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DAW/Light Gaming PC for £400 - What d'ya think?

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December 19, 2011 10:10:50 AM

Basically after Pro Tools took a *** and died right in the middle of doing my coursework last month I decided it was time for a long over due upgrade.

This machine is mainly intended to be used for audio work, but it would be nice to be able to play the new Deus Ex as even tho I don't game much any more the original is one of my all time favourites, I wouldn't be looking to play it on particularly high settings. I'm also hopping that the motherboard would be able to handle an upgrade a few years down the line.

I've not done a new build in years so I'm not totally up on computer hardware these days, but after putting in some research this is the machine I've come up with, it's at the top of my price range, so unless there is a big performance gain (as far as the audio side goes) I wouldn't be able to justify spending any more.

I already have a 500 gig hard drive and a creative labs audigy sound card (although I generally use pro tools, so the mbox functions as the sound card in that instance). It's my intention to have a SSD hard drive installed when I get some more money, maybe this one http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.6 GHz 6MB L3 Cache SKTAM3
http://www.ebuyer.com/204939-amd-phenom-ii-x6-1055t-2-8...

MOBO - Asus M5A97 PRO 970 Socket AM3+
http://www.ebuyer.com/270702-asus-m5a97-pro-970-socket-...

MEMORY - G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit
http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-160...

GFX CARD - Asus Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR2
http://www.ebuyer.com/235121-asus-radeon-hd-5570-1gb-dd...

CASE - Coolermaster Silencio 550 Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/265400-coolermaster-silencio-550-...

PSU - Be Quiet 530W Pure Power PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/190751-be-quiet-530w-pure-power-p...

I'm a bit worried that if I go ahead and buy this that I'll make some sort of rookie mistake and end up with incompatible parts, so if someone would be good enough to look over these parts and double check that they are compatible that would be much appreciated - also feel free to make alternative recommendations.

Thanks!

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December 19, 2011 10:14:01 AM

Another thing, I was looking at getting the 8 core AMD for a similar price to the hex, but from what I've read it would require a BIOS update to work with this motherboard, which I would have no way of doing without taking it into a shop (which I can't afford) - Can anyone confirm this?

This is the one I was looking at:
http://www.cclonline.com/product/68161/FD8120FRGUBOX/CP...

Nice price eh?
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