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First build. £420 gaming PC.

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January 30, 2012 6:18:04 PM

I am trying to build my first gaming PC, I am on a budget of around £420. I know what I want but i am unsure if they would be compatible and would like some clarity before purchasing. If anything isn't compatible, could you please suggest something else. I would prefer to buy from Novatech, so it would all be from the same place.

Novatech Shadow Midi Tower Case With 500w PSU & Red LED Fan - Black (NOV-SHADR) - £26.98
Novatech AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 (NOV-6850) - £99.98
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CRU-BS8G16) - £34.99
Western Digital Caviar Green Power 2TB 64MB Cache Hard Disk Drive 6Gb/s - OEM (WD-20EARX) - £97.98
AMD Bulldozer FX-4 Quad Core 4100 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor - Retail (AMD-FX4410) - £86.99
MSI 870A-G54 (FX) AMD 870 (Socket AM3+) Motherboard (MSI-870G54) - £66.98

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January 30, 2012 7:34:16 PM

Hello. I just saw that you want a gaming pc. So why do you want a bulldozer?

If you want the best for gaming you should chance a few parts.

Case: Xigmatek Asgard Case £25.98

PSU: Corsair CX 500W V2 ATX2.2 80 PLUS £47.99
Now you will say why you should change the tower and psu. I dont know what PSUs novatech uses at their cases but I simply cant trust such a cheap combination. Not because its cheap but its impossible to get a solid psu and case with such a low price. But if you are ok with this you can save £40+.

Memory: your choice is very good. Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CRU-BS8G16) - £34.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB £67.98
Never buy a green WD for primary hard disk. It has really low speeds. You can use it however as storage but hell no for start up/programmes disk.

CPU: 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3 2120 3.3GHz £89.99
For gaming even core i3 2100 3.1Ghz (which costs £86 and for £3 more you can get the 3.3ghz) is far superior to FX 4100.
You can check it in this wonderful article by toms today:

Mobo: MSI Z68S-G43 (G3) Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard Sorry I just saw it has no usb3 ports so better pay £5 more to get Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard £84.98 But If you want you can keep the previous which had PCIX3.0 but no usb3.

GPU: I believe the 6850 you picked its a great choice especially with the price you found it and a good combo with core i3 ^^. Novatech AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 (NOV-6850) - £99.98

Total with Xigmatek case and Corsair psu: £446,90 £451,89
Total with Novatech combo psu+case: £399,91 £404,90

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January 30, 2012 7:48:29 PM

Will the CPU only be running with 2 cores?
January 30, 2012 7:57:40 PM

ChrisWilson9 said:
Will the CPU only be running with 2 cores?

2 cores 4 threads. Hyperthreading. ^^

As you can see at more cores doesnt absolutely mean better performance. Intel architecture is so superior in games that even 2 cores with hyperthreading are beating any bulldozer cpu. And with today's article about gaming cpus show us that "Intel's $125 Core i3-2100 easily beats more expensive Phenom II and FX models." as Don Woligroski wrote.