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April 11, 2011 4:17:21 PM

Hello,

Just configured a cheap PC on the website pcspecialist.com and I was wondering if there was any advice somebody could give me on what to improve/what could be made cheaper. I want the PC to be able to play games today and in a few years time.

This is my first gaming PC so that is why I am getting the mouse keyboard and monitor, although I am getting the monitor seperately off amazon because it is cheaper.

Here is the PC:



Case
COOLERMASTER ELITE 310 BLUE CASE


Processor (CPU)
AMD PHENOM II X4 955 (3.20GHz/8MB CACHE/AM3) - BLACK EDITION


Motherboard
ASUS® M4A87TD/USB3: DUAL DDR3,SATA 6.0GB/s, USB 3.0


Memory (RAM)
4GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 2GB)


Graphics Card
1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 550 Ti - DVI,HDMI,VGA - DX® 11, 3D Vision Ready
Free Item

Free Item
FREE Need For Speed™ World Starter Pack with any Nvidia® GTS450 or above!


Memory - 1st Hard Disk
500GB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD5002AALX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 32MB CACHE (7200rpm)


1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM


Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT


Power Supply
450W Quiet 80 PLUS Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£29)


Processor Cooling
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER


Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)


Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs


USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD


Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)


Office Software
FREE Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Limited functionality Word & Excel)


Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE


DVI-D & HDMI Monitor Cables
1 x 2 METRE DVI-D CABLE (£5)


Keyboard & Mouse
LOGITECH® INTERENT 350 USB KEYBOARD (£9)


Mouse
LOGITECH® OPTICAL USB MOUSE (£5)


Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)


Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)


Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 11 to 13 working days



All of that costs 609 pounds.

And the monitor:

Ilyama E2208HDD 22 inch Wide LCD 1080p DVI Monitor - Black

It costs 116 pounds.

And yes this is in pounds and not dollars.

So anyway, any feedback would be great.

Thanks.

(P.S:I had absolutely no idea what subsection to put this in so I put it in dell :( )

EDIT: Changed Processor to x4 965 for good measure:
Here are its specs if you didnt know:
Processor (CPU)

AMD PHENOM II X4 965 (3.40GHz/8MB CACHE/AM3) - BLACK EDITION

EDIT: :(  Why is this in the Brands section? Im sure I put it in the Systems section... That explains the brands as the subsections. I am very sure I put this in the Systems section so I think it must be a glitch, infact ive had a couple of odd glitches before on the forum.

EDIT: Yep its glitched, on the title of the page it says systems when im clearly in brands...

But nevermind. If a mod or admin sees this can they PLEASE put it in the Systems section as im not going to get many replies on this if its in this section.

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April 12, 2011 2:25:13 AM

Looks like a nice setup. I like to suggest a PSU in the 550 to 650 Watts range; the more the better.
April 12, 2011 9:46:37 AM

Ubrales said:
Looks like a nice setup. I like to suggest a PSU in the 550 to 650 Watts range; the more the better.


Yeah your right, I would need that if I ever have to upgrade graphics card.
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April 12, 2011 9:54:51 AM

patricknlondon said:
Yeah your right, I would need that if I ever have to upgrade graphics card.

Also keep in mind that all PSUs deteriorate in performance over time. And, the output declines as the temps rise (and it will in summer).
April 18, 2011 1:03:49 PM

The collection of information looks good, it was nice reading it.
April 24, 2011 8:30:52 PM

Very nice setup , just put in a more powerful psu!
April 25, 2011 5:16:27 PM

You could try DinoPC.com
I will be ordering from them soon, a similar build but Im getting the Athlon II 640 with a HD 6850 for £455, you can get the Phenom 955 for $70 I think...
May 6, 2011 7:06:21 PM

Personally I would keep the Phenom 955, it can be over clocked so easily to match the power of the 965.
May 11, 2011 1:12:03 AM

I have a X4 970 and I can tell you that the stock AMD heat sink is very annoying. Not to loud, just the type of sound it produces is hard on the ears. Spend an extra 30 dollars, pounds or so and get an aftermarket cooler.
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