New PC Build £400

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This PC will be for recording gaming and uploading to youtube / video rendering

I will be buying the HDD else where which is around 30-60£ so I would like it to be £300 - £350
I have a spec here:
Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 4GB
BitFenix Merc Alpha Gaming Case - Black
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard
OCZ ZT 550W '80 Plus Bronze' Modular Power Supply
AMD Bulldozer FX-4 Quad Core 4100 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor - Retail with FREE Deus Ex PC Game
Asus HD 6850 DirectCU V2 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Total : £356.72

I was thinking about a i5 build but it's too expensive
People are saying bulldozer is bad.
But many reviews have been possitive so I am willing to buy it.
I'm coming from a Celeron 2.2gHz
Thanks
(PS: the only thing I can game on now is a PS3, would really like to change)
 
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Looks OK and is compatible but I would steer clear of Bulldozer. Go for a Sandy Bridge i3. In most games it will perform at least as well as the FX-4100 and in single threaded applications will be a fair bit quicker. The rest is OK, but given that you do rendering may as well grab 8GB of RAM which is very cheap at the minute. Also, with an Intel build you have a few options with regards to upgrade paths, for example, could add in an i5-2500K (and overclock) or even an Ivy Bridge CPU. A bit over budget but worth it IMO.

YOUR BASKET
1 x Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £91.99
1 x Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard REV 1 £84.98
1 x Asus HD 6850 DirectCU V2 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £84.95
1 x OCZ ZS Series 550W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply £43.98
1 x BitFenix Merc Beta Gaming Case - Black £31.99
1 x Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX) £29.99
Total : £367.88 (includes shipping : FREE).

 
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Thanks
I will go for it
I dont have free shipping but thats ok
Cost's £380 for computer
£50 for hdd
 
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Ahh sorry, yes you'll unfortunately have to pay for shipping this time.

If your happy to spend just a bit more you could consider this motherboard.

Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard, it's only a fiver more than the Gigabyte Z68AP-D3. Fully Ivy Bridge compatible, has DVI and VGA along with HDMI, UEFI BIOS, more USB 3.0/2.0 on the rear i/o, more audio connectors including optical and SPDIF.
 
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Ok ill have that mobo.
Thanks
ALSO:
100th Post !!!
finally, how do you get that spec thing with the BMW symbol? did you make it your self,
its nice
 
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Also , do you think i should get an ssd for £60 and how would i install programs and games to the hdd and have the ssd for important things etc os.
Thanks
 
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With your budget I would say the SSD can wait. Yes they are good for installing Windows on and having your applications/programmes/game or two but with a fairly tight budget put it towards better the i5-2500K (+CPU cooler) or even better video card if you have got a bit to spare.
 
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ok, it can wait. also when ivy bridge comes out will there be an i3 model? and will it be around the same price point?
 
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should I bid on an used 160 gb western digital, its on £3 so will be able to spend a little more. And then when i get around to buying ill get even more.
 
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should I bid on an used 160 gb western digital, its on £3 so will be able to spend a little more. And then when i get around to buying ill get even more.

Depends on what it goes upto but personally don't like buying electrical stuff of the bay. It's not that hard to find 500GB 7200RPM drive for a little over £50.;) Plenty more room for games etc.
 
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yeah, i recently purchased an ide drive from there for my old computer, now i use a laptop
New Samsung 500GB HD 3.5 SATA Hard Drive 500 GB HDD
New Factory Sealed, 16mb Cache, UK Seller
Item condition: New
Quantity:
3 available / 148 sold
£999.99
why??? was on thebay

also if i have 2x sata 160 gb 7200 rpm can i merge the drives into one partition,
as i hate partitioning
 
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yeah, i recently purchased an ide drive from there for my old computer, now i use a laptop
New Samsung 500GB HD 3.5 SATA Hard Drive 500 GB HDD
New Factory Sealed, 16mb Cache, UK Seller
Item condition: New
Quantity:
3 available / 148 sold
£999.99
why??? was on thebay Because when they don't have anymore stock they put the prices up so nobody buys them.

also if i have 2x sata 160 gb 7200 rpm can i merge the drives into one partition,
as i hate partitioning
 
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