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August 4, 2011 2:05:09 AM

hello one and all

Approximate Purchase Date: tomorrow hopefully


Budget Range: £350


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming(sc2 mainly),schoolwork

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: dabs,ebuyer(would like to order all parts from one place as postage charges to N.I are crazy(for me) :(  ,unless ofc you can find good priced items with low postage elsewhere ;)  )


Country of Origin:northern ireland


Parts Preferences: amd mainly


Overclocking/core unlocking: highly possible


SLI or Crossfire: doubtful


Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 at this moment,upgrade later hopefully


Additional Comments: most bang for buck please,I have also tried to make this build as upgrade friendly as possible for the future.

Here is the build I have atm.Could I get confrmation that it will all work together please?

PSU:
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-600w-builde...

Case:
http://www.dabs.com/products/xigmatek-asgard-chassis-77...

Hard drive:
http://www.dabs.com/products/western-digital-500gb-cavi...

optical drive:
http://www.dabs.com/products/sony-optiarc-ad-7260s-0b-2...

Speakers:
http://www.dabs.com/products/logitech-s120-2-0-speakers...

Cpu:
http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-athlon-ii-x3-455-3-3gh...

extra Case fan:
http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-cooling-arctic-f12-...

Ram:
http://www.dabs.com/products/patriot-memory-4gb-signatu...

Motherboard:
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-880g-pro3-am3--amd-...

Anti-Static wristband:
http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-duratool-antist...

Total Including Vat =£301.42
plus £15 delivery=£316.42

I'll also be getting an ati 5770 somewhere down the line for £60(which is part of this budget) I think,but the integrated gpu on the mobo should get me by on SC2 until then.

Some additional questions:
REALLY IMPORTANT= the motherboard says it is am3+ in the product title but in the product specification it says it is only am3 on the dabs website.I've checked the asrock website and it says the motherboard has an am3+ socket but Im sorta worried that maybe dabs have an older revision of the motherboard or something?can anyone confirm if these asrock 880g pro3 are am3+ only.I would greatly appreciate it.
Link to mother board on asrock website:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=880G%20Pro3

Also can anyone vouch for this patriot memory or should I just get kingston?

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Thanks for any help
August 4, 2011 2:57:55 AM

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM £40
http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-1tb-spinpoint-f3-7...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 £94
http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-phenom-ii-x4-955-3-2gh...

I don't know how this site works. Does this mean you get to save an additional $10 for the Gigabyte 6770?
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ati-radeon-6770-h...
If not go for this one instead:
http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-ra...

The 6770 is a rebadged 5770. I think it runs a bit better too. My friend plays SC2 fine with a 5770 using AMD Phenom II. If you can't afford all of this, then just get the graphic card since you didn't list one. I know the 880 has integrated graphics but that's crap.
August 4, 2011 3:19:24 AM

Thanks for the reply, but man...I'm not really rollin in the money right now:/

I'm already over budget(£10-£20 might not seem much to you,but it is to me) and your suggestions(not inc. gfx) bumps the price up £50.

By obtaining the 5770 I meant purchasing it off another site down the line(maybe 2nd hand/refurbished)for £60.

Also the 4250(the integrated gfx)can run sc2 on low at 60 fps so that'll do me till I can afford the dedicated gfx card.

I'm assuming these parts will all work together then?And you can't answer the mobo question can you?

quote from OP:
"Some additional questions:
REALLY IMPORTANT= the motherboard says it is am3+ in the product title but in the product specification it says it is only am3 on the dabs website.I've checked the asrock website and it says the motherboard has an am3+ socket but Im sorta worried that maybe dabs have an older revision of the motherboard or something?can anyone confirm if these asrock 880g pro3 are am3+ only.I would greatly appreciate it.
Link to mother board on asrock website:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview. [...] 80G%20Pro3 "

Thanks for the help
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August 4, 2011 1:36:57 PM

Thanks yummerzzz for the suggestion,thats a very good value build you have there but I'm afraid it's not for me.I don't like the odds of that cpu unlocking and tbh I would not be happy with a x2,but i would be content with a x3.

I also forgot to mention that I have a get genuine online windows 7 kit(very similair license to OEM) which is why I want this build to be as upgradeable in the future as possible,as I will have to get a new OS if i want to swap the motherboard out.

I'm pretty sure know after some more research that the asrock 880g pro3 mobo is am3+,but can anyone confirm?
August 4, 2011 6:05:18 PM

thank you metal orient,for some reason i felt like i was missing something obvious.I appreciate the confirmation.

also,i realise that 600w is way more than i need for this current system,but it gives me alot of headroom to add or change stuff in the future,which i plan to do =D.

i'll order tonight hopefully and let you guys know how the build goes or if i need help(it'll be my first build)
.thanks again.
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