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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    I am looking to order all the parts from ebuyer so I have to find a psu thats suitable but wont break the bank, trouble with upgrading the gpu is it ups the power requirements :S I filled in a power tester form thing and it suggested I needed 347W for my system, I guess that leaves little room for overclocking/unlocking and adding extra components. Hmm

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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    The power calculators tend to over estimate the amount of power required.

    Here is an updated build:

    AMD Athlon II X3 450 ~ £56

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238326

    Biostar TA870+ Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard ~ £67

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/255179

    OR

    MSI 870A-G54 ~ £69

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/205849

    Both these motherboards have USB3.0 and SATA3.0 ports.

    Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Blu Memory Kit ~ £37

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241003

    Be Quiet 530W Pure Power PSU ~ £47

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190751

    SATA DVD rewriter ~ £12

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176026

    GTX460 768MB ~ £111

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/261125

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB ~ £32

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252

    Casecom K5-9388 ~ £30

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239238

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239240

    The total comes to around £392 to £394 including free delivery.

    Scan do a GTX460 1GB for around £120 though:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-m...i-i-hdmi-d-sub

    They also do the GTX460 768MB with a better cooler for around £107:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/768mb...ores-dvi-mhdmi

    Once you get upto 20 posts you can get free Scan postage so I would get the graphics card from Scan and the rest of the parts from Ebuyer. You will be able to keep to your £400 budget.
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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    I know you're on a budget, so ultimately only you can decide what you can justify paying, but the 1GB card will be a better bet if you can scrape the extra £13 together for it.

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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    Thanks for your help guys.

    In the end I went for
    HD6850
    Athlon II X3 450
    MSI 870-C45
    4gb Kingston hyper memory
    Antec earthwatts 380w PSU
    Casecom case
    Pioneer DVD writer
    Hitachi deskstar 1tb

    came in at £400 including next day delivery from ebuyer

    A couple of gambles there i know, im hoping the antec psu and hitachi 'deathstar' are both ok!

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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    An HD6850 1GB and a Core i3 can run off a Seasonic 330W fine.

    I was running a mildly overclocked Q6600,4GB of DDR2,2 SATA hard drives and an overclocked HD4830 512MB off a 400W Shuttle PSU until last year.


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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by toberemembered View Post
    Thanks for your help guys.

    In the end I went for

    A couple of gambles there i know, im hoping the antec psu and hitachi 'deathstar' are both ok!
    ebuyer are selling Deathstars without even a basic CRB check?

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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    Credit to ebuyer their next day delivery came at 8:30AM!

    Have my system set up, cant wait to try some games, everything is working okay and went smoothly.

    I may need some help sorting out the RAM config, I went for the 1600mhz hyper so will either need to overclock it or sharpen up the timings and voltage for 1333mhz.

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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    I have successully unlocked the 4th core on the processor although it doesn't have l3 cache. I have also got the RAM set to 1600mhz. Overall its a beast, my last pc was an e2200 with 4gb DDR2 and an 8800gt, compared to that this rocks lol.

    Got an overall passmark performance test 7.0 score of 1428, is that any good?

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    Re: New PC £350 Budget

    I assume you have stability tested the fourth core??

    An Athlon II X3 450 unlocked to an Athlon II X4 should be around the same speed as a Q9400 in games and will be much faster for video encoding.


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