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Old 01-03-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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Hey All,

I'm currently preparing to build a PC for mainly developing, studying and some gaming. This is the first time I've ever had a crack at this so be kind!

Ill list the parts I'm considering, and please let me know your thoughts on them, whether or not they'll work together, if I need more and if I can get better parts for cheaper elsewhere? Overall, general guidance!

Case:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CA-040-AE

Motherboard:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MB-482-AS

Processor:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CP-442-IN

Heatsink:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=HS-035-AR

graphics card:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-286-AS

power supply:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CA-292-CM

network card:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=NW-010-IN

ram:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MY-017-AD

Also, I have concerns over whether that RAM is correct/will fit? I have harddrives/monitors/fans lying around so that shouldn't be a problem. Any additional cables I will need?

Let me know what you think!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:21 AM   #2
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I'd change the motherboard and power supply. For a modern PC, a board based on the Z77 chipset is more versatile and gives you more upgrade options than the H61 chipset does. Avoid CoolerDisaster PSUs (Other than the Silent Pro Gold series). Those GX-Lites aren't very good.

For the motherboard, I'd use http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=5&subcat=2261

and for the PSU, http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...23&subcat=1098
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http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...23&subcat=2383
The Seasonic G-650 is the better featured of the two, but the OCZ ZS 650W is also a decent value option if you don't need it to be modular.

The RAM you opted for will work fine. Also, you shouldn't need a network card, as all motherboards have a network controller built in (unless you need a second one, which very few users do)

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That's great!

So the RAM should fit fine into this motherboard, and am I correct in thinking that the rest of the components listed will fit together fine aswell?

Thanks again, wasn't expecting a reply so quick!
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Yes, but as I said, I'd swap the board and PSU with the ones I suggested
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Hey All,

Quick question, Ive been offered some parts for extremely cheap, and wondered if they would replace/work with the other parts I have highlighted above, and if so how much of a decrease in quality of a system it will be?

The parts are,

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA EP43-DS3L
CPU/Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Think it was 2.8Ghz)
RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR2 (800)
Graphics Card: GeForce 9600 GTX

And perhaps a 450W power supply but I think I will stick with the one Ive highlighted first to play it safe.

So whats your opinions recommendations?
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They would be compatible, but considerably less powerful.

450W will be ample for those parts. If you want something that's cheap but still good quality, then something like this springs to mind (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CA-006-XF) It's a re-badged Seasonic, so the quality would be excellent for the price. In fact, it would probabbly even handle your original configuration (the i3 with the GTX650).

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Old 01-17-2013, 02:06 AM   #7
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Well bearing my aim would be to do some developing, uni work and try and run the latest games to a decent quality, would the parts I just detailed not suffice?

I think overall I will look to use:

Case:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CA-040-AE

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA EP43-DS3L

Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo (Think it was 2.8Ghz)

Heatsink:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=HS-035-AR

graphics card:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-286-AS

power supply:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CA-292-CM

network card:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=NW-010-IN

ram:
RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR2 (800)

So use the more expensive graphics card but the "cheaper" motherboard, cpu and ram? Would that suffice to build a gaming system?

Bear in mind I am a student so budget isnt strong!

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Just realised the links I copied from the top post didnt copy over correctly, please use the links from the top post!

Also, will the graphjics card fit into the board i have detailed above? And I assume I will not need a network card as the motherboard has an ehternet port built in?
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Exclamation Change The PSU!

The Cooler Master GX Lite 600W PSU is not really the best choice here.

As c.hegge stated previously, the XFX 450W PSU here is a better choice.

Although with slightly less processing power, a cheaper video card with lower power consumption is here. This card is compatible with the Gigabyte motherboard.

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Ill be looking at getting that power supply suggested by brispuss, any ideas on how noticable the difference between the Geforce GTX 650, Gefore 9600GTX and the Sapphire HD 7750 will be? For instance, during gaming how noticeable will the differences be between then three? (I also assume all three are compatable with the GigaByte board?)
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All three video cards are compatible with the Gigabyte motherboard.

Difficult to predict which video card will perform best out of the three when playing games as this is dependent on how the games utilize the GPU's.

You might see a few fps difference in frame rates while playing games when comparing the three cards.

In general, the overall fastest video card should be the GTX 650. The HD 7750 is a very close second, with the 9600 GTX last.

The 9600 GTX takes more power than the other cards. So this particular card is not recommended as it is a bit slower and not as power efficient as the other video cards.

Basically it is a choice between the GTX 650 and the HD 7750 cards.

If your emphasis is more on performance (speed), then the GTX 650 is perhaps the best card. If the emphasis is more towards costs (capital and running), then the HD 7750 is the best card as it is cheaper to purchase and consumes the least power of all three video cards.

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