New Spec AMD Based Build

Hi there,

I have re-done my £400 budget PC build spec to fit the price better. It is now AMD based instead of Intel therefore bringing the price down! Now I am just wondering if all the parts are compatible and good! Here's the spec!


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - £93.99 - Ebuyer
Biostar A780L3L 760G Socket AM3 - £34.08 - Ebuyer
500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - £27.59 - Aria
ATI Radeon HD 6870 - £124.98 - Ebuyer
G-Skill 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Ripjaws - £20 - Ebuyer
LiteOn IHAS124 - £13.98 - Ebuyer
Coolermaster Elite 430 Case - £34.50 - Micro Direct
Corsair CX-600W - £48.24 - Cresent Electronics

£397.36


Thanks in advance!
Thomas
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  1. I assume that board is http://www.ebuyer.com/255208-biostar-a780l3l-760g-socket-am3-onboard-vga-and-dvi-6-channel-audio-a780l3l in which case it only supports up to 95W CPUs so not the 125W 965BE This one does for £7 more and also supports AM3+ CPUs http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/MSI+870-C45+AMD+870+%28Socket+AM3%2B%29+DDR3+PCI-Express+ATX+Motherboard+?productId=43833 Also Ebuyer has a free delivery option so check the delivery charges on other products are not cheaper if you add them to the ebuyer order to save shipping.
  2. Looks pretty decent. The 955 is the same chip for a bit less money which could go to a Bulldozer ready mobo or an aftermarket CPU cooler. That PSU is sub optimal. Get a 400-500 quality brand unit.
  3. The PSU choice has been a disaster! Everyone has a different opinion so I am just going to stick with this one now - thank though!

    For the Motherboard is the one I chose definitaly not suitable or is there one that is that is a same or similar price? I really can't go over £400 :)

    Thanks
    Thomas
  4. You can save $6 of the extra £7 on the 965BE http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/AMD+Phenom+II+X4+Quad+Core+965+Black+Edition+125W+3.40GHz+C3+%28Socket+AM3%29+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=38891 its a limited time offer though £88.79 The PSU is fine but no the current motherboard does not support that CPU.
  5. As far as PSUs are concerned, be informed. Before you buy any PSU read accurate, objective PSU reviews at reputable sites such as www.jonnyguru.com or www.hardwaresecrets.com on the EXACT model PSU that you are interested in as some brands have good and poor quality PSUs.

    You can also get an accurate rating of how much PSU power is required for your current or future system at the PSU calculator link below. Once you know the total PSU watts required then you need to confirm that the 12v rail has enough amps. to support your Vid card(s) and the rest of the PC system.

    There are several websites that show the Vid card power consumption in watts. Divide the watts by 12 to determine the amps. required on the 12v rail(s). Add 15 amps for the rest of the PC on the 12v rail and you now know the Minimum total 12v rail amps required under full load. It's best to have at least 5-10 amps. reserve on the 12v rail available under full load so the PSU is not loaded to 100%.
    It's also worth noting that people often misunderstand the 80% power rating. This is a rating of the PSU's energy efficiency not it's output. 80% plus PSUs use less grid power to produce the same PC power. If it's 80% Bronze, Silver or Gold the cost savings on electricity is pretty small between Bronze, Silver and Gold unless you are paying very high rates for electricity so any 80% rated quality PSU is fine even if not Gold. For those who leave their PC on 24/7 a quality 80% PSU is a good investment.


    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-review/14

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_560_Ti/25.html

    IT'S BETTER TO TEACH A PERSON HOW TO FISH THAN TO GIVE THEM A FISH FOR DINNER !
  6. Thanks guys! I now have two possible specs:

    AMD Based

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - £88.79 - Ebuyer
    MSI 870-C45 AMD 870 - £41.99 - Aria
    500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - £27.59 - Aria
    ATI Radeon HD 6870 - £124.98 - Ebuyer
    G-Skill 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Ripjaws - £20 - Ebuyer
    LiteOn IHAS124 - £13.98 - Ebuyer
    Coolermaster Elite 430 Case - £34.50 - Micro Direct
    Corsair CX-500W - £44.60 - Ebuyer

    £396.43


    Intel Based

    Intel Core i5-2300 - £133.19 - Aria
    500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - £27.59 - Aria
    ATI Radeon HD 6870 - £124.98 - Ebuyer
    G-Skill 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Ripjaws - £20 - Ebuyer
    LiteOn IHAS124 - £13.98 - Ebuyer
    Coolermaster Elite 430 Case - £34.50 - Micro Direct
    Corsair CX-500W - £44.60 - Ebuyer
    ASRock S1155 Intel H61 - £39.99 - Dabs

    £440.83


    Do these look good then? I have read review etc.

    Thanks
    Thomas
  7. Both look great. I'd go with the AMD system for overclockability and upgradeability.
  8. Idd go foe AMD in less then 20 days (Bulldozer - pam pam )
  9. The Intel system will be better even if you overclock the AMD one but whether its £40 better im not sure, if its a purely gaming rig then the 965 will not hold back the 6870 so its not worth £40. If your not overclocking you could get the Intel one with a i3 2100 that would make it a few £s cheaper and slightly better performance than the AMD one. If you are overclocking add this to the AMD build http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cooling/CPU+Coolers/Coolermaster+Hyper+212+Plus+CPU+Cooler+?productId=39577
  10. crisan_tiberiu said:
    Idd go foe AMD in less then 20 days (Bulldozer - pam pam )



    How good will they be compared to the sandy bridge CPU's?


    Thanks
    Thomas
  11. tomtomhoch said:
    How good will they be compared to the sandy bridge CPU's?


    Thanks
    Thomas

    Noone knows but if you can wait they should exist in mid October, theres alot of speculation in the thread at the top but by the time you read it all it would have been released.
  12. There's no future for the Intel H61 board. There is for the MSI 870 one.
  13. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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