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AMD PhenomII 940 based build, budget £400-£600 budget!

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December 20, 2009 9:26:16 PM

Hello Guys (merry christmas)

This was my original component list. Since then, i've had some very helpful feedback and advice. I've also encountered plenty of errors whilst building. So, i've decided to more or less scrap this and start over.

Case: ThermalTake Kandalf VD4000SWA - Liquid Cooling PC Case

Cpu: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz 6MB L3 AM2+ QUAD CORE
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/processors/pheno...

Memory: CRUTIAL BALISTIX PC2-8500 DDR2 MEMORY 4GB (4x1gb)http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?type=3&id=187&pa...

Gpu: GEFORCE 7600 GT FATAL1TY xfx pci-e (PAIR OF CARDS SLI)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Hard Drive 320GB SATA 3.5
Sound card: SupremeFx 5.1
PSU: Thermaltake purepower 550W

Out of this list, i'm keeping the CPUb] and the RAM.

The mouse, keyboard, monitor etc I can work out.

These are the components i need advice on: -

- Motherboard
- GPU
- Power
- Case (Thinking Antec....)
- HDD (sata and ok size, need advice on speed etc...)

Ideally I want to keep the CPU as it's unused and should be sufficient. The main purposes for useage, will be basic stuff like browsing, few dvd's etc and playing a few online games, such as FFxi online. My shop bought dell optiplex is now far far too basic to handle this. I could go out and buy a pc, but need a project and have been trying for a while to build a successful pc. Budget would be £400-£600 more, already taking into account the CPU and Ram.

Not looking for top of the range uber pc, but something mid, mid-high level. Something that will last a couple of years before it needs updating.

Would appreciate your help.

Regards

Jon
December 20, 2009 9:27:27 PM

Additonal: -

For the GPU found - http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductID=973504&....

For the chassis, no huge need for quiet, but something not too huge, as have the Termaltake at the mo, and is bit massive.

For the PSU - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/550W-Corsair-CMPSU-550VX...

Now for a mobo, been looking at - http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_m3nht_sli/

or

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/cros...

Suggestions for the mobo, would be appreciated as i'm just browsing at the mo.

Thanks
December 20, 2009 9:31:08 PM

Additonal: -

For the GPU found - http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductID=973504&....

For the chassis, no huge need for quiet, but something not too huge, as have the Termaltake at the mo, and is bit massive.

For the PSU - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/550W-Corsair-CMPSU-550VX...

Now for a mobo, been looking at - http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_m3nht_sli/

or

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/cros...

Suggestions for the mobo, would be appreciated as i'm just browsing at the mo.

Thanks
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December 20, 2009 11:06:15 PM

If you are really planning to get a 4670 you might as well get the corsair 400w. Its less expensive, yet still much more than enough for this system. The 400w would also be enough to handle something much more powerful if you wanted more graphic power.
December 21, 2009 8:30:57 AM

deadlockedworld said:
If you are really planning to get a 4670 you might as well get the corsair 400w. Its less expensive, yet still much more than enough for this system. The 400w would also be enough to handle something much more powerful if you wanted more graphic power.



Okay that's cool will take note of that and take your advice :)  How about the other components?

I've seen alot of motherboards cappable, but want something that's a bit future proof. My budget for the mobo isn't too small, so want to make sure the main parts are in place so can update the rest when the time comes.

Let me know

Thanks
December 21, 2009 8:41:50 AM

While I do know Asus makes good motherboards--sorry im going to leave motherboards up to someone else that knows more about them.

I have the corsair 400cx though, and it can handle basically anything up to a 5770. I just realized that you said you had a thermaltake 550 though-- that too is plenty for a 4670. The 4670 is very light on power.

I think your cpu is a good choice too. I just got my father a midrange system with a X4 925.

I'm surprised you havent gotten more hits on this... usually new system build is very active. You should probably clean it up and repost. Make certain not to add links without titles-- it makes it hard to read.

You will get more interest if instead of phrasing it as you getting a more powerful computer than you need--you tell them that you want the best performing- Motherboard - GPU - Power - Case - HDD you can get for £550 that will go with your CPU.
December 21, 2009 10:07:22 AM

Hi

Thanks for your advice, have reposted, if you wouldn't mind taking a look, new to this :) 

Cheers
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