Better Home Build £350?

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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  1. You might look for a 6870 video card. Generally they are only a few £ more these days.
  2. Have a look at this link:

    https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/SavedBasket/Show.aspx?id=9c3bfaa7f3b24d7f837e8964d7e27ea3

    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.
  3. diellur said:
    Have a look at this link:

    https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/SavedBasket/Show.aspx?id=9c3bfaa7f3b24d7f837e8964d7e27ea3

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


    Went for the 6870 Thx..
  5. Where are you getting windows for £45?
  6. 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-Professional-Full-32bit-Version-Product-Key-CoA-label-/110834369333?pt=UK_Computing_Software_Software_SR&hash=item19ce3e4335#ht_549wt_1185

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-OEM-software-intended-builders/dp/B002NGJO4M/ref=sr_1_43?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1330632140&sr=1-43

    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/11047872/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Retail/Product.html?_%24ja=tsid:11518%7Ccat:11047872%7Cprd:11047872
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