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First Time Build - £300 Budget

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March 17, 2011 6:48:23 PM

Hi all, I'm looking to build my first ever PC.


Budget Range: Between £250 - £300 (inc. VAT)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office work, gaming, watching movies, and surfing the internet of course.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com, cclonline.com, dabs.com, overclockers.co.uk

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Looking to use integrated graphics as it might be a cheaper option. A motherboard with good on-board graphics is required.


I've selected some parts already but I'm not sure whether it's a good choice since it's my first build. Maybe you guys can suggest better options.

Motherboard (£59.99):
Asus M4A88T-M 880G Socket AM3 Onboard Graphics 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard


Processor (£68.46):
AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz AM3 6MB Cache Processor


Memory (£35.47):
4GB Kingston HyperX blu DDR3 1333MHz DIMM


Hard Drive (£28.06):
500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Hard Disk Drive


DVD Drive (£19.08):
Sony 24x DVD-RW/RAM SATA Black LightScribe Drive


Power Supply (£35.28):
Corsair 430W CX PSU 4x SATA 1x PCI-E


Case (£17.99):
Casecom MA-1199 Shiny Black MATX Tower Case


So far the total is around £270. Any suggestions?

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March 17, 2011 7:26:12 PM

If it was me, i'd go for an intel build
The pentium G6950 is a fantastic cpu, and overclocks like a dream, even on the reference cooler, and is amazing.

CPU - Intel Pentium G6950 - £75
http://www.dabs.com/products/intel-box-pentium-g6950-2-...

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H - £70
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-h55m-ud2h-in...

Ram - Corsair 4GB 1600 - £39
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-xms3-4gb--2...

Case - Coolermaster 355 - £29
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-335-b...

HDD - Samsung 1TB - £39
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ss1tb-samsung-hd103sj-sp...

PSU - Corsair 430CX - £36
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-corsair-cmpsu-430cx...

ODD - Samsung DVD Burner - £12
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsung-sh-s223c-bebe-22...

Total = On the nose @ £300


Cooler if u want to really get the most out of your CPU
Coolermaster Hyper 212 - £16
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-q...

To keep at £300 with the cooler you could drop to a 500GB samsung drive
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-samsung-spinpoint-...

Hope this helps!

Review on the G6950 and overlcocking potential -
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/06/24/intel-...
March 17, 2011 7:52:12 PM

Add a HD 4830 if you can find one cheap for a decent beginner's gaming video card
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March 17, 2011 8:12:47 PM

The 4830 is a bit old imo, it would probably be better if you saved up and got a Nvidia GTX 460 768mb, will allow you to run most games at mid settings on a 1080 monitor
March 18, 2011 10:03:20 PM

Is 'Asus M4A88T-M 880G Socket AM3 Onboard Graphics 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard' a decent motherboard or can you find better motherboards for similar or lesser price?
March 20, 2011 5:34:17 PM

If u are relying on integrated graphics then yes an 880G has a better IGP than a 760G but with a GTS 450 and with a discrete GPU in the mix go for the config with best frames/quid hehe
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