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May 25, 2010 11:09:06 PM

Hi I'm building a desktop for the first time, and I was wondering if I could get some advice/help.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon as I can.

BUDGET RANGE: €600, £515, $740 (at current market prices. will be paying in € though)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - SC2 Preferably on pretty high settings. Diablo 3 when it comes out. Other games. Rest would just be general stuff.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Gonna recycle mouse/keyboard and hopefully pick up a second hand monitor somewhere for cheap. If I can bring down the cost enough I could add a monitor into my budget. Got an old XP disk that I'll probably use. Can't really afford to pay for vista or 7.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anywhere that will ship to Ireland. Ebuyer.com and Komplett.ie are the only ones I know.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ireland

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nothin really.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, dunno much about it. I'd probably put less chance of problems and more longevity over a small bit more performance though.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, dunno much about it. If its cheaper, sure.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever I can get for cheap, upgrading to something decent when I have the money. Again, if I can save a bit on the build, might include a nice monitor if theres a bargain.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Scrounged up a build by going through other peoples stuff. Dunno how good it is though, and if theres anything missing.




Mobo:

£81.39

MSI 870A-G54 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/205849

Ram:

£91.36

Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179278

CPU:

£129.87

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190673

GPU:

£137.03

MSI HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Display Port Out HDCP PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189239

HDD:

£37.49

Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252

Optical:

£13.19

LiteOn IHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA - OEM Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176026

Case + PSU:

£27.76

Casecom LG-5570 Black/Silver Mid Tower Case - With 500W PSU 12CM Fan 20+4pin
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126611

Cooler:

£6.50

Xilence I5 Socket 1156 Hydro Bearing PWM CPU Cooling Fan
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/192751

Total: £525 + £10 shipping. Comes to €625 which is over budget. Would like to knock some bits off, I want to be as under budget as much as possible without sacrificing too much.

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May 27, 2010 7:05:29 PM

I personally would drop the phenom and pick up an Athlon II X3
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191955
or Athlon II X4
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191956

Also, you can save like 20 on the video card if you pic up the asus 5770 because it has 2 DVI ports instead of one hdmi and one dvi and if your getting a cheaper monitor then hdmi isnt going to happen. overall good build though
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