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#1 MightyMystic

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:59 AM

OK, so I'm decided recently to build a PC that will be used for medium level gaming (total war series, cod4), and other graphical uses (Photoshop, 3ds Max etc.). I'm on a fairly tight budget of 300 (around $500), and so I shopped around and came up with a list of components. Bear in mind I already have the case/monitor:


MOTHERBOARD
Asus ATX motherboard http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Asus-M5A78L-M-USB3-AMD-760G-AM3-mATX-Pc-Motherboard-/120779902804?pt=UK_Motherboards_CPUs&hash=item1c1f0b0f54#ht_5922wt_1396 56

PROCESSOR
http://www.ebuyer.com/242140-amd-athlon-ii-x4-640-socket-am3-3ghz-2mb-l2-cache-retail-adx640wfgmbox 75

RAM
4gb DDR3 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002K23V1Q/ref=asc_df_B002K23V1Q4867079?smid=A1AUCPBF2P18HS&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22218&creativeASIN=B002K23V1Q 17

HARDDRIVE
Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200rpm 16MB Cache http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00461G3MS/ref=asc_df_B00461G3MS4893979?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B00461G3MS 35
PSU
Arctic 700W http://www.ebuyer.com/124927-arctic-power-700w-psu-4x-sata-1x-pci-express-p2-arctic-700td 43

DVD DRIVE
http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-ihas124-19-24x-dvd-rw-dl-ram-sata-optical-drive-oem-ihas124-19 13

GPU
Radeon HD 6670
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VTX3D-AMD-Radeon-HD-6670-1GB-GDDR3-PCI-E-Graphics-Card-VX6670-1GBK3-H-/150663252438?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item23143ac9d6#ht_4024wt_1396 60

TOTAL : 299


I need to know whether this will all work together, and whether you guys have any other suggestions on what I should be getting.

Thanks :)

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:26 AM

Yes, they will work together.

Mind sharing the details of your PSU?

The reason I ask is because the recommended minimum is a 400W PSU, with at least 25A on the +12v rail for the HD6670.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 20 October 2011 - 07:30 AM.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:27 AM

Oh yeah sorry, don't know how I missed that out: :huh:

Arctic 700W http://www.ebuyer.com/124927-arctic-power-700w-psu-4x-sata-1x-pci-express-p2-arctic-700td 43

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:57 AM

You should try to get the 900 series chipset motherboard which will enable you to upgrade to the Bulldozer processors in the future.

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#5 MightyMystic

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:54 AM

Maybe this one instead?;

http://www.ebuyer.com/270702-asus-m5a97-pro-970-am3-8-channel-hd-audio-atx-motherboard-m5a97-pro

What kind of performance will it give? Is it worth spending a little bit more to get a better GPU?

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:22 AM

Well, the performance usually isn't determined by the motherboard, but by the components you choose to install. That is an AMD 970 chipset, which is very capable. If you are going to be using a multi-GPU setup, you may want a 990FX based motherboard. You also need to buy a copy of Windows. The Athlon II X4 CPU's are good for low-end builds rarely requiring performance. I would go for a Phenom II X4 840 or FX-4100 before an Athlon II. Both of these processors will outperform it. Many games are GPU bound before CPU, but graphical tools are often CPU bound too. If you want to get a better graphics card, I would go for the 6770 or 6790. If you have a higher budget, the 6850.

Edited by DJBPace07, 20 October 2011 - 11:24 AM.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:27 AM

Well, the performance usually isn't determined by the motherboard, but by the components you choose to install. That is an AMD 970 chipset, which is very capable. If you are going to be using a multi-GPU setup, you may want a 990FX based motherboard. You also need to buy a copy of Windows. The Athlon II X4 CPU's are good for low-end builds rarely requiring performance. I would go for a Phenom II X4 840 or FX-4100 before an Athlon II. Both of these processors will outperform it. Many games are GPU bound before CPU, but graphical tools are often CPU bound too. If you want to get a better graphics card, I would go for the 6770 or 6790. If you have a higher budget, the 6850.


Cheers for the help, I luckily already have a copy of Windows, but even so I think I'm just going to have to open up my budget a little more a spend a bit more. I don't think it would really be worth it otherwise.

Thanks again guys :wink:

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:55 PM

EDIT:

OK, so I've now come into possession of another £100 (I didn't steal it don't worrry :whistle: ), and this is my revised list:


MOTHERBOARD
Asus M5A99X EVO 990FX Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/270698-asus-m5a99x-evo-990fx-socket-am3-8-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-m5a99x-evo £98

PROCESSOR
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Socket AM3 3GHz 2MB http://www.ebuyer.com/242140-amd-athlon-ii-x4-640-socket-am3-3ghz-2mb-l2-cache-retail-adx640wfgmbox £75

RAM
2x4gb RAM : http://www.ebuyer.com/232760-extra-value-4gb-ddr3-1333mhz-memory-module-evrddr3-4gb £30

Harddrive
Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200rpm 16MB Cache http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00461G3MS/ref=asc_df_B00461G3MS4893979?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B00461G3MS £35

PSU
Arctic 700W http://www.ebuyer.com/124927-arctic-power-700w-psu-4x-sata-1x-pci-express-p2-arctic-700td £43

DVD DRIVE
http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-ihas124-19-24x-dvd-rw-dl-ram-sata-optical-drive-oem-ihas124-19 £13

GPU
PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/280047-powercolor-hd-6850-pcs-1gb-gddr5-dvi-hdmi-displayport-pci-e-graphics-card-ax6850-1gbd5-ppdh £107

TOTAL: £401


Can anyone suggest any areas where I should have spent more and others where I should have spent less? A recommendation of a good graphics card for around £110 ($175) would be much appreciated

Thanks

Edited by MightyMystic, 20 October 2011 - 03:57 PM.


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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:09 PM

You could of got a better processor but since your way over your budget, it would do but at least you have option to upgrade to the latest and faster processor from AMD.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:33 PM

I would scale back the motherboard to the 970 chipset, you have no reason to get the 990FX motherboard unless you go for a multi GPU card. Use the reclaimed money to get a better CPU, one of the two I mentioned will work and I believe are in stock at eBuyer. That's a great GPU you've got there, you could scale back the PSU to 600W if you want.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:39 PM

If you lower down the power supply wattage and get the 970 chipset, you may even get that processor DJBPace07 suggested.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:18 AM

So if I get this MOBO: http://www.ebuyer.com/270702-asus-m5a97-pro-970-am3-8-channel-hd-audio-atx-motherboard-m5a97-pro
and this CPU : http://www.ebuyer.com/190673-amd-phenom-ii-x4-955-black-edition-socket-am3-3-2-ghz-6mb-hdz955fbgmbox

Then my budget has evened out nicely, still at 401 :D

Is this PSU (http://www.ebuyer.com/219540-xenta-600w-12cm-fan-psu-1x-6pin-pci-e-2x-sata-kk9966-650p) OK?

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 05:31 AM

Yes, that power supply looks ok but not sure how well it will perform since i have not heard of this brand before.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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