Can I build a system as good as this for under £500?

You can save quite a bit on the monitor by not paying shipping and buying locally.

As I said, those are not the best prices.

You got a much faster processor, GPU, and a much stronger PSU.
You also go a roomier case.

Compare prices and you'll come under 500.... but you won't have the OS yet.
 

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Thanks for your excellent reply.

I think you misread on the Mesh website but the PC I linked to is 4Gb RAM.

Also if you click the customise it lets you choose a different graphics card, it also tells you that to do so you have to upgrade the case to one with a better power supply. Adding the new case and graphics card bumps to price up to £650 however!
 
It isnt out yet, thats why you can save quite a bit of money for now. Download the RC from the microsoft website, you can use it for free until march 2010, presumably you will have upgraded to a real version of windows 7 by then.
 

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Oh right I understand.

Thanks for your help guys. I will research a bit more into prices.

Would all those components you selected make a good system?
 

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I will definitely be back once I have compared prices and read reviews for those components.

It seems you have chosen some really good stuff there though :D

Can you recommend any other cases however?
 

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Thanks for your reply :)

Really like how that case looks! Will definitely consider it.


Another question...

The hard drive...if I wanted to use more than 320Gb would I just need to find a Sata drive? Or am I looking for anything specific to work with that motherboard?

 

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Cheers :)


Sorry for having so many questions but have had alot of free time lately and have been reading up on this stuff alot.

I read that the CPU you recommended is only tri-core...how much more would it cost to go for a full quad-core?
 

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Yeh I understood that. Ive just started taking all this quite serious and would fork out a bit more money if it meant I would be better of in the long run.

Whats it like compared to a full quad-core like that X4 940?
 

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I really cant thank you enough for all your help.

Am I right in saying that the motherboard is still compatible with the X4?
 
The motherboard is an AM2+ socket which is compatiable with Athlon II's, and all Phenom II's from the x2 dual core, to the x4 quad core. Benefit of the AM2+ socket, it works with processors in need of AM2, AM2+, and AM3 sockets.
 

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You guys are amazing thank you so much!

My list of components is really coming along now.

Was wondering though now that I have changed my case is that PSU still compatible?

 
If you are going to get anything stronger than the 4670 for a graphics card you should upgrade to a 450 or 500 watt psu, compile your list of parts and then we will assist you in finding a power supply that will suffice.
 

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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

Total: £525.98

Still looking into prices but have spent most my time just deciding what components to go for.

What PSU would you recommend for that build then guys? Anything you would change?

Also it it worth spending a bit more on a better graphics card to go with the X4?

And finally, if I wanted to upgrade in the future to Blu Ray would this be compatible?

 
Since you kept your graphics card the same i would stick with the same power supply that proximon suggested earlier. BluRay drives work just like any other optical drive, as long as you have a spare power connector and a spare sata cable you can add BluRay down the road.