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December 2, 2010 10:03:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: any time in the next 4 months
Budget Range: £450ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d rendering, surfing web, light gaming

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive, optical drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: uk

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: do i need?

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC)

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December 3, 2010 12:34:02 AM

any time in the next 4 months? every month there is fluctuation in pricing so u need to select a specific purchase time for your build.
December 3, 2010 6:26:23 AM

ok, this month
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December 3, 2010 7:35:09 AM

^ Here is a build from ebuyer...

MSI 870A


This is the same Rosewill Challenger case that got so many good reviews and also a recommended award from TOMs

PSU - OCZ 600W

Video card - I choose Nvidia because some rendering apps take advantage of CUDA
GTX 460
December 3, 2010 8:05:24 AM

lol, that motherboard doesnt support nvidea....
December 3, 2010 8:13:16 AM

^ I think you have misunderstood it...
That board doesnt support SLI, but supports single Nvidia cards no issues(Any PCIe x16 card would work on any motherboard with a PCIe x16 slot)...
Only if you want to go multiple cards say SLI/ Crossfire, you would have to make sure that board supports it...
December 3, 2010 8:22:55 AM

ahh... thanks for clearing that up :D 
December 3, 2010 9:21:31 AM

PSU: OCZ Stealth Xstream II 600W 80+
CASE: Any of ur liking = 25£

Total: 462£

Difference from earlier build by gkay09: Higher clocked CPU, Better GPU, Better Mobo.
December 3, 2010 10:12:23 AM

^ I guess you dint get the reasons why I chose what I chose...

CPU - The clock speed is secondary here - The one that I have chosen is a 6-Core CPU, which would very much help in 3D rendering and other productivity stuffs. And anyways the OP is going to overclock so it is out of the picture...

Mobo - I dont see why that board is better than the MSI that I have linked...Nearly all the same features and IMO currently even MSI is as good as the Gigabyte and ASUS with similar warranty if I am not wrong...

GPU - For light gaming and that resolution, the GPU that I have linked is good enough...If it was 1080p then 1GB would matter...
Hope you got it now,...
December 3, 2010 10:31:41 AM

i was thinking of getting the black edition of the hex core, would that make ocing much easier?
December 3, 2010 10:51:21 AM

ok, how about an i7? is it worth it for hyperthreading? iv worked out i could afford it, with 6gb triple cas 7 ram and stuff, but id have to wait a few months to get graphics, does graphics have any effect for 3d rendering?
December 3, 2010 11:07:18 AM

^ How i7 would be advantageous would depend on the apps that you would use...
So why not search for any benchmarks of it ? Although the i7 might be faster, but I doubt it could beat the value of the overclocked 1055T...
Graphics - Again depends...there are apps that take advantage of CUDA(Nvidia specific) or OpenCL/ OpenGL(Supported by nearly all the graphic cards), so first off see if the apps takes advantage of these and then make the purchase...
December 3, 2010 12:33:25 PM

yah, my programs use cuda... hmmm