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    Help spec me a budget build

    Need a bit of help from you guys with my new build!

    I pretty much need all of the parts, apart from a monitor (1680x1050 FYI). To be more specific with the kit list here's what will be needed:

    Motherboard
    CPU
    RAM
    PSU
    GPU
    HDD
    Case

    I think thats it?

    The new build will be used for general usage mainly... watching the odd DVD, with a bit of graphic design work and some occasional video editing. Games will not be played, I already have a PC for that. I have a budget of around £350 - £400 to spend so it would be excellent to hear some recommendations

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    Re: Help spec me a budget build

    I would look at the following parts:

    AMD Athlon II X3 440 ~ £66

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191955

    MSI 785GM-E51 ~ £57

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173978

    4GB 1333MHZ ~ £80

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178943

    Corsair 400W CX PSU ~ £40

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150985

    Samsung F3 1TB ~ £62

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

    Antec Mini P180 Black MATX Case ~ £62

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140996

    SATA DVD rewriter ~ £17

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164449

    The total comes to £384 excluding postage.


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    Re: Help spec me a budget build

    Whoa, thanks so much for that!

    Few questions though:

    1) How comes AMD over Intel?
    2) In terms of upgradeability in the future, how much headroom would be available with that motherboard?
    3) Would onboard graphics be enough to handle some 3D modelling applications? Cinema 4D for example?

    Thanks again

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    Re: Help spec me a budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by KalC View Post
    Whoa, thanks so much for that!

    Few questions though:

    1) How comes AMD over Intel?
    2) In terms of upgradeability in the future, how much headroom would be available with that motherboard?
    3) Would onboard graphics be enough to handle some 3D modelling applications? Cinema 4D for example?

    Thanks again

    1/ AMD are better value at the low end, so more bang for your buck.
    2/ You have spare PCIe and PCI card slots, and 2 unused memory slots. What do you have in mind?
    3/ That is fairly up to date integrated graphics, so should be enough. I suppose a board with sideport RAM dedicated to graphics might be nice, but that may cost you more.

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    Re: Help spec me a budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    1/ AMD are better value at the low end, so more bang for your buck.
    2/ You have spare PCIe and PCI card slots, and 2 unused memory slots. What do you have in mind?
    3/ That is fairly up to date integrated graphics, so should be enough. I suppose a board with sideport RAM dedicated to graphics might be nice, but that may cost you more.
    Thanks for clearing that up. I only asked as this would be my first mATX MSi board, have just read some reviews though and it seems pretty good

    Right, so I am just about to order now. Anything to add/missing or am I good to go?

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    Re: Help spec me a budget build

    I assume that you are not going to overclock the processor??

    I chose the MSI motherboard as it seems to have lower power consumption than other 785G based motherboards:

    http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles...?cid=6&id=3048

    The motherboard supports 125W CPUs.

    This motherboard does have dedicated RAM for the IGP and supports 125W CPUs:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179183

    The following motherboard has dedicated RAM for the IGP and support for 140W CPUs I would look at the following one:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/170277


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    Re: Help spec me a budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I assume that you are not going to overclock the processor??
    I have no plans to overclock on this machine.

    If do require a GPU I could just put one in at a later stage couldn't i?

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    Re: Help spec me a budget build

    Quote Originally Posted by KalC View Post
    I have no plans to overclock on this machine.

    If do require a GPU I could just put one in at a later stage couldn't i?
    You can. bear in mind teh PSU was 30A @12V available. This may limit the use of high end cards and it certainly won't run nvidias lastest monsters.

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