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New system build for £600

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July 11, 2009 12:27:18 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: £550-630

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video editing, gaming, general

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Overclockers.co.uk, aria.co.uk, microdirect.co.uk, ebuyer.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Might prefer AMD CPU because they seem cheaper atm

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want this PC to last atleast 3 years.


Currently have in mind:

AMD Phenom II X3 Tri Core 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail@£105

Asus M4A78T-E AMD 790GX (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard @£99

Asus ATI Radeon HD 4870 Glaciator+ 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card @£115

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Modular Power Supply @£68

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (ST31000528AS) @£63

OCZ Platinum AM3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C7 1333MHz Dual Channel (OCZ3P1333LVAM4GK) @£48

Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU) @£43

Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM @£19

2x Akasa AK-191-SM Smoke Ultra Quiet 120mm Fan - 3 pin @£11

Titan TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/LGA775/LGA1366) @£33.50

Grand Total = £615 (with p+p) (most items compiled from overclockers.co.uk)


Any thoughts on compatibility or alternatives would be appreciated, as this is my first build.

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July 11, 2009 12:56:22 AM

Thx Proximon. That Western Digital hard drive does seem to be the better choice.
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July 11, 2009 9:54:36 AM

get the coolermaster 690 instead of the antec 300, you'll have more space.
July 11, 2009 10:33:54 AM

Antec 300 or Rc-690 both are great cases it's a matter of preference.

Great build everything is top!
July 11, 2009 3:31:12 PM

I'd also add Scan.co.uk to your list as they have consistently good prices, the downside is that their lowest shipping is a flat rate of £6.99 regardless of when you want it.
As for parts, DVD+rRW drive has had some negative feedback, try the LG 22x speed drive or alternatively the SONY/OPTIARC 24x.
You could also try the Coolermaster Elite 330 low end range if you need to save a bit of cash without losing too much.
The Akasa fans are surprisingly powerful for the price but if you want more airflow try Scythe, Antec are good all rounders though.
I've never heard of Titan cpu fans but they may well be fine, I don't really follow cpu fans except when buying a new build myself. They don't fair too bad on this list:

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=238...

But there are better so look to see if any of the ones above is cheaper.

BTW how are overclockers.co.uk - what are their shipping rates?
July 11, 2009 4:06:18 PM

I also like the fact that my class here is Tom's Newbie with over 400 posts and years of site membership.
July 11, 2009 8:10:30 PM

Thx for the alternative on the optical drive spanner_razor. The Sony one is indeed better.

I have never actually bought anything yet from overclockers.co.uk, but they seem to be pretty good from what I hear.

As far as the shipping rates go it varies. I think small items u can get shipped for just over £3. If I ordered everything that I need for my system build the cost would be £12.50 (next day parcel I think). This ofc increases if you want it before 12/10/saturday or just ordering extra items. (You can also get free shipping with overclockers.co.uk if u happen to be busy on thier forums).



July 11, 2009 10:18:07 PM

I quite wanted to go with Optiarc (as all my previous DVD writers have been NEC) when I bought my new drive (old one decided it would cease to read cds), but at the time they only had a 20x drive out so I went with the LG GH22NS40.

Apparently writing at over manufacturer's speed (typically 16x) can cause the drive to break. If you need some DVDs though Play.com has some Maxell's DVD-r for £6.50 (they're on my drive's reccomended media list for 20x burning, only some Mitsubishi discs can burn at 22x). As I remember - is better for data backup and + for video playback.
July 12, 2009 2:14:51 PM

If you can find them in stock, dual Radeon 4770's in crossfire would give more performance for roughly the same price. You're only going to see negligible performance gains going DDR3, you could also go for an AM2/DDR2 system and use the price difference to upgrade the RAM density or opt for a beefier graphics setup, since you're into video editing, a second, but smaller hard drive just for the OS would be nice.
July 12, 2009 4:58:41 PM

These comments are valid Infyrno but will they last three years, I'd be tempted to get a dual pci-2.0 16x speed board but then again maybe PCI-E 3.0 will come sooner than 3 years. Anyway why not get the Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P 790X, 2 quid cheaper on Ebuyer and has more features and no onboard graphics (extra onboard peripherals that you won't use will slow down performance.