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    Hi all im looking at building myself a new pc or buying a system prebuilt,

    im ideally after a quadcore probably amd due to cost most likely the 620 processor
    with suitable motherboard/ram etc, i like the look of the novatech bundle but wondering whether 400w psu is strong enough,im not wholly into gaming, but i would like to play cod mw2 now and again, mainly the pc will be used for streaming hd to my tv so need a decent graphics card. i want a 1 tb hdd. need to be from a company which has finance options as i aint got the cash. are there any full systems out their which would match the novatech for speed/price or incmonitors etc if i pay extra?

    im stuck at the crossroads of what i want to do,soany advice appreciated

    cheers

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    400w psu depends on the specs you get, if you get a powerful graphics card you might need more, but having too much is a waste of electricity, if you go for AMD, try to go for the phenom processor, the better one for your price, a cheap graphics card could be a ATI HD4890 or lower since these sell for less than £120 in most cases and would run MW2 easily.

    I would recommend:
    AMD PHENOM II X4 945 SOCKET AM3 (3.00GHz/8MB CACHE) or better/cheaper (scale to your price)
    4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz
    1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 4870 PCI EXPRESS
    1TB HD
    All of this + a cheap case, usb ports, dvd drive, would be for under £500 normally.

    All of this would run on a 600W PSU, that should be a safer number than 400w

    Original Poster

    what parts supplier would you use?, i want to get it all from same place see.
    cheers

    Assuming it's a decent brand power supply then 400W will easily handle an entry level quad-core and mid-range graphics card (4850, 5770, 5850). If it's a cheap one or unbranded then all bets are off, I wouldn't trust it to handle anything more than what it comes with.

    EndlessWaves;7246533

    Assuming it's a decent brand power supply then 400W will easily handle an … Assuming it's a decent brand power supply then 400W will easily handle an entry level quad-core and mid-range graphics card (4850, 5770, 5850). If it's a cheap one or unbranded then all bets are off, I wouldn't trust it to handle anything more than what it comes with.



    Actually the set up that I did based on the specs that I chose, and mind you it's not very powerful came to around 485W, so I would say 550-600 W is safest.

    As to your question about buying hardware pieces, why don't you use the website you were planning to use? or visit some websites who pre-build the barebone computer and make sure you don't take an OS, as that removes nearly £100 off the price, try arbico, cyberpower or pcspecialists.
    Good luck! :santa:

    p.s. if you need to cutback on anything in terms of hardware, cut bak on easily replacable and upgradable pieces, imo get a good motherboard and a decent graphics card, get less ram and a smaller HD if you have to, since you can always add a bit more or so.

    Original Poster

    so are the phenoms that much better then? l3 cache means a lot?

    In terms of performance the Phenom is really high for it's price:performance ration, here have a look at some benchmarks:
    cpubenchmark.net/com…tml

    As you can see some phenoms rank really high up there with reduced cost, the quad I suggested to you ranks up high near the high end Quads which are about 3-4 times the cost.

    You can also check video card benchmarks:

    videocardbenchmark.net/hig…tml

    As you seed the HD4870 is high up there, it's once again great performance for the cost.
    And if you want anything cheaper maybe a Nvidia Geforece 9800GTX or so will do the job.

    I hope you find what you are looking for!

    Original Poster

    cheers i still aint decided what i want to do lol, but got more of an idea now:thumbsup:

    tragictramp;7248535

    cheers i still aint decided what i want to do lol, but got more of an … cheers i still aint decided what i want to do lol, but got more of an idea now:thumbsup:



    If you are investing a bit and not in a hurry I would wait for the i7 processors to go down on price, since they are the new GEN of processor hardware, not to mention that if you would want to change at a certain point you would require changing motherboard, but you can be right that the amd phenom is a good choice for budget pcs!

    lordpt;7247286

    Actually the set up that I did based on the specs that I chose, and mind … Actually the set up that I did based on the specs that I chose, and mind you it's not very powerful came to around 485W, so I would say 550-600 W is safest.



    Yeah, but the Phenom isn't an entry level quad-core processor and the 4870 isn't a mid-range graphics card (from a power consumption point of view anyway, it's priced there now).

    I would agree that something closer to 500W is a good idea with that setup, the Phenoms are very power hungary, xbitlabs ]found that the slightly slower 925 used 45W more than the 620 under normal load conditions so the 945 is easily an extra 50W.
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