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    Shed's New Build

    Hey all, after my exams are over I'm wanting to do a £500 build to celebrate/game on :

    I was just wondering if you guys would spec me a system can be AMD or Intel, going to be used for almost entirely gaming at 1680x1050 such as Call of duty 4-6, Crysis etc. I'm not very knowledgeable on AMD motherboards or coolers so thats why I can't really spec my self a system as I'm not too sure where to start. I'm looking to OC the system to 4GHz, so perhaps a E7400 or Phenom II x3 710, but its upto you guys really

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    Re: Shed's New Build

    X3 720BE ~£115
    Asus 780G ~£60
    4GB PC6400 ~£35

    P180 mini (great price amazing case) ~£55
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140996
    Modu82+ 425W
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/144086

    I use that psu with that case and it's brilliant but you would need a 4pin mobo power extender.

    640GB Caviar black ~£53
    LG Optical ~£15

    £100 for graphics. Maybe a HD4850.

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    Re: Shed's New Build

    He needs a 19" monitor all in £550 from chatting to him.

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    Re: Shed's New Build

    Ouch, that'll be 1440 x 900 then probably. Need to knock £50 off that build to factor it in. I guess from the case and PSU but I wouldn't want to do that.

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    Re: Shed's New Build

    Not too hard...

    The basics:
    Phenom II X3 710 - £99 - probably won't hit 4GHz on air but should get up to ~ 3.6
    ASUS 760G mobo - £52 - has SB710 southbridge with ACC for extra overclocking juice
    4GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 CL4 - £38 (nuff sed!)
    WD 640GB Green Power - £50 (plenty of other options at about this price though - look around!)
    DVD-RW - £15 (again, plenty of options, so I won't bother specifying a brand!)
    Casecom shiny black mATX tower - £20 - yes,it's a budget case, but I've used it and it has a good layout and build quality; you're better off replacing the front fan for something that shifts more air though
    From here on in it's a bit personal preferenceish, but I'd go for:
    Powercolor HD4770 - £83
    Antec Earthwatts 380 - £39
    Samsung SM2033SW 20" monitor - £120 - note: this is a special offer so you'd have to move fast: a 20" monitor with 1600 x 900 resolution.

    Get all that from ebuyer with supersaver delivery and it'll set you back £496. If you went for the Antec P180 mini and Enermax modular PSU staffsMike suggests (which are both better, frankly) you'll still *just* squeak under £550. Personally I'd go with the P180 and the Earthwatts, but I'm an Antec fanboy

    I'd also see how high you can clock the X3 710 on the stock cooler then purchase a "better" one later if you want to push it further. If you want I can add links for each item...?
    Last edited by scaryjim; 20-05-2009 at 10:00 AM.

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    Re: Shed's New Build

    Lets see what I can do with the budget!!

    Build

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    AMD Phenom II X3 720 ~ £115

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-P...che-95W-Retail

    Asus 760G motherboard ~ £53

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=998660

    It has the improved SB710 southbridge.

    4gb DDR2 ~ £37

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

    XFX HD4850 ~ £86

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB...VI-XXX-EDITION

    Comes with a dual slot cooler which vents hot air out of the case and a factory overclock.

    Elite 340 mATX case with 460w PSU ~ £54

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=944400

    WD 640gb hard disk ~ £49

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/640GB...16MB-Cache-NCQ

    DVD writer~ £17

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Optia...SATA-Black-OEM

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro V2 ~ £17

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Arcti...LL-AMD-Opteron

    There are some similarly priced coolers from Akasa(AK876) and Xigmatek(HDT-S963) which are also worth considering.

    120mm case fan ~ £4

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/120mm...value-case-fan

    There are some PWM 120mm fans for around £6 to £7.

    The total including postage comes to around £443. If have 20+ posts at Scan you will be able to get free postage on the order too which will reduce the total cost to around £431.

    From Ebuyer

    Samsung SM2033SW 20" LCD screen ~ £120

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158373
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    Re: Shed's New Build

    Is the psu in that coolermaster elite case going to be any good?

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    Re: Shed's New Build

    OMG! CAT is £13 over budget!!! The end of the world is nigh!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    OMG! CAT is £13 over budget!!! The end of the world is nigh!!!!!!
    Not if you include the free Scan postage!! Alternatively drop the aftermarket cooler and it will be under budget!!

    Just in case the world is ending I better watch out for plummeting Moose - they can be a real health hazard at times!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Just in case the world is ending I better watch out for plummeting Moose - they can be a real health hazard at times!!
    No worse than hurled moosen though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaineoliver View Post
    Is the psu in that coolermaster elite case going to be any good?
    Hardware Secrets reviewed it and said that it was a solid budget unit. It actually has a real rating of 430w though but it should be enough.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    No worse than hurled moosen though...
    Good point!! However Moose are so dumb they would probably miss though..!

    I think Moose are a prime example of why Intelligent Design(tm) is not true - there is nothing intelligent in the design or modus operandi of a Moose!!


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    Re: Shed's New Build

    These from Tesco Direct might save a bit for you.


    Acer X193HQB 18.5" PC Monitor
    catalogue number: 200-3508

    £69.00

    or

    LG W1934-S 19" TFT Monitor

    Catalogue number: 204-4733
    £84.00

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    Re: Shed's New Build

    Quote Originally Posted by switchmode View Post
    Acer X193HQB 18.5" PC Monitor
    catalogue number: 200-3508

    £69.00
    One of my colleagues bought one of these recently (without consulting me, unfortunately) and it's going back already. Even run at its supposed native resolution (1366 x 768) it displays rescaling artifacts (vertical lines of blur at regular intervals across the screen). I've played with just about every setting available in the menu and cannot get rid of these. It looks exactly like the artifacting I got used to when the nice middle-aged ladies at a former employer of mine insisted on running their 15" TFTs at 800x600. Whether that means it's actually a 1440x900 panel that's been limited in the firmware or what I don't know, but I would swear that 1366x768 is *not* its native resolution.

    Anyway, stay away from this one

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    Re: Shed's New Build

    I'd spend the extra on a nice PSU like the OCZ modxstream from overclockers. £45ish gets a 400W modular, more than enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post

    Anyway, stay away from this one
    Thats a shame it was a budget option, so I suppose you have to be careful at the low end range.

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