Help Build Gaming PC

  damen1786 12:11 05 Jan 2009

hi everyone just looking for some advice, i am planning on building myself a pc to run the top games and be upgradable in the future, im wanting to build the pc myslef and i have no experiance in building although im fairly technically minded so with some help im sure ill manage. im looking to spend around #400 pound, on tower only (btw anyone know why my keybord shows # instead of the pound sign) as its my 1st build i dont want to spend 1000s incase i mess something up. ive been looking at some specs on pc specialist site and was basically gonna use these as a guide when buying my parts.

firstly, i cant decide which processor to choose, do i go with intel or amd? searched all over some say one other say the other.

and then do i use SLI or crossfire?

i also need a bit of advice on the tower and cpu cooler? how much should i be looking to spend on the tower? and how do i know if everything will fit nicely inside the tower?

any other advice i may need on my first build will be much appreciated!

  Gav5 13:03 05 Jan 2009

Check the language settings in the control panel. You've probably got English US set as default.
These recommendations are based on my Pc which i built recently. Cost a bit more than 400 but should give you an idea.

Case: Antec P180 est.£70
Mobo: Single slot x16 Pci Gigabyte P35 est.£50
Intel Quad core est.£150
4 Gb RAM (requires 64 bit vista) est.£60
Graphics: ATI Radeon 4870 1Gb est.£200
Power: Min 600 Watt, preferrably a brand name.

Got various other accessories but thats what i use to get good performance for gaming.

Good Luck, just be careful handling components and you can't go wrong.

  damen1786 15:45 05 Jan 2009

thanks gav5 just been pricing up some possibilities and have come up with this,

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Dual Core CPU 3.1GHz x2

Asus M3N78-CM Motherboard #55.51

2GB Kingston ValueRAM 800MHz DDR2 Dual Channel Memory Kit

GeForce 9600GT 512MB #73.61

500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue

Samsung SpeedPlus 22x DVDRW

A-Pod Case Black
500w #25.76

only comes to just over #300 does this look a decent build, am i missing anything? and anyone know if everything is compatible etc?

  Gav5 12:19 06 Jan 2009

Your case supports ATX motherboards, your motherboard is a micro ATX. Also check the sizes of the graphics card, these modern cards are pretty big.
Asus do a regular ATX board with the same code - M3N78. I would still consider the equivalent ATI card given that you're building an AMD system. Check out for hierarchy charts

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