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    I have £400 to spend on computer

    Hey guys need help. My cousin is building a computer and not sure what to get.

    Currently he has a monitor. Sapphire 5850 and 8GB DDR3 ram.

    So we need

    Case
    Cpu
    Motherboard
    Power supply
    Hard drive
    Cd-Drive

    Think thats it? lol

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    Do you need a copy of Windows and a keyboard and mouse??

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    No mate. He has windows and a keyboard and mouse.

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    You're kinda missing the RAM there .. lol
    edit: and GPU

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by Bambooz View Post
    You're kinda missing the RAM there .. lol
    edit: and GPU
    He mentions that he already has those?

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    Im not
    EDIT: Beat to it

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    May be worth noting that Ivy Bridge will be coming out at the end of april so that should bring prices down of current gen CPUs if he can hold out until then.

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    I assume you have a copy of Windows 7 64 bit?? I assume you have got 1.5V RAM??

    CPU:

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/c...132_HotUKDeals

    You can get cashback from TopCashBack on Novatech purchases.

    This motherboard:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gigabyte-G...item19ce8197e0

    It is out of stock at Scan. It is quite basic but has USB3.0 and 4 RAM slots.

    One of these PSUs should do the job:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-...s-12v-quiet-fa

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-...eps-12v-fan-at

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/520w-...et-fan-atx-v23

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-...-quiet-fan-atx

    The last one is semi-modular.

    TBH,even this much cheaper 450W PSU would be more than enough IMHO:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/450w-...v-fan-atx-v231

    One of these hard drives would do the job:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb...cache-85ms-ncq

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb...16mb-cache-8ms

    I would suggest a Bitfenix Merc Alpha for around £30 to £40 but they seemed to have varnished from many stores now.

    The alternatives I would suggest are these cases:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silve...usb-30-w-o-psu

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/therm...5-sata-w-o-psu

    With a SATA DVD rewriter,the total should be around £335 to £355.

    The system cannot be overclocked as the H61 lacks overclocking options. Also the Core i5 2320 has limited overclocking ability. However,it is around £40 cheaper than the retail Core i5 2500K.

    However,to make good use of the Core i5 2500K,you not only have to pay more for the CPU but also more for a P67 or Z68 based motherboard,and a cooler.

    The extra money could be spent on a better motherboard if you want more options,like this Z68 based one:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-...dvi-d-hdmi-atx

    The Z68 based motherboards which are better for overclocking cost more. However,since the CPU has limited overclocking ability,it might not be a good idea to pay any more IMHO.
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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    He mentions that he already has those?
    I shouldn't post when I'm hammered..

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I assume you have a copy of Windows 7 64 bit?? I assume you have got 1.5V RAM??

    CPU:

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/c...132_HotUKDeals

    You can get cashback from TopCashBack on Novatech purchases.

    This motherboard:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gigabyte-G...item19ce8197e0

    It is out of stock at Scan. It is quite basic but has USB3.0 and 4 RAM slots.

    One of these PSUs should do the job:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-...s-12v-quiet-fa

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-...eps-12v-fan-at

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/520w-...et-fan-atx-v23

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-...-quiet-fan-atx

    The last one is semi-modular.

    TBH,even this much cheaper 450W PSU would be more than enough IMHO:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/450w-...v-fan-atx-v231

    One of these hard drives would do the job:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb...cache-85ms-ncq

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb...16mb-cache-8ms

    I would suggest a Bitfenix Merc Alpha for around £30 to £40 but they seemed to have varnished from many stores now.

    The alternatives I would suggest are these cases:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silve...usb-30-w-o-psu

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/therm...5-sata-w-o-psu

    With a SATA DVD rewriter,the total should be around £335 to £355.

    The system cannot be overclocked as the H61 lacks overclocking options. Also the Core i5 2320 has limited overclocking ability. However,it is around £40 cheaper than the retail Core i5 2500K.

    However,to make good use of the Core i5 2500K,you not only have to pay more for the CPU but also more for a P67 or Z68 based motherboard,and a cooler.

    The extra money could be spent on a better motherboard if you want more options,like this Z68 based one:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-...dvi-d-hdmi-atx

    The Z68 based motherboards which are better for overclocking cost more. However,since the CPU has limited overclocking ability,it might not be a good idea to pay any more IMHO.
    Many thanks Cat

    I will see if I can push him to get some more money together so that he can get the 2500k and a better motherboard. if not what you suggested will be great.

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    what's he got already, what's he using it for? you can play crysis2 on any fast core duo and core quad... i just got a coolermaster case with core duo, gtx 260, hdd, nice power supply etc etc for 230 on ebay, put a quad in it, pretty good gear! running at 3 gigs, what can u run on a sandy bridge that looks much better than a core quad, nothing much at the moment!

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    Got a little bit more money so ordered this and built it today.


    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Unlocked Processor
    Silverstone SST-PS04B Black Midi Tower Chassis
    500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue Hard Drive
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    Samsung SH-S222BB/BEBE DVD Writer
    650W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply (Seasonic OEM)
    2x 4Gb DDR3
    Sapphire 5850

    Computer is nice and fast. In a few months he can get an SSD.

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    For £400 you can go for pre assembled PC. Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked Combo on SCAN's today only is a good choice. Add used gpu such as 6870 or 560 and you have a very good machine.

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    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by neonplanet40 View Post
    Got a little bit more money so ordered this and built it today.


    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Unlocked Processor
    Silverstone SST-PS04B Black Midi Tower Chassis
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    650W XFX Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply (Seasonic OEM)
    2x 4Gb DDR3
    Sapphire 5850

    Computer is nice and fast. In a few months he can get an SSD.

    Nice build there!

    What did the final cost come to?

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      • 256 Crucial MX100 +Kingston 256GB SSD and 500GB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Palit nVidia 1070Ti Rockgamer
      • PSU:
      • OCZ 650W
      • Case:
      • Akasa Eclipse-32
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 27" U2715H & Dell 23" U2311H
      • Internet:
      • 60MB

    Re: I have £400 to spend on computer

    Emmmmm £550 not including memory and gpu I think. He also bought my old amp and rear speakers too so doesn't sound too bad either.
    Home Entertainment =BenQ W1070, Samsung 65" HDTV, Denon AVRX6300H, Playstation 3 and Monitor Audio Silver RX 5.0, Monitor Audio CT265IDC(x4) Dolby Atmos and XTZ 12.17 Sub
    My System=Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi, AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, Patriot 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz, 256GB Crucial SSD, Kingston 256GB SSD and 500GB Samsung F3, Palit GTX1070 GameRock Edition , Enermax Liberty 620W, Akasa Eclipse-32,Dell 2715H & Dell U2311H
    Home Server 2/HTPC - HP Gen 8 with 4GB ram, Windows 7 Pro and Crucial M4 128GB SSD, MSI AMD R7 240 2GB, 2x WD Red 3TB 1x 2TB WD Black running XBMC
    Diskstation/HTPC - Synology DS2415+ with 18TB
    Tablet=Microsoft Surface Pro 4 & Huawei M5 10"

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