Hi all

I am thinking about upgrading my PC. At the moment I am looking at just a new motherboard and a new Processor and DDr3 ram

Motherboard: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167782#

Processor: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168970/show_product_reviews

Ram: http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=4B84BC76A5CA7304

I am only thinking of 2GB of RAM now due to lack of money but I will probably ly take up to more later. So far I am intending to use my current case and Graphics card-GEForce 8500 GT and my sound card-CA0106 Soundblaster.

If i were to get a new case I saw this one for a good price and decent reviews http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136491 That case comes with 450w PSU but if I didnt get that case would my current 400w PSU suffice?

Can I have your thought please on the parts whats good bad etc... please note I am on a budget of around £300 so far I think its about £273.

I would also use my current XP home 32 bit, obviously if I were to go about 3.5 GB then I would probably get Win 7 64

Many thanks

HLA91

buddy great choice! I actually recently made my custom PC using the exact same motherboard.

It's a great motherboard. I haven't had a single issue with it. As for the processor well the phenom ii's are excellent!!!! I am currently using Phenom ii x3 720 processor. I have to say this tripple core processor is amazing! It has great headroom for overclocking as well. I can easily overclock it to about 3.2GHz without a sweat. And it plays all the games like crysis, modern warfare 2, Mass Effect, NFS Shift, etc perfectly at stock speed.

So my point is if you want to save some extra money you could go ahead and get a tripple core processor! At stock speeds I get a windows experience index of 6.7 out of 7.9. But if you got money to spend then go ahead with the x4

As for the RAM, good selection. I am actually using 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1333MHz RAM and i get windows score of 7.5 out of 7.9. Which is really amazing!

However if I were you, I would really save a little bit money on the processor by getting a tripple core and spend a little extra money on the extra 2GB RAM. That 2GB RAM will make more difference on your computer speeds than that x4 processor.

I really have doubts about the 400 Watts PSU. I like get a little extra for PSU just in case, so i'd recommend 500W minimum, but go http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp and plugin your computer's config and it'll show you the recommended PSU required

I ordered the CPU, board and RAM. I saw on the reviews that the fan that comes with the CPU isn't very good. I looked on ebuyer and amazon but can anyone reccomend a fan/website for me to look at. I can add it to my christmas list as my parents are going nuts as they dont know what to buy me :-)

many thanks

HLA91