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Is This a Good System For ~£500

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January 22, 2013 4:48:49 PM

I would like to build a computer to suit my needs. Here is what my not-so experienced head put together.
i tried to look mostly at clock speeds for most things. i understand this is not best for CPU but i'm really walking blindly here. the RAM might be excessive, but i wanted to pave the way for upgrades.

Mobo: ASRock 970 Extreme4 - motherboard - ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 970 - Socket AM3+ £57
HD1: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 Series 120 GB Internal SSD Serial ATA-300 2.5" £58
HD2: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB Internal hard drive Serial ATA-600 3.5" 7200 rpm ST2000DM001 £50
Case: CiT N88LN Mars Midi Tower Gaming Case with 1 x Blue Fan No LCD £26.00
PSU: CoolerMaster Silent Pro M1000 Power supply - 1000 Watt £1.00
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650Ti 1GB 19103787 £89.00
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) Memory Kit PC3-19200 2400MHz DDR3 DIMM £57.90
CPU: AMD Black Edition - AMD FX 3.6 GHz Processor £65.00
Other1: ASUS PCE-N15 Network adapter - PCI Express £12.00
Other2: 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter USB adapter - PCI Express x1 - 2 ports £17.00
Total: £432.90

Left out a fan(cooling in general I guess), not really sure about what is needed for cooling or even if this stuff would fit together.
I am not sure about some of the prices Google threw up. (particularly the psu) but I have left price room for more bits
(I hope)
To be used for moderate video editing and gaming with best setting possible for price.
Extra bits (monitor, OS etc..) i'm happy to get but would like to see some money left over for them
am looking for a big upgrade from my current Advent monza N2 laptop
thanks in advance,

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January 22, 2013 5:12:26 PM

What's the cpu ?
Does show which FX is it, i recommend going with at least the FX-4300 or the FX-6300.
Those prices seem good.
Were did you get a 1000w psu for 1£ ?
There's a typo in there.
Also i recommend going with a better ssd like this one :
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January 22, 2013 5:42:33 PM

any idea what sort of wattage to look at/for?
January 22, 2013 5:58:26 PM

Just glancing at prices:
Motherboard is good with high rating ebay seller.
SSD is at
HDD is at
Case From
GPU is from
The RAM was out of stock but a simple alternative is the £88
similar stats for a little more, but i though it was still ok
The cpu was FX-4100 at
and i'm not sure that the other two matter quite so much.
sorry for all the links but i felt the more info the better.

January 22, 2013 6:24:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor (£83.96 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£51.78 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.36 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.43 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card (£79.99 @
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @
Other: wireless card (£24.00)
Total: £433.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 20:24 GMT+0000)

seems more like it,

first pc looks good except i wouldnt trust that ps.

January 22, 2013 6:29:13 PM

MrRugnir said:
That PSU is here at £34

That brings it to a still in-budget £496.70

Sorry again for the triple post but for some reason i can't edit my replies

It seems you have good sources for parts in uk, it's indeed cheaper.
I mean you get a extreme 4 mobo for 57£, i can't find one at that price.
The ram also and the gpu, are well priced.
That xfx 450w is pretty good more than enough for a 650 ti.
January 22, 2013 6:38:56 PM

Thanks djangoringo. you've helped me improve the build so far. i have only one question at the moment. will all this fit together, or is it even possible to know?
January 22, 2013 6:45:06 PM

It all fits, with the extreme 4 you have space for pcie cards like the wireless card.
The psu is of quality and have juice for the system.
You can drop the pcie usb 3.0 card, the asrock has usb 3.0 ports.
January 22, 2013 6:48:51 PM

yes i agree with djangoringo, good prices u got. but get the xfx 450 :) 

January 22, 2013 6:49:27 PM

ok, ty. I think thats almost it then. sorry btw iceclock i think you joined the thread a bit late.
is any cooling needed case the case fans?
January 22, 2013 6:49:55 PM

what case ur gonna be using?

January 22, 2013 6:56:28 PM

MrRugnir said:
ok, ty. I think thats almost it then. sorry btw iceclock i think you joined the thread a bit late.
is any cooling needed case the case fans?

Not necessary for the case, for the cpu, you might get the hyper 212 evo for overclocking, it's cheap.
Here's the link :

You probably will find it cheaper in your uk sites, i'm not from uk, so i just know the pcpartpicker stuff from there.
January 22, 2013 6:56:49 PM

CiT N88LN Mars Midi Tower Gaming Case
its only got front cooling but i dont know if it'll be enough. i just wanna get the job done here, no overclocking will be done.
January 22, 2013 6:58:53 PM

Then if you don't plan to oc, you don't need any fans or aftermarket cooler.
That case seems pretty cheap, there's like the corsair 200R, cooler master 430 for about the same price.
January 22, 2013 7:03:59 PM

mrrugnir whats ur budget for a case, that case looks really low quality

January 22, 2013 7:05:11 PM

Ty looks like the corsair gets my vote. i see what you mean about the case now i read the specs of other ones. i thought when i put this together that the case was just for the looks and size but it seems that the other two are better.
January 22, 2013 7:09:15 PM

so whats ur budget for case?
January 22, 2013 7:16:43 PM

well its pretty tight overall now, i think £20 left before the £500. That includes the current case's cost so that leaves a potential £46 for a case, although djangoringo did suggest the corsair 200R which seemed pretty good when i looked at it.
January 22, 2013 7:20:57 PM

The corsair 200R is a good case, if it's less than that, you're fine.
Good cable management, solid quality, good sober design.
January 22, 2013 7:22:12 PM

go with the 200r
January 22, 2013 7:23:00 PM

k ty all
January 22, 2013 7:25:53 PM

no problem anytime :)