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    hi all. this is my first build and it will be used mainly for gaming and the usual (browsing the net, movies, music, ect.)
    my budget i around £400, i already have: hard drive, moniter, dvd writer, keyboard and mouse.
    i have done alot of research and finally decided on the parts. this is a budget gaming build, i will be gaming on a 19" 720p screen and dont mind lowering the settings. i dont need overlclocking, SLI/Crossfire, usb3.0.

    here it is:

    intel i5 2400(£151):http://www.ebuyer.com/251595-intel-c...-bx80623i52400
    asus h61 mobo(£53):http://www.ebuyer.com/261406-asus-p8...8h61-m-le-r3-0
    2x2GB GSkill(£28):http://www.ebuyer.com/264746-g-skill...0666cl8d-4gbrm
    xigmatek white knight case(£30):http://www.ebuyer.com/274410-xigmate...-cpc-t55dw-u01
    Thermaltake 575W Modular PSU(£55): http://www.ebuyer.com/234911-thermal...r-psu-tpx-575m
    EVGA GTX 460 1GB(£133.5): http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-e...2x-dl-dvi-i-mi

    i know there are better deals for the gtx460 but i went for the evga for the 10yr warranty, plus the rest werent that much cheaper.
    also there were cheaper psu offers but i went for the 5yr warranty.

    as for the ram i was told to get 1600MHz but the specs of the mobo says it only supports 1066/1333MHz, and i was told that its ok to get 1600MHz on a 1333MHz board, is this true?

    so what do u think? will this build be ok for the next 3-4 yrs gaming at medium settings? is it overpriced?
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    will this build be ok for the next 3-4 yrs gaming at medium settings?
    Nope.
    did i do ok for my 1st build?
    You did pretty good

    The PSU, is too big for that system, you want better than GTX460 with Sandy Bridge, ram is so cheap now that you shouldn't even consider anything below 1600Mhz/CL9 1.5v
    You want a 4 core CPU, I5 2300/2310/2400 and you want a P67/Z68 motherboard

    ps. you put far too much weight on the warranty
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    thanks originial sin. lol yeah i know, its my first build and iam really nervous. i read alot of guides and ppl stress the warranty issue.iam thinking of going for an i5-2400 (£150) instead. as for the ram, ur right actually, i think i will change that, which means i will have to get a diff. board since it only supports 1333MHz. but i think i will still keep it h61, since i wont be overclocking. what do u think? thanks for the input.

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    You don't need a different board, the differences between boards start to show once you pass 1866Mhz, and hardly even then
    The worst 1155 board should be able to do 1600/CL9 with ease.. you might want to check this out too
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    i read alot of guides and ppl stress the warranty issue
    In EU, first two years must be handled by a shop. Any shop. That's by law.

    For rest, you may be on your own, unless shop states explicitly otherwise. Hence extended product warranties are not as important as you may think.

    Consider HD6850. You have two models cheaper in the same shop. It's also less power hungry, and very much the same performance-wise (some say Radeon is slightly faster on average, but not by any relevant amount).

    PS. There are some wicked deals on Toughpower XT x75W recently. Same in PL.

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    thanks. but in this link it only shows support for 1066/1333 MHz ram http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Int...specifications

    yeah i think i will go for those gskill modules. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogoman123 View Post
    thanks. but in this link it only shows support for 1066/1333 MHz ram http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Int...specifications

    yeah i think i will go for those gskill modules. thanks
    It will do 1600, however, you should look for a board that has at least some vague impression of a VRM radiator.. also, the reason i suggested P67/Z68 is because the non K processors allow for a 400Mhz overclock(limited unlock), but as stated, you need a P67/Z68 board for that..

    Also, Rafal made an excellent suggestion with tha HD 6850, drop the 460 and go for the Radeon, you'll be better off that way
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    for rams read this:
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mem...3_4.html#sect1

    quick summary: don't go low bandwidth(speed), go with high bandwidth(speed) like 1866/2000/2133/2200
    anything lower is...you get the picture from the link lol

    for rams i suggest these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231449

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    Anandtech doesn't share that sentiment:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/s...he-best-ddr3/6

    I'd say, go with cheapest and screw those ~5% at most.

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    He's from UK, so no newegg prices for him
    Also, the kit i suggested will easily do 1866/8-9-8-24 with <1.65v

    edit: XFX 6870 @ 130£(with 5 year warranty if registered on the XFX website)
    Last edited by Original Sin; 08-16-2011 at 02:01 PM.
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