£500 media center/gaming pc first time build

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
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  1. any blu rays?
  2. not at the moment but may whant to add blue ray in the future
  3. 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-043-GS&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=1387

    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
  4. Doesn't he need a processor from this page to go with that MB?

    http://www.ebuyer.com/cat/Processors-AMD/subcat/AMD-AM3-----AM3-Phenom

    This one would let him stay under his £600 budget:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159071
    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 6MB L3 Cache Black Edition Retail Boxed Processor -£104.22inc vat

    -b
  5. thanks for your replys that set up looks very interesting but would that be the best graphics card i could run with my psu?
  6. sorry forgot to ask if that set up also includes tv tuner cards?
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. well the 720 is a cpu designed with overclocking in mind so for a lil extra i would add http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-000-TQ
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