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Build Advice Need new budget build advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by samozamo, 10 Sep 2010.

  1. samozamo

    samozamo What's a Dremel?

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    So far I've had a quick look on scan and decided on this. I'm not great a picking out parts, so I've decided to post on here before making any purchases. Could any one advise me on alternative options, if better that is.

    CPU................. AMD Phenom II X4 945, Deneb core, socket AM3,
    ........................ 3.0GHz, 8mb Total cache, HT 2000Hz, 95w
    Memory............4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 1333
    Hard drive........500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3
    GPU..................XFX HD 5770
    PSU..................400w corsair
    CPU cooler........Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 pro v2.1
    Mobo................Gigabyte AMD 770 AM2+

    At the moment this totals upto £436 (I think) including £16 for a optical drive, but excluding a case (which I wouldn't mind a recommendation on).

    Budget <£450
    The price isn't too bad, but I would like to be able to make some adjustments to lower the price (including the case) with affecting the performance as little as possible.

    Main Uses
    Gaming, Web browsing, watching videos, listening to music and coursework.

    Monitor resolution
    1600 - 1050

    Will be buying all parts.

    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. meandmymouth

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  3. samozamo

    samozamo What's a Dremel?

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    400W Corsair CMPSU-400CXUK Power Series PSU, ATX, PS/2, 80+ Efficiency, UK Version £25.49 £29.95

    LN25471
    Silverstone PS02B Precision Black Mid Tower Case w/o PSU £29.97 £35.21

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    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Classic, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V £62.10 £72.97

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    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro v2.1 - S1366/S1156/S775/AM3/AM2+/AM2/939 Up to 130 Watts! £14.10 £16.57

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    500GB Samsung HD502HJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM £26.94 £31.65

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    MSI 770-C45, AMD 770, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1600(OC), SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX £42.69 £50.16

    LN32060
    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition, Callisto, Dual Core, S AM3, 3.2GHz, 7MB Total Cache, 80W, Retail £59.98 £70.48

    LN34394
    768MB Palit GTX 460, 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 675MHz, Shader Clock 1350MHz, 336 Cores, DVI/ D-Sub/ HDMI £105.46 £123.92

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    Total£445.56
     
  5. rob the bank

    rob the bank What's a Dremel?

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    Be quick with the Corsair 400W, word is they are soon EOL (end of life) hence they are so cheap at present, the replacement is going to be 430w but at least £15 more (so i hear).
     
  6. samozamo

    samozamo What's a Dremel?

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    Build Update!

    Wasn't sure whether to do this or edit my first post.

    Here it goes:

    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, Sok AM3, 3.2GHz, 8MB Total Cache, Retail £111.57

    GPU
    768MB Palit GTX 460, 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 675MHz, Shader Clock 1350MHz, 336 Cores, DVI/ D-Sub/ HDMI £123.92

    PSU
    550W Coolermaster GX, SLI/CrossFire, 85% Eff', 120mm Fan, EPS 12V, 20+4 Pin, 5 Year Warranty
    £50.49

    Case
    Antec 300 Three Hundred, Black Midi Tower Ultimate Gaming Case w/o PSU £46.98

    CPU cooling
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro v2.1 - S1366/S1156/S775/AM3/AM2+/AM2/939 Up to 130 Watts! £16.57

    Hard Drive
    500GB Samsung HD502HJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM £31.65

    Mother Board
    MSI 770-C45, AMD 770, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1600(OC), SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX £50.16

    Memory
    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V £72.97

    I know thats over the price that I said before, but I don't mind for the extra I'm getting. (Wouldn like it to be under £500)

    Any advice on other alternatives?
     
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    Alternatively you could go for the cheaper AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition which is £40 less but use that money on a better board that has the core unlocking feature (almost all ASUS boards it think)

    such as this? http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus...3-1066-1333-1866(OC)-SATA-3Gb-s-RAID-MATX-VGA

    You get a few more features too such as USB 3

    Of course there is no guarantee that the cores will unlock but I imagine at least one will.

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about then look here http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2010/05/04/how-amd-core-unlocking-works/1
     

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