Quick Spec Check Before I Order

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Greetings,

Just about to order but wondered if somebody with greater wisdom could quickly skim through and make sure I haven't missed anything glaringly obvious.

I've already got keyboard and mouse, along with a 23" monitor. I'm re-using existing hardrives.

Here is my planned spec:

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
99.58

Gigabyte GA-P43-ES3G Intel P43 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
58.98

Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 TwinX Dual Channel (TWIN2X4096-8500C5C)
57.49

Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM
16.99

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 "LGA775 Core 2" 2.50GHz (800FSB) - Retail
51.99

Coolermaster Elite 335 Case - Black (No PSU)
32.99

You'll also notice I haven't included a PSU. I was hoping to reuse my existing Tagan TG380-UO1 which is a 380W. I've used a power calc which stated I would need 260-270W but I just wanted to check that this PSU would be compatible.

Thanks for your help.
 
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Unfortunately at the moment I'm on a very strict budget, my main PC has died so I just need a replacement ASAP.

I'll be making another order in November for a new PSU along with an SSD drive. Do you think the Tagan will suffice untill then?
 
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4870 is a recommended 500W minimum PSU IIRC

Check on ATI website
 
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I suspected that might have been a problem. Budget of around £350 closest as possible but I can go over by 10-20 pounds. I intend to use it as gaming pc, particularly playing Aion which is suppose to be fairly graphical intensive.

The spec I posted comes to £318.42 (excluding shipping) so I've got some room to play with. Would there be a PSU you can recommend? I've not built a new system in over 7 years so I'm slight outdated :)

Thanks for all your help.
 
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i would suggest this over 4870 because i think your cpu might bottle-neck the gpu anyway, even if your psu is up to scatch

PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 4770 512MB PCI-Express - Retail

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-107-PC&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=1434

i would also suggest a Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 LGA775 'Wolfdale' 2.93GHz (1066FSB)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-272-IN&groupid=701&catid=6&subcat=793

over your cpu if you can afford it, because it has newer architecture hence more speed and its also more overclockable.
 
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Now I really can't decide :)

I quite like the look of the AMD build so may well go for that. Figured I would go for the 4870 and make use of it, if I upgraded again in the not so distant future.
 
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£1.43 over do you? ;)

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £99.98 (£86.94)
Asus M4A785D-M Pro AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £57.99 (£50.43)
AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 245 2.90GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £50.99 (£44.34)
Coolermaster eXtreme Power 650W Power Supply £43.99 (£38.25)
OcUK 4GB (2x2GB) PC2-6400C5 800MHz DDR2 Dual Channel £39.99 (£34.77)
Asus TM-261 Case - Black/Silver (No PSU) £25.99 (£22.60)
Sony Optiarc AD-7241S 24x DVD±RW SATA Lightscribe Optical Drive (Black) - OEM £18.99 (£16.51)
Sub Total : £293.84
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 : £45.84
Total : £351.43
 
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That spec looks perfect, thanks 95thrifles. Should certainly do me untill I can afford an i7 build later in the year :)

I should be able to play pretty much all current games at fairly high detail with that build right?

Still I'm moving from an old NF-7, Athlon 2500M. Anythings gotta be better right?

Thanks again for everyones help, most appreciated.
 
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no problems, this will do you fine, and tbh you could just drop a quad core like the 955 in later in year when you have more cash, it should see you another coupla years
 
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