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    OK I have £550 to spend on a base unit and I would like some ideas on what people would go for.

    Preferebly Quad core CPU (Something like Q6600)

    Decent graphics card (I will be running GTA 4)

    Nice looking case with good airflow...I will be overclocking

    Don't need to buy an OS as I already have Vista.

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    What resolution are you gaming at??

    This is what I would go for:

    Phenom II X3 720 triple core as this is a good overclocker ~ £124

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...html?AMD-P2720

    Asus 780G-EM motherboard ~ £73

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150278

    4gb DDR2 RAM ~ £30 to £35

    http://www.ebuyer.com/search?page=1&...2052&ca630=4GB

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx


    HD4870 512mb ~ £145 to £150

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s....html?SAP-4870

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s....html?POW-4870

    GTX260 192 shader version ~ £135

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146007

    640gb Samsung Hard drive ~ £50

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158688

    OCZ 500w ~ £46

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159

    This gives you around £70 to £80 to buy a case of your choice and a DVD writer.

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    What resolution are you gaming at??

    This is what I would go for:
    AMD cpus? What? Intel are king at the moment.

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    I'd get an

    Asus 780G -EM mobo ~£65
    4GB PC6400 ~£30
    AMD X3 720-BE ~£120
    Antec P180 mini ~£65 (select places now)
    Corsair 450W VX ~£50 Or OCZ Modxtreme 400 - 500W ~£55
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    Optical ~£15
    HD4870 or GTX260 ~£150

    EDIT: Apparently.. what CAT said Have you inherited my ninja editting skills as well.. sure you said 790GX the first time.

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Quote Originally Posted by Singh400 View Post
    AMD cpus? What? Intel are king at the moment.
    Not really.. no.

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Quote Originally Posted by Singh400 View Post
    AMD cpus? What? Intel are king at the moment.
    ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    NO!! Perhaps if you want to spend £600 on an i7 CPU,motherboard and RAM then yes.
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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    I'll be gaming at a res of 1280x1024 or 1680x1050.

    Thanks for your concerns guys.

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    I'd get an

    Asus 780G -EM mobo ~£65
    4GB PC6400 ~£30
    AMD X3 720-BE ~£120
    Antec P180 mini ~£65 (select places now)
    Corsair 450W VX ~£50 Or OCZ Modxtreme 400 - 500W ~£55
    640GB WD or Samusung ~£50
    Optical ~£15
    HD4870 or GTX260 ~£150

    EDIT: Apparently.. what CAT said Have you inherited my ninja editting skills as well.. sure you said 790GX the first time.
    It seems so!! I realised the budget was starting to go south!!


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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey9980 View Post
    I'll be gaming at a res of 1280x1024 or 1680x1050.

    Thanks for your concerns guys.
    With a GTX260 or HD4870 you should be able to max out most current games at 1680X1050. The HD4870 is slightly ahead of the older 192 shader GTX260. The Phenom II X3 720 is a good overclocker too and has an unlocked multiplier. You may need to factor in an aftermarket heatsink though.


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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The Phenom II X3 720 is a good overclocker too and has an unlocked multiplier. You may need to factor in an aftermarket heatsink though.

    Yeah I have looked at the Arctic Freezer 64 PRO.

    With that HSF what clock do you think I could get up to?

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Oh and are the GTS 250's any good?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB...-2x-DVI-I-HDTV

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Same as a 9800GTX really. Still ideal for your resolutions but will show its age sooner than the perviously mentioned cards.

    Freezer Pro's are OK but you can get better cooling and quieter opeperating one's, I'd a bit of a scythe fanboi but theres are expensive.

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Still ideal for your resolutions but will show its age sooner than the perviously mentioned cards.

    Freezer Pro's are OK but you can get better cooling and quieter opeperating one's, I'd a bit of a scythe fanboi but theres are expensive.
    What do you mean show it's age...

    So what HSF would you recommened with a budget of £20-30?

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey9980 View Post
    Basically this is a lower power 9800GTX+ with a different PCB.

    Nvidia have rebadged the 128 shader G92 chip again!!

    So far the saga continues:

    8800GTS 512mb to 9800GTX to 9800GTX+ to GTS250

    NOT to be confused with the 8800GTS 320mb and 640mb which were another franchise!!

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    Don't get me started on the numerous 8800GS/9600GSO re-makes. I have seen them and they were rubbish!!


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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

    Haha...Im fed up of all the remakes too...

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    Re: £550 To Spend...What Would You Go For.

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