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Build Advice Budget Build Advice i3 2100 vs Phenom II X4 955 BE

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Comrade Penguin, 1 May 2011.

  1. trig

    trig god's little mistake

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    you guys are missing something pretty obvious here...


    chances are he has two fully-functioning kidneys...sell one, and grab an i7-2600k, sabertooth mobo, and a gtx 580...prolly enough left for a new dell ips monitor...

    god, do i have to think of everything??

    if you do go the 5850 xtreme route, for the love of god post in my 5850 oc thread on how well you do oc'in it...

    and personally, seems like there have been enough diggs on ocuk and the refurb that i think i would skip it...
     
  2. thetrashcanman

    thetrashcanman Angel headed hipsters

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    HA! Oh god why didn't i do that for my rig rather than spending almost everything on it? Silly me!
     
  3. Comrade Penguin

    Comrade Penguin New Member

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    Hello all. I've given in and added a bit to my budget. By extending it by £45 or so (kindeys aren't worth much these days) I can get i5 2500K build if I use the today only prices. And £5 of that is because I forgot to get a wifi card in previous builds.

    LN17240
    Abit AirPace PCI-E 54Mbps 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Card with Antenna and Software Access Point - BEST SELLER £4.97 £5.96

    LN28153
    LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±R, 16xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 ,12xRAM SATA, Black, OEM £12.29 £14.75

    LN37908
    21.5" BenQ G2222HDL, Widescreen LED Monitor, 1920x1080, 5ms, 250cd/m², 1000:1, Black £90.21 £108.25

    Asus P8P67 LE Rev3, Intel P67, S1155, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 2200(OC), SATA 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX
    LN38033 Asus P8P67 LE Rev3, Intel P67, S1155, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 2200(OC), SATA 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX
    £84.99 £101.99

    1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9ms, NCQ
    LN28746 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9ms, NCQ
    £31.49 £37.79

    Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, 1155, Sdy Bridge, QuadCore, 3.3GHz, GPU 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W, Retail
    LN36726 Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, 1155, Sdy Bridge, QuadCore, 3.3GHz, GPU 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W, Retail
    £132.99 £159.59

    500W Silverstone SST-ST50F-ES Strider, 80 PLUS, 80% Eff', SLI/CrossFire, 34dB, EPS 12V, 120mm Fan
    LN32166 500W Silverstone SST-ST50F-ES Strider, 80 PLUS, 80% Eff', SLI/CrossFire, 34dB, EPS 12V, 120mm Fan
    £35.99 £43.19

    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Classic DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 8-8-8-24, XMP, 1.65V
    LN28455 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Classic DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 8-8-8-24, XMP, 1.65V
    £34.99 £41.99

    Coolermaster Elite 335 Black Mini Tower Case with Rear 120mm Fan w/o PSU
    LN24636 Coolermaster Elite 335 Black Mini Tower Case with Rear 120mm Fan w/o PSU
    £21.99 £26.39

    1GB MSI GTX 460 OC, 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 725MHz, Shader Clock 1450MHz, 336 Cores, DLDVI-I/ HDMI/ D-Sub
    LN38326 1GB MSI GTX 460 OC, 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 725MHz, Shader Clock 1450MHz, 336 Cores, DLDVI-I/ HDMI/ D-Sub
    £94.99 £113.99

    Total: 653.89

    Remaining worries: Is that mobo any good. I saw Asus and £100 and thought it would do. Anything else at that price point I should consider instead?

    I've gone for the 460 as it gets a decent review here and means I can get eveything bar the OS from Scan which is a massive plus.

    Again I read a review that said the BenQ G2222HDL was decent here but again anything better at the price would be warmly welcomed.

    I've dropped the Antec PSU for a Silverstone as its a little cheaper and I've seen it recommended on here a lot. Should be fine?

    And finally I've gone for a Coolermaster 335 rather than the Antec to save myself a few pounds to put towards the i5. Is this okay or should I look at something else. Also do I need a front fan for it?

    Thanks again for all your help. Assuming this all looks okay I've gone from an i3 with a bad upgrade path to an overclockable i5 for £40. Pretty good work.
     
  4. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    That's not the same GTX 460 as in that review! The one on SCAN has a cheap and nasty cooler. Much better to go with something like the EVGA as a first recommendation over the MSI you had listed...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-...mhz-shader-clock-1700mhz-336-coresplusmafia-i
     
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  5. Comrade Penguin

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    Argh! Thanks for the spot. Completely missed it wasn't a cyclone. Not sure I can stretch the budget another £25. May have to go back to buying 5850 off someone other than Scan....
     
  6. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    Just an idea but why not go for the Asus P8P67-M PRO? Same price as the full ATX with a few less expansion slots and ports but a better board layout and SLI support.
     
  7. trig

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    5850 is a better card anyway, so no worries there...

    as far as the psu, it's made by enhance. the strider series seems to be a solid unit, especially the plus ones...no worries there really. but for the record. i have used two striders in builds. 2 were rma'd within 3 years...but hey, i've read plenty of great reviews on them...
     
  8. law99

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    Pixmania are PC World/Dixons. That's how reputable they are.
     
  9. Comrade Penguin

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    Aren't they the ones in France which makes returning anything a rather poor experience?

    Thanks for the tip. I'll have think about which I'd rather.

    Still wondering about the case. Anything better for sub £30 given I'll probably have to a buy a front fan on top?
     
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  10. Throbbi

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  11. law99

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    That may be true right there. I've used them once with no issue... I had it on good authority that they were Dixons. In fact the PCWB site and Pixmania sites used to be quite similar price wise.

    They also own some dogs dinner company red-something or other. Can't say for sure who though. They bought them or set them up to combat the low margin high volume sites around.
     
  12. Comrade Penguin

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    Seems they are part of the DSG group however their wikipedia page isn't exactly comforting.

    Anyone know of anywhere with a good reputation selling the 5850 Xtreme? Seems most places are getting stock back in the middle of the month so I may wait until then.

    Seems that Asguard whilst not setting the world alight is better than the Coolermaster so I'll probably go with it. It's only a pound and a bit more on SCAN so I'll get it from there for ease. Thanks for the tip Throbbi.
     
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  13. law99

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    Hmmm... yeah. When you work for somewhere like that it really doesn't seem too much of an issue to cop them out of some stuff. Plus, it's so easy to steal credit card details from places like that. DSG is such a faceless company.

    The one thing I bought, a western digital hdd, turned up without issue and still works fine. After bit-techs recent hardware podcast though, I'm not surprised it still works and was fine in the first place.
     
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