Hello All, I am new here, sorry If I post anything wrong. I am looking to build a cheap gaming computer for around $550. I am not sure how possible that is however I have some components already. I would be greatful for any advice you can offer, thanks!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The Summer BUDGET RANGE: $550 (£350, Maximum £400), I live in England, not sure if that affects anything)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, Internet usage, studying computers
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard and mouse, speakers, Possibly Hard drive - Is it possible to recycle that? I can't see I need a new one.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any, some advice on the best would be useful too please COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England
PARTS PREFERENCES: Again, I would like your opinions
OVERCLOCKING: Would be nice to have that option, I dont really want SLI
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As you can see, am quite new to the actual building of a computer, however I know enough about them to put one together!
Yea AM3 is the socket, so if the motherboard is AM3 then AM3 CPUs, Athlon II X2,3,4 and Phenom II X2,3 & 4 are very likely to be compatible. To double check it is usually best to go to the motherboard's product page and check the CPU compatibility list. Those same CPUs often go in AM2+ motherboard as well, altho they use DDR2 RAM, which is slightly more of a budget friendly option, but DDR2 is yesterday's tech, so not the best option if it can be avoided.
Retail processors come with a heatsink and fan, with thermal paste preapplied. Stock heatsinks are usually fine for a small overclock. If you are going to overclock by quite a way then it is a good idea to buy an aftermarket heatsink, some comes with fans, others you'd have to buy a fan for and again some (rarely) come with thermal paste preapplied, most you have to buy some.
As for the case, the higher end ones will usually come with enough fans, for a low end one, if they have any fan bays spare it would probably be a good idea to fill them.
1. That mobo is fine *if* u had some DDR2 idling around looking preety but for a fresh build go for an exclusively socket AM3 mobo with DDR3 DIMM slots ^^
2. You could visit unofficial forums or 'owners threads' to get a feel of its strengths/kinks/etc for any mobo u eyeing
Check out the amd phenom II x2 550, only about £70 and there's a chance you can unlock 2 more cores to make it a quad core, on my I phone so can't post a link to my thread, I'm building a similar system and have recieved alot of help on this forum, I'll try and post the link in a min.
P.s I ordered items from ebuyer on Friday for Saturday, never arrived, I called them and they said they had a system error and pymt wasn't recieved, I advised them not to take pymt and cancel the order. They ignored that and took the pymt while a was on the phone, now I have to wait till Monday to re order - customer service was shocking, just a warning about e buyer