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February 29, 2012 5:00:14 PM

I just set up a home build with the following:

Asus MA477 £50.00
Amd Phenom x4 960T (Overclocked 6X cores @ 4.0GHZ) Benchmark 7250 (Passmark) £90
8GB Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz £30.00
500W case £24.00
Gelid Tranquilo CPU fan £24.00
Asus Radeon 6850 (Overclocked 850Mhz 1400Mhz Memory clock, just a little quicker than stock 6870) £100.00
Windows 7 home premium £45.00


I need to build a second for a mate, I was wondering if there is another way to get a faster machine for £350?

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March 1, 2012 7:01:34 AM

You might look for a 6870 video card. Generally they are only a few £ more these days.
March 1, 2012 8:12:36 AM

Have a look at this link:

https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/SavedBasket/Show....

The build comes to £315...it's a bit higher on Scan as you look at it because they add their insurance, but you can remove it. Not sure where you got Windows for £45, but including that would bring the total cost to £360. You can reduce this by getting the G630 instead of the G840 CPU. I reckon this build is better as it has an open upgrade path, whereas the AMD route is dated now.
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March 1, 2012 12:00:50 PM

diellur said:
Have a look at this link:

https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/SavedBasket/Show....

The build comes to £315...it's a bit higher on Scan as you look at it because they add their insurance, but you can remove it. Not sure where you got Windows for £45, but including that would bring the total cost to £360. You can reduce this by getting the G630 instead of the G840 CPU. I reckon this build is better as it has an open upgrade path, whereas the AMD route is dated now.


Thanks for that, I had a look it seems pretty similar to my build except intel. Only issue is on benchmarks the Phenom is 3X faster than the intel that you specified.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

Mines been oc'd to 4.0GHZ and is a hexacore.

On Passmark that G840 is around 2644, mine is around the 7000 mark which is quicker than a stock intel I5 2500K. I know if I Oc'd the I5 it would blow it out of the water, but then again it's another £70.00.

It seems pretty much any stock phenom x4 BE has that cpu hands down.
March 1, 2012 4:14:54 PM

tlmck said:
You might look for a 6870 video card. Generally they are only a few £ more these days.


Went for the 6870 Thx..
March 1, 2012 5:45:33 PM

Where are you getting windows for £45?
March 1, 2012 6:05:02 PM

You'd never believe it but home premium was on sale @ PC World. I had to nip out about a month ago to get it, thought I was going to be highly ripped off. Turns out I found a bargain ;) 

But I think you can buy it from e-bay for around £55.00 seen it all over the place. If you don't like E-bay Amazon sell it for £60.00 Play.com sell it for £70.00

Hey Windows 7 PRO for £60.00 ;) 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Professio...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended...

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/11047872/Microsoft-Window...
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