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20 Jun 2013   #1
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 
Hi everyone!

Hi guys, missed you all, I am hopefully making a return to my interest in computers and maybe to SF too
I have ordered parts for my first ever PC build, hopefully all goes well. It's nice to be back into computing!

Specs will be:
CPU: Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4 GHz (Hopefully will overclock okay on the ASRock motherboard)
GPU: Club3D HD 7850 2048MB GDDR5 RoyalKing
Mobo: ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 8GB 1600 MHz
Heatsink: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO
HDD: Western Digital GreenPower 500GB 7200 RPM SATA III
PSU: Corsair CX500
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
And some ordinary optical DVD RW drive.
Grand total of about 375 not including monitor, KB/M. Cheap because some parts might be *cough* second hand *cough cough*

Hopefully my previous knowledge I learned from these forums will help me in the future, I am going to a college route; going for 3/4 A Levels (Englishmen will understand this better ) Maths, Possibly Further Maths, Chemistry, Computing. I'm aiming to go to Bath University to do Computer Science and Maths with a work placement
I hope you all haven't forgotten me, and again it's nice to be back, thanks to my interest in PC gaming If I still have the knack for it I may have another go with designing in Photoshop and helping people with general issues

See you all soon once I got my new PC up and running

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20 Jun 2013   #2
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

If anyone wants to add me on Steam, my nick is 'Domstar'. You will most likely see me playing TF2 and Just Cause 2
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20 Jun 2013   #3
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Welcome back. That is a nice configuration. I would add a small SSD for the OS - makes a system soooo much faster.
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20 Jun 2013   #4
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Just out of my budget. First thing to upgrade as soon as I get the money. Then I will get a Piledriver CPU later on
*EDIT* 7200 rpm is plenty fast for me, I've been stuck on 5400 RPM for so long the extra speed is drastic and it is enough for now
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20 Jun 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Welcome back DOM,
Please double check that Green WD drive, I own tons of them and I love them for BU drives but I would never use then for a primary drive. The green will throttle the rpms and if I'm not mistaken the most they spin up is around 5400. Look to Seagate as they tend to be a better value and they also have a hybrid drive with a small SSD built in, maybe that wont break the bank.

I've built 4 rigs with that 965be chip and it's still flat amazing for the money and will OC very well. One other thought is if you want to go FX later (great idea) then maybe plan for a little larger PSU now say 600-650w+. that way you can crossfire later and overclock without fear of getting to close the the 500's capacity.
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20 Jun 2013   #6
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dom View Post
Just out of my budget. First thing to upgrade as soon as I get the money. Then I will get a Piledriver CPU later on
*EDIT* 7200 rpm is plenty fast for me, I've been stuck on 5400 RPM for so long the extra speed is drastic and it is enough for now
Yeah, unfortunately you are in the UK where prices are higher. I bought a 60GB SSD (which is ample for the OS) the other day from Newegg for $59.95. But bigger models are also available at abour $1 per GB.

Shop around, maybe you find a good deal in the UK too. In Germany they have good offerings too. Example:
Sandisk SSD 2,5" 128 GB They may even ship to the UK - not sure though.
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20 Jun 2013   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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20 Jun 2013   #8
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Welcome back DOM,
Please double check that Green WD drive, I own tons of them and I love them for BU drives but I would never use then for a primary drive. The green will throttle the rpms and if I'm not mistaken the most then spin up is around 5400. Look to Seagate as they tend to be a better value and they also have a hybrid drive with a small SSD built in, maybe that wont break the bank.

I've built 4 rigs with that 965be chip and it's still flat amazing for the money and will OC very well. One other thought is if you want to go FX later (great idea) then maybe plan for a little larger PSU now say 600-650w+. that way you can crossfire later and overclock without fear of getting to close the the 500's capacity.
I have seen the SSHD's, very interesting. I assume they use the inbuilt SSD rather as a cache? Almost as two seperate drives in one. I did consider the 500GB offered at overclockers.co.uk, same pirce as a 60GB SSD. But I looked at it after I had bought the GreenPower OH well I'm sure I'll manage, as long as it boots up fine I'm happy
And yes, when I next upgrade I won't just jump straight in, I will look at things like the PSU requirements, especially if I will opt for a crossfire upgrade in the future.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dom View Post
Just out of my budget. First thing to upgrade as soon as I get the money. Then I will get a Piledriver CPU later on
*EDIT* 7200 rpm is plenty fast for me, I've been stuck on 5400 RPM for so long the extra speed is drastic and it is enough for now
Yeah, unfortunately you are in the UK where prices are higher. I bought a 60GB SSD (which is ample for the OS) the other day from Newegg for $59.95. But bigger models are also available at abour $1 per GB.

Shop around, maybe you find a good deal in the UK too. In Germany they have good offerings too. Example:
Sandisk SSD 2,5" 128 GB They may even ship to the UK - not sure though.
I was considering an SSD at first, but to be honest I really only want a top performer drive (~500mbps R/W) like a Crucial M4. I have a USB 2.0 drive I could have used, but that thing is slow and I don't actually own any other HDD's apart from the GreenPower one.
Either way SSD's are slowly dropping in price, so I'm sure when I next dip my hand into my pocket, they'll be far cheaper.
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20 Jun 2013   #9

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hope things go well for you in college, Dom...
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20 Jun 2013   #10
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Hi boohbah
That is really cheap. I never considered Novatech due to their awful website layout I have experienced before.
A 60GB SSD suits my needs, not to mention buying another later and putting it in RAID 0 dramatically increase R/W speeds.
I'll have a look round
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