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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    I know the E5 does, not sure about the E7 - I was initially worried about this, until I realised there's no hardware support in Virtual Windows in Win7, which is the only time I can see most people using virtualisation, so I don't see where I'd use it...

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    When I was looking at building mine about a month ago my orginal list for £400 was

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition - £74.74
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-P...MHz-85W-Retail

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P - £68.98
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/GIGAB...770T-UD3P-MOBO

    Case: Coolermaster RC-330 Elite - £28.97
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coole...Scan-Exclusive

    Extra fan: 120mm AKASA AK-191SM fan - £4.01
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/120mm...value-case-fan

    Graphics card: 512MB XFX HD 4850 XXX - £79.91
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB...VI-XXX-EDITION

    Power supply: 450W Corsair HX Power Supply (modular) - £56.87
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/450W-...-year-Warranty

    Hard drive: 320 GB Samsung HD322HJ Spinpoint F1 - £33.89
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

    Memory: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS3 DDR3 1333 Memory - £56.47
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(...d-CAS-9-9-9-24

    Comes to £403.84 altogthere for a AM3 platform that can handle most games out there on high to meduium settings. Dont forget the optical drive though as I salvaged mine from my old machine. Feel free to pull this build apart

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    Not much to fault in that build really. A little thin on the hard disk space these days for a gaming PC, but apart from that it looks good (I say this becaue a 500GB drive would have been an extra £7 or so)

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheapy View Post
    When I was looking at building mine about a month ago my orginal list for £400 was

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition - £74.74
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-P...MHz-85W-Retail

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P - £68.98
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/GIGAB...770T-UD3P-MOBO

    Case: Coolermaster RC-330 Elite - £28.97
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coole...Scan-Exclusive

    Extra fan: 120mm AKASA AK-191SM fan - £4.01
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/120mm...value-case-fan

    Graphics card: 512MB XFX HD 4850 XXX - £79.91
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB...VI-XXX-EDITION

    Power supply: 450W Corsair HX Power Supply (modular) - £56.87
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/450W-...-year-Warranty

    Hard drive: 320 GB Samsung HD322HJ Spinpoint F1 - £33.89
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

    Memory: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS3 DDR3 1333 Memory - £56.47
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(...d-CAS-9-9-9-24

    Comes to £403.84 altogthere for a AM3 platform that can handle most games out there on high to meduium settings. Dont forget the optical drive though as I salvaged mine from my old machine. Feel free to pull this build apart
    Great build for the price IMHO. Remember that there is also the Vapor X HD4850 for a few quid more from Novatech. You maybe also able to unlock the CPU to a quad core too!


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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    Ok well ive been speccing up all day at work, probably been through about 100000000 setups, but i think ive decided on this



    What does everyone think?

    That mobo / CPU combo should allow me to unlock the extra cores on the 550, and if it doesnt then oh well, i still have a 2 core highly overclockable mobo/cpu combo

    Will that PSU be enough? I should hope so

    Let me know what you think people!?!?!

    P.S. Thanks for everyones advice today, been a great help!

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    I'd recommend a WD1001FALS over the HD103UJ, I don't know if they ever fixed the controller issues. Rest of the build looks fine.

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    The build looks fine to me too.


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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    If you do fancy the look of the Coolermaster Elite 330 there's a bundle with a 460w PSU (Quite a good model) for about 50. But the future upgrade capacity will be limited as with any sub 500w PSU.

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    Have you got a link for that joel? Would like to see that!

    Is it a today only offer on scan?

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by barney_2k View Post
    Have you got a link for that joel? Would like to see that!

    Is it a today only offer on scan?
    Here is the link for the various Coolermaster case bundles with 460w PSU:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168628

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161317

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146338

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135101

    The PSU is not bad for the price and is actually a 430w unit:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/550

    IIRC does not have dual PCI-E power connectors.

    However the Corsair unit is superior IMHO.

    You could always go for this 600w OCZ unit if modular cables are not important:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/127861


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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    joel: especially a coolermaster. Most coolermaster 460W PSUs are NOT 460 watts, that one included, as hardwaresecrets found. A Corsair 400W CX is realistically a more powerful unit.

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    Spec looks fine to me, I'd still go with the tri core for an extra £20 or so.

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    Thanks to everyone that helped me out with this! Now got it running!

    Impressed with what ive done so far, which is very little, got a bit of overclocking to do tonight

    Heres a little pic of my new pc (next to360) and you get a pic of the music setup for free




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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    What parts did you get in the end?

    I assume you are going to try unlocking the CPU?


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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    Yeah going to try unlocking today, i tried last night but couldnt get it to work...

    I updated the bios last night in an attempt to do it. Ive read im supposed to set the ACC to "Hybrid".. but i cant see that option on my bios, maybe i just updated it wrong, ill give it a go later on!

    I went with the above setup but reduced the 1tb hd to a 650gb one and used the spare money to buy a gigabyte lite cpu cooler, seeing as im going to be overclocking and ive got external hard drives here.

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    Re: New Gaming Rig £450 Budget : Suggestions?

    The Acc setting should be something like auto/all cores etc (differs according to bios I think). I unlocked my 4th core on a 720 and it promptly immediately failed prime95 etc, so make sure to test it thoroughly if you do unlock it.

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