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So I'm planning on building my first PC, I've got some knowledge of replacing PC parts but never a full build. My intention was to build an all purpose rig that can handle gaming (CoD 4, Diablo 3 e…
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
So I'm planning on building my first PC, I've got some knowledge of replacing PC parts but never a full build.

My intention was to build an all purpose rig that can handle gaming (CoD 4, Diablo 3 etc.) and get me through the next few years as I don't think I'll be having a lot of money to spend on upgrading a PC at Uni.

I was looking to spend around £500 so I could buy the parts straight away but what I've got comes to just over £600 currently so I'll be looking to buy some now then the rest when I get paid.

List of prospective parts:


CPU: Intel E8400 £128.21 Scan

GFX: Inno3D Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 FreezerX2 £129.99 Ebuyer

HDD: 500Gb Seagate Barracuda £43.22 Scan

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular £67.15 Special Tech

Case: Cooler Master 690 £63.86 MicroDirect

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R £97.30 Pixmania (£85.86 refurb)

RAM: OCZ 4GB ddr2 1066 Platinum Memory CL5 £44.13 Ebuyer

DVD: Samsung SH-D163B-BEB 48x CD 16x DVD £12.18 Scan

Wireless: D-Link AirPlus-G DWL-G510 £16.33 Ebuyer


Would really like some feedback on the parts chosen and whether there's any alternatives I could be looking at (cheaper ones if possible )

Cheers guys!
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#1
I got some great tips:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/389235/gaming-pc-for-around-500/

please rep those on that thread if you find their information useful
#2
I would use an Asus Mobo
I would also use a Western Digital hard drive
#3
go for a Q6600 cpu quad core 2.4, they overclock to 3.6 stable but you must use a arctic cooling freezer 7 pro
#4
What OS are you going with
And why not get an antec 300 instead
#5
bazzaric
I got some great tips:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/389235/gaming-pc-for-around-500/

please rep those on that thread if you find their information useful


Have you said that because you are on it 50%
#6
gr8h8me
Have you said that because you are on it 50%


what?
#7
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ebuy.png?t=1244319897

+ This:- http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?SAP-4870

Pretty much bang on £500, then you could add that wireless thing on.
#8
bin that case, very flimsy for the money consider the antec 300 or the cm centurion 5, both a lot more "quality" construction.
Also consider going for a branded video card such as asus or gigabyte, they tend to be alot less hassle with driver updates down the line.
Have you allowed for an OS in your build? if its windows 7 there are some very buggy graphics drivers about so above is more important than ever
#9
wickedteen
go for a Q6600 cpu quad core 2.4, they overclock to 3.6 stable but you must use a arctic cooling freezer 7 pro


Definite recommendation for the Arctic Cooling 7 Pro.

I didn't go for power myself, more for silence.
I have an E8400 (in an Inspiron 530, so no OC) and it's 32C with the above cooler. Chilly.

But the graphics card is the main thing, are you sure about the GTX260. If you shop around in the £120-£150 sector you could end up with a HD4890 or alternative which will definitely last you longer.
#10
3.6ghz on a Freezer 7 Pro!? Why!?
#11
gr8h8me
Have you said that because you are on it 50%


none of my posts on that thread are information are they? :thumbsup:

and I really don't need to rep beg
#12
emasu
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ebuy.png?t=1244319897

+ This:- http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?SAP-4870

Pretty much bang on £500, then you could add that wireless thing on.


Am very tempted to go for this lot, much more bang for my buck.

Thought I may sub the 4870 for a 4890 however

Keep the advice coming guys :-D
#13
wickedteen
go for a Q6600 cpu quad core 2.4, they overclock to 3.6 stable but you must use a arctic cooling freezer 7 pro


NO WAY can you get that stable, need water cooling at least.

I overclocked mine to 3GHZ (3.2 MAX) with artic cooling 7 pro.

What program are you using to check cpu temperature?
#14
you need a big case, mine is runing at 3.6 stable, been running it at that for about a year now, also i am using mx2 paste

my temps are 34c idle, 54c at load
#15
You need to remember that not every chip will be the same.. what one can do another may not.

The Akasa AK965 is rated very well and is about the same performance wise as an AF7.
#16
Don't mean to interrupt the OC debate but was thinking of this as my GPU.

A good deal in your opinions?

If so I think I'll be heading off to purchase what emasu suggested

EDIT: Would I require any extra cooling methods if I went down this route?
#17
Scan are actually cheaper this weekend on 2 things...

X3 720 - £106.94 - https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/AddToBasket.aspx?WebProductId=1025971

HD4890 - £164.45 - https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/AddToBasket.aspx?WebProductId=1026110

The 300 has a few free mounting ports so you could add some extra 120mm's in if you wanted to.
#18
Ommid
I would also use a Western Digital hard drive


The 7200.12 is the only 500GB single platter drive AFAIK so I'd go with that over a normal WD drive (although maybe not a WD Green).
#19
A friend just suggested to me that instead of the 4890 I order two of these

Would this be a viable alternative?
#20
Just a light bump, was interested in the opinion on the dual card option :-)
#21
Going crossfire is always an extreme option. What with the drivers and the memory not being pooled but rather used "in concert".

If you get the HD4890 now there's the always the option to double the power in the future with another HD4890. By getting those two relatively weaker cards, you're sort of locking yourself in.
#22
If your building a gaming rig spend as much money as possible on the Graphics Card first ignoring SLI/Crossfire, then the CPU. The reason is similar to what Tubby mentioned above, your not locking yourself in right now and have the option to do this in the future when you more likely to need this sort of set-up. Also don't go out of your way to buy a motherboard compatible with SLI/Crossfire, you more than likely will never need it.

If you know how to overclock I would recommend going for a Dual Core Intel Core 2 Duo and overclocking it. I have an E8400 at 4ghz on air-cooling and its an absolute beauty. I believe there is another E8*** processor now that is even better for overclocking, this would probably be an excellent buy. The majority of games (the massive majority) only uses one or two cores, so a quad core is overkill and probably a total waste of money and will be for several more years.

I suggest trying to spend £150-£200 on a graphics card, it will likely last a long time, a lot longer than a card priced around £100. Although it does depend on the resolution your gaming at (your monitor size).
#23
Another question. I have a friend who works at Currys who can get me 10% off PCs.

Had a look through the website and found this. The overall price will end up being almost exactly the same (~£570)

Now I'm getting a bigger HDD (although no info provided on what it is on that link) but the main upside is the quad core CPU

The Gfx card I know is not a lot compared to the HD4890 but still sufficient enough to run pretty much what I want

Any opinions on going for this?
#24
GT120 is a 9500GT..... Not worth it in a system that price at all when you can get a far better spec/card for less.

If you want an Intel quad get a Q6700 OEM from scan and an AF7 or Akasa AK965.
#25
I think I was suckered in by the 10% off when in fact it's overpriced for what I'm getting in the first place.

I'm now tempted by this as I'm getting a Q8200 and the HD4670 should support me sufficiently

Are Mesh any good as a company?
#26
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/416809/first-pc-build-feedback-wanted/[IMG]http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ebuy2.png[/IMG]http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ebuy2.png?t=1244419702

Pretty much the same for about £100 less minus OS, with a better gfx card.
#27
You can build a PC that will do games for less than that. you can cute more corners if you wish.

pick up a Q6700 quad core processor for a fiver more
800mhz ram will do the job (go with corsair XMS2 or Kingston HyperX and you will save yourself another 10-15)
Case is expensive, save yourself 30 quid: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-020-AK&groupid=701&catid=7&subcat=
i would probably pick up an LG DVD drive (will allow you to copy wii games sould you ever feel the need to)
You do not need a super high end GPU. contrary to what most people say.

Dont go with refurb components


I use a Core2 e6300 1.86, x1900XT with 2gb ram and i can play most games except far cry on full settings 1650 x 1080.

Get a mother board that will support a quad, but get a dual
#28
jackwooly
I think I was suckered in by the 10% off when in fact it's overpriced for what I'm getting in the first place.

I'm now tempted by this as I'm getting a Q8200 and the HD4670 should support me sufficiently

Are Mesh any good as a company?


just read this.. looks like a good deal for what you need and comes with OS and warantee.

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