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How can i improve my computer for 500 pounds?

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February 12, 2012 8:05:31 PM

hi guys,
these are my specs at the moment,i have got 500pounds cash and i want to improve my computer.will i be able to get whole new build for this money? if not which part should i start and in which order i should buy parts?i got monitor,keyboard,mouse etc.what should i do?how can i use my money the best?

i like playing WOW,LoL,assassins creed 2 etc. ,so pretty much a gaming pc indeed.

thanks for your time

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Processor
Model : AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 630 Processor
Speed : 2.8GHz
Cores per Processor : 4 Unit(s)
Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
Type : Quad-Core
Integrated Data Cache : 4x 64kB, Synchronous, Write-Back, 2-way, Exclusive, 64 byte line size
L2 On-board Cache : 4x 512kB, ECC, Synchronous, Write-Back, 16-way, Exclusive, 64 byte line size

Computer
Mainboard : ASRock M3A790GXH/128M
BIOS : AMI P1.70 11/23/2009
Bus(es) : X-Bus PCI PCIe IMB USB FireWire/1394 i2c/SMBus
Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : Yes
Total Memory : 3GB DIMM DDR3

Chipset
Model : ASRock RS780 Host Bridge
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 2GHz (4GHz)
Channels : 1
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 100MHz (200MHz)

Chipset
Model : AMD F10h Athlon 64/Opteron/Sempron HT Hub
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 2GHz (4GHz)
Total Memory : 4GB DIMM DDR3
Channels : 1
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 667MHz (1.33GHz)

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : G.Skill F3-10666CL9-4GBRL 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)

Video System
Video Adapter : 2x ATI Radeon HD 5450 (80 SM5.0 650MHz, 2GB DDR3 2x800MHz 64-bit, PCIe 2.00 x16)

Graphics Processor
OpenCL Processor : ATI Radeon HD 5450 (80SP 2C 650MHz, 1GB DDR3 1.6GHz 64-bit)
OpenCL Processor : ATI Radeon HD 5450 (80SP 2C 650MHz, 1GB DDR3 1.6GHz 64-bit)
Compute Shader Processor : ATI Radeon HD 5450 (80SP 650MHz, 2GB DDR3 1.6GHz 64-bit)
STREAM Processor : ATI Radeon HD 5450 (80SP 2C 650MHz, 1GB DDR3 1.6GHz 64-bit)
STREAM Processor : ATI Radeon HD 5450 (80SP 2C 650MHz, 1GB DDR3 1.6GHz 64-bit)

Storage Devices
Seagate ST3500418AS (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 16MB Cache) : 466GB (C:) 
Seagate ST31500341AS (1.5TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 1TB (E:) 
SAMSUNG SP1614C (160GB, SATA150, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache) : 149GB (D:) 
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223C (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-R, 2MB Cache) : N/A (F:) 
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22LS50 (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : N/A (G:) 
DTSOFT BDROM () : N/A (H:) 

Logical Storage Devices
Hard Disk (C:)  : 466GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST3500418AS (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 16MB Cache)
Hard Disk (E:)  : 1TB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST31500341AS (1.5TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm)
Hard Disk (D:)  : 149GB (NTFS) @ SAMSUNG SP1614C (160GB, SATA150, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache)
Optical Drive (F:)  : N/A @ TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223C (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-R, 2MB Cache)
Optical Drive (G:)  : N/A @ HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22LS50 (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)
Optical Drive (H:)  : N/A @ DTSOFT BDROM ()

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : ASRock IXP SB600 SMBUS Controller
LPC Hub Controller 2 : ASRock SB700 LPC host controller
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : T0 B0-73
Audio Device : ASRock IXP SB600 High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Codec : Realtek Semiconductor Realtek 885 High Definition Audio
Audio Device : PC Partner Manhattan HDMI Audio [Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series]
Audio Codec : ATI (AMD) HDMI Audio
Serial Port(s) : 1
Disk Controller : ASRock SB700 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
Disk Controller : ASRock SB700 IDE
USB Controller 1 : ASRock SB700 USB OHCI0 Controller
USB Controller 2 : ASRock SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
USB Controller 3 : ASRock SB700 USB EHCI Controller
USB Controller 4 : ASRock SB700 USB OHCI0 Controller
USB Controller 5 : ASRock SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
USB Controller 6 : ASRock SB700 USB EHCI Controller
USB Controller 7 : ASRock SB700 USB OHCI2 Controller
FireWire/1394 Controller 1 : ASRock VIA VT6308 1394 OHCI Controller
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : ATI SB600 SMBus
SMBus/i2c Controller 2 : ATI AFS SMBus

Network Services
Network Adapter : Realtek RTL8168D/8111D Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Network Adapter : VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter (Ethernet, 100Mbps)
Wireless Adapter 1 : Belkin F6D4050 Enhanced Wireless USB Adapter (802.11g (ERP), AES-CCMP, 24Mbps)

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.01.7600
Platform Compliance : x86



February 12, 2012 8:11:50 PM

Wow, for £500 you can get a Phenom X4, 2x 4GB RAM, HD6950 (1 GB) and an SSD. That should keep you going for a while :lol: 
February 12, 2012 8:13:29 PM

You didn't specify your PSU though, that's a concern.
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February 12, 2012 8:17:20 PM

Actually,

AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 960T Black Edition 95W Edition 3.00GHz (Socket AM3) Processor #47177 £ 74.99 £ 74.99
8GB Corsair Vengeance Black LP (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz 1.5v Dual Channel Kit - CML8GX3M2A1600C9 #45511 £ 34.29 £ 34.29
PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 6950 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card #48169 £ 147.49 £ 147.49
Crucial m4 128GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive #44258 £ 117.49 £ 117.49
500W Corsair Builder Series 500CX V2 80PLUS Power Supply #42489 £ 37.00 £ 37.00

Basket Total £ 411.26
Approx. Delivery £ 6.95
VAT £ 83.64
Total £501.85
February 12, 2012 8:38:51 PM

that looks to be a good upgrade but i doubt his board supports that processor. its not on the supported list.
February 12, 2012 8:42:15 PM

- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron processors
- Supports CPU up to 140W

The 960T is a X6 with two locked cores. Or you could go for the 965/955.
February 12, 2012 8:42:44 PM

FinneousPJ said:
You didn't specify your PSU though, that's a concern.


psu is 450w, i dont know what brand.

@FinneousPJ that build seems really nice if my mobo supported:( 

so i should defo go for full build?
February 12, 2012 8:44:49 PM

FinneousPJ said:
- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron processors
- Supports CPU up to 140W

The 960T is a X6 with two locked cores. Or you could go for the 965/955.


its not on the supported cpu list..... i looked its code is not there. unless i somehow misused control+f search function.....

the 965 would be a better cpu though cause its clocked higher.
February 12, 2012 9:00:37 PM

Yeah the 965 was only like 5 pounds more.
February 13, 2012 3:51:58 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Yeah the 965 was only like 5 pounds more.


so the build is still valid?should i go for it or should i wait?
February 13, 2012 3:54:17 PM

Yes, if you can get the 965 for a couple of pounds more. I don't know if you should wait. There's always incentive to wait in this market, new products are constantly being released. However, if you feel like upgrading and can afford it, I'd say why not.
February 13, 2012 4:53:49 PM

You could wait and get an Intel build that would be much better. An amd build will limit you in some games
February 13, 2012 8:37:36 PM

i cant upgrade again another 2 years i guess so i need a build will do me for next two years.
so i should just wait till i ve got more money and aim for a intel build?
February 13, 2012 11:37:47 PM

firatk said:
i cant upgrade again another 2 years i guess so i need a build will do me for next two years.
so i should just wait till i ve got more money and aim for a intel build?


if you cant build another 2 years then an AMD system really isnt what you should get.

an i5 2500k should be around 145 pounds
mobo should be about 80 pounds then everything else the same.

so your looking at about 220 more pounds but 500 pounds is about 800 us dollars so idk why you couldnt get all the for 500 pounds...? ditch the SSD it literally adds nothing to the computer in a gaming atmosphere.
February 14, 2012 9:52:46 PM

thanks FinneousPJ & cbrunnem :) 
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