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    OK, so as the thread title suggests I'm going to build myself a PC for Uni. I'm going to gut my old one so there's quite a few things I already have: PSU, DVD drive, Hard disks and Wireless LAN card.

    So, I need: Motherboard, Processor, RAM, Heatsink, Graphics card, and a Case.

    First, all those links are from microdirect.co.uk which someone mentioned and the prices look very reasonable. Has anyone delt with them? Or can the parts be gotten more cheaply elsewhere?

    Next, is there anything i've forgotten...you know, I'm going to order everything and then realise i've got a widget missing!

    Case: OK, I want a really small one. Clealy the Mobo is 24.4 x 21.5cm, and I have 2 hard disks, a DVD drive and need to fit the heatsink (11.2cm tall) and a graphics card inside. So, can anyone recommend me a case? I really couldn't care less what it looks like...just the size.

    What is thermal paste? Do i need it? Where does it even go?

    And I've saved it for last: Graphics cards. My budget is about £85. Interface must be PCI-E (surely?). How about this one or this one? I will be using XP Pro, but would like to be able to upgrade to Vista wihtout any worries. I'm not a massive fan of the latest games, the most strenuious thing being C&C3. However, i'm more into films, and would, ideally, like to be able to do an HD film justice...or at the very least a high quality DVD. What sort of monitor is then necessary for this?

    If you've mannaged to read all that and look at even half the links you have my thanks and congratulations. However, i'd be really greatfull for any input.

    Cheers
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    yes it will be PCI-E, wait a few months and the HD3850 will be down in price,

    Themeral paste goes on the CPU between the Processor and it's cooler, you need make sure you get an PSU that is powerful enough, and if you get a case make sure it will fit the motherboard e.g. ATX, M-ATX etc

    Depending on the budget on the case one of the best is the Antec Gamer 900 which is about 69.99
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    I think an Arctic cooling freezer seven pro would be a better heatsink (and is a similar price to the selected).

    either of those graphics cards will be fine, from memory the 9600 is the better of the two, but dont quote me on that. However you may want to check your psu, as it may be put under strain because of a more powerful card (as you want a quad which will want a fair bit of power, its a good idea to get a new PSU (unless your current is 500W or higher and is a good brand) - also remember to get a reliable brand of PSU, as it is the only component which can break everything else if it fails)

    as for a case, its really personal opinion, most cases will support full ATX along with smaller versions as well, however if you need the space you will want to make sure it is designed only for a motherboard of your preferred size and nothing bigger, but antec cases are popular and look nice, coolermasters are also very good.

    as for thermal paste, it normally comes pre-applied on the bottom of the heatsink, although if you want to use a high end thermal paste like Arctic silver all you need to do is clean off the old (Arcti-clean recommended).

    IF you want to do HD films you may want to get an ATI graphics card, as although not currently as powerful as the current Nvidias, the 3870's and 3850's do have a specialist chip for dealing with HD video and will also provide Audio from its HDMI port.
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    www.aria.co.uk
    nice place and good prices
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    Building a pc is a fun experience, but to be honest pre-built pcs are so cheap it's probably not really worth it. It also can be incredible frustrating if things don't work.

    Save yourself the time and potential hassle.
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    (Original post by Henerz)
    OK, so as the thread title suggests I'm going to build myself a PC for Uni. I'm going to gut my old one so there's quite a few things I already have: PSU, DVD drive, Hard disks and Wireless LAN card.

    So, I need: Motherboard, Processor, RAM, Heatsink, Graphics card, and a Case.

    First, all those links are from microdirect.co.uk which someone mentioned and the prices look very reasonable. Has anyone delt with them? Or can the parts be gotten more cheaply elsewhere?

    Next, is there anything i've forgotten...you know, I'm going to order everything and then realise i've got a widget missing!

    Case: OK, I want a really small one. Clealy the Mobo is 24.4 x 21.5cm, and I have 2 hard disks, a DVD drive and need to fit the heatsink (11.2cm tall) and a graphics card inside. So, can anyone recommend me a case? I really couldn't care less what it looks like...just the size.

    What is thermal paste? Do i need it? Where does it even go?

    And I've saved it for last: Graphics cards. My budget is about £85. Interface must be PCI-E (surely?). How about this one or this one? I will be using XP Pro, but would like to be able to upgrade to Vista wihtout any worries. I'm not a massive fan of the latest games, the most strenuious thing being C&C3. However, i'm more into films, and would, ideally, like to be able to do an HD film justice...or at the very least a high quality DVD. What sort of monitor is then necessary for this?

    If you've mannaged to read all that and look at even half the links you have my thanks and congratulations. However, i'd be really greatfull for any input.

    Cheers
    I personally would use SCAN.co.uk they have good customer care and you can get free shipping from Hexus Forum membership

    Thermal paste is a conductor for the heatsink and the cpu, but if ur not overclocking or anything the stock one should be fine. i think since you will be at uni you will have more media (if you dont have a TV as you will probably take lots of downloaded films, and you should get an external hard drive and copy your friends music collections to have all songs thinkable to man lol) the 8600GTS is an ok card it plays cod4 on pretty high setting without lag! but liek someone said you could probably get a computer pre built which can save you lots of hassle as it is majorly annoying when things dont work but if you do decide to buy a prebuilt ask on here for opinions on what you could chagne etc.
 
 
 
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