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£400-£500 gaming/work rig would love some help

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January 9, 2010 5:11:17 PM

hi I'm making a new computer for gaming and i work as a web designer. My budget is £500. I am also trying to make this computer so that it will be upgradeable in the future. The main focus is for gaming for example modern warfare and assassins creed2. I also use Photoshop and Dreamweaver at the same time so I need a CPU that can handle that and also play music and stream video.

Heres my build. Also I would love some with making this better :) 

CASE: not sure can anyone suggest a cheap one with good ventilation?

MSI 770-C45, £49.15 Is this ok or is there a better one available

AMD Athlon II X2 240 £45.70 would this be able to keep up with what i want to be able to do?

Corsair Dominator DDR3, PC3-12800 (4GB)

GPU:Not sure yet. anyone got any ideas for one. It would be great if it had dual dvi for 2 monitors :) 

400W Corsair £37.58. is this enough power?

Samsung SH-S182D £16.46

1TB Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP £64.35
January 9, 2010 5:16:22 PM

oh and by the way the list i've made is worth: 309.57, but i still need to sort out a case, graphics card and if theres any changes to be made
January 9, 2010 6:25:42 PM

I don't know the first thing about AMD, so I'll leave that to another.

GPU: ATI 5750/5770

PSU: Should be fine unless you plan on sli/crossfire

HDD: Look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb, or Seagate 7200.12 1tb, much better access speeds price should be similiar.

RAM: Dominators tend to be overpriced and you'll never see the performance increase. G.Skill is recommended.

Case: Antec 300 is a great budget case.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 9, 2010 6:44:12 PM

If you read the OP in this thread: then you should be able to give us all the info we need to be able to offer proper advice about your build.

  • Firstly it would make sense to spend £4 more to get one of the best drives around: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £68.
  • I think you should get a SATA DVD drive instead of that IDE one.
  • The wattage needed depends on the video card. I think 400W is too low and I would get this instead: OCZ 500W StealthXStream 80plus £48
  • And this case: Antec 300 £43
  • Which should give you enough to get this: ATI Radeon 5770 £136
    If you buy a SATA burner that is around £20, then I make the build at £511

    You could spend less on RAM to get you closer to £500; you could drop down to 1333Mhz RAM for example. Or look at a different online retailer, as scan's selection isn't very good and quite expensive. Also wait for one of the 5770s that is around £120 to come into stock.
    January 9, 2010 7:54:11 PM

    heres my entry put the right way. thanks for the link Silvune. Also I added what you guys have suggested.

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the beginning of February BUDGET RANGE: 400-500 including taxes

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (around crysis level of graphics), Photoshop, Dreamweaver, web browsing.

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor(haven't bought one yet), speakers, OS


    PARTS PREFERENCES: None, but i would like to go down the AMD route for it being cheaper



    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: In the summer I will try and get another monitor for dual monitor work.

    Antec 300 £43

    MSI 770-C45, £49.15 Is this ok or is there a better one available

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 £45.70 would this be able to keep up with what i want to be able to do?

    Corsair Dominator DDR3, PC3-12800 (4GB) £96.33

    GPU:ATI Radeon 5770 £136

    OCZ 500W StealthXStream 80 plus £48

    Samsung SH-S182D £16.46

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £68

    a b 4 Gaming
    January 9, 2010 8:26:57 PM

    With this build you would be able to put in a better processor quite easily at some point, probably the same with the 5770. Depends how high you want to get framerates in crysis and what settings you will want/can put up with. These two benchmarks show what can be achieved:
    Depending on the resolution of the monitor you get, you can play in gamer mode and probably have either low or no anti-aliasing to get reasonable fps.
    You aren't very likely to get a much better board and still be in budget. Read this review, it should help you get familiar with it before buying it: