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So I have been wanting to build a computer for some time but never got around to it so I picked a build and wondered what the tech geeks of Heresy have to say. Keep in mind this is suppose to be entry level gaming pc.
Currently ~$420

The Build:

Processor:

Athlon II X3 455 Box AM3 3.3G 512KB 95W


Motherboard:

Gigabyte Nvidia SATA RAID Preinstall D Motherboard


Graphics Card:

Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 PCI-Express Graphics card
RAM:

Crucial CT2KIT25664BA1339 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin...


Hard Drive:

Hitachi Deskstar 3.5 Inch 1 TB 7200 RPM SAT...


Power Supply Unit:

Corsair CMPSU-430CX CX Series 430-watt Powe...


Optical Drive:

LG Electronics GH22NS50 22X SATA Super Mult...

Basic DVD reader/writer, but priced well.

Computer Case:

GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)
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Your PSU seems a bit on the small side, you are not going to have a lot of room to upgrade and I am curious why you went with a tri core versus a quad core. I wish you luck with your ATI card, I have nothing but trouble from them. So far though for what you have spent it is looking nice. Post some pics up!
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what upgrades would you change that wont blow up my wallet
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The OCZ stealthstream2 is a 500w for around the same price and is supposed to be pretty good. Depends if you do plan to upgrade though.

I've been running an ATI card with a gigabyte mobo for a few years now, and haven't had any issues.


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Make sure you keep constant data backups. Hitachi drives are rubbish and it will die on you for no reason. I'm a PC repair engineer and they are the worst for random failures. I recommend upgrading it to a Western Digital 7200rpm drive asap.

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Pretty nice. I'm sure you could get a more powerful machine for the same price by browsing around.

The pc I'm getting is the following:

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition 3.3Ghtz Dual Core

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Motherboard: Asus M4N68T-M

8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x 4GB)

Hard Drive: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s (will either be, hitachi, samsung, seagate, western digital.)

Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA

Graphics card: XFX 1GB HD4870

PSU: 500W PSU

Comes to around £350

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The machine looks solid as it sits as an entry level and other then maybe a bigger PSU or new HHD nothing jumps out at me to give you a big boost.

If you are going to upgrade the PSU I would save up for a 700w+ so when your next upgrade comes around you will be ready PSU wise.

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700w+ PSU
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Another matching set of RAM
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Upping the power supply unit would be a good idea. Graphics cards can need a decent amount of power.

A quad core processor will future proof your PC more than a Tri Core. It just depends on your budget.
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looks a good build, the only thing i would surgest is a PSu upgrade and maybe a better graphics card (one that wont break the budget) as ive read mixed views of the 5670 and its not a great performer, one review compared it to an older 4670, and in the tests' the older card out performed it. so either look at a budget 5750/70 or even for now a 4870 card

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*looks back at first (failed) attempt at building Pc*

Wasn't a good idea to do that when I was 12.

In my opinion anything below quad core isnt worth your time, although it is more expensive.

My older cousin bought a Hitachi hard drive, not sure what model, he lost all his files from the main drive and he was still skint from buying another part (graphics card I think) meaning he didn't have any external backups.

I currently use 2x1tb seagate barrecuda and they seem to be working pretty well.



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