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£500 Gaming Rig

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by smoove, 27 Mar 2006.

  1. smoove

    Soldato

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    I need:

    CPU
    RAM
    DVDRW
    GFX Card
    Mobo
    Hard Drive

    I have everything else.
     
  2. NeptuneUK

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    Location: Yorkshire

    AMD Athlon 64 3700 Retail / Asus A8N-SLi Premium / 1GB GeIL CAS 2.5 PC3200 Dual Channel Kit - Bundle £272.42

    XFX GeForce 7800GT Extreme Edition £176.19

    LG GSA-4167BA 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Beige) - OEM £26.44

    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80GB 6L080L0 ATA-133 2MB Cache - OEM (HD-032-MD) £28.50

    £503.55

    looks ok
    erm you may disagree.
     
  3. smoove

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    Would 2gb ram be worth the extra few bucks?
     
  4. Naffa

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    Location: Bristol

    yes
     
  5. fenderbass86

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  6. ACESHIGH

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    With everything & 2 gig ram thats probably your best bet ...
    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 90nm (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3700BNBOX) (CP-121-AM) £149.17

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 NCQ 80GB ST3808110AS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-051-SE)
    £36.37

    OcUK Value 2GB (2x1GB) PC3200 184pin DDR Memory Dual Channel Kit (MY-006-OK)
    £105.69

    Philips SPD2400GM 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Beige) - OEM (CD-007-PH)
    £25.79

    Gigabyte K8NMF-9 nForce4 Micro ATX (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-041-GI)
    £49.29

    PowerColor ATI Radeon X850 XT 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-037-PC)
    £152.69

    £519 total inc VAT
     
  7. ACESHIGH

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    oops
     
    Last edited: 27 Mar 2006
  8. NeptuneUK

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    ^ what this man said
     
  9. smoove

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    What about this SATA 16mb cahce malarky, worth the extra cash?
     
  10. trojan698

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    Definately go sata, it's quicker and it's one less huge ide cable you need to hide.

    Also, you could save some cash and go for the HIS X800 GTO @ £111 inc vat, this batch seems to come with the R480 core and is thus flashable to X850XT PE. Mine runs @ 600/615 quite comfortably. It also has a silent and efficient cooler. Lovely little card.
     
    Last edited: 28 Mar 2006
  11. smoove

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    I think id rather not mess about with flashing and stuff, that would void the warranty?

    This is the final spec I've chosen, anything need changing?

    CP-121-AM AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 90nm (Socket 939) - Retail
    £126.95 £126.95

    HD-094-MD Maxtor MaxLine III NCQ 250GB 7V250F0 SATA-II 16MB Cache
    £58.95 £58.95

    MB-041-GI Gigabyte K8NMF-9 nForce4 Micro ATX (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard
    £41.95 £41.95

    HS-018-ZA Zalman FS-C77 Fatal1ty CPU Cooler - Retail (HS-018-ZA)
    £27.95 £27.95

    GX-037-PC PowerColor ATI Radeon X850 XT 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail
    £129.95 £129.95

    MY-006-OK OcUK Value 2GB (2x1GB) PC3200 184pin DDR Memory Dual Channel Kit
    £89.95 £89.95

    CD-006-PH Philips SPD2400BM 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM

    £21.95 £21.95
    CA-039-AN Antec P180 Advanced Super Midi Tower Case - No PSU (Silver
     
  12. BigDom

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    Replace the Maxtor with a Samsung or Hitachi.. Maxtor have a VERY bad reputation these days. You won't need a cooler and as a result I'd go for a better motherboard, something around the £70 mark like the A8R-MVP Asus Crossfire board.

    What PSU have you got? It must be ATX 2.0. NEC 4551's are our currently favour'd DVD-RW too.
     
  13. smoove

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    Ok, I'll change the HD.
    I need a better cooler than the standard, something alot quieter.

    I've got a Tagan silent jobbie psu.
     
  14. ACESHIGH

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    The retail cpu comes with a decent cooler allready.
    The Philips burner i also recently purchased & is very quiet.
    I have had a couple recent Maxtor HDD's & not had problems, but have heard others say they have had some issues.
     
  15. trojan698

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    Well, technically I think it does, but you're saving £40 and can always flash it back ;)
     
  16. Havana_UK

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    Ditch the Zalman cooler (use the perfectly good stock one) and put the extra dosh to getting a 7800GT instead of X850 - a vastly superior card to the X850XT both in performance and feature set.

    Oh, and with the Antec P180 you need to make sure your power cables from the PSU will be long enough to reach the motherboard connectors.

    Hav
     
  17. smoove

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    Can you get some sort of extenders? The cables are pretty short!
     
  18. BigDom

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    Umm that's a rather over the top statement.. the 7800GT is better than a X850 but NOT Vastly. Not just that but the X1800XL and X1800XT are both better choices than a 7800GT.
     
  19. Havana_UK

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    OK, maybe 'vastly' was OTT, but it's a much better card nonetheless.

    7800GT is faster in terms of raw performance, and offers features that the X8xx does not (which are now more and more wide-spread).

    Sure, X1800XT is faster than 7800GT but also more expensive, and we're pushing the budget already.

    X1800XL is on par with 7800GT.

    Hav
     
  20. BigDom

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    True about the budget although we're talking what £15 difference...

    I'd like to know how the X1800GTO matches up at £144 is looks an interesting buy.. Seems on paper slower than an XL though :(