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    PC Build for the MRS

    Hi guys and gals,

    I'm after building a PC for the Mrs as she is spending far too much time on my PC which i also use for gaming in the evenings!!(or used to!) Unfortunately she is hooked on World of Warcraft and doing end game raids etc is far to tasking on this old old old pc im typing this forum post from! This PC won't even run in the new area which has come about from the latest expansion to WoW - WOTLK. So to be able to run WoW on high settings without any worries would be ideal. I would also like it to be able to run CS:S(CounterStrike Source) to a good level on max settings without any problems (just incase my PC takes a nose dive!). Obviously a couple of other processes will be running at the same time as the games like internet explorer and ventrilo/msn etc.

    As i am on the 2nd PC I obviously don't need a keyboard/mouse/monitor!

    This is going to be my first ever build although i have been thinking about it for quite some time.

    Parts for build.

    Processor : AMD Phenom X3 Tri Core 8450 2.10GHz (Socket AM2) - Retail = £80.49
    Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 AMD 770 (Socket AM2) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard = £62.09
    Graphics Card : Zotac GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (ZT-98GES4P-FDR) = £94.29
    HardDrive : Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (WD3200AAKS) = £41.39
    Memory : OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500 Gold Edition 4GB Dual Channel (OCZ2G10664GK) = £44.84
    PC Case and PSU = Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Case - Black (EarthWatts 500W PSU) = £104.64

    Total = £427.74

    All the above from overclockers

    Parts for intel build!

    Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Socket 775 (3.0GHz) 1333FSB 6MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor = £143.98 <--- this could be to expensive...
    MotherBoard : ASUS P5QL SE iP43 Socket 775 6 channel audio ATX Motherboard = £65.13
    Graphics Card : PowerColor HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 DVI VGA HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card = £90.73
    HardDrive : Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATAII 16MB Cache 7200 RPM - OEM = £40.52
    Memory : OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 Gold Memory = £44.99
    PC Case and PSU = Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Case With CM eXtreme Power 650W PSU *SPECIAL OFFER* = £68.50
    Coolermaster Black Elite 330 Case With eXtreme Power 460W PSU with Side Window = £52.99
    Is it worth getting the extra wattage... is this bundle upgradable at all?

    Any advice on this build at all? is it defo worth for the E8400 over the E5200?
    and most importantly will it work everything my other half would like it too and more!

    Total = £453.83 or £438.34

    All the intel build above are from Ebuyer!!

    I would like to trim it down a bit if i can as i was hoping to get it in at more or less £300-£350.

    Please help me get back my PC!!!!!!

    Thank you in advance for any advice. I hope i haven't been a complete numpty and linked a load of stuff which isn't compatible.


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    Re: PC Build for the MRS

    I would go with the intel build but change the CPU to an E5300 (or similar) and give it a small overclock if you feel the need to
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    Re: PC Build for the MRS

    I came up with this from Scan:

    Coolermaster Centurion RC-532 Black+Silver Trim Case w/o PSU:


    WD 500GB:

    Athlon X3 720(2.8ghz):

    Samsung DVD writer

    2gb 800mhz DDR2 RAM:

    Silverpower 400w:

    Gigabyte 780G motherboard(compatible with Phenom II X3):


    If you have 20 constructive posts on hexus you can get free postage from Scan!!

    If you go for the Phenom X3 710(2.6ghz) and a cheaper case(Asus TA-861) the cost will go down to &#163;395!! Both the Phenom X3 710 and the Asus case are also on Today Only!!

    However a cheaper build would be to get a Athlon X2 7750+ as this costs just under &#163;60. With the cheaper case it would bring the total build cost to around &#163;355!!
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 10-02-2009 at 10:42 PM.

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