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New system £500 + external HD (Backup)

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April 17, 2010 8:40:11 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: ~£500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (e.g. COD:MW2, BF2) , surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, dvd writer, case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.microdirect.co.uk, www.scan.co.uk
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU – due to the price/performance ratio

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure – leaning towards no.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None
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Thinking…
AMD CPU AM3 Athlon X3 435 2.9GHz 1.5MB Cache Retail - £65.06 - I will upgrade this to a X4 in the future
VTX3D Radeon HD 5770 1GB Retail Dual Link DVI GDDR5 DirectX 11 - £123.36
G-Skill 4GB ECO PC3-12800 1600 MHz 1.35V Cas7 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 2GB) with heatspreader- £99.15
Gigabyte motherboard MA770T-ES3 - £62.02
Samsung 500GB F3 hard drive - £38.85
Corsair PSU 450W CMPSU-450VXUK ATX12V v2.2 5 year manufacturer's warranty- £53.50
=~£442.44 (Room for improvement)

Any good?

Also, I'll need a external HD to backup my data. This does not need to be included in the above price.
April 17, 2010 11:04:17 PM

Is the computer decent? Anyone?
April 18, 2010 12:03:36 PM

One thing about your motherboard is that it only has two memory slots, so you would have to completely replace your memory to get more than 4GB, which isn't going to be a necessity for a few years, but I think you should choose another motherboard that has 4 DIMM slots, so that if you keep this rig for that kind of length of time, then you will have the option.

Personally I would go for this harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB £38 as it is one of the fastest 500GB harddrives around. It is a very close second to the Samsung you linked, so if you can't get that Samsung, then get this Seagate.

Seeing as you have around £60 left in the budget I would suggest bumping the motherboard up to one that can support crossfire, and then get a very high quality power supply that could support it.
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April 18, 2010 4:52:41 PM

Thanks Silvune,

Do you have any recommendations for the motherboard?

I'll change the HD to the one you suggested.

Thanks
April 18, 2010 6:37:59 PM

I've changed the system to:

AMD ATHLON II X4 620 2.6GHZ (http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/42264)
Seagate 1TB hard disk drive SATA II 300 (http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/41444)
VTX3D Radeon HD 5770 1GB Retail Dual Link DVI GDDR5 DirectX 11
G-Skill 4GB ECO PC3-12800 1600 MHz 1.35V Cas7 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 2GB) with heatspreader
Gigabyte motherboard MA770T-ES3
Corsair PSU 450W CMPSU-450VXUK ATX12V v2.2


Getting crossfire works out too costly and it is likely I will just buy a new computer in 4-6 years again, my previous two upgrades were done after 4-6 years.

I'm looking to replace...
Amd64 3000+
1gb ram
160gb HD
nvidia 7600GS

and previously it was
p3 700mhz
nvidia tnt2
512mb ram
8gb HD
!