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Old 08-03-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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Hi, first post.
Going to upgrade my currently old PC, however to do this, I need to upgrade every component except case, CD drive and maybe power supply, so it's more like building a new computer.

I have decided on an AMD phenom II X4 processor as I want to make sure my system is upgradable in the future and I can afford an AM3 system, but can't afford Intel's new i7 processor architecture. So far I have decided on AMD Phenom 2 X4 (810) processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB SATA hard drive, geforce 9800GT and a compatible motherboard. The machine will be used for moderate gaming, and I just want to be able to run games on decent settings (not necessarily absolute maximum), with good FPS.

I selected the components shown below.

Processor: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Phenom-2-6GH...9240423&sr=1-7

Mobo: http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyt...refs=432790000

RAM: http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair...efs=4294951079

Graphics card: http://www.dabs.com/products/best-va...?refs=42740000

Hard drive: http://www.dabs.com/products/hitachi...?refs=42240000

I would just like someone to verify that each of these components will be compatible with each other. Also I currently have a relatively new IDE CD drive - will this still work on the SATA motherboard? I may want to perform some light underclocking - as this is not the black processor model, I am aware that the multiplier on the processor is locked. Will this make a significant difference to overclocking potential? Finally, I have a Jeantech 400W power supply which isn't very old - will this be enough to power the components I want? Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:47 PM   #2
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wow, that ram looks expensive
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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Yes it's expensive but it's DDR3 - unless there's cheaper alternatives?
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The stock heatsink won't allow you to overclock too much
But I don't think you're trying to set any world records (;
I'm gonna have to recommend a Radeon 4850 to another person lol
http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphir...NM.html?q=4850

The minimum power required for the 9800GT is 400W
The 4850 is 450W, either way I would play it safe with a new powersupply

I'm pretty sure the 4850 would beat the 9800GT in benches and games
That's only because the 9800GTX is meant to compete with the 4850
Besides, it's around 8 euros cheaper
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http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...-116-OC&tool=3 - That is great ram. I am running it now, and it's great!

It works with my 955 BE, so dont be put off by the Intel Stickers

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The stock heatsink won't allow you to overclock too much
But I don't think you're trying to set any world records (;
I'm gonna have to recommend a Radeon 4850 to another person lol
http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphir...NM.html?q=4850

The minimum power required for the 9800GT is 400W
The 4850 is 450W, either way I would play it safe with a new powersupply

I'm pretty sure the 4850 would beat the 9800GT in benches and games
That's only because the 9800GTX is meant to compete with the 4850
Besides, it's around 8 euros cheaper
I'm nitpicking here, but we use Pounds Sterling in the UK
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:03 PM   #6
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Hmm yes, I will use that RAM instead as it's much cheaper. Is everything else otherwise compatible though?
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Compatible - Yes. Best Price: No.
Get your CPU from Overclockers: http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduc...odid=CP-239-AM
The graphics card is quid cheaper from OCUK too: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-179-SP

Your hard drive is cheaper from Overclockers aswell - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=HD-030-HI. There is a B-Grade 500GB Seagate on there too, for 30... http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=BG-065-SE. There is also a Samsung which is somewhere in-between the two - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=HD-065-SA

If I where you, I'd also get the motherboard from Overclockers - It's 3 more, but you'll get everything at the same time. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=5&subcat=1481
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:33 PM   #8
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Wow, thanks for the help! Those price differences will be very useful. If I upgrade power supply, should I go with 500W, or 600W to be safe?
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I'm nitpicking here, but we use Pounds Sterling in the UK
oops lol
well now i know
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