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February 16, 2012 11:48:02 AM

Well, I am looking into building my own system. This AMD Sempron system that I write this post on is somewhat outdated. :lol:  This would be my first ever build so i need some advice over which parts i should choose.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week.

Budget Range: £390 - £410 (pounds sterling)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (fps, rts), web-browsing, running office applications and photo editing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: The cheapest

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: The only concrete thing I have my eyes set on is an Intel i5 2400. I was originally going to have a look at the fx 6100 but the reviews it has been getting make it seem to be an abysmal processor. The only other processor I am interested in in the Llano A8. Other than that I would like an AMD 6850/6870 that can run bf3 on decent settings.

Overclocking: No

SLI/Crossfire: No, but maybe in the future...

Parts I'm proposing:

i5 2400

4gb ddr3 1333mhz Ram (which make is the best?)

Xigmatek Asgard II case

Gigabyte GA-P61-DS3-B3 (rev. 1.1) - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - H61 - LGA1155 Socket (need help on this one, is it compatible for all of my parts? Is it the best one for my money?)

Raedon 6870 graphics card (there are lots of editions; which one should i get) Or should I just get a 6850? The price below seems fishy...

http://www.awd-it.co.uk/xfx-amd-hd-6770-1gb-gddr5-hdmi-...

500gb 7200RPM HDD (They're all the same, aren't they?)

An optical drive.

That's where my knowledge ends. Will I need an aftermarket CPU cooler? Will I need extra case fans? What PSU would you recommend? Have I missed off any components?




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February 16, 2012 4:54:23 PM

I would go for the i3-2100 over any of the CPU's you mentioned. Still beats the FX-6 and FX-8 for that matter (in games) and it's cheaper than the i5.

i3-2100
ASROCK H61 H61M-VS
4GB Corsair XMS3 (2x2GB)
PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
450W XFX Core Edition
Fractal Design Core 1000
Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE DVD Writer

Total: £412.98 on www.aria.co.uk

That will be great, should be slightly better than my PC in games and I spent at least twice the money.

February 16, 2012 5:54:10 PM

jmsellars1 said:
I would go for the i3-2100 over any of the CPU's you mentioned. Still beats the FX-6 and FX-8 for that matter (in games) and it's cheaper than the i5.

i3-2100
ASROCK H61 H61M-VS
4GB Corsair XMS3 (2x2GB)
PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
450W XFX Core Edition
Fractal Design Core 1000
Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE DVD Writer

Total: £412.98 on www.aria.co.uk

That will be great, should be slightly better than my PC in games and I spent at least twice the money.


Thanks for the response!

I would like an i5 though. ;)  Would getting a smaller 320gb hard drive (upgrade when i have extra money) and using the money saved to be invested in an i5 2400 be acceptable?

Anyone else got any advice on a motherboard? The board I originally proposed was a full ATX but the Fractal Design Core 1000 was a micro-ATX case.
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February 16, 2012 6:20:53 PM

Definitely do that, a quad core i5 will be much better for gaming in the future
February 16, 2012 6:31:31 PM

Sorry, my mistake! You did include a motherboard!
February 16, 2012 7:09:21 PM

The i5 is £60 more, I'm not denying that you get £60 more processor for your money but personally I wouldn't sacrifice anything in that current build to get it. A 320GB HDD over a 500GB one will save like £8-9 max. I'd say if you can find an extra £60 go for it but if you can't, the i3 is still great.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

As you can see it's not far behind the new i5's, even beats some of the older high end i7's and everything AMD has to offer.
February 17, 2012 9:04:42 AM

found an i5 for £125 and £127.

http://mocustoms.co.uk/store/index.php?route=product/pr...

http://dealforu.co.uk/epages/eshop330172.sf/?Locale=en_...

Sticks of ram for £15. (4gb)

http://www.internetct.co.uk/4gb2x2gbsticksddr31333mhzpc...

Motherboard for £29

http://dealforu.co.uk/epages/eshop330172.sf/?Locale=en_...

Graphics Raedon 6870 PowerColor for £122

http://shop.itmanx.com/powercolor-radeon-hd-6870-graphi...

(Is this a good power supply?) £13

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/home/product/52216/Ace-PSU...

Case £25.50

http://www.cclonline.com/product/64664/7350041080565/Ca...

£13 DVD writer

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+D...

320gb Hard Drive £40 (I currently have a 120gb external hard drive to supplement this)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Western-Digital-320-GB-7200-R...

Total: £382.50

What a nice spot of bargain hunting!The only thing I am unsure on in that list is the PSU. can anyone help?
February 17, 2012 9:20:30 AM

Marshall63 said:
found an i5 for £125 and £127.

http://mocustoms.co.uk/store/index.php?route=product/pr...

http://dealforu.co.uk/epages/eshop330172.sf/?Locale=en_...

Sticks of ram for £15. (4gb)

http://www.internetct.co.uk/4gb2x2gbsticksddr31333mhzpc...

Motherboard for £29

http://dealforu.co.uk/epages/eshop330172.sf/?Locale=en_...

Graphics Raedon 6870 PowerColor for £122

http://shop.itmanx.com/powercolor-radeon-hd-6870-graphi...

(Is this a good power supply?) £13

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/home/product/52216/Ace-PSU...

Case £25.50

http://www.cclonline.com/product/64664/7350041080565/Ca...

£13 DVD writer

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Blu-Ray+%2F+D...

320gb Hard Drive £40 (I currently have a 120gb external hard drive to supplement this)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Western-Digital-320-GB-7200-R...

Total: £382.50

What a nice spot of bargain hunting!The only thing I am unsure on in that list is the PSU. can anyone help?


I don't even know who ACE are. Its probably only able to pull 300W.

Stick to XFX/Corsiar/Seasonic/Antec and any other highly renowned brands. Any 450W PSU with 80+ will do fine from these brands.
February 17, 2012 9:31:44 AM

Remember it needs to have 2 x PCI-E connectors as well. Also, Be Quiet and OCZ are usually decent. Coolermaster can be OK some some of their lower end ones can be a bit questionable.
February 17, 2012 10:30:18 AM

jmsellars1 said:

i3-2100
ASROCK H61 H61M-VS
4GB Corsair XMS3 (2x2GB)
PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
450W XFX Core Edition
Fractal Design Core 1000
Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE DVD Writer

Total: £412.98 on www.aria.co.uk


Stick with this. i3 + 6870 is going to provide more gaming performance than an i5 and cheaper graphics card.

I wouldn't change anything in this build, for £412, its perfect and about the best you'll get.

Shop around between:
www.scan.co.uk
www.ebuyer.co.uk
www.aria.co.uk
www.dabs.co.uk
www.overclockers.co.uk
www.amazon.co.uk
www.novatech.co.uk

Be aware, some websites may charge shipping, and so would actually work out cheaper to buy all from one place, and pay one shipping fee, rather than paying a shipping fee on every individual component.
February 17, 2012 12:21:44 PM

Thanks for the advice!

I think I will go with that list.
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