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£500-600 ($800-900) Gaming build

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April 28, 2010 9:05:41 PM

This is going to be my second build, I attempted to research and choose parts myself but I don't really know enough about hardware to make decisions :p 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: £500-600 ($800-900) after rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, memory intensive programs (eg Photoshop), surfing the internet, watching movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I don't mind, preferable not all different :) 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: You guys know better than me

OVERCLOCKING: If its recommended

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Preferably quite quiet and around 500gb of space =]

Thanks in advance :D 
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2010 9:09:38 PM

Do you need an OS in the budget?

I'm using Newegg prices, so I'm going to stay under $800 for the entire build to help balance the price difference. Let me know if the build is significantly under budget or anywhere over budget:


CPU/HSF: X4 955 and Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $189
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5770 $155
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $77

Total: $796
April 28, 2010 9:50:17 PM

Thanks for the quick reply :) 

I just checked those components against a UK site (aria.co.uk) and it ends up being £650, which is a lil to high really.

Yeah the OS is included, however I can get a student discount so it shouldn't cost much.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2010 10:50:31 PM

It shouldn't be that much over...

Try checking on Ebuyer. From what I see, that's the go to site in the UK.

If it's still over the budget, try dropping the CPU down to the X4 635. Or if you don't want the option to Crossfire later, drop the PSU down to a 450-550W (stick with Antec, Corsair, Silverstone, or SeaSonic) and pick up the Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3. I would also look at some other cases to cut the price a little: Antec 300, Antec 300 Illusion (if available over there), Coolermaster Centurion 5, and Coolermaster Elite.

The first thing I would look at is changing the case. After that, if you don't plan on getting a higher resolution monitor in the next year or two, eliminate Crossfire. If you do plan on a new monitor or don't use Photoshop too much, down grade the CPU.
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2010 11:34:24 PM

You only need the CPU cooler if you do decide to overclock. At the moment ebuyer don't have a good choice of heatsinks, so it would probably be best to get one elsewhere.

Here is a build suggestion devoid of heatsink:
AMD Athlon II X3 440 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191955 £67
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191059 £80
Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179278 £95 - The good set of 1600mhz G.Skill is getting very expensive.
HIS HD 5770 1GB http://www.ebuyer.com/product/186468 £123
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500Gb http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860 £37
Antec Earthwatts 650W http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141006 £69 You probably don't need this much for one 5770, but it's one hell of a juggling act to find a reliable power supply with enough power at the right price in the UK.
Antec 300 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854 £43
Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450 £15
Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791 £76

Total: £605

MadAdmiral, I think I should draw your attention to the fact that the Antec Earthwatts 650 is only rated for about 550 watts on it's 12V rails, if you didn't already know that.
April 29, 2010 11:27:52 PM

You were right Admiral, its £610 on ebuyer :) 

Thanks for the reply Silvune, the OS should be a bit cheaper than that with the student discount :) 

I've never experimented with overclocking, is it worth looking into?

Thanks
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