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self build Graphic design system spec please £400?

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  1. sam joyce

    sam joyce Thread Starter

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    Posted here about specs for graphic design computer pre-built and think I might take the advice and put it together myself, can anyone help me with the specs of what to buy, I am in the uk and have a dell 22" moniter already. many thanks if you can help
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    I'll try to link you something useful:
    CPU: http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?...GHz,+2x+512KB+Cache,+Retail+Energy+Eff'+S+AM2
    Mobo: http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?...+DDR2+533/667/800MHz,+SATA+II,+SATA+RAID,+ATX
    Hard drives: 250 GB, 500 GB, 750 GB or Seagate 750 GB (5 yr warranty instead of 3)
    Graphics card: http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?...+GPU+650MHz,+80+Cores,++D-Sub/+DL+DVI-I/+HDMI I would still suggest getting a Radeon 4670(Asus, HIS Turbocool) for a bit higher performance in overall, and for mid-range gaming capabilities, just in case, as the other parts haven't nearly hit your budget roof.
    RAM: http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?...),+240+Pins,+Non-ECC+Unbuffered,+CAS+5-5-5-18

    Then, case and PSU. Don't preferably go for a cheap case+PSU, rather get a cheap(ish) case that pleases your eye and has at least 2 fans/fan slots and get a quality PSU as another buy. Scan doesn't seem to have any inexpensive, yet high quality PSUs to offer. This is about the best deal there. If you find an OCZ StealthXtream 500 or 600W cheaper than that, go get it.

    ~293 £ without shipping(and the case, PSU is calcced there. I hope it's correct :p) with HIS 4670 and 500 GB hard drive.
     
  3. sam joyce

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    thanks alot, so you rekon I should buy the radeon 4670 card over the others you put up here?
     
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    Well, basically 4350 is a bit too little, 4670 leaves some breathing room. You could always get something like 4550 to go a bit cheaper, I think that would be pretty optimal actually.
    Thinking of it, for your need it could be a bit better to take that 20 £ or so off the graphics card budget, and add it to the CPU: http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?...ane,+Dual+Core,+2.9GHz,+2x512KB+Cache,+Retail But a problem with that is, the board won't support that CPU without version 2.6 bios. You would need to contact the seller before buying to make sure the board comes with that or later bios.
     
  5. sam joyce

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    Many thanks for your time BG-0, now I can see the value I can get from putting it together myself I am going to get a goood case and seek out a nice psu as you reccomend, will see if scan know about the mb/processor issue to supply everything so it should work, Thanks again
     
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    If I was to throw another £100 would this change the spec in any way? thanks again Sam
     
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    Hmm. I don't know, there's pretty much of a leap in prices after these specs. Good Intel CPUs are pretty much more, and AMD Phenoms aren't propably worth it. Maybe... Phenom 9650 is 45 £ more: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-...-1800MHz-4MB-L2-Cache-Energy-Efficient-Retail
    And this mobo is 24 £ more: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Giga...-20-DDR2-1066MHz-SATA-II-SATA-RAID-HDMI13-ATX Better would be to go for a full-ATX size board, less crowded: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Giga...(x16)-DDR2-1066-667-800-SATA-II-SATA-RAID-ATX
    And a bit faster RAM: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-...-240-Pins-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-4-4-4-12-DHX or http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-...6)-240Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-5-5-5-15-EPP 15 or 33£ more (actually just to ensure compatibility, the original wasn't on the guaranteedly compatible list, the speed difference is not that much, especially with the DDR2 800 ones that only have a lower latency)
     
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