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First desktop project

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Hey guys, so after a couple of laptops have caused me to give up hope completely I've decided to build my own desktop rig and was wondering if anyone could give my list of components a runthrough and tell me any mistakes ive made etc.

intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz Socket 1156 4MB L3 Retail Box Processor
Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H H55 Socket 1156
HIS HD 4670 IceQ Edition 1GB DDR3 PCI-E Graphics Card
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX CL9
Arctic Power 450W PSU
Edimax Wireless-N150 PCI Adapter (Needs to be wireless since my desktop will be upstairs away from the homehub)
NZXT Hades Mid Tower Case - NO PSU

So thats the basic setup, i already have a dvd rw drive, hdd, keyboard and mouse from my old desktop. I will mostly be using it for wow, sc2, cod2, bioshock2 and photoshop so nothing cutting edge but trying to get the best graphics/processor speed possible with a i3/ddr3 for sub £400 (roughly $600).

Any feedback would be really useful as im pretty new to this, previously only changed out graphics cards and network cards, stuff like that. My cousin who built his desktop before helped me a bit with amounts of RAM/PSU wattage and bits like that but ive sourced all the components.

Bear in mind i'm from the UK so most of the time shipping from the US is out of the question.

Thanks in advance
Edited by aparker - 9/1/10 at 12:25pm
post #2 of 8
I don't see a monitor budgeted in there, is that needed to? Also photoshop loves ram, 4 gb is a good starting point, but more is better. It might not be possible to get more for your budget though.

Not sure about that PSU, never heard of that brand, a quality psu is definitely recommended on all builds, because when a cheap one dies it has a higher chance of taking other parts with it.

Also the graphics card is pretty low powered, but SC2 looks to be the most demanding of the ones you listed, so it will probably be alright, depending on resolution and settings you want.

I don't know enough about Intel to put together one, or comment on your choices, but with your limited budget AMD might be a better choice here.
post #3 of 8
looks just fine to me. I think you will enjoy it. some advice: don't forget the motherboard standoff's (little brass pieces that screw into the motherboard tray). Lots of people have forgotten these and have caused lots of $$ to be thrown away.

Take your time, you should be okay!
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Phenom II X6 1055T @ 3.7ghz Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H XFX 5770 Crossfire 4x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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post #4 of 8
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Probably going to run it through my LCD tv so no need for a new monitor. Not really sure i can get more DDR3 for my budget, that set of 2x2 only costs £70 ($110)

Nothing is really set in stone to be honest, what would be the minimum recommended wattage for the system, my cousin said roughly 500w but im not sure exactly how knowledgable he is about specifics like that.

If AMD is a cheaper option then I'm definately up for switching out the mobo and cpu, i have a very limited experience with AMD though so i wouldnt know where to start.

Peacemaker did you mean http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124144 , would i also need things like screws to mount it etc? i assumed they would come with the case.

Would a Corsair 400W have enough power? I know corsair has a good reputation for RAM but dont know about their other products
Edited by aparker - 9/1/10 at 12:52pm
post #5 of 8
The standoffs come the case so no worries about those but if your interested in going amd
what budget would you have for a mobo/ cpu?
post #6 of 8
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The current mobo and cpu i have now cost £155, so £155 (~$250) for an AMD mobo/cpu.
What is the reason that AMD are more affordable than Intel counterparts?
post #7 of 8
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-882-_-Product - cpu
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813131646 - mobo

total for cpu/ mobo = 227$

and if your budget allows you, spending afew extra $$ would be better if you could get something like this

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-338-_-Product
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