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Old 30th Apr 2012, 20:56   #1
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My friend's computer

I've literally just posted, but i wanted advice on this.

My friend finally wasted his old, Pentium 4 rig and used this as an excuse to buy a new PC for some very occasional gaming, as well as light music editing for his band and the usual browsing etc.

He only has a low res 1024x768 monitor which he's fine with keeping, not being the biggest pc guy. He also has a case, as well as a hard drive he's bought recently.

He has £300 to spend and wants to be able to play some modern games, sims 3, skyrim as well as being adamant about having windows 7.

I was thinking this - http://www.scan.co.uk/savedbasket/db...6a9c0ae0e86875

I just wanted some feedback.
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Old 30th Apr 2012, 21:45   #2
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in that budget thats a great build

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Getting the A75 chipset will help with the inbuilt SATA III http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigab...-on-board-matx

Replacement that is mATX but the same price
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£34 Intel Celeron Dual Core G530 Sandybridge Core, Socket 1155, 2.4GHz, 2MB Cache, 65W, Retail
£45 Intel Pentium G620, S 1155, Dual Core 2.60GHz, 3MB Smart Cache, 65W, Retail
£54 Intel Pentium G840, Socket 1155, Dual Core, 2.80GHz, 3MB Smart Cache, GPU 850Mhz, 65W, Retail
£90 Intel Core i3 2120, S1155, 3.3GHz, 5GT/s, HD2000 IGP 850Mhz, 3MB Cache, Core R 33x, 65W, Retail

£37 MSI H61M-P25 (B3), Intel H61, S 1155, DDR3, SATA II - 3Gb/s, PCIe 2.0 (x16), D-Sub (VGA)/ DVI-D, Micro ATX
£72 Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), VGA On Board, ATX

£20 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V
£36 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.5V

£36 430W PSU, Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2UK, 80% Eff', Uncertified, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.3
£45 500W PSU, Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-500CXV2UK, 80% Eff', Uncertified, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.3

£72 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM

£13 Samsung WriteMaster SH-S222BB/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM

£60 1GB XFX HD 6670, 1600MHz GDDR3, GPU 800MHz, 480 Cores, Dual Link DVI-I/ HDMI/ D-Sub
£72 1GB MSI HD 6770, PCIe 2.1 (x16), 4400MHz GDDR5, GPU 800MHz, 800 Cores, HDMI/ D-Sub/ Dual Link DVI-I
£83 1GB Sapphire Radeon HD 7750, 4500MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 800MHz, 512 Cores, DisplayPort/ Dual Link DVI-I/ HDMI
£87 1GB Asus GTX 550 Ti, 4104MHz GDDR5, GPU 900MHz, Shader 1800MHz, 192 Cores, Dual Link DVI-I/ D-Sub/ HDMI


Going with £34+£37+£20+£36+£72+£13=£212 leaving £88 for a gfx card or £72 if you go for 8GB. Second hand you'd easily get at least a 6850 or GTX460. The gfx will make a much bigger difference when gaming. You can always beef up the CPU later but even the G530 offers a decent amount of power esp when going from a P4. Alternatively you could go with a base unit which comes with Win7 pre-installed since that's sucking up a lot of the budget, system builders get Win7 with a massive discount versus consumers.
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