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Building a Gaming PC, Advice peas

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I have been meaning to put together a decent gaming pc for a while but i need some advice as my knowledge is about 8 years out of date :) I bought one of those dell 24" monitors and I have been giv…
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
I have been meaning to put together a decent gaming pc for a while but i need some advice as my knowledge is about 8 years out of date :)

I bought one of those dell 24" monitors and I have been given a geforce 9800gtx+, so i'm looking to spend 300-350 on - case/psu, mothboard, cpu, hd and memory.

So could someone give me some input as to go with intel or amd and what i should be looking for (core 2 duo, i7, dual core, quad core etc). I'm hoping for something to run new games at a good speed, like call of duty and such.

help would be greatly appreciated!
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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#1
go for a core 2 duo intel
#2
gotta be a quad core Q6600, not the Q8200 as you cant overclock it, the Q6600 is 2.4ghz but overclocks to 3.6 on air cooling running stable

also go for ddr2 8500 memory unless of course your going for a board which supports ddr3
#3
so intel then? does quad basically mean 4 x 2.4ghz?

ok £140ish for cpu, is ddr3 memory much more expensive?
#4
have look at [url]www.aria.co.uk[/url] they do buy now pay in 12 months interest free.
does quad basically mean 4 x 2.4ghz? correct, i use a arctic freezer pro 7 heat sink and fan and run the cpu at 3.6ghz, so running 4 x 3.6ghz


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#5
cool thanks, would using ddr3 be much more expensive?
#6
yeah well more as you will need a higher end motherboard to support it, i would keep with ddr2 at the mo as its quite cheap
#7
i got 4gig of ddr2 if you need it to start you off
#8
I'd go for the AMD Phenom II X4 955 over the Q6600 or anything around it tbh...
#9
wickedteen
i got 4gig of ddr2 if you need it to start you off


thx i might when i decided what i'm buying :thumbsup:

emasu
I'd go for the AMD Phenom II X4 955 over the Q6600 or anything around it tbh...


any reason i've always had amd pc's and they been fine and cheaper
#10
markeh;6191249
tany reason i've always had amd pc's and they been fine and cheaper


The X4 955 is AMD :?

It's faster at clock speeds, simple to overclock with the unlocked multiplier and gives you good future proofing (what there is of it in the computer world), with the ability to use AM3 boards and DDR3 if you choose to upgrade to it (or buy it now).
#11
Otherwise, I would recommend this at £91:- http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/Components/Processors/AMDPhenomX3/HDZ720WFGIBOX.html

It is also an excellent processor.
#12
If your not too confident with overclocking, the Phenom is a better option. If you want to go on to DDR3 with better upgrade options in the future without spending a huge whack, then Phenom for sure is the best option.
#13
i know its AMD lol i'm just asking why you're saying go with them when everyone else says intel :-D

k so get a motherboard which i can stick ddr3 in later if i fancy it, thanks guys gonna have a look about
#14
Personally I'd get the E8400 Core 2 Duo, fantastic value and while it's not quad core it's still more than fast and can be overclocked to 4Ghz on air without any issues
#15
markeh;6191378
i know its AMD lol i'm just asking why you're saying go with them when everyone else says intel :-D

k so get a motherboard which i can stick ddr3 in later if i fancy it, thanks guys gonna have a look about


There aren't many motherboards in which you can do that.. by that I meant the Phenom II gives the ability to use an AM3 Board and DDR3 memory in the future or you could buy that combo now... otherwise get an AM2+ / AM3 (It's backwards compatible with AM2+ sockets) board that uses DDR2 :)
#16
weirdwilli;6191410
Personally I'd get the E8400 Core 2 Duo, fantastic value and while it's not quad core it's still more than fast and can be overclocked to 4Ghz on air without any issues


The X2 550 is a good competitor to that IMO and is only £74 ish.
#17
4gb ddr3 memory around £70 does that sound about right?
#18
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ebuyer-1.jpg

+ http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?AMD-P2720

Brings you in around £355....

Or you could look at the gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 plus 4GB Ballistix DDR2 which would come in at around £350 with a 1TB HDD.

Fitting in a 955 is going to be difficult I think.
#19
The MSI 770-C45 is suppose to be a very good board for the price. Shame you cannot fit in the 955 though.
#20
soo that motherboard won't take quad core cpu's?

:thinking:
#21
markeh;6191645
soo that motherboard won't take quad core cpu's?

:thinking:


Yes it will, CPU support here:- http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=prodcpu2&prod_no=1812&maincat_no=1

It's just that the 955 is £145, so it won't fit in with the budget :thumbsup:

You could shave a few pounds off by going with a Coolermaster 330 case (or similar), it's all a juggling act lol
#22
Sorry about that! I meant into your budget, not into the board lmao.
#23
What about the core i5 CPUs that intel are due to ship soon, would that be a good route to go down?

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=20025
#24
ahh sorry i'm with you, i may have to stretch the budget a little or save on the psu/case

thanks for the help emasu
#25
guilbert53
What about the core i5 CPUs that intel are due to ship soon, would that be a good route to go down?

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=20025


not another one lol, is i5 gonna be a budget i7 with less cache or similar?
#26
guilbert53
What about the core i5 CPUs that intel are due to ship soon, would that be a good route to go down?

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=20025


Guilbert is spot on, so close to so many new releases.. It might be better of to wait a bit and see what Intel has to offer.

The only reason we are even saying go AMD is because for your budget, you haven't really got much of a choice when it comes to bang for the buck. The Core i5 platform will likely change that, although nothing is certain in this game lol.
#27
Indeed, at the moment AMD is better on the price/performance level compared to Intel around that area. The i5 750 is apparently going to come in at around £135-£160; LambaTek have already added it at £153 according to Hexus.
#28
Right now, I'd go for this:
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ebuyer.jpg

Although MSI have gone some Core i5 boards for £65 next week if you're lucky enough to get one, so might be best to wait.

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