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Old 03-01-2009, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is the first time i'm going to be buying seperate components and building them, so I was wondering if you guys could check my potential build over so I don't end up making silly mistakes on component choices and wasting money.

The computer will be used for gaming among the usual things (audio + video playing, web browsing etc.).

I was aiming for about £400-£500 but I went over my budget and now it's at £700.

If there are any cheaper component alternatives, better components for the same price, any incompatible components or even components i've missed out please let me know. Any input is appreciated.

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Antec Nine Hundred 900 - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan - No PSU - Ebuyer

OCZ Stealth XStream 600W PSU - SLI Ready ATX2.2 12cm Fan - Ebuyer

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHz Socket 775 1066MHz FSB 3MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor - Ebuyer

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Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (WD1600AAJS)

MSI P43 Neo-F iP43 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard - Ebuyer

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English - Ebuyer

Samsung SyncMaster SM923NW 19" TFT Monitor 1440x900 300cd/m2 1000:1 5ms 16:9 VGA Silver 3 Years Warranty - Ebuyer

Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Desktop EX 110 - USB/PS2 - Ebuyer

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That is really not a bad build at all.....if you are a gamer...and could squeeze in a 9800GTX+ or an 4850 video card....you really will not be sorry, especially running at that resolution of your monitor.....it is not necessary....but you would not be sorry.

You may be able to get a better power supply...maybe a corsair or pc power & cooling....again, it is not really necessary however.

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Ever since Seagate had the issue with the firmware and they're hard drives failing all over the world, I will not buy another one. I have 2, 1TB drives for them now and I'm lucky that Seagate replaced BOTH when the drives became bricks after the firmware locked up, But I lost my data on both of them.

So my recommendation is Western Digital for your HDD.
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I would also say go with the E5200... best bang for the buck, and the 1 GBP you save on this, you can put towards your HDD.
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The e5200 is £57 from scan where you can pick up a coolermaster 690 for £65. I will second Nukem on the HDD, get a samsung or WD. Also that is not a great price on the 9800GT, I recently got 2 EVGA 9800GTX from novatech and they were £91 each.
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Thanks for the input everyone!

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The e5200 is £57 from scan where you can pick up a coolermaster 690 for £65. I will second Nukem on the HDD, get a samsung or WD. Also that is not a great price on the 9800GT, I recently got 2 EVGA 9800GTX from novatech and they were £91 each.
Isn't the E5300 better though? I wouldn't mind forking out a fiver for an extra .1GHz per core. Also that price is the best price I could find for a 9800 GT. Prices have probably gone up due to recession or something:

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that .1Ghz, is not worth it. You won't see ANY difference between the 2, and the E5200 OC's better if you want to go that route later on down the road.

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Isn't the E5300 better though? I wouldn't mind forking out a fiver for an extra .1GHz per core. Also that price is the best price I could find for a 9800 GT. Prices have probably gone up due to recession or something:

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You're right, even though I only ordered them about a week ago they are no longer there. That's unlucky.
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The E5200 is a dayum good chip. Mines clocked at 3.25Ghz with no extra volts. I've got it to 3.8Ghz before..
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Does this forum usually sign you out after a short period of time?

Anyway, is swapping the E5300 for a E7300 or E7400 a good idea?
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If your going to upgrade already... this is the best bang for the buck CPU...

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