Approximate Purchase Date: 6 months

Budget Range: Not going higher than £700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (e.g; high FPS on BC2)

Parts Not Required: JUST the computer, nothing else (peripherals, OS etc.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: CCL Online (I live in UK)

Parts Preferences: AMD Processor, nVidia Graphics

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: ?

Monitor Resolution: I use 1024x768 on my Compaq V500

Additional Comments: Something top of the range, something good. Lot of memory if possible and HDD space. A worthy upgrade from my current 9800GT 512MB


This is what I have in mind but I need a second opinion and if anyone can see any faults:

Gigabyte M52LT-D3 (£40)

AMD64 PhenomII 1055T 2.8GHz X6 (£140)

2GB CCL-Choice 1333MHz DDR3 stick (order 2; £40)

Palit GeForce GTX580 1536MB (£400)

Microsoft Windows XP? perhaps 64bit this time

500GB Western Digital Caviar 3.5" Blue 7200rpm (£30)

Case: I'll use my CiT-1008 Piano-Black ATX
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  1. Hex-cores a waste for gaming at the moment, even quads aren't used mainstream yet

    Some other sites you may want to consider

    but I'd recommend something similar to my own build,
    AsRock M3A770DE Mobo,
    AMD x3 435 or if you can push it to a 450 thats all good
    4Gb of 1333Mhz ram (1600Mhz if your chip supports it,have to google the numbers printed on your chip)
    Sapphire 5770 got to love these as gaming cards, scout about and you might get one for under a ton or go for a 58xx series if you want to, beware of bottlenecking though
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/600w-storm-storm-600w-black-edition-23db-120mm-silent-fan-black-atx12v-v20 people knock 'cheap' psu's but I've used 5+ of these and never had an issue,feel free to go corsair or similar if you wish though
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ss1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89-ms-ncq-oem is £40 so how much storage do you want/need?
    4Gb of ram will more than do you for gaming and a build like this will stomp over your previous and leave you smiling for less than £500
    **edit, just re-read your nvidia preference on Gfx card, Nvid 460 1Gb in that case
  2. no reason to get a gtx 580 on a 1024x768 resolution screen. im sure your 9800gt can handle most games fine at that resolution. dont go for the power supply moto linked to. it only has 24A on the 12v rail and 1 pci-e 6-pin connector, for a 600w power supply thats appalling.

    motherboard-Asrock M3A790GXH £69.18


    processor-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz £122.83


    power supply-XFX Pro 650W Core Edition PSU £73.27


    hard drive-Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB £40.99


    graphics card-768MB Asus NVIDIA GTX 460 TOP £114.52. 9800gt should do fine at 1024v768 but if you want more, this is a very good card for the price.


    case-not sure if you needed 1 or not, but this antec 600 is pretty good.

  3. Agree with infernox, especially about the power supply, that Storm black thing might be okay in an office PC, but in a build with a power hungry video card is not to be advised IMO. The Antec Truepower New TP-650 80Plus Silver Modular PSU http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159920 is at a pretty good price these days of £65. It's of a similar quality to the XFX, but cheaper and modular.

    Good budget cases these days come from Silverstone in the form of their Precision range: Silverstone Precision PS02, PS03 and PS05, maybe they will interest you.
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