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#1 DanFerret

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:04 PM

Hey guys,

Need to upgrade a broken PC and decided to build my own.

Looking at around £500 budget and have come up with the following.

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 £57.49
CPU AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition £143.68
Memory 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 £40.08
Case Antec 300 £30.23
GPU Sapphire HD 4670 £54.27
HD 640 GB Western Digital WD6401AALS £52.28
Optical Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22x DVD±R £16.96
Monitor 22" Neovo H-W22 Widescreen LCD £130.99
Extras 2 x S12-EB - 120mm Coolermaster Silent Internal Case Fan with Blue LED Quiet 22db @ £5.62 £11.25

Was just wondering if anyone could have a look at that and see what they think.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:05 PM

Everything looks good with a few things to know. First, in order to use the Phenom II X4 940 with that board, it must have the F4 BIOS installed. Depending on the stock, it may or may not already be updated. Make sure your power supply is 450W or higher. Which OS are you going to be using?

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#3 DanFerret

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:13 AM

If it doesnt come with the F4 BIOS is it easy to put it on?

I will be using the Windoss 7 RC1.

Just realised I forgot to even put a PSU on that list sorry. I was going to use a 400W Corsair Power Series PSU.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:22 PM

Flashing the BIOS is easy but risky. A botched flash can brick the motherboard, go to Gigabyte's website for details. At Newegg, some of the users are reporting that the F4 BIOS is already on the motherboard. Depending on the retailer, the stock that has F4 on it might be being sold. The Corsair is a very good PSU but your GPU needs a 400W power supply. The Corsair provides enough power, but you might want to get a 450W to 500W supply for more breathing room with later upgrades.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:42 PM

Thanks for your reply.

I have decided to go for a 450W Corsair PSU.

I will also look into who is selling the motherboard with the F4 BIOS already installed.




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