components from? As the prices are in Dollars, I presume that it's from an American site. The shipping costs may be insane.
September 4, 2011 5:55:54 AM

I quoted the prices from newegg.com

You dont have to buy from them. Buy from any european store.
September 5, 2011 10:47:00 PM

Okay cheers guys :) 
I research prices for each component and it comes to about £425 - So I guess I will be able to spend some more of different bits. Better GPU etc.
September 6, 2011 3:02:33 AM

hmm.. then,

Get this GPU : ASUS EAH6970/2DI2S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $370

Total : $930
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