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August 2, 2012 3:05:25 PM

Hello, new member here and first time builder. Sorry for not using the template but I just need someone to have a quick look over my build before I order it in the next few days.

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£89.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£35.22 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£15.43 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1GB Video Card (£108.55 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Case (£32.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£35.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive (£11.96 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: Asus VW193DR 19.0" Monitor (£79.19 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £456.63
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-02 17:10 BST+0100)
It's a a budget gaming build. I could probably add another 50 quid if I can get a large increment in performance but not much more!

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August 2, 2012 3:11:39 PM

You might want to switch your 1x4GB stick for 2x2GB because you processor supports dual channel memory. You will get better performance in Dual Channel Mode but be sure to buy a dual channel kit.
Other than that it looks good.
Anonymous
August 2, 2012 3:14:30 PM

What are your plans for an operating system?
You`ve made good choices for a budget gamer
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August 2, 2012 3:24:11 PM

You only have two ram slots available. So, if you go with a 4gb stick now, you can always add another one later. Be sure you add the exact same ram though. Dual vs single is not significant.
August 2, 2012 3:40:56 PM

Thanks very much everyone, and yeah that was my idea with the single ram stick. I've also added a beefier GPU, a cheaper motherboard and thinking about switching to an SSD. I have a 300G laptop hard drive that I was going to use one of those adapters to mount it

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00008VF4A/ref=asc_df_B00008...

Is my CPU good enough by the way? I'm slightly worried

P.S, I'll be using Win7 and my I'm looking to build a nice rig to game on, generally Planetside 2, some Dota maybe some BF3.

Edited in my changes at the top!
August 2, 2012 3:41:34 PM

Sorry was having some trouble with the editing system, new build should be up.
Anonymous
August 2, 2012 3:50:41 PM

Goozeman said:

Is my CPU good enough by the way? I'm slightly worried


Worried about CPU?


The i3 2120 is an excellent CPU!

August 2, 2012 3:53:18 PM

Quote:
Worried about CPU?


The i3 2120 is an excellent CPU!



Woops!, I meant to say PSU, sorry I'm quite new to all of this but I've read that having a decent PSU is very important.
August 2, 2012 4:08:08 PM

Thanks very much, very useful tool. I've also changed my case due to bad reviews on the Xigmatek Asgard II to the BitFenix Merc Alpha. It's less pretty and a couple quid more expensive but the quality seems a lot better which is what is important to me.
Anonymous
August 2, 2012 4:19:14 PM

Look at the NZXT 210 case. I would prefer it over Bitfenix or Xigmatek. The Corsair 300R is an excellent value and would be my first choice, but more money than any of these.
August 2, 2012 4:31:14 PM

Thanks, I will look it into it. By the way, someone recommended the GTX 460 video card instead of the Radeon 6850, it was about £10 more expensive but accourding to reviews was a much better card. When he benchmarked it however, the Radeon seemed to beat it in almost every game, any explanation?

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/313?vs=291 - Benchmarks
August 2, 2012 4:41:15 PM

Quote:
Look at the NZXT 210 case. I would prefer it over Bitfenix or Xigmatek. The Corsair 300R is an excellent value and would be my first choice, but more money than any of these.


O, I just found out I can get the white elite 210 version for the same price as the normal version, pretty happy with that, thanks for the suggestion.
August 2, 2012 6:08:26 PM

I'd go with the 23" as there are more pixels per inch.
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