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Check My Spec Please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Coln, 31 May 2006.

  1. Coln

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 238

    Location: Scotland

    Hey all,

    Not built a new system for a year and a half so thought it was time for a change.

    Will be using a few of bits from my old rig just to save money, but they are good bits :D

    Case - Lian Li PC-65
    Enermax Niosetaker 470W
    W Digital 250GB Sata

    Here's also what i'm looking to buy new, but i am quite flexible on spec, etc provided the replacements aren't grossly expensive. The PC will be used mostly for gaming, net, etc:-

    AMD 64 X2 4200
    ASUS A8N-E Nforce4 PCI-E (not really bothered about SLI)
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro
    Leadtek 7900GT Extreme 256
    Geil Value PC3200 2x1GB
    Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Music + Headset
    W Digital 320GB Sata

    I'll also be on the lookout for a new TFT monitor too. Probably around a 20" widescreen. Any recommendations there??

    Many thanks to all who look and reply.

    Cheers,
     
  2. xirokx

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,363

    Location: N.W London

    will you be overclocking?

    whats your budget?

    alot of ppl either go for the X2 3800 or the X2 4400 because you can overclock the X2 3800 to faster speeds than the X2 4200 or if you dont want to overclock they settle for the X2 4400...

    if you are gaming using a res any higher than 1280 x 1024 you require a gfx card with 512mb.....if you purchase a gfx card with 256mb you will have to lower the res which means why fork out alot of money for a 20" widescreen when you cant use it to its potential becuz of your gfx card...
     
  3. Coln

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 238

    Location: Scotland

    Cheers for the quick reply m8.

    Maybe some mild overclocking, nothing too extreme though as i've not got a lot of experience with these things.

    Budget is a tricky one. Selling some bits and bobs i have on Ebay which should go for around £1000, maybe more :D

    X2 4200 seemed to be a nice step up from the AMD 64 3200 i have at the moment. The 4400 is a wee bit of a step up in price but i could probably stretch that far if needed.

    Gaming at the moment is limited to 1024x768 because of my old 9800 pro, but would be looking for a bit more with the new rig i suppose. Again a bit of a price rise from a 256mb card, but maybe able to stretch that far.

    Looking to future proof as much as possible without going too mad if you know what i mean?

    Cheers again
     
  4. quadboi

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    Joined: 28 Feb 2006

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    Get the 4400, as others have said in this forum, go for the 3800 or the 4400 , the others aren't worth the cash. :)
     
  5. xirokx

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,363

    Location: N.W London

    HS-017-AR Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 775) (HS-017-AR)
    £15.95 £15.95
    MY-034-GL GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC5300 667MHz Value DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB5300DC) (MY-034-GL)
    £109.95 £109.95
    CP-116-IN Intel Pentium 4 805 Dual Core "LGA775 Smithfield" 2.66GHz (533FSB) - Retail (CP-116-IN)
    £71.95 £71.95
    MB-116-AS Asus P5ND2 SLi nForce4 SLi (LGA775) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-116-AS)
    £59.95 £59.95
    CA-040-AN Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN)
    £56.95 £56.95
    HD-018-SA Samsung SpinPoint P SP2504C 250GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-018-SA)
    £45.95 £45.95
    GX-027-BG BFG 3DFuzion GeForce 6200 LE Turbo Cache 256MB DDR TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-027-BG)
    £19.95 £19.95
    Subtotal £380.65
    VAT £66.62
    Total £447.27


    You can change the gfx card for a better one if you like however this is a great system although its intel if you overclock it you can get it running at 4.3ghz :)
     
  6. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,297

    No offence but thats a pretty useless sytem. He said he wont overclock much & the 805 Dual Core is only worth it if overclocking heaps. But then you generate lots of heat, & spend lots of money on the extra electricity bill.
    The graphics card is very poor.
     
  7. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

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    Posts: 4,297

     
  8. Coln

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 238

    Location: Scotland

    Ok guys s here's the updated spec i've made because of all your nice recommendations:-

    The ** means parts i'm using from my other computer which i'll reuse.

    **Lian Li-PC65 Brushed Aluminium with window and UV

    **Enermax Noisetaker 460W

    CP-127-AM AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4400+ (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA4400CDBOX) (CP-127-AM)
    £264.95 £264.95

    MB-088-AS Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-088-AS)
    £53.95 £53.95

    FG-000-AR Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)
    £14.95 £14.95

    MY-034-GL GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC5300 667MHz Value DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB5300DC) (MY-034-GL)
    £114.95 £114.95

    GX-038-OK OcUK GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-038-OK)
    £254.95 £254.95

    SC-034-CL Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music - Retail (SC-034-CL)
    £64.95 £64.95

    HD-070-WD Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB 3200KS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-070-WD)
    £64.95 £64.95

    **Western Digital Caviar 250GB SATA-II 16MB CACHE

    **Lite-On (JLMS) HD165H DVD-Rom

    **Pioneer 110 DVD-RW

    Subtotal £833.65
    Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £8.95
    VAT £147.46

    Total £990.06

    Couple of quick q's:-

    1. Is there any benefits in getting a newer SLI mobo other than SLI capabilities??

    2. The Enermax 460W PSU will be enough to power this little lot won't it??

    Many thanks again to all ;)
     
  9. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,297

    Yes the mobo is very good.
    PSU should handle all the gear nicely.
    Note you have a s939 mobo & CPU... the ram you chose wont work as s939 uses DDR ram not DDR2 ram.

    Get something like this ...
    GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS3 (GE2GB3200BDC) (MY-046-GL)
    GeIL Value offers outstanding performance levels at a very low price point, is compatible with all systems and backed up by a lifetime warranty. GeIL Value also has good overclocking ability.

    - 184pin, Non-ECC, Un-buffered, high performance DDR memory modules
    - GeIL 5ns 32x8 Density DDR Chip
    - 6 Layers Ultra Low Noises Shielded PCB
    - Optimized SPD for Dual Channel DDR motherboards
    - Blue Aluminum Heat Spreader
    - CAS 3.0 8-4-4 @ DDR400 PC3200
    - 2.55V-2.95V
    - Lifetime return to manufacturer warranty


    Full Specification

    Price: £114.95 (£135.07 Including VAT at 17.5%)
     
  10. fenderbass86

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,981

    Location: Chelmsford

    Also DDR2 isn't compatible with 939 AMD systems.

    *Doh, didn't read properly, it's too early for this!*
     
  11. Coln

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 238

    Location: Scotland

    Ah crap that's my fault :( Someone replied above saying to use it, but that was in an Intel rig.

    I've already got 1GB Geil Value PC3200 in this machine and it looks good and has always performed fine, so no worries there then :)

    Many thanks again guys.
     
  12. Coln

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 238

    Location: Scotland

    Ok then, just to throw another queestion in here while we're at it.

    Would using an AM2 4200 be a sensible option instead of the s939??

    I know it means changing mobo and no Arctic Freezer yet though, but it does mean DDR2 memory.

    Any thoughts on that change??
     
  13. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,297

    I think this is apt...