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£500 media center/gaming pc first time build

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September 16, 2009 8:21:32 PM

hi i need advice on building a new media center/gaming pc, will be spending between £500-£600 ($750-$900) on it. this will be my first build so any advice given will be most welcome


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: need it before xmas BUDGET RANGE: £500-£600 ($750-$900)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming,watching movies/tv,surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED : keyboard, mouse, monitor,have windows media center 05 OS,HAVE A BRAND NEW CORSAIR VX450W PSU

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:ANY BRITISH WEBSITE

PARTS PREFERENCES:ati graphics card

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, have never tryed overclocking yet SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe if i can afford it in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: have a grundig 26 inche lcd 1368x768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC if possible and be able to upgrade as needed in the future

thanks
September 16, 2009 8:35:32 PM

any blu rays?
September 16, 2009 8:54:58 PM

not at the moment but may whant to add blue ray in the future
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September 16, 2009 9:17:19 PM

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

LG GH22NS40 22X SATA DVD±RW/DL/RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151999

Asus M4A79XTD EVO 790X Socket AM3 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172846

XFX HD 4850 1GB DDR3 Dual DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168453

Coolermaster Sileo 500 Black Case - No PSU

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155062

G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 6MB L3 Cache Black Edition Retail Boxed Processor

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159071 added it just didn post link

£490 ex shipping
September 16, 2009 10:28:37 PM

thanks for your replys that set up looks very interesting but would that be the best graphics card i could run with my psu?
September 16, 2009 11:04:27 PM

sorry forgot to ask if that set up also includes tv tuner cards?
September 17, 2009 1:03:17 AM

The best place to look for PSU related information is http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

As far as I can tell, your box should be handle an single ATI Radeon 4890. However, you are going to start running into power issues if you add alot of disks or you attempt to run a cross fire configuration.

The limiting factor in the quality of video card you can currently have is your budget, not your PSU.

The above config doesn't have the tv tuner cards. I have no idea what the appropriate card is for the UK, but looking at the ebuyer.com site (which is a UK site I believe), the most popular card is:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/113946
Hauppauge WinTV Nova-TD 500 Dual digital DVB-T PCI TV Tuner card - £55.40inc vat


-b
September 17, 2009 5:32:11 PM

have had a look at the ebuyer site and everything is free shipping so that has saved me some money,so in total so far it would cost me£550 with the tv tuner card so have a little money to spare for a graphic card as i wont be adding no more to the system any suggestions on what to get as i dont mind going over budget a little.... thanks
September 17, 2009 6:39:34 PM

a 4850 would be plenty enough for 1368x768 if you want a lil more get this http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169208 but i'd say wait till ati release the 5xxx series ina few days there will be a price drop across the board on current graphics cads
September 17, 2009 9:07:59 PM

mascott said:
have had a look at the ebuyer site and everything is free shipping so that has saved me some money,so in total so far it would cost me£550 with the tv tuner card so have a little money to spare for a graphic card as i wont be adding no more to the system any suggestions on what to get as i dont mind going over budget a little.... thanks


Actually, if you add up the cost of everything listed below, the total cost is closer to £650, but that includes everything, including the TV Tuner card.


-b
September 17, 2009 10:16:35 PM

thanks for the suggestion obsidean86 that dose look like my best bet to go with :-)
bashful9033 not sure how you got to £650 in your total but by adding up all obsideans first recommendtions and your tv runer card i make it as follows

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM
£58

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804


LG GH22NS40 22X SATA DVD±RW/DL/RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM
£16

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151999


Asus M4A79XTD EVO 790X Socket AM3 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
£86

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172846


XFX HD 4850 1GB DDR3 Dual DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card
£87

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168453


Coolermaster Sileo 500 Black Case - No PSU
£65

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155062


G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
£74

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/show [...] ubcat=1387


AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 6MB L3 Cache Black Edition Retail Boxed Processor
£105

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159071 added it just didn post link

total price includeind shipping from overclockers and tv tuner card is £546
so have a bit to spare if i can inprove on that system..........thanks for the replys
September 18, 2009 1:35:10 AM

Ah. When Obsidian posted his link, he didn't include the processor in the build list but he did in the total price. I hadn't noticed his edit, which is why I added the £100 processor cost to get £650ish. Mea culpa


-b
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