Budget gaming build peer review

CliveBear

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RAIDMAX ALTAS GAMING CASE
XILENCE 580W DUAL 12V RAIL GAMING POWER SUPPLY
2 x 120MM CASE FANS
AMD Phenom II X4 955 QUAD CORE(AM3, 3.20 GHz, 8MB Total Cache)
ASUS M4N68T-M LE V2
4GB DDR3 1333MHZ RAM
ATI HD5850 1GB PCI-E GAMING GRAPHICS CARD
SONY OPTIARC 24X SATA DVD BURNER
1000GB S-ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive
2 Front +4 Back USB Ports
5 CHANEL HD AUDIO
10/100/1000 GIGABIT NETWORK
GENUINE MICROSOFT 64BIT WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM

This will cost me around £550, which I think is good bang for buck for what resolution I'll be gaming at.
 

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Thanks hmm maybe to address the concern about future proofing then maybe this second build idea I have might be better.

Raidmax Galaxy Black Case
2 x 80mm Standard Fan
Intel Core i3 2100, Dual Core (1155, 3.10GHz, 3MB Cache) Processor
Asus P8H61-M LX2, 2xDIMM, Max. 8GB, M-ATX Motherboard
ATI HD5770 1GB
4GB (2 x 2GB) Mushkin PC10600 1333MHz DDR3 Ram
1000GB SATA II Hard Drive
22x Dual Layer DVD +/- Rewriter
2 Front + 4 Back USB 2.0 Ports
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
7 Home Premium
OCZ stealthXtreme 2 600 watt

I can upgrade te processor to the mid range I5 for another £70 for a total build cost of £580.
 

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Will the I3 out perform the Phenom in gaming performance even though it's only a duel core as opposed to the quad core phenom?
Oh and is it worth upgrading to the I5?
Thanks by the way :)
 
With the level of graphics card you're thinking about, the 955 would be a better deal. It won't be overloaded in gaming, and the extra cores will help you out in other applications.
I'd definitely go with the 5850. It's a significantly better card. You'll get the best performance with the first setup, and you can still address p07's future proofing with AM3+. Think carefully about whether you'll be doing Crossfire in the future. If not, just get a decent 500W PSU like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=corsair%20500

Now with the SSD I added on my pc loads into games faster than any i7 owner I know.
Of course it does lol, that has nothing to do with CPU speed. You could give a crappy Dell an SSD and it would load up faster than a Murderbox without one (http://www.murderbox.com/gallery.html).
 

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on the first system spec I posted I can get an upgrade on the motherboard, to the Asus M5A78L/USB3 which is a better Mobo i believe for an extra £25.
Also i can swap out the PSU for a OCZ one that I already own if need be.
 
Oh, is it a bundle? I thought you were putting it together yourself. How much do you save by getting it as a bundle?
The only significant difference that I can find between those motherboards is USB 3. If there's something else, tell me about it, but otherwise it depends on whether you think that's worth $25. (Hint - it isn't. If you want a fast external drive, use eSATA.)
If that OCZ isn't doing anything, I think using it would be safer.