New build v OC system (ageing overclocker)

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Hi guys and gals,

It's been a long time since I last posted or upgraded my computer, kids and other commitments have got in the way, my computer is on its knees and it is time for something new.

My youngest is 5 years old, I last upgraded just prior to his birth, so I am still running an old socket 939 AMD single core 4000+ with 1gb of the good old OCZ 3500 gold and an AGP gainward 7800 GS (refused to embrace PCI express).

Time to bite the bullet, £500 to spend, mostly for web browsing, photo editing and the odd bit of gaming where games are not available on console.

I was happy enough building my old computer 5 years ago buit I am way out of touch now and i am not sure what, if anything, has changed, though I imagine not too much.

Currently thinking about buying this, to include windows 7 64 bit premium, a smidgeon over my budget -

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-210-OK&groupid=43&catid=1444&subcat=1713

If I decide to build myself, for the same price, how much extra performance can i get, what can you spec for the same price?

I could do with a new monitor too, could i get the same spec building myself but include a decent monitor for the same price?

Thanks in advance

Bryan
 
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For that kind of money you could get an Radeon 6950 2GB and AMD Phenom X4 and 4GB RAM and 500 GB HDD but the Coolermaster Elite 430 case bundeled with 500W Coolermaster Elite powersupply.

Quite the high end system and very good value for money for £500
 
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A little bit over budget but a far better system

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - OEM £173.99
(£144.99) £173.99
(£144.99)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £124.99
(£104.16) £124.99
(£104.16)
Asus P8P67 Intel P67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard - (Sandybridge) £109.19
(£90.99) £109.19
(£90.99)
BeQuiet Pure Power L7 530W Power Supply £42.98
(£35.82) £42.98
(£35.82)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM 1yr Warranty (ST31000528AS) £37.99
(£31.66) £37.99
(£31.66)
Patriot Viper 2 Sector 5 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Kit £34.99
(£29.16) £34.99
(£29.16)
Sub Total : £436.78
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £10.00
VAT is being charged at 20.00% VAT : £89.36
Total : £536.14
 
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so your looking for a full PC and windows 7 home premium that can do a bit of gaming for £500?

how does this look:

Your basket
Product Name Qty Price Line Total
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £124.99
(£104.16) £124.99
(£104.16)
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition "125W Edition" 3.20GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £98.39
(£81.99) £98.39
(£81.99)

Microsoft Windows 7 Bundle - Home Premium 64 Bit £68.40
(£57.00) £68.40
(£57.00)
Options applied to the above product:
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache - OEM (WD5000AAKX) £29.99
(£24.99) £29.99
(£24.99)

Asus M4A78LT-M 760G (Socket AM3) DDR3 Motherboard £44.99
(£37.49) £44.99
(£37.49)
BeQuiet Pure Power L7 530W Power Supply £42.98
(£35.82) £42.98
(£35.82)
Coolermaster Elite 430 Windowed Case - Black £38.80
(£32.33) £38.80
(£32.33)
Patriot Viper 2 Sector 5 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Kit £34.99
(£29.16) £34.99
(£29.16)
Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM £13.99
(£11.66) £13.99
(£11.66)
Sub Total : £414.60
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £11.25
VAT is being charged at 20.00% VAT : £85.17
Total : £511.02




you might be able to save money on the graphics card. not exactly sure how good everything else is, but the 460 768MB gets 59FPS on counter strike on maximum graphics at 1360 x 768 resolution (may not be exact resolution, but certainly close to that). if this is more than your gaming needs, then by all means get a cheaper graphics card.

*edit*
for an extra £15 (+VAT) you can upgrade the windows 7 + hard drive bundle to a 1TB hard drive, instead of 500GB

also, before you place the order, get a few posts in on the forums. when you have 100 posts, since you have been here well over a year, you will be able to get free delivery, saving you £11.25 + VAT
 
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also, before you place the order, get a few posts in on the forums. when you have 100 posts, since you have been here well over a year, you will be able to get free delivery, saving you £11.25 + VAT

Haha, I didn't know that, time to make up some posts then.

I like the set up by the way

Thanks.
 
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dont forget the windows 7 + hard drive bundle. should save ~£5-10
 
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