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CPU/Mobo/RAM bundle deals

By Flash19
Dec 25, 2008
  1. I'm going to build a new PC soon that I want to use primarily for gaming but also for work. I recently saw these two bundles being offered and I'm considering buying one of them as the core of the setup:

    First One

    Second One

    What I want to know is if either of these two will be up to the job and worth buying, bearing in mind I've already got a GPU and the other bits and bobs. If so, which one do people recommend? Thirdly, would a 500W PSU suffice?

    I personally thought the first bundle was a really good deal but I might be missing something obvious.

    Many thanks and merry christmas :grinthumb
     
  2. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    The first bundle uses an ECS motherboard which is a total piece of crap. Stay as far away from Elitegroup stuff as you can. The second one doesn't seem too bad for a general use machine.
     
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Don't bother going for either. Try these parts separately instead:

    Comes to about the same price, but delivers better performance and the memory is of better quality and more reliable.
     
  4. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Posts: 206

    Hi, Flash. I'd stay away from ECS, too. A lot of customers have been dissatisfied with their products. I use ASUS, but I'm not a gamer, so the mid-range ASUS boards suits me fine. Rage has a very nice combination going so I'd go with his advice.
     
  5. Flash19

    Flash19 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    - For about an extra £30 I like the look of this processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Would the difference in performance over the one Rage suggested make it worthwhile? Thanks again.
     
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Go for it if you can afford it. Otherwise, the E7300 will do fine.
     
  7. Flash19

    Flash19 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I've decided to go for these three components:

    Motherboard

    Memory

    Processor

    I'm just wondering if anyone has any idea how many RAM banks the motherboard has since it doesn't say in the specs, and I'd probably want to buy more memory in the near future because at the moment my budget is stretched rather thin.

    I think they should all get along nicely, and with a 9600GT could I expect a decent gaming experience?
     
  8. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    God, MSI is crap too. Why are you picking out all these POS manufacturers? Are you a masochist?

    Gigabyte or Asus. Stay away from all this other garbage... You'll thank us later.
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Agreed. Stick with the top two manufacturers for the best reliability and support.

    The RAM looks okay, although I'd still recommend the OCZ kit I picked earlier over the one you've picked. And you've decided to go with the E7300 I see, nice choice.
     
  10. Flash19

    Flash19 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Haha ok, thanks for setting me straight guys :)
     
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i think you could pick up the E7400 which is like 2.83Ghz and is only like $10 American more.
     
     
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