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    Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    I need some advice in regarding a quad core build. Pc will be needed internet, office some light gaming hopefully last 4-6 years.

    Budget £550 including monitor & windows is it possible?

    Ps what the hell happend to memory prices? 4gb of ddr2 used to cost about £45 now closer to £85!

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    How light's the gaming?

    A reference system to compare build-your-owns too is this one:
    http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home...d005635_beta~~

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Its possible, but if it is for you it would probably be the same as / worse that your current set up, especially given your monitor.

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Build not for me its for a friend it will be used as family computer pervious computer is in the loft and is 12 yers old!!

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Again slightly over budget at £600, and dependent on very light gaming (although helped by 1600x900 monitor). Also, it doesn't satisfy the quad core requirement but will likely give equivalent performance:

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Should be possible - Athlon II X4, AMD 770-based AM3 motherboard and 4GB DDR3 RAM should be around £220. Graphics - probably an ATI 4670 for ~ £60. Cheap case w/o PSU ~ £10. Decent 400W MAX psu ~ £40. Optical Drive ~ £15. Hard drive - 500GB for ~ £35? So we're up to £380 for the base unit, leaving - what, £180 for monitor and Windows? Win 7 (64 bit) OEM is ~ £80, leaving £90 for a monitor, which should get you a 17" standard or wide screen monitor.

    So yes, it's possible. All the prices I've quoted are from ebuyer - you can probably get the cost down slightly by shopping around. Particularly, look for CPUs / mobos and bundles from Scan on Today Only.

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Heres some components to flesh out scaryjim post based on his build.

    CPU:AMD Athlon II X4 635 at £85
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-A...MHz-95W-Retail

    MOBO:MSI 770-C45 at £52
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-7...dio-GB-LAN-ATX

    Hardrive:500GB Samsung HD502HJ Spinpoint F3 at £33
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500Gb...-Cache-8ms-OEM

    RAM:4GB (2x2GB) Corsair DDR3 1333MHz at C9. £82
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178943

    PSU:400W Corsair CMPSU-400CX at £35
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400W-...-year-warranty

    Case:Coolermaster Elite 330 at £27. Could go cheaper on case.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coole...r-Case-w-o-PSU

    Monitor:19" Digimate - DGM L 1935WD. Widescreen at 1440x900. £82
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/19-Di...-5001-Speakers

    For graphics theres the PowerColor HD 4670 PCS 1GB DDR3 at £60
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173208
    or Inno3D GT 240 512MB GDDR3 at £57.
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179468
    I think im right in saying the HD 4670 looks the better deal here.

    Plus W7 at £80 and CD drive at £15 the grand total is £551.

    Only way you could save more if you wanted was to mayby go down the route of intergrated graphics like the AMD 785G chipset instead of a graphics card, worse performance but would allow some gaming at very low settings.

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Do you really want quad core?

    A decent dual core CPU would save you 40 to 50 quid which could be put towards a better monitor or video card and I think would give a nicer machine to use overall. Sticking with AM3 socket leaves you open for an upgrade to 4 or 6 core further down the line if CPU ever became an issue.

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. The only reason I was after a quad was because I know this computer will not be upgraded/replaced for at least 5 years, so thought a quad core would have a longer shelf life in that respect.

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheapy View Post
    Heres some components to flesh out scaryjim post based on his build.
    Cheers, was at work so posting quickly

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    Re: Advice for AMD of intel Quad core build

    Quote Originally Posted by rob4001 View Post
    Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. The only reason I was after a quad was because I know this computer will not be upgraded/replaced for at least 5 years, so thought a quad core would have a longer shelf life in that respect.
    No doubt it will last that long. Most apps still aren't SMP capable.

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