£700 - Q8400 - 4GB DDR3 - GTS250

Hi everyone,

Building a new PC. £700 budget ($1000).

Case: Antec 300 - £45 ebuyer
Hard Drive: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TB SATA II - £57 ebuyer
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3LR Socket 775 - £97 ebuyer
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66GHz Socket 775 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache - £125 ebuyer
DVD Drive: LG 22x SATA DVD +/- RW - £17 ebuyer
Monitor: LG W2242S-PF 22" 1680x1050 300cd/m2 8000:1 5ms - £115 ebuyer
GFX: XFX GTS250 512GB DDR3 Dual DVI HDTC PCI-E - £85 ebuyer
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W - £70 ebuyer
RAM: OCZ 2x2GB PC3-10666 DDR3 - £66 Aria

Total: £677

Any thoughts on this build? All comments welcome


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  1. looks good, although you can get a 4870 for the price of that GTS 250,

    and 4870 > GTS 250.

    also don't bother with DDR3 for LGA775, it has no use with that platform.
  2. No DDR3?

    I mainly want longevity and upgradeability. I dont want parts that will be obsolete in a few years. I dont intend to rebuild for many many years, rather just upgrade parts at a time as and when I want to.
  3. if you want upgradability then forget LGA775.

    go for AM3, it has a better upgrade path and it's just as fast, if not faster.
  4. you think 775 is at the end of its life? I have a moderately strong preference for Intel over AMD. The Intel alternative, i7, would bump up the price well beyond my £700 limit.
  5. Yes LGA 775 is over. The replacement is i5, which should be out in a few weeks.

    While you might re-use your DDR3 in a future build, the board will be a bit out of date soon.

    So, wait for i5, or go AMD now. There is nothing wrong with AMD as long as you avoid Nvidia chipsets.
  6. 775 is not at end of life, it's dead. :P AMD is the way to go, and should still fit your budget. No reason to have to jump to the i7. you didn't mention what you'll be using the rig for. Gaming?
  7. lol. So 775 is dead.

    The rig is in fact mainly for my dad. Not so much gaming. He does a fair bit of photoshopping and uses other fairly power intensive pieces of software. He basically wants the most power he can have for the money.

    Ill give it a wait for a few weeks to see what i5 is all about and make a decision then.
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