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  1. iBilo is offline ;)
     
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    My parents have finally let me have a desktop (due to my laptop dying and me using their pc) , but I need to order the parts, and I have a budget of £500. I have the keyboard, mouse, should I use my 32inch TV or should I get a smaller screen aswell?

    I want it to be a gaming pc that could run the usual things, rFactor, LFS, TDU, Crysis etc. but I dunno if I could with £500 because of the OS software etc etc. Would it be easier to buy an outfit from a PC shop or something as it would have the OS and things?

    Cheers.



  2. kalniel is offline Hypercar Enthusiast
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    Are you comfortable building a PC yourself from parts? If so then it's something to consider *alongside* looking at pre-built systems. Don't rule anything out at this stage (except playing crysis on full with that budget )

  3. iBilo is offline ;)
     
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    It would be my first build and I have friends who have built pcs in the past so if I screw up I have plenty of help. I don't mind building one as it would be a challenge.

    A list will be up soonish. Justin's helping me with one =P


  4. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
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    Iced has a good system for about that price iirc. Building is easy, I thought I was gonna muck it up but so far so good.

    Don't make the mistake I did by forgetting a keyboard and mouse and monitor leads, lol

  5. RB26DETT is offline Banned
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    i gave him a similar build to iced's rig only diff is instead of a 8800gts, i suggested the HD4870.

  6. StrickenHAWK? is offline Car Aficianado
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    well, i would reccommend getting a E8400 processor, 3.00 core 2 duo.

    also, have a look at my system under my name and see what fits in and what doesnt.

    mine was custom built.

    it runs everything on high (including crysis).






  7. iBilo is offline ;)
     
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    Okay, this is the list that Justin helped me with, its £80 over budget tho. I don't think I can go any higher than that. If anyone has any advice about anything in my list let me know and if any improvements let me know



  8. StrickenHAWK? is offline Car Aficianado
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    well, do you need to have such a big hard drive? maybe bring it down to 320 or something. when you say i dont think I can go over 500, is somebody else buying for you? because you could always put the rest in if you have to.






  9. iBilo is offline ;)
     
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    Well I have 175GB worth of music and videos so it would be easier if I have plenty of space, especially as games take up more than 1GB these days.

    Also my parents are gonna buy for me and I nbever thought of that, thanks. I can't really give much cos I have to buy xmas presents and things.


  10. StrickenHAWK? is offline Car Aficianado
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    to begin with, i think a 320 should be big enough. you can always upgrade.






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    Well I have the Premium version oif that Mobo and its good so I can see the pro being up to what you want. I have the sapphire HD4870 but again the gigbyte uses the same technology and your only really paying for the name.

    Have a look and scan and overclockers to see if they have anything cheaper, some of the things I got was £20 cheaper.

    And remember your gonn need more money by the time you include a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc etc

  12. StrickenHAWK? is offline Car Aficianado
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    he already has them






  13. iBilo is offline ;)
     
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    Monitor, keyboard and mouse I already have, going to use my 32inch TV as a monitor, have a spare keyboard and mouse.

    Also checked on SCAN and Overclockers, can't find any cheaper prices for the components. Should I go for a more powerful PSU or would a 500W be fine?


  14. Iced_Bullet is offline Cheese=Milk's Death Route
     
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    Consider going for a more powerful Code2Duo, rather than Quad. rFactor and TDU will use the extra power/per core giving better performance. However games (GTA IV) are starting to encorporated Quad now too. So the choice is yours.

    Quad (2.4ghz) is better for video editing etc. Dual (3.0ghz) is slightly better for gaming.

    Also, go to the OEM version for the CPU + a different fan (stock ones are aparently worse than 3rd party ones) (like this)

    Also, dont you mention needing an OS in the 1st post?
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  15. kalniel is offline Hypercar Enthusiast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisicus »
    Okay, this is the list that Justin helped me with, its £80 over budget tho. I don't think I can go any higher than that. If anyone has any advice about anything in my list let me know and if any improvements let me know

    1) Why are you buying two PSUs?
    2) How much faster is that cold cathod kit going to make your PC?
    3) You can save at least £20 by going for a non-pro P5Q
    4) You can save another £20 with different RAM
    5) I wouldn't trust that PSU to be honest.
    6) Are you only running linux?

    CPU and GPU choice are good though.

  16. RB26DETT is offline Banned
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    he told me he was going to swap out the PSU that came with the case since it was pretty weak.

  17. NitroBlueUK is offline Exoticar Driver
     
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    get something like a hiper or coolermaster etc psu not some cheap crap thing if your gonna run a 4870 and a Q6600 you need at least a 550W well known brand PSU with around 38A minmum on the combined 12v rails
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  18. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    Just thought I'd throw this idea out there for you, and it even leaves you with almost £60 to choose a case.

    I have 4GB of that RAM and it is fantastic, very fast and overclocks very well, got my timings down to 4-3-4-10 at DDR2 800Mhz.

    9800GTX + It's a stock version of my graphics card with higher clock speeds and then it's been overclocked more.

    With that motherboard you can have Hybrid SLI, which is where your graphics card gets turned off and it uses the onboard graphics when you're not on games. It saves power, it's quieter and it reduces the heat in your case.

    The motherboard also supports AM3 chips and DDR2 1066Mhz RAM

    CPU, I have the old 6000+ X" and can't fault it, overclocks well and runs very cool. It'll handle anything you throw at it.

    Oh and you still get your cathode kit.

  19. macd79 is offline Chuck Norris
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    at the moment ati card provide much better bang for buck than nVidia if your wanting to keep it cheap i would save on the gfx card by buying a 4850 and spend the money you saved on a quality power supply like coolermaster or Antec etc.

    E8400 @ 4.34GHz | HD4870 @ 790/4400 | Corsair XMS2 4GB | Asus P5Q-E | Corsair 750W PSU | Antec 1200 | WD 320 SE16 | G25 | G15 | G9x |


 
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