3. Amazon and Scan where the best sites i found amazon almost always came up cheaper however scan had loads more information on the products
as well as SCAN PARTS INSURANCE which covers your parts against installation damage so if you F*** up and fry something while trying to build
your computer they will just replace the part which is pretty awsome for the £6 price tag it carries
4. and finally set your price range lower that what you may have to spend as you will probably go over
Added new parts being considered and prices.
Dropped Nvidia Gpu (AMD own Radeon & Radeon offer more cost effective GPUs)
Dropped Foxconn Mobo (They haven't kept up to date with latest AMD CPUs but have kept up to date with Intel)
Replaced RAM with Corsair XMS3 8GB (only a £10 increase from 4GB)
Replaced Case (found a better one)
Final parts decision
Another new case
Budget increase to £450
Final Update to reflect parts ordered and prices including delivery
All gigabyte boards need bios update to run FX CPU. So you need an AM3 processor first to get the board to work.
This board has FX enabled in all bios versions according to the website. I have the mobo but not the CPU yet so can't verify that. http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboa...
what is the difference between the Radeon cards ATX, Sapphire, XFX, etc?
the motherboards im looking at all list PCI-e 2.0 yet some DPUs say PCI-e 2.1 whats the difference? will a 2.1 card work in a 2.0 slot? (i bet it won't) ive just seen PCI-e 3.0 aswell now im confused?
should i be suspiciouse that some of the parts i've found and had reccomended are better & cheaper?
Thank for the help, scan is brilliant loads of info and easy to get around shame they dont have a free delivery optiuon though (i know im being tight ) and yes the CX600 includes tax and delivery for only £5 more than your link im gonna sit and work out the voltage of the build so far and see if i acctually need 600v but ill also take the sites advised into consideration as well (the part about getting a power supply that will last 2 or 3 builds).
thanks for your reccomendations after looking through some radeon vs nvidia i think ill stick with radeon seeing as they are owned by AMD now (i know im behind) but also radeon are better in the £50-£100 price range as far as i can tell with nvidia just a little better when you get over £150 mark
thanks the mobo you suggested looks awsome!
P.S i would be prepared to stretch the buget some more for the sake of keeping the build future proof like i said i would like it to last at least 3 years or more with upgrades obviously
Reason I picked the i3-2100 is that it's a recent chip which has excellent performance in a budget gaming build. The AMD Phenom series is long in the tooth, and the AMD Bulldozer is a flop...it's best to go as new as you can for the best price you can, and the i3-2100 is it for your budget IMHO. The motherboard sacrifices the possibility of Crossfire later down the road, but is enough for a single-card build...again, on a budget, things like Crossfire shouldn't be primary concerns. The CPU heatsink is excellent for the price and will be more than enough for the i3-2100...I'd even question the need for it, as the stock cooler should be enough as you're not overclocking. Could save yourself £20 there and upgrade later if you really felt the need. The GPU is a previous gen card which is still highly regarded, and has more grunt than the other cards listed so far. RAM, PSU and case are all budget but good quality (note that you should never, ever skimp on the PSU).
To answer your questions:
Yes, a PCIe 2.0 card will work in a 2.1 slot. PCIe 3.0 is the newest iteration of the interface and is only just coming out. No GPU yet supports it.
Exercise common sense when looking for parts. You'll get different manufacturers who do different things to the base design, hence the variation in price. More expensive GPUs tend to be overclocked or have custom cooling on them. There are various sites (Dabs, Ebuyer, Scan) that you can cross-check prices against to get a feel for what any component goes for, on average.
ok one final annoying question the cooler i have listed is a corsiar A50 with the specs listing it at 159.5mm tall seeing as i will be "stood up" on my processor in the case i have listed with a width of 185mm im wondering will it fit?
in my original post the part that was called parts im considering is now called parts in final build thats what ive ordered excluding the cooler im just using the stock cooler for now and all im waiting for is the Memory to be delivered and its finished.