Let me know what u think of this setup plz

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Hi
A family member has asked me to look online for a pc for me to make for them.He said he wanted a cheap pc that he could be able to play games such as World of warcraft and enemy territory on.So its been a while since i last bought my pc parts and set it all up so im a little behind on this at the mo,so could you guys and gals have a look at what i picked out for him and let me know if its a good pc for him,and also i cant remember if the cpu fan,heatsink comes with the cpu or wether u have to buy them lol.

Asus A8N5X nForce4 (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (£51.69)

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Socket 939) (£52.86)

Crucial 1GB DDR PC3200 CAS3 (£76.36)

HIS ATI Radeon X1300 ICEQ TURBO 256MB DDR2 AVIVO TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) (£52.86)

Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 80GB ATA-133 2MB Cache (£29.96)

Akasa Ultra Quiet 400W Paxpower Active PFC ATX2.0 PSU (£41.11)

X-Blade Gaming Midi Tower Case - Black (No PSU) (£34.02)

Total £338.86 (all INC VAT)

Please let me know if all will work together and if its a good deal?
Thank you.
 
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What is your budget here? That will help determine if you can do better for the cash, socket 939 does offer only a limited upgrade path so you may want to consider AM2 or socket 775 if an upgrade is likely in the forseeable future.

The CPU you have chosen appears from the price to be the OEM model so you will need to buy a separate heatsink and fan for it.

I'd suggest buying a SATA drive for the hard drive and you might be better buying a case and PSU combo, Antec do some good ones for pretty reasonable prices.
 
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I think id go for a cheaper case/psu combo and get a better graphics card. At this stage i think i'd go for

Asus TA-210 Series Midi Tower (Black) - 360W PSU (CA-004-AS) £32.00
Gigabyte GA_965P_S3 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £79.99
ntel Pentium 4 805 Dual Core "LGA775 Smithfield" 2.66GHz (533FSB) £61.99
Corsair 1GB DDR2 XMS2-6400C5 TwinX (2x512MB) (MY-112-CS) £79.99
OcUK GeForce 7900 GS 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) £99.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 200GB ST3200820AS SATA-II 8MB Cache £45.95

Comes to £470, but worth the extra

You can save 34 if u go for the asrock mb
You can save 10 if u go for the geil memory
You can save 16 if u go for the hitachi u suggested - that would bring the cost down to 400 incl vat and u can go core2duo later. A much better gaming rig for £60 more.
 
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akuji said:
Hi
A family member has asked me to look online for a pc for me to make for them.He said he wanted a cheap pc that he could be able to play games such as World of warcraft and enemy territory on.So its been a while since i last bought my pc parts and set it all up so im a little behind on this at the mo,so could you guys and gals have a look at what i picked out for him and let me know if its a good pc for him,and also i cant remember if the cpu fan,heatsink comes with the cpu or wether u have to buy them lol.

Asus A8N5X nForce4 (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (£51.69)

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Socket 939) (£52.86)

Crucial 1GB DDR PC3200 CAS3 (£76.36)

HIS ATI Radeon X1300 ICEQ TURBO 256MB DDR2 AVIVO TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) (£52.86)

Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 80GB ATA-133 2MB Cache (£29.96)

Akasa Ultra Quiet 400W Paxpower Active PFC ATX2.0 PSU (£41.11)

X-Blade Gaming Midi Tower Case - Black (No PSU) (£34.02)

Total £338.86 (all INC VAT)

Please let me know if all will work together and if its a good deal?
Thank you.
I'd heavily reccomend going AM2 socket, it uses the new standard of ram, and amd's new, and currently only socket that they're making new chips for, leaving easy upgrade options.

the x1300 isn't a very good card, I'd reccomend a 7300GT, or if you can afford it, a 7600 GT

Heres my go at a spec

CP-164-AM AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2GHz (Socket AM2) - Retail (CP-164-AM) 1
£54.99 £54.99
HD-023-SA Samsung SpinPoint P HD080HJ 80GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-023-SA) 1
£25.95 £25.95
MB-148-AS Asus M2V (Socket AM2) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-148-AS) 1
£44.99 £44.99
MY-030-GL GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC5300 667MHz Value DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX21GB5300DC) (MY-030-GL) 1
£69.99 £69.99
CA-048-AN Antec SLK3800BUK Black Quiet Midi Tower Case - 400W SmartPower PSU (CA-048-AN) 1
£54.99 £54.99
GX-032-BG BFG GeForce 7300 GT OC 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-032-BG) 1
£46.99 £46.99
Subtotal £297.90
VAT £52.14
Total £350.04

Faster processor, faster graphics card, more cache on the hd, and generally more future proof.
 
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You think that PSU will be ok with that card?..... i'd be hesitant....

Oh someone jumped in before me... :D that spec has a higher PSU, not soo bad.
 
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Goodeh said:
I'd heavily reccomend going AM2 socket, it uses the new standard of ram, and amd's new, and currently only socket that they're making new chips for, leaving easy upgrade options.

the x1300 isn't a very good card, I'd reccomend a 7300GT, or if you can afford it, a 7600 GT

Heres my go at a spec

CP-164-AM AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2GHz (Socket AM2) - Retail (CP-164-AM) 1
£54.99 £54.99
HD-023-SA Samsung SpinPoint P HD080HJ 80GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-023-SA) 1
£25.95 £25.95
MB-148-AS Asus M2V (Socket AM2) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-148-AS) 1
£44.99 £44.99
MY-030-GL GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC5300 667MHz Value DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX21GB5300DC) (MY-030-GL) 1
£69.99 £69.99
CA-048-AN Antec SLK3800BUK Black Quiet Midi Tower Case - 400W SmartPower PSU (CA-048-AN) 1
£54.99 £54.99
GX-032-BG BFG GeForce 7300 GT OC 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-032-BG) 1
£46.99 £46.99
Subtotal £297.90
VAT £52.14
Total £350.04

Faster processor, faster graphics card, more cache on the hd, and generally more future proof.

The spec above yours is DDR2, and it'll take a conroe chip, hows the AM2 option better?.....
 
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t31os said:
The spec above yours is DDR2, and it'll take a conroe chip, hows the AM2 option better?.....
I was composing my post before yours, I didn't know his budget, so I tried to keep it on budget, obviously if I had over 400 pounds I could have gone conroe compatible, or just conroe itself.
 
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Goodeh said:
I was composing my post before yours, I didn't know his budget, so I tried to keep it on budget, obviously if I had over 400 pounds I could have gone conroe compatible, or just conroe itself.

Yeah looking at the times, it was 1 minute before yours (still writing at the time i imagine).

Wizards spec would be my choice, assuming the conroe boards do take the other intels (not an intel user myself right now), just because it leaves the option of adding a conroe chip later, which imo is a better option then going AM2.
 
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Well he aint given me a budget but he i know that he aint got enuf money for a great setup,and as it goes for upgrading i cant see him doing that,and overclocking is a big no no as he really doesnt know much about pc's at all,the only things i can see him doing on it is playing games,talking on msn,and just browsing the net.
 
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akuji said:
goodeh i like the sound of the setup u recommended and its not that much more either so i think i may let him know about that.
thanks :D
It will happily play the games you want, but I'd reccomend the 7900 GS if his budget can stretch to it
 
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