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Baby's first computer build, advice needed

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September 19, 2011 10:01:22 AM

Greetings ladies and gents!

I'm considering throwing myself and a slab of disposable income into the wonderful world of computer building, and this looks like a pretty good place to grab some sagely advice on the topic. I'm a total noob, but I think I've done my homework and have a good setup (haven't baught anything yet).

Approximate Purchase Date: End of September.
Budget Range: Stuff listed below adds up to about £500 ($790).
System Usage: Games, sending inane Facebook messages.
Parts Not Required: Case. I already have a rubbish one but will be upgrading ASAP. Have a 42" Samsung LCD for display and decent wireless mouse and keyboard.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK or EU based.
Country of Origin: England.
Parts Preferences: None, as long as they're reliable.
Overclocking: Mabye, but only very gently if I do it at all.
SLI or Crossfire: no, but mabye in future upgrads.
Monitor Resolution:1680x1050, or not much higher.
Additional Comments: Please save me from myself!

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO - AMD 890GX - Socket AM3 - PCI-E 2.0 (x16) - DDR3 2000(OC) - SATA 6Gb/s - SATA RAID - ATX

AMD HDZ965FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 965 - 3.4 Ghz AM3 Black Edition CPU, Retail Packaged

Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM Memory

Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" SATA3 7200rpm Hard Drive

XFX ATI Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphic

Corsair CMPSU-500CX Builder Series 500W Power Supply

CPU cooler:
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler

LG GH22NS50.AUAA 22x SATA DVDRW Drive - Bare Black

I think that's everything covered. Would this rig be good enough to run the latest games with all the bells and whistles (at the listed screen res, anyway)? Any advice and constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers in advance for your help!
September 19, 2011 10:40:54 AM

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6870

Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB)

These don't cost much more and will give a lot more performance but its up to you and how tight your budget is.

I don't think that motherboard supports bulldozer processors, I'd get an am3+ motherboard so that you can upgrade your processor to bulldozer later on if you want
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September 19, 2011 1:13:23 PM


Cheers for the tips, all. Here's a revised setup that only adds about £40 to the price tag (as long as the OCUK special offers hold). I originally had the Crosshairs motherboard in mind but thought it might be a tad overkill, but I suppose I'll at least break even thanks to it's future-proofing. Also, the graphics card comes with lots of toys!

GPU - Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

MOBO - Asus Crosshair IV Formula AMD 890FX (Socket AM3/AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965 Black Edition "125W Edition" 3.40GHz (Socket AM3)

PSU - Corsair Builder Series CX 500W V2 '80 Plus' 500W ATX Power Supply

RAM - Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

HD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache

CPU Cooler - Gelid Tranquillo CPU Cooler

DVD/RW - LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black)

How's that all looking?
September 19, 2011 8:08:43 PM

Gosh-darn thing won't let me edit...

A 500W PSU should be sufficient for the rig detailed above, right? At least until the RAM and GPU get doubled up?
September 19, 2011 9:38:13 PM

Yes 500w is plenty for the above build :)  even with more RAM you'll be fine. The only thing that would require considerably more power is adding another GPU.
September 19, 2011 9:47:18 PM

oh man,, you might want to look into getting a server Mobo with 16+ GB of RAM.. i dont know if 4GB can take on the "sending inane Facebook messages" you're wanting to do..


jokes aside.. it looks good, but i would recommend Adrian's advice and go with a UK store for cheaper shipping.. I know us crazy 'merican's get good deals, but sometimes it just better. ;) 
September 19, 2011 10:17:23 PM

Yeah, I think I'll go with the second, slightly more opulent build sourced from OCUK I posted after the original one (possibly dropping to 4gb of ram). The links I posted in the OP were all UK and EU (AFAIK), but OCUK seems to have a much better stock, customer service and delivery service (as well as being generally cheaper).

Right! Now I just need to buy the stuff and not set myself on fire with it!