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Need to Upgrade. ~£350-400

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Skillmister, 6 Oct 2009.

  1. Skillmister

    Capodecina

    Joined: 3 Oct 2009

    Posts: 19,684

    Location: Wales

    So i need to Upgrade my PC. Currently running on a rather old Dell C521 that i "upgraded" with more RAM, new Mobo and case.

    Main uses will be gaming,(not looking to run everything on max graphics just run stuff reasonably well[crysis,UT3 etc]), rendering 3D models and also mapping. Music, video + some image/video editing aswell but nothing major.


    Things i wont need:

    Monitor
    OS
    Optical Drive
    Speakers
    Mouse
    Keyboard

    Looking to spend around £350-400, preferably not going over. (Student loan cant afford much more :p)
     
  2. Kennysevenfold

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 9 Sep 2008

    Posts: 7,945

    Location: Glasgow

    How about this mate?

    Product Name Qty Price Line Total [​IMG]Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail £79.99
    (£69.56) £79.99
    (£69.56) [​IMG]Asus M4A785TD-V Evo AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £70.99
    (£61.73) £70.99
    (£61.73) [​IMG]G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL) £66.99
    (£58.25) £66.99
    (£58.25) [​IMG]AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 245 2.90GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £48.99
    (£42.60) £48.99
    (£42.60) [​IMG]Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU) £45.99
    (£39.99) £45.99
    (£39.99) [​IMG]PC Power & Cooling Silencer 420W Power Supply £39.99
    (£34.77) £39.99
    (£34.77) [​IMG]Samsung SpinPoint F1 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD322HJ) £34.99
    (£30.43) £34.99
    (£30.43) Sub Total : £337.33 Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
    DPD Next Day Parcel
    (This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £11.75 VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £52.36 Total : £401.44
     
  3. Skillmister

    Capodecina

    Joined: 3 Oct 2009

    Posts: 19,684

    Location: Wales

    Could it not be worth getting this: AMD Phenom II X2 Dual Core 545 3.00GHz (Socket AM3) processor for £20 more and getting a cheaper case instead? I've never been a fan of spending a lot on a case if its possible to get one that does the job cheaper. I don't really know though.

    Also would that PSU be good enough to have the option of a graphics card upgrade a while down the line, or would i need a more powerful one?
     
  4. Kennysevenfold

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 9 Sep 2008

    Posts: 7,945

    Location: Glasgow

    For the extra 0.1Ghz, it is really not worth another £20 mate.

    Get a quality case that will last years.! i have the 300 myself and it is one superb case.

    Hmm depends on what graphics card you intent to upgrade to.
     
  5. Skillmister

    Capodecina

    Joined: 3 Oct 2009

    Posts: 19,684

    Location: Wales

    Ok sounds good.

    No idea really, but if that one will run games fine then upgrading shouldnt be a problem for a long time, in which case all is well.

    Ty for the help
     
  6. paininlife

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Jul 2009

    Posts: 514

    Location: Birmingham

    arent u frgetting something:confused::confused:

    245 lacks L3 cache ;) ,while 545 have L3 7mb cache in total :)
     
  7. ATIorNvidia

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Sep 2006

    Posts: 1,122

    Location: UK

    This.

    Go for the Phenom II X2.