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  • Salaman 9 Oct 2012 11:31:23 18,854 posts
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    sport wrote:
    @Salaman - STOP - Make sure your RAM is 1600MHZ at least, preferably 1866MHZ. The AMD APU's get an amazing boost with faster memory.

    Swapped to: 8GB KINGSTON HYPERX GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1866MHz X.M.P(2 x 4GB KIT)

    For an additional 7 or 8 quid.
    Yaaaay.

    Edited by Salaman at 11:32:03 09-10-2012
  • Carbon_Altered 9 Oct 2012 13:49:07 675 posts
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    @Salaman You sure you don't want to have a go at building it yourself? By my rough calculations, based on the spec posted above on the A10 build, you'd save about £50-100 DIY.
  • Salaman 9 Oct 2012 14:03:48 18,854 posts
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    By my calculations, I'll be out of pocket about £400 if I try to build it myself and fuck it up. ;-)
  • MMMarmite 9 Oct 2012 14:07:10 992 posts
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    If you order the parts from Scan.co.uk (pretty reasonable on prices) you can pay a little extra to insure them against build issues ;)
  • Salaman 10 Oct 2012 13:39:08 18,854 posts
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    Was all ready to order and then only found the option to ship the UK Ireland and Scotland and stuff. Ended up speccing a similar machine on a German site. 9€ delivery. Yaay!
    Now I just need to wait a week or two and I can get back to not playing a whole lot of games but feeling guilty about it due to a massive backlog.
    Woo!

    \0/
  • mikew1985 10 Oct 2012 13:54:51 12,585 posts
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    What site did you use in the end salaman?
  • Razz 10 Oct 2012 13:55:16 60,750 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Yaay! Now I just need to wait a week or two and I can get back to not playing a whole lot of games but feeling guilty about it due to a massive backlog.
    Woo!

    \0/
    Otherwise known as clincial depression! :D

    Edited by Razz at 13:56:36 10-10-2012

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  • Salaman 10 Oct 2012 14:36:02 18,854 posts
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    mikew1985 wrote:
    What site did you use in the end salaman?
    Atelco.de
  • RedSparrows 10 Oct 2012 14:40:11 21,991 posts
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    Thanks to Sport's help, I should be self-building an A10 system for £280.

    Will let you guys know how it fares. Parts should arrive this weekend...
  • Salaman 10 Oct 2012 15:52:58 18,854 posts
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    RedSparrows wrote:
    Thanks to Sport's help, I should be self-building an A10 system for £280.

    Will let you guys know how it fares. Parts should arrive this weekend...
    Pretty good price. The one I ordered came to 562€ so about £450.
    What are you putting in?

    I went a bit silly on the case. It just looked so lovely, I couldn't bring myself to get a cheaper fuglier case. I managed to restrain myself and take one 10€ cheaper than the one I wanted. Still a bit silly to spend that much on a case for a budget-ish pc I guess.

    (case)NZXT H2 weiss, schallgedδmmt, ohne Netzteil
    Price per unit: 92,00 €

    be quiet! Pure Power 350 Watt / BQT L7
    Price per unit: 42,99 €

    AMD A10 5800K Black Edition mit AMD Radeon HD 7660D Grafikeinheit, Box, FM2
    Price per unit: 115,50 €

    (CPU cooling) Enermax ETS-T40-TA
    Price per unit: 39,99 €

    (mobo) ASUS F2A55, FM2, ATX
    Price per unit: 85,00 €

    (RAM)8GB-Kit Corsair Vengeance PC3-14900U CL9
    Price per unit: 49,50 €

    Intel SSD 330 Series 120GB, SATA 6Gb/s
    Price per unit: 89,90 €

    CnMemory USB 3.0 PCI-Express Karte
    Price per unit: 17,99 €

    Assembly
    Price per unit: 19,99 €

    Shipping: 9,99€

    I only noticed afterwards that the RAM they list isn't limited to 1333, 1600 or 1800 as the 2 or 3 UK sites I was on were. It goes up to 2666. So I probably could have taken 2000 or 2133 for 5 or 10 euro more.

    I didn't order a DVD drive as I can put the one form my current machine in and I only took a 350 Watt PSU, although I'm now worried that maybe I should have taken a 400 Watt PSU (or more?), since I'll be adding 1 or 2 HDDs. Although the current PC has a more powerful PSU, I guess I could always switch that.
    Picked up some Thermal paste over lunch as well so I can try to fix the old beast in the meantime.
  • PenguinJim 10 Oct 2012 16:23:08 5,754 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    be quiet! Pure Power 350 Watt / BQT L7
    Price per unit: 42,99 €
    be quiet! are a good brand. It'll probably put out more watts than a cheap 450W PSU. :p Still, how much more would it cost to get a be quiet! 400W?

    Edit: this might just be me, but I HATE "upgrading" PSUs. No performance difference. You just need one that works and is quiet enough. So get a decent PSU now (maybe spend a little extra) and forget about PSUs for years and years. ;)

    Edited by PenguinJim at 16:24:54 10-10-2012
  • Razz 10 Oct 2012 16:30:07 60,750 posts
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    LOL that case looks like a minibar

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  • Salaman 10 Oct 2012 16:43:00 18,854 posts
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    I wanted this. Thought it looked really, cool and tried to justify it with "it has added fans and shit!". Then talked myself out of it by taking one that's a tiny tad bit cheaper. Does like a bit like a drinks cabinet. Should look good then by my desk.
  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 12:11:39 11,814 posts
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    Eyup,

    I've got a intel e6500 @ 2.5ghz dual core, on some mobo I can't remember that I bought back in 2009 with 4gb ram

    If I bought this do you think I'd get a fairly decent increase in performance, game wise?

    it'd be alongside a radeon 4870 with a new ssd

    EDIT - Oh dear, I've just looked back a few pages of this thread and have realised how far out I am. I need to do some more research I think

    Should I be looking at 1866mhz memory only if I'm going to get an amd cpu?

    Edited by quadfather at 12:41:31 11-10-2012

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 13:00:14 11,814 posts
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    In fact, looking around, I think I need to start again.

    These are the things I can keep/have got from my current setup -

    Case - battered, but it's reusable
    550w psu - resuse
    500gb hd - resuse
    SSD drive (just bought, not installed yet) - install as C drive
    4870 - reuse
    dvd drive - reuse
    sound card - resuse
    19" monitor - resuse if I can't afford £150 for a 24" one

    So that leaves me with mobo, chip and memory. Which is -

    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 @ 2.50GHz
    Gigabyte GA-P43-ES3G Intel P43 Motherboard
    Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 DDR2 Bundle

    My plan is to upgrade to at least quadcore or i3 with gaming in mind. Budget is up to £400. This would have to also include the monitor price. Might be able to go a little bit higher than 400, depending on cost/benefit

    What's the best way to do this?

    TomsHardware is saying to buy a decent 1155 mobo, and a cheap i3. Is that still a good pointer?

    And which bloody mobo? There appears to be millions of different types nowadays

    Edited by quadfather at 13:01:48 11-10-2012

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  • overcorpse 11 Oct 2012 13:35:22 261 posts
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    This is what i managed to come up with.
    Or this for a bit more.
    Some people are adverse to buying off Ebay for some reason but i use it all the time,ive bought computers,tv's and even my motorbike of Ebay with no problems.

    Second link didn't work so heres the store store.

    Edited by overcorpse at 13:40:12 11-10-2012

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 13:41:21 11,814 posts
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    Do you know, I didn't even think of buying off ebay :) I'm fine with buying off ebay

    There's some fairly good prices. And not that much difference between i3 and i5, though I clearly have no idea on mobo features and chipsets

    thanks for the advice!

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 13:42:49 11,814 posts
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    By the way, is the z77 chipset generally well regarded?

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  • overcorpse 11 Oct 2012 13:50:03 261 posts
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    TBH honest i have no clue.I recently went with an AMD pre build which cost 540 quid,but through all the internet trawling i did the general consensus was the I5 was the daddy.

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 13:54:52 11,814 posts
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    Right, with you.

    There's a comparison chart available and it looks like it's general features.

    So if I scour ebay, I should be able to get an i5 with 8gb for around the £260-280 mark, which would leave just enough for a 24" monitor.

    So with the other components I have, I can get an i5 with a larger monitor for around £400. That doesn't seem bad

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 13:58:18 11,814 posts
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    interesting chat about i3 and i5 - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/315385-10-budget-gaming-build-core-core

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  • overcorpse 11 Oct 2012 14:02:00 261 posts
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    Your graphics card is a bit long in the tooth though isnt it?

    Found this

    Edited by overcorpse at 14:04:37 11-10-2012

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 15:22:46 11,814 posts
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    ack, that's tempting.

    Yes, I think you're right - I was hoping that my gfx would hold up for a while, but it may cause a bottleneck on a intel i machine.

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 15:28:01 11,814 posts
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    Which is going to bump the price up somewhat. I'll see if I can find an i3 or an i5 and gfx + monitor for £400. Reckon it's doable?

    I'd rather get the bundle + gpu + monitor, as I've already got the rest of the stuff, so I'd rather spend the extra money on a better gpu I think

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  • Salaman 11 Oct 2012 15:37:27 18,854 posts
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    nvm

    Edited by Salaman at 15:39:47 11-10-2012
  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 15:39:32 11,814 posts
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    @Salaman - sure - let me know what it is (it's pretty much bound to be better than my 4870).

    Is it nvidia? I'd actually like to go back to nvidia - but no worries if not.

    oo, I might actually be getting somewhere. I get extremely childish and giggly about new kit :) (and 2nd hand, if it comes to it :) )

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  • mikew1985 11 Oct 2012 15:39:59 12,585 posts
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    I have an OC'd 4890 as well that im just about to put on adverts.ie that I'd be willing to part with but probably not enough of a boost for you really.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 15:40:38 11-10-2012
  • Salaman 11 Oct 2012 15:40:33 18,854 posts
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    lol ... just found my card and went back to compare with yours and it's the same bloody one. :-)
  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 15:44:42 11,814 posts
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    ah, isn't that pretty much the same card? this is mine - http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FPd2sZf3-2E/SboLIxmIZeI/AAAAAAAAE_c/1TvbEMvS_fg/s400/asus_RADEON_HD4870_Darkknight.png

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 15:45:05 11,814 posts
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    It's typical isn't it :)

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