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New AMD build for friend, advice please,

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Hi there,

Looking for some advice for a new build for a friend, could do with some recommendations, I am looking to keep costs lower, and help on getting this bellow £600 is much appreciated.

Case is already sourced so no problems there

PSU
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w...i-crossfire-eps-12v-140mm-fan-5-year-warranty

CD/DVD R
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sams...dr-12x-dvdr-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-sata-black-oem

HDD
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103si-ecogreen-f2-sata-3gb-s-32mb-cache-89-ms-ncq

Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus...-(x16)-ddr3-2000(oc)-sata-6gb-s-sata-raid-atx

CPU
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-...-edition-sok-am3-32ghz-8mb-total-cache-retail

Memory
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-...0-(1600)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-7-8-7-20-165v

Gfx Card
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-...dr5-gpu-765mhz-1440-cores-dp-2x-dl-dvi-i-hdmi

Including Carriage to where I live this is

£646.32

What do people recommend cutting to get this down to £600 max (as it's for a friend) If possible I would prefer to use the same supplier due to shipping to the island I live on.

Advice appreciated.
 

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Going to overclock the system or not? And also, is your friend going to continue to upgrade the system or he is just going to leave it as it is?How long does he want to use this system for? One last question: he is going to go crossfire?
 
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Going to overclock the system or not? And also, is your friend going to continue to upgrade the system or he is just going to leave it as it is?How long does he want to use this system for? One last question: he is going to go crossfire?
Overclock, no he is not a techhead, hense why I've left stock cooling,

He will wish to upgrade the system overtime and get a good standard use out of it, however his current system is a P4 3ghz with 2gig of ram and god know what for a gfx card, his budget is limited.

Crossfire, I do not think so, but I have the same mobo and am crossfiring with it fine right now :)
 

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Righto, I would suggest some thing different to save him some money:

Drop the mobo down to 880G, for example http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...3)+DDR3+microATX+Motherboard+?productId=41303
He wouldnt need all the pcie lanes if he is not crossfiring

Grab a 6870 instead, slightly cheaper and still deliver just as much performance

£36 for a super cooler is good, and we all know that coolers keep processor happy: http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...Cooler+**AMD+NOW+SUPPORTED**+?productId=39421

Edit: also get a psu with about 550-650w, he doesnt need all that power if he is not going crossfire and overclocking.

psu

Good ol 212+ is also nice http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...er+Hyper+212+Plus+CPU+Cooler+?productId=39577
 
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Cheers mate,

Swapped psu to your suggestion thanks

also swapped the GFX card to this

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-...120-stream-processors-dl-dvi-i-dvi-d-hdmi-mdp

Swapped the Mobo to this one

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus...dr3-1866(oc)-sata-raid-matx-on-board-graphics


Looking for the cooler but can't find the AMD compatable Venomous X on scan, I guess I could use another supplier but costs of shipping is also a problem Carriage to where I live is around £20 at least.

Edit: Added the Coolermaster Hyper 212


This has bought it down to

Total £596.70

Including Carriage and Scansure (as it's not my build thought I'd pay £15 for the insurance)
 
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Fair enough, swapped out. I've not even used my USB3 slots yet, lol

Total£608.80

I think thats good enough, thanks so much
You can thank every single post I made :p

I would wait for another 3 hours or so for other people to take a look, The products I suggested are what I would go for, but it might not be the best around.

USB3 is not of any use now, but in 1 years time, who knows?
 
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I need to wait to be given the cash before ordering any, cheers, Saved the basket, and true I went with USB3 because I could afford it, so I guess its worth it.
 
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Its funny how a HD 6870 is cheaper then a HD 5850

and the HD 6870 is faster. Proven over and over.

Good cards ATI has, and that HD 6870 is going to please who ever is going to use it for gaming.