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Budget gaming / all-purpose build ~ £350

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January 9, 2010 11:17:02 AM

Hey, I am trying to put together a new computer for a friend. He'll be using it for work / music creation / gaming. I don't think he'll be playing the most recent games as he is trying to keep the cost of the computer down.

I'm not including a graphics card in this as he had already purchased a 9400GT for his current computer before he discovered it wouldn't fit. He will probably upgrade this at a later date.

Any suggestions are most welcome. Thanks for helping : )


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 1 - 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: £300 - £350

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General use / gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, graphics card

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ebuyer.com, dabs.com, overclockers.co.uk

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: Leaning towards AMD for value + future upgrade path.

OVERCLOCKING: Not a huge amount, was thinking of getting the X3 to around 3.0Ghz.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:


Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 460W PSU *SPECIAL OFFER* - £51.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135101

Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM - £17.37
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450

Maxtor STM3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM - £36.58
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159390

Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V - £81.84
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179278

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 onboard DVI VGA HDMI 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard - £71.77
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169532

AMD Athlon II 425 X3 Socket AM3 512KB L2 Cache Retail Box Processor - £54.42
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176042

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Total: £313.97

Thanks very much.
January 9, 2010 12:57:49 PM

Swap that mobo out for this if he plans to drop his 9400GT PCI-E in the new build.

MSI 770-C45 AMD 770 AM3 DDR3 Support 8 channel Blu-ray Audio GB LAN ATX Motherboard £48.19
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/165438

Use the savings to get a faster HDD. They don't have F3 500GB, FYI, which is the best.

Western Digital WD5001AALS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM Caviar Black £43.16
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150246

The rest looks great.
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