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August 31, 2010 10:08:37 PM

Hi,


Would you guys help me to choose some components please?

I've got a 4 year old gaming pc that’s getting a bit out of date so im looking to upgrade the processor, ram, and graphics card.

I have the Antec nine hundred case and a 750 watt power supply. Its only gong to be used for gaming as I use a laptop for everything else.

My current setup is,

Amd 5200+ processor
AMD crosshair 1 motherboard
2gb DDR2 Ram
Nvidia 7600gt graphics card.




APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: £350 ($540) about

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Case: Antec nine hundred case
Power supply: Thermaltake power supply

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Uk stores, ebuyer, lambda-tek, play.com, novatech, etc.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don’t really have a preference, I know intel’s I range is better but it may be out of budget.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don’t think il e using them.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 720p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I have a copy of windows 7 professional (64 bit I believe) that I will run on this.

Games include: Flight Simulator x
Test drive unlimited.


Thanks for your time.
August 31, 2010 10:27:25 PM

Just though, i have a dvd writer and hard drive as well so wont be needing them.
August 31, 2010 10:30:40 PM

Are you keeping the ,monitor, keyboard etc? I'll assume u are for the moment.

Either the AMD Phenom II x2 550 or Athlon II X3 (440 I suppose) in the $80 range would be good
AMD 880G or 785G in the $80 range
4 gigs DDR3 ram-$100
ATI HD5770- $150
Samsung F3 hard drive or a nice 2 GB would be great. ~$100-130
?? Not sure what else you'd need
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August 31, 2010 11:04:22 PM

Yeah im going to keep the monitor, keyboard, mouse.

The amd 550 looks good make it nearer my budget.

Have found the motherboards,
Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H Gigabyte
GA-880GMA-UD2H AMD 880G AM3 Motherboard

Any thoughts?

Graphics car looks good as well, ranked 21st. Can i ask what the gddr5 is? is that better or worse than ddr3?
August 31, 2010 11:06:08 PM

Sorry, i think it wont make any difference but when playing games will i notice any difference only having the 550 over the 965?
a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2010 6:39:09 PM

If I was going for a non 8-series motherboard, then I would go cheaper than the GA-MA785GT-UD3H. And I think if it was me I'd get this: Asus M4A87TD EVO 870 £74.

CPU - £80/£110
Mobo - £74
RAM - £90
G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V £92
GPU - Radeon HD 5770 1GB £135

Total: £379/409

GDDR5 is pretty much standard for high end graphics cards these days. DDR3 was (probably still is) used on graphics cards, which is as far as I know virtually identical to the DDR3 used as system memory. GDDR5 is a revision specifically for graphics cards. For graphics cards GDDR5 is better, but comparing it to DDR3 is most of the time like comparing apples to oranges.

Don't get the 965 as it is a factory OC-ed 955, it is exceedingly simple to get 965-like performance out of a 955, and even if you don't do that the (typical) price difference between them is not justifiable. I think the upgrade to a 955 probably would be worth it, as it's pretty powerful and the extra £30 would pay for itself in the delay between needing to upgrade compared to getting a dual or tri core.
September 1, 2010 7:07:16 PM

i wouldnt get the HD 5770 for £135 when you can get the HD 5830 for £123.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-XFX-HD-5830-PCI-E-21...

for the processor i would recommend either the x3 445 or the x4 635 since they are relatively low priced, under £80.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/235421

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/233973

for £110 you can get the x4 955 black edition which is very good for the price.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190673

these 4gb (2x2gb) corsair ddr3 1333mhz ram are very good for the price, £74.99. they do have lower clock speeds then the g-skill linked above though.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178943.

all of that with the motherboard linked by silvune comes up to, £336/349/382.
September 2, 2010 10:31:16 PM

Woops :)  sort of spent £600.

I thought if im going to do it then i may as well do it properly and hopefully i will save money in the long run as it will last a bit longer.

I went for,

AMD 955 processor,
Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H motherboard,
Samsung f3 1gb 32mb hard drive,
2x4 gb 1333 corsair ram,
Titan Fenrir Special Edition CPU Cooler,

Sapphire ATI Radeon 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

How does it sound?
a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2010 10:53:16 PM

For a gaming build it is highly unlikely that you will ever need 8GB of RAM. And when you would have done, it would have been better to actually get it at that time, as I doubt it will come in the useful lifetime of that build. Everything else is fine tho, altho again you probably could have improved the build elsewhere if you hadn't 'wasted' money on 8GB of RAM.
September 2, 2010 11:13:00 PM

sorry, i meant 2x2gb ram, not sure where i got 2x4 from :) 
a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2010 11:16:39 PM

Ok, seeing as you didn't waste money getting 8GB then it can't be faulted really.
September 3, 2010 12:24:09 AM

bonus! Haven't built a pc in about 5 years so not really up do date with all the new tech. Just did a bit of research and hoped i made the right choice.
September 3, 2010 12:30:37 AM

thanks for your help. I will be picking it up tomorrow.
September 3, 2010 9:56:30 AM

it should work great. u might need to overclock the processor later on.
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