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Hey guys, I'm currently building my first ever rig. I've watched a couple videos, and feel confident enough to do this - apart from having to deal with all of the cables that is.

I basically just wanted to make sure everything basically works together well, without any sort of bottle neck or complications. Also wanted to see if my PSU has a high enough wattage.
Feel free to share your opinions, just be aware that I'm on a very strict budget and £330 is pretty much my limit - not including the P&P though! Also posting my current build that I got from an online company pre build (me picking components though) is it a good upgrade?

I'm also buying the components from a UK website, so if you have any swaps or ideas, please use the same website smile.gif www.Aria.co.uk

Just a heads up, the only thing I'm not replacing is my Graphics Card, mostly due to the fact that I don't see much wrong with it other than it being a little old. I've also already bought my MoBo, along with my OS.

Current system -

Operating System
MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz 32 °C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM
2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz (5-5-5-18)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5K Premium (LGA775) 32 °C
Graphics
S200HL (1440x900@60Hz)
1024MB ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series (ASUStek Computer Inc) 38 °C
Hard Drives
313GB Seagate ST3320820AS (SATA) 34 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GSA-H55L SCSI CdRom Device
FEZ DYVCTM3CHU SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
ATI Function Driver for High Definition Audio - ATI AA01


New Self built rig -

Mobo - MSI 870S-C45 AMD 870A (Socket AM3) DDR3 PCI-Express ATX

CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 Tri Core 460 3.40GHz (Socket AM3)

RAM - x2 Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Blu Memory Module CL9 1.5V [KHX1333C9D3B1/4G]

OS - Windows 7 OEM

HDD - 1TB Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 SATA-II 3.5" Hard Drive - Plus my current HDD for the use of putting the OS on there

PSU - 430W Corsair Builder Series 430CX V2 80PLUS Power Supply

DVD Drive - LG GH22NS70 22x DVD±RW with DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black

Case - ARIANET Avenger Black Midi Tower Chassis

Fans - Arctic Cooling F12 120mm x 3

So what do you guys think? Will everything fit into my new case that I want? Enough power supply? Any kind of tips that I should know about before heading into this build? Any tips on cable management would be great, I'm getting kind of uptight about the fact I probably wont know what all the cables will have to connect to on the MoBo or what component.
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Personally, I'd use a cheap Asus mobo, would probably still be better quality than that rubbish MSI produces!
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SM951 M.2 NVMe - 256GB Samsung 840 EVO - 500GB Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 Pro 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SM951 M.2 NVMe - 256GB Samsung 840 EVO - 500GB Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
IIyama 28" 4K B2888UHSU-B1 Corsair Vengeance K90 - MX Red EVGA Supernova 1300W G2 /w Be Quiet! Pure Wings 2 Corsair Carbide 540 Air 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
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CPU :
600
AMD APU A6 - 3670K Black Edition Socket FM1 Quad Core Processor £89.99


Motherboard :
350
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H Motherboard Socket FM1 £69.30

RAM :
350

Corsair Memory 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 9 Dual Channel Desktop £19.68


HDD :
350

Seagate ST1000DL002 1TB Barracuda Green Low Power Hard Drive £82.92


PSU :
350
Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CX 430W Power Supply (PSU) £36.52

Case :
600

NZXT Sorce 210 White Midi Case without PSU £32.27


OS :
256
Ubuntu 11.10
Ubuntu 11.10 direct .iso download

just pay £0.68 u are getting thumb.gif

  • a quad core processor
  • u can overclock it as its a Black edition cpu
  • u get a built-in gpu
  • crossfire a 6570 too which will give u a boost in graphic performance
  • the motherboard supports crossfire config dual x8/x8 wink.gif
  • the case has good VFM
  • those value select RAM overclock like beast have a look here

and if u dont want to go with the APU series then
go with a
CPU :

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition, Socket AM3 £93.55

Motherboard :
ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ £79.99
or
Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 AMD 880G AM3+ £62.26
So if you go with a 960T and a Asrock 970 Extreme 4 you have to pay another £14.93
the 960T can be clocked to 4Ghz+ easily on air and the APU can be overclocked to ~3.6Ghz with a slight voltage bump i have not read any solid article about the APU series CPU overclocking but many have heard from some OCN gurus(i guess Xd_1771) about it thumb.gif

Hope you like it wink.gifbiggrin.gif
Edited by Tarun - 2/5/12 at 12:25pm
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Try get a quad core CPU nd maybe 1600 ram. Your hdd be ok for storage, get a SSd instead of1tb drive
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Originally Posted by Kommanche View Post

Personally, I'd use a cheap Asus mobo, would probably still be better quality than that rubbish MSI produces!

Agreed.
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Thanks for the info guys. Although like I said I've already bought my motherboard so I'm just going to stick with it and see how it goes, I've had MSI in the past with no problems so touch wood things will be okay this time around.
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