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September 13, 2009 7:52:43 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 3-4 days BUDGET RANGE: £230 (less preffered)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Aion,Warhammer, COD5) - Want solid FPS in Cpu Itensive games not neccessarily max



JUST REQUIRE CPU / RAM - 4 gig/ MOBO / Perhaps PSU.

Current Parts

Case - Mesh Computer Case no specs
PSU - hec-550td-pte (550w) - (nearly 4 years old) I know i should replace.. if can fit in budget will.
Sata Hardrive 250gig , no idea what brand.
XFX 4850 512MB
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (Build 2600) - 32 BIT


OVERCLOCKING: No - May in a year buy aftermarket cooler and overclock but not now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050 on viewsonic VX1940W


More or less set on the X2 550 BE... had considered X3 720 but think id rather have the faster Dual Core.

Happy enough with DDR 2 800mhz ram, unless there is some major improvements from 1066. Dont see DDR3 fitting into budget.

My future upgrade for the new system would likely be buying newest GPU in a year. So minor future proofing would be nice but not important.

My current possibles are as follows.

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.8v - £41.99

AMD Phenom X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Chche Socket AM3 Retail - £74.71

I had planned this mobo but its out of stock

ASRock 770 AM2+ board

Thanks for your time.

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September 13, 2009 9:08:41 PM

I had considered that mobo, could you explain more why you picked out that one?

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September 13, 2009 9:25:06 PM

the spacing between slots on the board is a bit better then average only boards who has better spacing is asus but the asus doesn have a pcie x16-2.0 slot, only pcie x16 gigabyte has better tech support then the asrock in the u.k even tho asrock is made by asus then we get back to pcie slots
September 13, 2009 9:34:43 PM

Find that a bit confusing, but Ill be going for this all the same, Just gotta find my self a replacement 12cm fan for my case which stopped working and ill be set.

cheers for the feedback.
September 13, 2009 9:46:48 PM

Not liking the reviews on that antec PSU. Any other suggestions?
September 13, 2009 9:53:38 PM


Was just looking at two of those, so must be half capable of choosing something good lol. If only they could be a bit cheaper!

thanks again!
September 13, 2009 9:55:46 PM

as with anything in life you get what you pay for
September 13, 2009 10:13:26 PM

Only if that was 100% true, sometimes you pay the premium only to find you could have got it the same performance alot cheaper, but with PSU's, always try to get the best you can afford for your needs.

Anyhow, dont forget to price compare with other sites;
September 13, 2009 10:21:11 PM

I plan to go over prices once I am 100% set on what I am after. Last check ebuyer is easily cheapest, long history of being good. Have used scan but the site seems overly confusing and they lack alot of stock. Overclockers heard alot of horror stories from the past. cclonline never heard of.

Again have a proper look once I am sure on things. Cheers for the reminder!

Currently thinking ill go for the Corsair 450W VX Series PSU - ATX12V v2.2, but its not really going to let me get the latest single GFX card in a year. But its a damm fine PSU from what I have read.
September 13, 2009 10:45:17 PM

the corsair will power just bout any single card out right now even some future cards
September 13, 2009 10:50:08 PM

Scan - Iv used for the past 5 years, not had a single proble with these guys, stock can sometimes be low, but thats with any site right? There Customer Services and return/RMA is brilliant to, from personal experience. - I would avoid, but sometimes they can have some great offers/significantly cheaper, I wouldnt buy from them unless its atleast £10 or more cheaper. Their Customer Services is average - crap, and their RMA/Returns is, well I had to go to consumer advice and was thinking of going small claims to get a graphics card refunded/replaced after them keeping it for over 6 months with continued bs of "its still being tested".

overclockers - Great prices sometimes and super fast delivery, their support and forums is great too, but like you said, its had its fair share of horror stories, personally I've never had a problem with them, RMA for return a few things and they have refunded without question, even though it was bought in error.

CCL computers/, used to be the best custom parts place locally. It started off as a local shop about 10 years or more ago, they have since gone online and are growing. Personally its great to have a etailer shop locally, see something online, buy in store etc, they are based in bradford. Anyhow, prices are high 80% of the time, offers - hardly ever exist, BUT there customer support and RMA, refund/exchange etc, is pretty good.

So, comes down to scan and ebuyer. Ebuyer is alot bigger and alot less personal, more like comparing a hypermarket to your local supermarket, I'd prefer the local supermarket for its more personal touch.
September 13, 2009 10:56:50 PM

Great sum up there.

I would add to that

... prices are stupidly higher in general, but they have some amazing Bargains.. I got a XFX HD 4850 512mb and free Grid Racing game for £68.99 and it swiftly arrived with free delivery.. also they give forum members with 50+ posts free delivery.

I would use them again but it would add over £35 compared with Ebuyer.

September 13, 2009 11:04:23 PM

Glad you liked it :D 

Used novatech too, got a few fans fro them, delivery was a little slow, but as thats all I have ever bought from them, not used their customer services or RMA'd anything, so cant comment there. Also, they dont see to have much to choose from.

Other places are, - use it to find online etailers, so you dont have to buy from ebay,,, etc, always check as many sites as you can, even though places like pcworld/ dont have parts such as CPU's, they can sometimes have deals, such as Displays and Keyboards and mouse's, printers, etc so a last place to check. Yeh, I know, online shopping can take ages, took me a ages to decide on where to buy, with multiple tabs/explorers open :D 
September 13, 2009 11:12:18 PM

Xilence Red Wing 120mm Quiet Fan - 3&4pin connection £4.98
Corsair 450W VX Series PSU - ATX12V v2.2 £53.42
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 770 Socket AM2+ 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £54.16
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.8v £41.99
AMD Phenom X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Chche Socket AM3 Retail Boxed Processor £74.71

Total with free delivery £229.26

Under budget, lol.

Any objections speak now or forever hold your peace. Well speak within 3-4 days. Cause thats when i order.
September 14, 2009 10:57:53 PM

Random update. Changed ram to

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 HyperX Memory CL5 2.2V

Over Budget, but... well It should be better ;p

September 15, 2009 10:37:46 PM

Anyone recommend me a nice cooler for this build?

Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 770 Socket AM2+ 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £54.16
AMD Phenom X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Chche Socket AM3 Retail Boxed Processor £74.71

Probaly overclock to 3.5 nothing major, under £25. Cheaper the better from ebuyer

any help be most appricated, cheers guys.
September 17, 2009 8:20:06 PM

obsidian86 said:
the corsair will power just bout any single card out right now even some future cards

Power consumption is going down, not up. Its likely to run any single core GPU produced from now on.
September 17, 2009 8:21:24 PM

cheers, Ill keep that in mind.

Decided in the end to not buy a new fan.. got so sick of my speakers humming i bought new speakers instead lol.