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April 4, 2010 12:36:14 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 4-6 weeks BUDGET RANGE: £400-£500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet surfing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: gfx card, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ebuyer.com scan.co.uk (open to any sites you recommend) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like to stick to Asus for the mobo. Pref Intel cpu but open to AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680, 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've already put a list together and would like some advice on it.

Processor: Intel i3 530
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/185937
£95.97

CPU Fan: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176157
£16.80

Motherboard: Asus P7H55-M PRO (not interested in SLi)
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190022
£89.07

Memory: Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL7 1.7V
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169488
£100.00

Hard Drive: Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 1TB 7200RPM SATA II 3GB/s 32MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
£63.50

Graphics Card: Nvidia 8800GT 512mb
Already own.
Will upgrade in the near future.

Case: Asus TA-M11
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158475
£40.86

Power Supply: Arctic Power 700W PSU - With PCI-E, 4x SATA, 20+4, ATX12V, 8pin +12V Connectors
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124927
£41.99

DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450
£14.99


I have build systems in the past so you dont have to go easy on me with the jargon :p 

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April 4, 2010 1:44:34 PM

That rated voltage on that RAM is dangerous to Intel Core i series processors. It needs to be 1.65V or below. I would get this instead: Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V £100

It would nice if a professional could give that Arctic Power PSU a good review, so that I'd be more happy when people chose it. Unfortunately I haven't found one, so my recommendation is to look for one that will be powerful enough for your intended graphics card upgrade that is from a better known company.
April 4, 2010 1:58:46 PM

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Socket AM3 2.8GHz
ASUS M4A77TD PRO/U3S6 AMD 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio 8+1 Phase Power ATX Motherboard
G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24)
Antec 300 Three Hundred Case
OCZ Z Series 550W PSU - 80plus Silver, 12cm Fan, 4x SATA, 2x PCI-E
Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

Total:457.62

you'll only need the cooler if you gonna overclock right away

the antec us a much better case

the power supply may have less watts but its higher quality and less likely to put on an electric lightshow

the i3 is overpriced here you got a quad core for the same price

never got the point of going dual core when its already the multiicore age


if you want a cooler this is the current best value cooler on the market

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coolermaster-Hyper-212-P...
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April 4, 2010 6:11:01 PM

Hey guys thanx for the quick responses. I think I will go down the road of an AMD even though ill admit im a bit of an intel fanboy. Is it worth spending the extra £15 for the 635? Also the Antec case was my 2nd choice and looking into it further I will go for the Antec over the Asus.

April 4, 2010 6:31:40 PM

the 62o(which seems to be out of stock)630 and 635 all clock up to bout the same level the 630 can be overclocked easily to 3ghz

if you want higher then the 630 i'd suggest the

phenom 955
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