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    PC build component advice

    I am buying components to make a PC for my sons upcoming birthday.

    I have come up with the following components from Scan.

    Any advice, recommendations, alternatives welcome.

    Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop - £36.14

    Asus M4A88TD-M EVO - £77.86

    AMD Athlon II X3 450 - £59.98

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - £15.23

    1TB Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 - £38.39

    dimax EW-7612PIn 300Mbps Wireless 802.11 b/g/n PCI Express Adapter - £17.60

    Samsung DVD Writer, SH-S223C/BEBE, SATA, Black, OEM - £12.53

    I already have a case, a quality power supply and Windows 7.

    We will make do with the onboard graphics for now, but look to upgrade later (birthday money permitting)

    The motherboard will hopefully unlock the fourth core, and the cooler allow a bit of overclocking in the future.

    This comes to a total of £257.73

    Thanks for taking the time to look at this for me.

    12 Comments

    looks like you know what your doing

    Original Poster

    MR1123

    looks like you know what your doing



    Just wanted a second opinion before hitting the order button.

    I take it you have thermal paste & a DVD/CD Burner ?

    I also have a brand new Gelid Tranquillo CPU cooler that I could sell you for £12 if you want this one.

    Original Poster

    Yes to thermal paste... Doh to DVD burner.. missed that one.

    Original Poster

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    Samsung DVD Writer, SH-S223C/BEBE, SATA, Black, OEM - £12.53

    Original Poster

    WheresMeNuts

    I also have a brand new Gelid Tranquillo CPU cooler that I could sell you … I also have a brand new Gelid Tranquillo CPU cooler that I could sell you for £12 if you want this one.



    Sorry, I missed this comment. I'd have been tempted, but I've already hit the order button.

    No probs bud.

    I have a similar setup. If you are looking to save the pennies then I would ditch the cooler and the paste. The stock cooler AMD ship is pretty good. I have a Phenom 2 X4 that I have overclocked with the stock cooler. You can always replace the cooler later if it isn't good enough.

    The onboard gfx are crap, even struggles to play 1080 video some times, but they are useful to have, my gfx card is currently out of commission and I would have been screwed without the onboard gfx to lean on.

    To be honest I would have gone triple channel.

    Also when you're mounting the cpu do the following:

    Use unfragranced white spirit and toilet roll to whipe off any 'stock' heat paste on the heatsink.
    Apply a thin layer of 'arctic' paste to the cpu using the back edge of a knife you don't use to eat, not going past the edges of the die or treating it like you're buttering toast. When you mount the cpu get it right first time, practice before the arctic silver step if you think you might make a mistake. Do this right and the CPU goes -10 degrees what it would have been under load.
    Edited by: "grimboj2" 29th Jan 2011

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    I have a similar setup. If you are looking to save the pennies then I … I have a similar setup. If you are looking to save the pennies then I would ditch the cooler and the paste. The stock cooler AMD ship is pretty good. I have a Phenom 2 X4 that I have overclocked with the stock cooler. You can always replace the cooler later if it isn't good enough.The onboard gfx are crap, even struggles to play 1080 video some times, but they are useful to have, my gfx card is currently out of commission and I would have been screwed without the onboard gfx to lean on.



    I went for the Freezer 7 Pro as it's served me well on two previous overclocked systems.

    Original Poster

    grimboj2

    To be honest I would have gone triple channel.Also when you're mounting … To be honest I would have gone triple channel.Also when you're mounting the cpu do the following:Use unfragranced white spirit and toilet roll to whipe off any 'stock' heat paste on the heatsink.Apply a thin layer of 'arctic' paste to the cpu using the back edge of a knife you don't use to eat, not going past the edges of the die or treating it like you're buttering toast. When you mount the cpu get it right first time, practice before the arctic silver step if you think you might make a mistake. Do this right and the CPU goes -10 degrees what it would have been under load.



    I have some good quality Arctic Cooling paste that I will use, and I wasn't aware that AMD processors could make use of triple channel memory, I thought it only had a dual channel controller which is why I went for the dual channel kit. Have I dropped a clanger? Runs off to google...
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