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May 19, 2010 8:07:22 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (A few days)

BUDGET RANGE: (£400)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming (World of warcraft, Bf Badcompany 2, Garys mod etc, :D ), Website Designing, Surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (http://www.ebuyer.com/)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (Wales, UK)

OVERCLOCKING: (No)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Sorry about the terrible price range :(  )

Please help, Thank you everyone :) 
i did have a list but most of the components have run out and such and there might be new stuff but im not good at all at finding parts that stuff and such :( 

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
a b Ý World of Warcraft
May 19, 2010 8:17:28 PM

I'm not going to dig through the site, but here's what you should be looking for...

CPU: X3 440
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3
RAM: Any non-OCZ 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CL 9
GPU: HD 5770 (it'd help if we knew your monitor's resolution)
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or Samung Spinpoint F3 500 GB
Case: Antec 200 or 300 or Coolermaster 690
PSU: Any 400-500W unit from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic or Silverstone. OCZ will do as well, just make sure to get at least a 500W unit.
Optical: The cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find

In the US, that totals about $580, which is just about 400 pounds...
a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2010 8:28:05 PM

While that is a good and proper first post, you would have done better to post it in the "New System Build" forum, tather than THIS "General Homebuilt Systems" forum.

Good news? ... We surely can work with that budget and do all you are asking.

Folks? ... Here is the US Dollar conversion ... $591

I strongly recommend starting with a Radeon 4890 (or 5770), no less.

That would leave $400 for all the rest. Micro-ATX is your friend (4890 great without SLI)

Athlon-II 435 x3Core

AMD 7xx micro-ATX mobo with 4GB DDR2

Spinpoint F3 500GB and SONY Optiarc DVDR

@~500Watts Antec or Seasonic (possibly thermaltake).


= Al =
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2010 8:30:48 PM

MadAdmiral ?!

For once, I almost read your mind ! ... Do you see ANY virtues where I differ ?

= Al = ?
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
a b Ý World of Warcraft
May 19, 2010 8:43:09 PM

Only on the currency exchange...
a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2010 8:57:48 PM

I was begging for that one !
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2010 10:29:23 PM

At least it means that some people don't have to go to the effort of digging up an online currency converter.

Anyway, seeing as some of the parts I suggested here aren't available anymore, I would suggest checking other sites to see if you can get all of those parts without amendment and cheaper. Overclock.co.uk is probably the best one to check out atm. Or changing the build to look like this:

AMD Althon II X3 435
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176043 £60

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169532 £68

Crucial 2GB DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory CL9 1.5V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159919 £44

MSI HD 5770 1GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189239 £136

Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860 £37

Be Quiet 530W Pure Power
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190751 £45

LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA - OEM Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169683 £14

Total: £404

Just noticed that case is not in the parts not required list, do you want to get a new one now? If so then you'll probably have to cut back a bit to get one in.
May 20, 2010 7:06:18 AM

i can repost this in New System Build if you want, sorry for bad placing, Thank you for helping :) 
Silvune i mesured my case and it isnt big enough so i need a new case too but because im no good at finding componenets that will fit into the motherboard and such i thought because everyones so helpful here that they could help.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 20, 2010 8:07:43 AM

The British build looks fine ... I would up the RAM to 4GB and be done with that.

(i.e. 2x2GB kit of DDR3@1333c9)
a b 4 Gaming
a b Ý World of Warcraft
May 20, 2010 9:03:48 AM

I think Silvune's setup is a good one the only changes I would make is getting a 4870 graphics card from aria (£93.99 but no free postage so allow £100) this should give similar or better performance than the 5770 though without the 5 series features and save £36 you need another £10 for 4Gb Ram which you can get by either an Athon x2 250 processor or a cheaper motherboard (on this budget any AM3 should be fine). As for the case I think on this budget you could go for a lesser brand PSU ie Sumvision PowerX2 700W PSU - 2x SATA 1x PCI-Express £19.99 leaving £25 for a case of your choice. I think you are best with the 4Gb RAM and the 4 series card what does everyone else think?
a b B Homebuilt system
May 20, 2010 9:14:15 AM

I DO think the 4 series card is a prudent way to shave cost without giving up performance ... The 5 series features are not likely to be missed (especially with OP's titles) and driver updates should address any multimedia requirements.

You Brits scare me with the PSUs you will "try" ... Here in the USA, we are fearful of anything "less" than Corsair/Seasonic/Antec ... You must have better emergency response services.

500~550Watts ... MORE than enough headroom.

Cases? ... You are on your own ... READ REVIEWS (worst-first).

= Al =
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
May 20, 2010 11:59:25 AM

I would say these are two good cheap ones:
Coolermaster Elite 330 £26
Shiny Black Mid Tower £23

To pay for them, (if you aren't going to take the advice to change to a 4870) probably change to this motherboard: MSI 770-G45 £56

You could also get a cheaper 512MB version of a 5770. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/199404 £114

Or you could change to an Athlon II X2 250 if you need the 1GB frame buffer, which apparently is important for higher resolutions or enabling AA.

One of the reasons I suggest sticking with a 5770 is because they use less power than a 4870, so it would put less strain on the PSU. Here's the review I read of the PSU I'm recommending http://www.hardwarelabs.de/be_quiet!_Pure_Power_L7_350W_&_530W-Fazit_3166 As you can see (if you can read german or get google or some other site to translate it) it is a positive review. It shows good voltage regulation, high efficiency and quietness. Seeing as the review isn't as indepth as say a review on jonnyguru would be then I think taking a precaution like using less power hungry components is a good idea. Also it's called a 530W PSU because Be Quiet actually think the 12V rail can deliver 530 watts, which I think is an encouraging sign.
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