Building new pc, what parts recommended

Hi all basically im gunna build a new pc in a couple of weeks when my whiplash money comes thru, my main use of the pc will be running xbmc with hd via my tv and using my monitor to do general things, ie dloading,browsing,youtube etc..

i would also like to run games such as codmw2 and would want this output to my tv which is 1080i at a reasonable level of detail.

looking to spend about 400 quid tbh, and probably an amd chip.


based on the above what would fellow users recommend in buying?

cheers, hope this aint getting too repetitive their a lot of ppl recently asking about new or own built desktops.

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I recomend a good power supply and the cheap one often dont last long, its been ages since i built a pc so im not upto scratch on all the lates hardware.

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/PCBUILD.jpg

+ ]This & ]This

The MSI board will probably come back into stock at ebuyer soon though.

Original Poster

is that a dual core processor not a quad or am i being thick?

Dual. Although the MSI Board with a BIOS update does have ACC where there is the possibility of unlocking the cores to make it a quad. It's very much a lottery though.

If you want a quad then it's best to go for an Athlon X4 620.

Well am guessing as your using it with a tv and mainly for movies then you want a media center case and as and a quiet graphics card. So a 4670 silent edition will play most games at a good level at the 1280x720 you'll be using. If you go in the direction of emasu then it should leave you enough cash for a 955BE if you have a big need for processing power.

Original Poster

nah dont need it to be in a media center case, the pc is about 2 foot from the tv anyhow and im sure i can handle noise compared to my 360, which is a hurricane.

Sorry but you'd be better off with an intel

AMD aren't as good these days.

shauneco;7450976

Sorry but you'd be better off with an intel AMD aren't as good these days.



AMD are better bang for buck unless you want an i5/i7 at the moment.

emasu;7451098

AMD are better bang for buck unless you want an i5/i7 at the moment.



Yeah true but in my experience AMD chips seem to be a lot slower if you compare them to similar spec Intels.

Core 2 Duo's were easily overclocked as well.

I'd agree with you in aspect of the ops budget.

Emasu,

I noticed your posts with links to the Ebuyer website with interest. I'm looking more and more into the i5 chip, could you advise which you would opt for and a comparable motherboard to the ]http//ht…/p1. Also is there any need to order any additional cables or do they come supplied with each component?

Also looking for a quality, future proof graphics card, any suggestions (for FSX primarilly).

Cheers

Original Poster

so the motherboard would work fine with an athlon 620?, and it a good un?

emasu;7451098

AMD are better bang for buck unless you want an i5/i7 at the moment.



+1

shauneco;7451680

Yeah true but in my experience AMD chips seem to be a lot slower if you … Yeah true but in my experience AMD chips seem to be a lot slower if you compare them to similar spec Intels.Core 2 Duo's were easily overclocked as well.I'd agree with you in aspect of the ops budget.



Clock for clock you are spot on, but £ for £ its a different matter.

tragictramp;7451714

so the motherboard would work fine with an athlon 620?, and it a good un?



Yes, but for movies it wont make any difference and for games you better off with the 550 for the higher clocks and L3 cache. But if you'll be spending a lot of time encoding then yes the quad will be the better option.

shauneco;7451680

Yeah true but in my experience AMD chips seem to be a lot slower if you … Yeah true but in my experience AMD chips seem to be a lot slower if you compare them to similar spec Intels.Core 2 Duo's were easily overclocked as well.I'd agree with you in aspect of the ops budget.



X2 550 vs E8400 (Relevant in this comparison)

Phenom gives you future AM3 DDR3 etc. upgrade compatibility, very easily overclocked as it is a Black Edition, only £69 whereas the E8400 sits around £110 ish. No contest IMO.

The other comparison is the X4 620 vs Q8200, Athlon is about £30 cheaper for slightly better performance, again future upgradablity too.

tbh for the uses, the dual is fine. (i would go with a e8400 tbh too) your not doign video editing or anything, a dual will handle all of ur requests fine, incl gaming.
duals are infact better for gaming than quad atm.
anyway if u can get a e8400 in budget it suure does upgrade ur overclocking potential if u do ned up wanting to video edit faster etc.

Original Poster

i just think that a quad is more future proof and think it may be a bit silly to use older technology, im currently running an athlon 64 3200, it does most purposes fine - as i currently dont play any games on the pc. but on win7 it unbearable and xbmc throws a few wobblys with cpu usage and itunes slows it bigtime.
i upgrade probably every 2-3 years so think it best to future proof

munaaf;7452126

duals are infact better for gaming than quad atm.



Nonsense, that may have been true or three two years ago but these days most of the CPU heavy games get a good performance boost from quad-core.

Unfortunately if you want a good graphics card which is generally more important you may not be able to squeeze a quad-core into your budget.
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