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Hi Folks, Ok, so heres some ideas i've been putting together, but i'm by no means a 'Gaming' expert...theres a few bits missing and it's currently a bit over budget but... 4GB Corsair (2x2GB) … Read More
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Hi Folks,

Ok, so heres some ideas i've been putting together, but i'm by no means a 'Gaming' expert...theres a few bits missing and it's currently a bit over budget but...

4GB Corsair (2x2GB) TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-18

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, Yorkfield Core, S775, 2.33GHz, 1333MHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 7x, 95W, Retail

Asus P5KPL SE, Intel G31, Sok 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 1066(OC)/667/800, SATA 3Gb/s, ATX

1TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B, 3.5", SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, HDD

750W Powercool 80+ Dual 12v Rail V2.2 High Efficiency Black Psu

896MB XFX GTX260 XT, 2000MHz GDDR3, GPU 621MHz, 216 Cores, 2xDL DVI-I/HDTV + FarCry 2

That little lot comes to about £500...no screen is required for now, just the case and inners...so who knows what I should be buying and swapping from the list above? Has to be £500 or lower for a fully functioning gaming PC
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
I would use a Western Digital or Seagate HDD, WD10EACS is good

Not sure on that PSU, and I personally would go for a Radeon 4890, new technology, good deals to be had, and you can later crossfire with the right motherboard, I tihnk you need Nvidia chipset to SLi yours.

How much is the Q8200? Q6600 still isn't bad for the money IF you need quad core, if not then there is alot out there for much less
#2
I'm not sure if he needs the quad core...

Basically, my list was best guestimates from Scan without searching for cheaper prices, etc. I don't have the first clue on graphics cards however, so not sure on the different brands
#3
XFX is a cheapy brand.

At £500 I'd go for a dual-core. You may lose some performance in future depending on what happens but it'll be similar now and should be quite a bit cheaper.

A 750W power supply is massive overkill, 450-550W would be more appropriate to that sort of system (and cheaper).

The motherboard is also rather cheap, the P35/P45 chipset is much more popular than the G31 so I'm not sure what advantages that'd have. (I just went for a P45 because I wanted a crossfire slot just in case, but that's not an issue with an nvidia graphics card).

Who's building the PC, you or him and how much experience does the builder have? Cutting costs and getting cheap high performance parts usually leaves you more frustrated with the build because of poor manuals (do I need to plug both the power cables in or just one?) and sharp edges on the case. If it's a first or second time you may want to sacrifice a little performance for better parts.

Also, is noise an issue? Fans that come with cheap graphics cards and cases can often be rather loud. I'd ask him if he wants to spend a little more (or sacrifice a little performance) to ensure a quiet system.
#4
I would get an X38 motherboard, because that way both PCI-E slots are 16x, not just one as in P35

I would stick with a good brand 650W PSU because then it can be used for longer and in future systems, CoolerMaster is good value, Corsair is good too but a little more expensive.

Sapphire is a good brand graphics card for warranty, but cooler can't be changed, it voids warranty.

Fan wise, try and source yate-loons, best fan for the money.

Does he know what he is doing?
#5
Ommid
I would get an X38 motherboard, because that way both PCI-E slots are 16x, not just one as in P35

I would stick with a good brand 650W PSU because then it can be used for longer and in future systems, CoolerMaster is good value, Corsair is good too but a little more expensive.

Sapphire is a good brand graphics card for warranty, but cooler can't be changed, it voids warranty.

Fan wise, try and source yate-loons, best fan for the money.

Does he know what he is doing?


Thanks Guys. I can build PCs with my eyes closed and have done so for ten years, but just have a bit of trouble knowing the spec of the bits these days :-D

The advice above is much appreciated. So, lets say theres around £150 for a graphics card, what sould it be?
#6
Ommid
I would get an X38 motherboard, because that way both PCI-E slots are 16x, not just one as in P35

Yes, but the X38 only supports crossfire so the only use would be an additional graphics card for third and fourth monitors or a non-graphics card of some description. You couldn't use it for a second graphics card that could combine with the first to power a single display unless you switched to ATI.

Ommid
I would stick with a good brand 650W PSU because then it can be used for longer and in future systems, CoolerMaster is good value, Corsair is good too but a little more expensive.

If you can get a good deal on a high power one then go for it, but I suspect the PCI-E and SATA connectors will be changing again in the near future so I wouldn't bank on long term use, not on a budget system anyway.
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EndlessWaves
Yes, but the X38 only supports crossfire so the only use would be an additional graphics card for third and fourth monitors or a non-graphics card of some description. You couldn't use it for a second graphics card that could combine with the first to power a single display unless you switched to ATI.



If you can get a good deal on a high power one then go for it, but I suspect the PCI-E and SATA connectors will be changing again in the near future so I wouldn't bank on long term use, not on a budget system anyway.


Thanks for the advice. I'm sure you've popped up and helped me before on here, and it is appreciated. So, can you recommend a GFX card for £150, and the rest of the parts for £350 :-D:-D
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i would go for faster ram too... there are OCZ reapers going pretty cheap on ebuyer i htink (i have them in my machine and paid a bomb!)
1 Like #9
bazzaric
Thanks for the advice. I'm sure you've popped up and helped me before on here, and it is appreciated. So, can you recommend a GFX card for £150, and the rest of the parts for £350 :-D:-D


Well I've been enjoying my new machine instead of following the parts market since last October so I'm about six months out of date on what the best parts are.

At that time I spend £140 on a 4850, but if the GTX 260 hadn't been £200+ at the time I'd definitely have gone for that. Having a quick look at prices and reviews now it appears that the 4870 and GTX 260 are virtually neck and neck. Personally I'd ignore crossfire/SLI opportunities unless you're planning on upgrading within the year and go for the GTX 260 for the PhysX support. Personally I'd spend £10-20 more to ensure I get a card that's quiet under load (check reviews) but whether you should go for that depends on how much noise bothers you.

So if you spend £155 for the graphics card there then are a couple of other fixed price bits we can knock off immediatly.
1TB HDD: £70
DVD drive: £15
4GB DDR2: £40
I'd also spend around £40 on a PSU.

That leaves £180 for the motherboard, CPU, Case and cooling stuff.

I'd probably spend £40 on the case + case fans, £20 on a CPU cooler, £50 on a motherboard and £70 on a CPU.

Faster memory has been proven over and over to have very little effect on the current Intel platform.
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For £500, I'd be looking at something around these specs (not definitive):- http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ebuyerorder.png

£495 delivered ish.

Alternatively you could look at something like this:- http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ebuyerorder2.jpg

And then get a GTS250 for £91 delivered (Scan AV Forums/Hexus free postage offer). Link here:- https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/AddToBasket.aspx?WebProductId=1006255

That would come to around £407 delivered.
1 Like #11
Thanks again gents. That should give me enough to work on tomorrow and get something purchased.

Bazzaric
#12
Any news? I'm looking to build too
#13
will update the thread once I've bought all the bits tomorrow night buddy
#14
Any news now mate?
#15
I basically bought Emasu's original suggestions from ebuyer, with a bigger hard drive and a different case. Came to £560 with some additional parts (keyboard, mouse, cables). Hoping everything arrives on Wednesday so I can get it built at the end of the week. Will keep you updated
#16
what was the final spec? images are removed

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