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Old 08-16-2009, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm helping a friend build a new PC for 600 max (UK, preferably Scan.co.uk). I have an idea of a build but not too sure on GFX and mobo so I'm wondering what the people here can come up with.

Needs to be an intel CPU, wants to be able to play games but does not need to be high end in graphics. At least 4GB of memory. Needs a case, optical drives and probably 2 x 500GB or so HDD.


Thanks, much appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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so no one can help me?
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What sort of games do you play?

Do you need a monitor? What about an OS?
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for replying. No monitor needed (he'll get a 19inch or so monitor), windows 7 capable is what he needs. General games and needs to be capable of running games to come out but not on high settings.
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Sorry this took me a while, I'm on my grandparent's computer which is insanely sloow and the mouse doesn't double-click >_<

This is 30 over budget, but if you swap the Q9550 for an E8400 that will put you about a tenner under budget. Anyway does that look ok to you? The motherboard comes with a free Zalman cooler btw, it's a decent cooler.

The Vista comes with a coupon to upgrade to Windows 7.


If that looks satisfactory I can give you links.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ill have a look at this build in detail tonight and see if I like it. Can you suggest an Nvidia card? I know nothing about ATI cards :P, always been Nvidia and same with my mate.
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GTS250 would be the best nVidia card in the same price range as 4850; the 4850 is better though.

This one would probably be your best bet:
426018336-0599 - 512MB Gainward GTS 250 Green, 1000MHz GDDR3, GPU 700 MHz, Shader 1850 MHz, 128 Cores, HDMI - Scan.co.uk
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Ok well I have changed the mobo to this one:

Gigabyte GA-EP45C-DS3R, iP45 Express, S775, PCI-E 2.0 x16, DDR2/3 1066/1333/1600, SATA II/RAID, ATX - Scan.co.uk

i think its a good one and slightly futureproof as it can run DDR3 RAM too and its giabyte (i like them :P).

Don't need the vista cd.

What do you think of the mobo? the rest will stay the same with the ATI card as well.
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Looks ok, and since you'll need DDR3 that will mean you won't need to buy any if you ever upgrade to an i7 or such.
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