Once the final build manifest was put together, it was time to go round the various retailers trying to find one that had the entire list (or as close to it as was possible) and took online payment and preferably would deliver this week. The initial retailer, hardwareversand.de, who were a new crowd to me, had almost everything I wanted at a decent price, but delivery wasn’t going to be fast and it was a pain in the fundament to pay them – bank transfers to germany? Seriously? Yeesh. Dabs.ie looked good for delivery for all but one item (the motherboard) – thing is, I’ve been burned by dabs in the past for restocking time estimates, so no thanks. Overclocking didn’t have everything and the price was a tad high (not to mention the dire warnings from unhappy customers on the net). Simply seems to have gone away, Komplett didn’t have all the parts and so after digging through the boards.ie forum for a recommendation I went to Scan (another new crowd since I last did this) and found all I was looking for (with minor variations) at a reasonable cost and with this-week delivery. So the order went in today, and I’m told I’ll have the parts on Thursday…
Here’s the build:
|Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3Not the original motherboard in the Tom’s build, but a similar model with the same chipset by a decent manufacturer.
|AMD Athlon II X3 450, 3.2GHz
|Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro v2
|1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3
|Gigabyte GV-N560SO-1GI-950 Super OverclockQuite happy at getting this – check out the Tom’s Hardware Review and Benchmarks for it!
|4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Classic, DDR3 PC3-10666, CAS 9-9-9-24
|Samsung SH-S223L/RSMS 22x DVD±R
|500W Corsair CMPSU-500CXUK Builder Series
|Antec 300 Three Hundred, Black Midi Tower Case
|Microsoft SideWinder 2000 Gaming Mouse
|Wolf King DK-2388U Circular Gaming Keyboard