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£250 - CPU - Case - Mobo!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Gamer_T, 23 Apr 2010.

  1. Gamer_T

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    Hi guys,

    I know I had a previous thread on this, but now I have been able to extend my budget.

    I'm after a new CPU, Case and mobo. I already have a PSU, HDD, RAM and GFX.

    I will be gaming, mainly WoW. The GPU I'll have is a 4850.

    CPU - Would obviously like the best I could get with my money, a Core 2 Duo?
    Case- I think I'm pretty sure that I'll go for the Coolermaster 335 Elite as it's cheap and a decent case, used one before.
    Mobo - I have no idea with. I wont really be overclocking.

    So guys, what can I get with £250?

    Cheers
     
  2. stulid

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    amd phenomII X4 955
    asus M4A79XTD-EVO
    Zalman Z7
     
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    I did search them in OcUK but nothing of match came up. Ideally I'd like the parts from OCUK as they are really local to me, so if anything goes wrong they're only a small trip away.
     
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  5. CAT-THE-FIFTH

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    Do you have DDR2 or DDR3 RAM??
     
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    DDR2 mate.
     
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    I assume you already have a decent PSU??

    I would look at the following parts:

    Phenom II X4 955BE ~ £126

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-244-AM&groupid=701&catid=6&subcat=1328

    Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD3P ~ £89

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-199-GI&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1482

    NZXT Gamma Mid-Tower Case ~ £35

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-019-NX&groupid=701&catid=7&subcat=

    OR

    Zalman Z7 Plus Midi Tower Case ~ £43

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-033-ZA

    OR

    Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case ~ £46

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-101-AN
     
  8. stulid

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    this motherboard then

    overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-199-GI&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1482

    not the asus one I listed.
     
  9. Gamer_T

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    Phenom II X4 955BE ~ £126, Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD3P ~ £89, NZXT Gamma Mid-Tower Case ~ £35 look brilliant mate. I bought a corsair 400w PSU today from OCUK so I'm assuming it'll be good enough?

    Cheers
     
  10. stulid

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    the zalman case I suggested is much better.

    that psu is fine.
     
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    I suppose I could go with the Zalman case although it'd be strecthing it a little bit. :)

    So will those components be good for a couple of years of gaming?
     
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    It should be fine with a Phenom 955BE and an HD4850.

    The Corsair is a decent unit:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/750

    The GA-MA790X-UD3P is Crossfire capable motherboard also. However the Corsair may not be enough if you intend to add another HD4850 though.
     
  13. stulid

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    yes.

    do stretch to the zalman, its excellent.

    even Ace modder thinks its the bees knees.
     
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    I don't intend to have another graphcis card in at all really. Is there a board that'd be me fine without that big of a price tag?
     
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    The Zalman case also looks nicer IMHO.
     
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    It is a solid motherboard though(one of the higher end ones) and the 790X and 790FX are the best chipsets for a DDR2 based AMD build IMHO.

    This is another motherboard worth a look at:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-180-GI&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1482

    I would check compatibility with the X4 955BE and I also would make sure that you have decent airflow over the CPU area.
     
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    That would be good as it gives me a bit more money back to play with. I will try and find out compatability on Google now.

    Thanks
     
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    I looked at some of the reviews on OcUK and they state that the Northbridge runs a bit hot - I would have a look at this too.
     
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    To be honest the really technical stuff goes over my head lol. I can build a PC but don't really know much about the indepth stuff.

    Should I just stick with the other mobo you linked?
     
  20. stulid

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    get the gigabyte I linked too.

    no point compromising the core components.