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I am looking to build a new PC for gaming I dont have loads £££ to spend so I cut down on the extra which I can add at a later date. At the moment I was thinking of these parts
MotherBoard ->Gigabyte AM3 890GX SB850 DDR3 ATX
Pro ->AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Black Edition Socket AM3 L2/L3 6MB
Pro cooling ->Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler
Case ->Antec 900 Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case (Black)
Power ->Corsair Memory TX650W 650 Watt PSU ATX
DVD/CD ->Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive
HardDrive ->Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue SATA-300 7200rpm 16MB
Memory ->OCZ Technology 4GB (2x2GB) Gold Edition DDR3 PC12800 CAS8 Dual Channel
I have a spare graphics card here to place in it. What I want to know is ->
1) will this list be all I need, Do i need wires/cables/screws/gel etc or do they come with it?
2) Are all the parts Compatable?
3) This PC will be used for gaming.
Assuming you already have a pci-e graphics card then everything you have put up there should work fine. All the cables required will come with the appropriate box. I'd be looking at a similar setup if i was to build a value gaming system.
Your case and power supply unit should provide all the cables and cases.
It's Antec so it shouldn't be a "no frills" case. Check the spec of the Case. It usually states the extras supplied.
I'm not sure what you mean by gel, it's been a while since I built a machine from scratch. If it's cooling paste then some should come with your CPU or additional fan.
You sure you don't want a bluray drive? I don't think they're too badly priced and my understanding is they can read/write DVD's also.
To save on cost and ensure compatibility, have you thought of getting a CPU bundle from dabs? Obviously your choice of product is limited but to save some cash and ensure compatibility between the processor, motherboard (and potentially memory).
Truthfully... I would drop the AMD and go for the Intel i5 750 or 760, especially if it's for gaming. That comes from someone who has used AMD since the AMD K6 way back when, so it isn't fanboi speak.
I would find the extra £30 for the i5 bundle too the performance of the i cores is unbelievable, other than that I can't see you running into any problems the cables you will need will most likely come with the motherboard and psu as a posed to the case, all you will get with the case is possibly an adapter to have the front usb ports connect to internal or external ports :p . No need to change the cooler even it will work with both AMD or Intel (although if you intend to overclock I would do it very slowly as don't think that cooler will give you a lot of headroom).
Totally agree on the AMD / Intel views above.
I know that AMD are supposed to be much better now but I've very rarely had any trouble with Intel and heard of lot's of problems with AMD.
I'm personally dissapointed that Sony laptops have gone with AMD now. I was starting to think about replacing mine but don't really want one with AMD inside.
I've had my current Sony laptop for ages and aside from some letters slightly rubbing off the keyboard it's still perfect but is now slow by modern standards and only has a 40Gb HDD.
Sorry for my last post going slightly off topic.
In response to 'Wellmad', having built a few computers myself everything should be fine.
I've had a few PSU's struggle and blow so I'd go for one a bit more powerful than you think you'll need which shouldn't add to much to the cost.
Make sure the PSU will have enough outputs, you may need 1 or 2 PSU splitter cables.
With regard to other cables basically read the item descriptions well for instance to see if they come with the necessary SATA cables.
I like Gigabyte motherboards, I've used quite a few and never had a problem with them and they usually come with everything you want for installation.
I also think it's worth considering going for 1TB now rather than the 500GB, seems like a lot but it can soon be eaten up especially if you do anything with vids.
Some manufacturers skimp on the needed fitting screws but I'm afraid it's something you don't tend to find out till you open the box.
Pick up a few if they're cheap enough if not pop to you're local computer store if you're desperate when it comes to putting it together.
Your main compatibility things to check are whether the RAM and processor are OK with the motherboard, I recommend you read the motherboard specs very well.