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FEEDBACK ON UPGRADE IDEAS PLEASE HELP IM CONFUSED

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by jay autopsy, 2 May 2006.

  1. jay autopsy

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    Joined: 2 May 2006

    Posts: 21

    PLEASE HELP A NOVICE !-The pc I use for Audio production has just died and i need to build a new one with the remains :)- Ive had a few ideas wondered if you could comment?

    Old Parts-

    Western Digital Caviar ATA 120 gig hard drive

    Matrox G55+MDHA32db Dual Head graphics card (pci)

    M Audio 96/24 audiophile sound card (pci)
    Chieftec Tx 10wd case (axt form- same design and dimmensions as new Chieftec Dragon Series Full Tower)
    Chieftec 12v 360 w power supply

    Ideas for new parts-

    Intel Pentium 4 630 "LGA775 Prescott" 3.0GHz (800FSB) £117


    Corsair 2GB DDR2 Value Select PC4200 Dual Channel Kit £123


    Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 160GB 1600JS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-047-WD) £53


    Western Digital Secure Connect Serial ATA Cable (CB-000-WD) £5

    Zalman CNPS9500-AT Aero Flower (Socket 775) CPU Cooler £30

    Akasa AK-210 Blue LED Chipset Cooler £4

    Motherboard wise im thinking about either:

    Gigabyte 8I945P-G or...Gigabyte 8N-SLI (£70)

    I really need help as this is my first solo new build. Please could you comment on my choices and if you think either of these boards are much chop which one would be best- im trying to keep my budget just shy of 400 notes.
    Also when i sent this specification to gigabite they mailed back that it seemed fine but i should use pcm 3200 modules, which confused me more- any thoughts on that comment would also be greatly appreciated...i really am a novice...THANKS IN ADVANCE
     
  2. Defcon5

    Soldato

    Joined: 4 Sep 2005

    Posts: 6,423

    Location: Whitwood, West Yorks

    Sorry guys but trading outside the MM isnt allowed on the forums.

    To the op, do you know if the software you use is coded for two cores?
     
  3. StarShock

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Nov 2005

    Posts: 1,881

    If you're going for an intel I would be tempted to wait for the conroe, the current gen. of Intels arn't great. :(
    Also getting an Sli motherboard would be a waste if you're using a matrox video card.
    Don't know much about motherboards for the Intels but for the AMD 939s most people go for Asus or DFI boards
     
  4. hp7909

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Jun 2003

    Posts: 4,956

    I think he needs a rig ASAP :)

    Anyway for '400 notes' (& remaining parts) this what i could whack up:

    Intel Pentium 4 930 Dual Core "LGA775 Presler" 3.0GHz (800FSB) - Retail (CP-112-IN) £131.95
    Asus P5LD2 SE Intel 945X (LGA775) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-109-AS) £59.95
    Corsair 1GB DDR2 Value Select PC5300 Dual Channel Kit (2x512MB) (VS1GBKIT667D2) (MY-083-CS) £54.95
    Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 120GB 1200JS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-055-WD) £40.95
    Tagan TG420-U01 420W ATX2.0 Silent PSU (CA-002-TG) £44.95 IF PREVIOUS SYSTEM JUST DIED, I WOULDN'T TRUST YOUR OLD PSU. ALSO, BETTER JUST GET A 'NEW GENERATION' PSU WITH MORE JUICE WHILE YOU CAN.
    Subtotal £332.75
    Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £8.95
    VAT £59.80
    Total £401.50

    Disclaimer: This is my first Intel build suggestion. So please seek second opinion on above
    :)
     
  5. jay autopsy

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    Joined: 2 May 2006

    Posts: 21

    Thanks people

    Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated. Am i to take it from your comments that there is a general feeling that asus boards are better than gigabite? Also after doing a bit more reading up it seems that alot of people think the intel chipset is more stable than the n vidia and would be a better choice if gaming and graphics are not realy something im interested in? Ive looked at the Asus bioard suggested and it looks pritty similar in features to the gigabite motherboards ive investigated so i gfuess im now going to have tomake a choice between the

    Asus P5LD2-SE Intel 945P (Socket LGA775)
    http://www.asus.com.tw/products4.as...=3&l2=11&l3=185

    or the Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G

    http://tw2005.giga-byte.com/MotherB...GA-8I945P-G.htm
    any final comments would be great before i get the wallet ou :)
    thanks again!
     
  6. jay autopsy

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    Joined: 2 May 2006

    Posts: 21

    Thanks people

    Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated. Am i to take it from your comments that there is a general feeling that asus boards are better than gigabite? Also after doing a bit more reading up it seems that alot of people think the intel chipset is more stable than the n vidia and would be a better choice if gaming and graphics are not realy something im interested in? Ive looked at the Asus bioard suggested and it looks pritty similar in features to the gigabite motherboards ive investigated so i gfuess im now going to have tomake a choice between the

    Asus P5LD2-SE Intel 945P (Socket LGA775)
    http://www.asus.com.tw/products4.as...=3&l2=11&l3=185

    or the Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G

    http://tw2005.giga-byte.com/MotherB...GA-8I945P-G.htm
    any final comments would be great before i get the wallet ou :)
    thanks again!
     
  7. jay autopsy

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    Joined: 2 May 2006

    Posts: 21

    woops

    woops! didnt mean to post twice sorry