shamend143

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Hi Guys

Dont know if its right way of asking, sorry if iam breaking any rules .
I am trying to build a PC at home, mainly for gaming and bit of web browsing ofcourse, been confused for days between Phenom and Core2Quad CPU but here is what intrests me more so far. all parts from www.microdirect.co.uk, if u can make any changes to make it better or make me similar configuration in phenom i dont mind. pls add if iam missing any necessary parts, with this obviously i will buy a gaming mouse n keyboard and a 24" monitor so thats about £250 on top i guess.

Wizard case WI20AL + 600W PSU(S022460) £39.13

LG 22x DVD±RW with Lightscribe technology.Full retail kit includes dvd burning software GH22LS30 AUAU LS Black Bare SATA with Software(S022993) £20.00

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 95W Energy Efficient 2.4GHz SLACR G0 Stepping (3yr Manufacturer's Warranty)(CPUIP4775Q660EE) £138.99

Gainward 9500 GT 1GB 471846200-9795 PCI-E Graphics Video Card DVI HDMI(S023268) £42.78

Seagate 500GB hard disk drive Barracuda SATA II 300 7200rpm 16MB cache oem with manufacturer's 5yr warranty(S023110) £37.99

Asrock motherboard P45TS LGA775 Intel P45 DDR2 ATX(S022515) £58.08

Corsair memory 6GB XMS3 1333MHz DDR3 9-9-9-24 Kit (3x2048MB) RAM(S022353) £69.44

Total price including VAT £475.07


Regards
shamend
 

nerrawg

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Suggested gaming build for that price:

http://orders.ebuyer.com/customer/shopping/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19jYXJ0

total - £465

If you are mainly gaming then this would be better - 4 cores are a waste really unless you use professional multi-threaded apps like final cut pro, scientific programs or are big time into programing things like graphics. Then a 4 core cpu will save you lots of time, but if you just web browse and use the pc for casual office or even a bit heavier applications like SPSS, photoshop etc. at the same time you are listening to itunes - you don't really need to have a 4 core cpu. It may be nice, but it is a luxury really, I should know cause I do all that stuff on a dual core 2.16 Ghz mobile processor. Gaming is likely to be the most performance intensive programming you will run, and games like GPU's. There it is better to get a good GPU for gaming - you will notice a huge difference. Also you can OC this cpu up to 4.0 Ghz, so you should be pretty good with that - it is much faster in games than the Q6600 - which is outdated now anyways - if you have to go quad go with the newer 45nm processors.

Much better not to cheap on the case or the PSU as well - read Proximon's guide for reasons why.

Anyways hope this helps.
 

nerrawg

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oh and by the way - ebuyer.co.uk and scan.co.uk are much better than microdirect

also if you join as a member of hexus.co.uk (gaming and hardware testers - kinda like TOMs, you also get free delivery from scan!) check it out
 

nerrawg

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Oh, that confirmed my suspicions of what could go wrong, here are the parts any ways:

RAM:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/154644

CPU:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148715

CPU cooler:
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ZEROtherm-ZEN-FZ-120-Quiet-Tower-CPU-Cooler-Intel-LGA775-but-754-939-740-AM2-needs-additional-brac

MOBO:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152175

CASE:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854

GPU:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164568

Optical Drive:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/156231

PSU:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131052

HDD:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/144339

I would check both ebuyer and scan to find the cheapest parts, this is just a suggestion build but it beats the above Q6600 build in any game. Technically on a 24 inch you would want to get a P45 board with 2 x PCI Express 2.0 slots, a 550W PSU and go for 2 x 4770's in CF if you can afford the extra £100 that will cost you - no game will beat that really if you OC the wolfdale.

Hope this was better :)
 

shamend143

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tnx

i thought core2duo is better option than dual core :( i checked that here - http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

also ive always had nvidia GPU wudn't nvidia be better option ?
not questioning ur selection jst been happy with my nvidia 7300 LE for 2 yrs so thought of going for better but affordable option for nvidia again

liked the case u chose, lots of fan, wud be better definitely than my xblade box lol
 

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^ well nvidia is old tech now since ATi is already moving to 40nm, nvidia has just moved to 55nm.

also 2 4770's is better than a single GTX 285 and costs less.

oh yeah wait a sec and I'll conjure up a build.

edit: how's £530 for you? it includes a 1TB HDD if that makes a difference.
 

shamend143

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is it just normal way to become their member to get free delivery ?