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£650 midrange gaming machine, advice required

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October 25, 2009 7:00:01 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: £600 - £650

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web browsing, photo editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Operating System

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ebuyer.co.uk (if you know any other UK suppliers, feel free to include parts from them)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None

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ASUS M3N78-VM GeForce 8200 Socket AM2+ VGA DVI HDMI 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152752
£47.12

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 6MB L3 Cache Black Edition Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159071
£89.99

Antec 300 Three Hundred Black Case - No PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854
£39.99

Hi-Power Black 600W 12cm Silent Fan PSU - 20+4pin, 1x PCI-E, 2x SATA
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135453
£29.00

PowerColor HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164557
£112.42

Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228
£35.99

LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±RW DL & Ram SATA Black Retail Kit with Software
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172821
£17.68

Samsung SM2343NW 23" TFT Monitor 2048x1152 300cd/m2 20000:1 5ms VGA Black
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158908
£142.50

Logitech LS21 2.1 Speaker System With Wired Remote
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148794
£18.54

Logitech Wireless Desktop S510 - USB/PS2
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/94458
£26.98

Total so far = £567.76 (inc delivery)

G.SKILL DDRII 1066 PC 8500 4GB (2GBx2)
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR2/...(PC8500)/G.SKILL+DDRII+1066+PC+8500+4GB+(2GBx2)+?productId=37617
£70.08 (inc delivery)

Total = £637.84

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Does this system look acceptable as a midrange gaming machine? Could you suggest any replacements that might improve the system whilst sticking within the budget?

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October 26, 2009 10:25:28 AM

That PSU needs to be binned, absolute rubbish :lol:  You could get a 4890 at scan for a tenner more.

MSI 770-C45, AMD 770, AM3 - £49.21
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-770-C45-AM3-PCI-E-20...

1GB Power Color HD 4890 - £126.96
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-Power-Color-HD-4890-...

Corsair 4GB TwinX DDR3 1333Mhz - £60.89
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...

Samsung F3 500GB 16MB Sata - £34.79 <-- Faster HDD
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/...

OCZ 600W StealthXStream - £57.44
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli...

LG W2243S 22" TFT Monitor 1920×1080 - £114.97
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174000

Same Processor, Case, DVD drive, speakers, keyboard/mouse


Total = £653.48 (scan will deliver for free if you sign up to hexus forums ;)  )

October 26, 2009 11:46:55 AM

I agree that the power supply is junk. The PS that "build" suggested is overkill for your system, you can get by easily with a 450-500 watt PS. Find one in that range from either OCZ, Corsair, or Antec and make sure that it has at least 30Amps on the 12V rail.
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