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July 4, 2012 6:51:10 AM

Hello, I created this build with limited knowledge of the technical side of computers (after just 1 nights research) to fit my budget of under £400 (600$-650$) to be bought within the next month. It's primary use would be gaming, mostly playing old gems (both emu's and games like Titan Quest, Warcraft 3) but I also want to be able to play newer games on decent settings. Such games may include Diablo 3, Path of Exile, Tera and all the 'hip' new mmos that have been coming out lately. Basically I want to play some new games but I'm skint and can't afford an expensive machine.

I don't need any peripherals, just tower components. Nor do I need a dvd drive. I don't plan to overclock or crossfire and i don't much care about having a silent pc either. 1440 x 900 would be the resolution I would be running on most games.

Basically what I want from you guys is advice. If things aren't compatible or ill-advised then your input would be very much appreciated.

What i have at the moment:

Motherboard:

Model: GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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

Price:£45

Total: £45




CPU:

Model: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

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

Price: £128

Total: £173




GPU:

Model: Ati Radeon HD 6850 (any model)

Url: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Price: around £100

Total: £273



HDD:

Model: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Price: £45

Total: £318



PSU:

Model: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply

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

Price: £38

Total: £356



RAM:

Model: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9

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

Price: £31

Total: £387

July 4, 2012 7:00:44 AM

Seems great as long as that mobo supports Ivy.
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July 4, 2012 7:11:06 AM

Apparently I can't edit my last post.

Two more question, apologies.

1. If it says it supports Intel® Core™ i5 processors does that mean it will support ivybridge?

2. Exactly what effect does a motherboard have on performance? I guess my real question is why do people spend upwards of 200$ on a motherboard?

Sorry that was sort of 3 questions. Thanks in advance.
July 4, 2012 7:34:18 AM

Your revision will be on the motherboard, on the box, in the BIOS etc.

A board that supports i5 doesn't automatically support Ivy.

Expensive boards have lots of features like extra PCIE pr SATA ports which aren't useful for most people. Mostly it's good marketing like Asus RoG and whatnots.
July 4, 2012 8:04:34 AM

A reliable build for excellent gaming at 1440x900.

ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 - $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GZ-F3HEB Black SECC Steel / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS IceQ X Turbo H685QNT1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $622 :) 
July 4, 2012 8:13:37 AM

Thank you very much for all your answers. This helps me nicely.
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