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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aidacuk, 27 Mar 2011.

  1. aidacuk

    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for some advice on whether the below system is worth £600 or not.

    I was thinking of attempting to build my own PC for the first time, but then got recommended a guy who will do it for me. Are the below specs worth £600 or could I get it cheaper elsewhere? Would it be worth me getting the parts individually and attempting a build myself (considering I've never attempted a build before)?

    AMD Athlon II x4 640 AM3 3GHz Processor
    16GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM
    1TB (1000GB) Hard drive
    Asrock N68 GE3 UCC Motherboard
    DVD RW
    Coolermaster Elite 335 Gaming Case
    GeForce GTS 250 Graphics
    Wireless Network Card
    Xigmatek 400W Power Supply
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

    Any feedback/advice is appreciated

    Thanks
     
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  2. aidacuk

    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    Also comes with the Windows 7 CD. Any feedback?
     
  3. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    For that amount of cash you can get a far better setup. Build your own IMO, it's not as daunting as it may seem.

    There are plenty of people on here willing to give you advice.

    What will you be using it for by the way? 16Gb RAM is overkill for starters and all the comp and most of the other components are budget parts really.
     
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  4. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    27trowels What's a Dremel?

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    I think you could do much better for your money to be honest. If you give a little more info on what your going to use the rig for I'm sure people will be able to help you work out a great little machine for that money. Also i'm guessing you already have a monitor?
     
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    3lusive Minimodder

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    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Agreed. 16 Gb of ram is wasted on that system. Go for go for 8gb of 1600mhz and a better cpu. If you want to stay with an AMD based system go for the 955 or th 965. Theres nothing wrong with the 640, I've got a 620 in my media rig, but it lacks the L3 cache of the better CPU's.
     
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  8. aidacuk

    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    OK thanks for the responses.

    Mainly it will be used for gaming and watching movies. Not sure why I looked at 16GB of RAM, just thought that more is better :D I do have a monitor btw.

    I am tempted to try a build myself, especially if I could get a better system for the same price. I'll do some serious research before making a decision.

    Thanks again.
     
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    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    OK I've decided to attempt a build myself. For £600 what should I be looking to put together? I'll go with 8GB RAM, and the rest I'm not sure about!

    I'm not too bothered about sound quality so I wont need a soundcard, and also I'm not bothered about jazzy cases. I'd like to build a system that I can use for gaming and watching movies. I'm not a hardcore gamer but would like a system that won't struggle to run games like Supreme Commander, The Sims (not for me :D ), FM11 etc.

    I've got a monitor, Windows Vista, keyboard, mouse, speakers. So will just need all the internal "stuff".

    Am I being unrealistic in setting by budget at £600?

    Sorry for the basic questions.
     
  11. 27trowels

    27trowels What's a Dremel?

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    Thats a decent rig for the money Spanky. Better for what you want than the one mentioned in the first post. You will have a lot more fun building your own from scratch though.
     
  12. Carrie

    Carrie Multimodder

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    Dan's right. Hell even I built one with some help from some very nice guys on here. And now I'm building a new one for me :D (with ... :rolleyes: lol )

    Be warned though, they always try to spend more of your money, in your best interest of course apparently ;)
     
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    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    above 6gb ram is actually detrimental to the running of win7. there is definitely no need for 16gb. i spent less on my all singing all dancing rig base unit. I could build a system with that cpu and include an ssd and monitor for that price!!
     
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    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 Memory Kit CL9 unbuffered £38.19
    Asrock 939A790GMH 790GX Socket 939 GB LAn DVI VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard £59.14
    AMD Athlon II X4 640 Socket AM3 3GHz 2MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £72.93
    Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU £49.98
    Kingston 64GB SSDNOW V100 - SATA-II 2.5" - Read 250MB/s Write 145MB £78.80
    LG W2246S-BF TFT LCD 21.5" VGA Monitor £101.99
    Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 64MB cache £39.28
    Asus GTX 460 Direct CU TOP 768MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card £119.99
    Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 - BlueTrack £31.66

    a complete system for a tenner less. remove the ssd and add win7 if you need it
     
  15. thetrashcanman

    thetrashcanman Angel headed hipsters

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    BUILD IT YOURSELF!
     
  16. aidacuk

    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    OK I've decided to attempt a build myself. For £600 what should I be looking to put together? I'll go with 8GB RAM, and the rest I'm not sure about!

    I'm not too bothered about sound quality so I wont need a soundcard, and also I'm not bothered about jazzy cases. I'd like to build a system that I can use for gaming and watching movies. I'm not a hardcore gamer but would like a system that won't struggle to run games like Supreme Commander, The Sims (not for me), FM11 etc.

    I've got a monitor, Windows Vista, keyboard, mouse, speakers. So will just need all the internal "stuff".

    Am I being unrealistic in setting by budget at £600?

    Sorry for the basic questions.
     
  17. aidacuk

    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    OK going off Sonicgroove's post, I've made a few changes as I don't need a monitor or mouse. Can you guys see what you think of the below setup, and let me know if there's anything I should/could change?

    Corsair XMS3 8 GB : 4 x 2 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 ) - £58
    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - motherboard - ATX - AMD 890GX - Socket AM3 - £90
    AMD HDZ965FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 965 - 3.4 Ghz AM3 Black Edition CPU, Retail Packaged - £118.61
    Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU - £50
    Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 64MB cache - £40
    Gigabyte R685D5-1GD HD 6850 1GB Ati AMD Radeon Graphics Card - £142
    Sony DRU-880S, Black, 24x DVD±R, 12x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, RAM x12, SATA,Retail Labelflash - £20
    Windows 7 - £65

    Total - £583.61

    Thanks
     
  18. aidacuk

    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    Any advice on that set up?

    Thanks
     
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    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    Would it better to go for a separate case and PSU?
     
  20. aidacuk

    aidacuk What's a Dremel?

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    Would it be better to purchase a PSU seperate to the case? Or doesn't it matter?
     

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