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So last generation, but looking to build a cheap build for a friend, but a rig that can still pack a punch!

I want to go over this with you guys. Any compatibility issues? Will it run well? Bottlenecking? Overclocking?


He already has the following:

Case: Antec 900
OD: LG DVD R/RW (SATA)


Buying:

GFX:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB...VI-I-HDTV-HDCP

CPU:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...B-Cache-Retail

HDD:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

RAM:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/2GB-(...d-CAS-4-4-4-12

MB:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/XFX-M...Board-Graphics

PSU:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=953208


I know compared to the rest of the build the 4850 looks a bit OTT, but he stresses he wants that card, so i've tried to work around it & his low budget.

The idea would be to OC the CPU to at least 3.0Ghz.
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why g31? I'd pick a cheap p35/p45 board instead, since he has plenty of room in that a900. Other than that, looks like a decent budget build.
    
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Go for the E5200 -
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...B-Cache-Retail
Try to go for this PSU instead -
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500W-...n-Dual-plus12V
Generic PSUs are never a great idea.
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Since he's planning to overclock, the 4850 actaully seems like a smart move.

The PSU seems a little OTT unless hes planning to upgrade in the future. A good 500/550W should power that system no problem.
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Go for the E5200 -
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...B-Cache-Retail
Try to go for this PSU instead -
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500W-...n-Dual-plus12V
Generic PSUs are never a great idea.
Didn't notice that E5200, thanks man. Would it be a significant boost though, i.e. a E2180 @ 3.2 vs E5200 @ 3.2 in gaming? Elsewhere i can get a E2180 for £20 cheaper.

I went for the PSU as it was cheap, but since it was generic i got a larger wattage just in case. Probably only around the 500W mark.

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why g31? I'd pick a cheap p35/p45 board instead, since he has plenty of room in that a900. Other than that, looks like a decent budget build.
He loooves XFX lol. Cheapest once i could find, but still do a good job.
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Didn't notice that E5200, thanks man. Would it be a significant boost though, i.e. a E2180 @ 3.2 vs E5200 @ 3.2 in gaming? Elsewhere i can get a E2180 for £20 cheaper.

I went for the PSU as it was cheap, but since it was generic i got a larger wattage just in case. Probably only around the 500W mark.



He loooves XFX lol. Cheapest once i could find, but still do a good job.
Well, the Silverstone will come with safety features such as OCP OVP and such which isn't always a given on cheap PSUs. The E5200 will be slightly faster clock for clock and should clock higher (expect 3.4-3.6ghz fairly easily provided the mobo isn't terrible)
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I would also look at getting some more RAM for that system, especially since DDR3 is becoming more and more mainstream, DDR2 is cheap right now. You can get 4 GB for around $30 about 25 Euro's i think that would offer a significant performance boost for the money
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As-is that rig will run great. I agree that a better PSU is in order. And if you do have just a few more pounds to spend, go with the E5200. But if you can't swing it, it should still run great. Especially if clocked to 3.0ghz or higher.
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I'm also going to shamelessly promote the fact that I have a Thermaltake Big Typhoon for sale, PM if interested. Would cool either of those processors nicely.
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