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    Picking a Motherboard

    Hi,

    Going to be building my first PC this summer, probably in a months time once I get paid again. So far I think I've found a decent selection of components for a good price but wanting to keep costs under the 400 mark so finding bargains and tweaking choices quite a bit.

    Here's what I've picked so far,


    PSU: 500W FSP Blue storm II PSU 80% Efficiency - £40 (Have bought already)

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Pro Q6600, 775, 2.40 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache CPU - £163

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Socket 775 - £103

    Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-212BK - DVD±RW (±R DL) - 18x/18x/12x - Serial ATA - Black - £20

    RAM: OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Platinum Revision 2 XTC Series DDR2 - £67

    VideoCard: Jetway ATi Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB - £65

    Case: Foxconn TLA-002 Black/Silver Case - £20

    Total: £478

    Already paid for PSU so £438 left. Want to knock £50 off of that motherboard price as I've seen loads around the £50 mark which look like they could work but I don't know which ones are best. Not sure if I really need that graphics card either but it looked like a bargain compared to it's normal price. I just want one that can play most top games easily.

    Any opinions are appreciated.



    EDIT: Going to be using Hard Drive from current computer as it is quite new, 400GB seagate.
    Last edited by MathsPar; 31-07-2007 at 02:33 PM.

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    • staffsMike's system
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    you could get a uATX G33 motherboard for around £60.. They can be very feature rich and even provide overclocking features if you require them

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    Unless you know you're going to make full use of a quad, then drop down to a E6750 processor (~£45 saving) and switch to a GA-P35-DS3P (~£17 saving) which is basically the same board but without the fancy heatpipe. If you still think you're stretching it, switch to PC2-5300 RAM if you're not overclocking but that will only save a further ~£10.

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    knocking £50 off the mobo price may be a bit optimistic depending upon what features that you need/want but e.g. abit's IP35-E & Gigabyte's P35-S3/DS3 should be available for little more than £60.

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    That GA G33 looks like a good shout, found a standard ATX one at Scan for £63, just realised I can't post links but it is the

    'Gigabyte GA G33M-S2 iG33 Express, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 667/800, SATA II, ATX, On Board VGA'

    If you guys want to have a look.
    Seems to have everything I need, what do you think?

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    • Nemz0r's system
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    The Gigabyte DS3R is good, £86 but can take DDR3 too for the future (at least I think I got the model name correct ).

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