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£500 gaming build, just need Mobo advice

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September 12, 2010 1:47:14 PM

Yea, so basically I get my Uni loan soon and have been looking at a decent build for a new PC, Iv'e managed to come up with most of the parts for good specs and at a decent price but I still need a mobo was wondering if theres any particular one you guys prefer pref with some futureproofing and upgrabalility. Heres what I got so far;

Casecom Black Mid Tower Case

AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1 GHz


Antec Basiq Power 500W PSU

Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII

Sony Optiarc AD-7260B 24x DVD±RW & DL SATA Optical Drive

Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Thanks guys
a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 2:15:25 PM

Much faster RAM for just 12 pounds extra - Corsair 4GB (2x2GB)

You didn't give your Mobo budget, but this is one of the bests in the market today - Asus M4A87TD/USB3 - USB 3.0, SATA III since you want future-proofing & upgradability
September 12, 2010 2:50:38 PM

Ah thanks dude, yea that RAM's a good idea and i didn't really have a budget price in mind as its all come together les than expected any but that ASUS looks good, definalty better than some of the others i've been looking at

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 13, 2010 3:57:37 AM

Silvune said:
Here's another option for an improvement in RAM performance, but not increasing the price so much: Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V £83.
I thought mine was 1600 Mhz CL7. He already linked 1333 CL9. So I doubt if the slightly tighter timings on this one will make that much impact.

@ Luke

You might wanna change your PSU to a slightly more substantial one since you have some money left over. 500 may be okay for now, but with a little bit of wear & tear on the capacitors, the GTX 460 with a high TDP of 160/170 (I think) might be a bridge too far especially with added drives, RAM & maybe an increase in the vcore draw on account of higher than stock clock speeds.

IMO, at least 550 will be the way to go to have a bit of headroom.

Option 1. Corsair 550W VX Series PSU

Option 2. Ocz Fatal1ty Series 550w Psu

Option 3. Antec Basiq Power 550W PSU