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Check my spec!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Russian_Hitman, 27 Jul 2006.

  1. Russian_Hitman

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    Wondering if any of the "old timers" can glance over my spec and recommend any changes that will see an increase in performance for small amounts of money etc!

    Yes i realise the conroe can be upped... but the hassle over supplies atm means i may just go for the 6300 until the rest are all out and reduced :D.
    CP-135-IN Intel Core 2 DUO E6300 "LGA775 Conroe" 1.86GHz (1066FSB) - OEM (CP-135-IN)
    £114.95 £114.95
    MB-062-GI Gigabyte GA_965P_DS4 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-062-GI)
    £109.95 £109.95
    MY-012-GS G.Skill 2GB DDR2 LA PC2-5400 (2x1GB) CAS4 Dual Channel Kit (F2-5400PHU2-2GBLA) (MY-012-GS)
    £91.95 £91.95
    HD-089-MD Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 10 NCQ 300GB 6V300F0 SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-089-MD)
    £56.95 £56.95
    HS-003-SY Scythe Ninja Plus Heatpipe CPU Cooler (Socket 478, 754, 939, 940, LGA755) (HS-003-SY)
    £26.95 £26.95
    CA-047-CM Coolermaster Wave Master - Black (No PSU) (CA-047-CM)
    £74.95 £74.95
    CD-044-LG LG GSA-H10ABRL 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - Retail (CD-044-LG)
    £25.50 £25.50
    CA-005-HP Hiper HPU-4K580-MK Type R 580W Modular ATX2.2 PSU - Black UV (CA-005-HP)
    £54.95 £54.95
    GX-047-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (3056) (GX-047-CO)
    £214.95 £214.95
    Subtotal £771.10
    VAT £134.95
    Total £906.05

    cheers :D
     
  2. BillytheImpaler

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    Ditch the Maxtor for Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB ST3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-078-SE) for £62.95 (£73.97 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    It's new and it's wicked fast.
     
  3. semi-pro waster

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    The Coolermaster doesn't have the best airflow so you might want to consider a different case particularly if you will be overclocking.

    I'd change the Hiper for maybe a Tagan Easycon 530w as I think it is better quality and it will be more than capable of what you need.

    Other than agreeing with BillytheImpaler about the Seagate being a good change the rest looks fine :)
     
  4. BillytheImpaler

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    How about a Lian-Li PC-60 PLUS Silver Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-041-LL) for £69.00 (£81.08 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    or an Akasa Eclipse 62 Aluminium Case (CA-005-AK) for £69.95 (£82.19 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    The Akasa is the best cooling case there is.
     
  5. Russian_Hitman

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    Ok swapped out the hdd, the psu you recommended is out of stock. I dont like the look of the lian-li's even though they seem to be incredibly popular. I guess aluminium cases...you just have to see them. The akasa looks ok but comes with no case fans which means more expense :(. Any other case recommendations?

    Cheers for the suggestions so far btw :)
     
  6. BillytheImpaler

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    Lian-Lis look about 1000 times better in person than they do in photos.
     
  7. Russian_Hitman

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    Right....

    CP-135-IN Intel Core 2 DUO E6300 "LGA775 Conroe" 1.86GHz (1066FSB) - OEM (CP-135-IN)
    £114.95 £114.95
    MB-062-GI Gigabyte GA_965P_DS4 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-062-GI)
    £109.95 £109.95
    MY-012-GS G.Skill 2GB DDR2 LA PC2-5400 (2x1GB) CAS4 Dual Channel Kit (F2-5400PHU2-2GBLA) (MY-012-GS)
    £91.95 £91.95
    HS-003-SY Scythe Ninja Plus Heatpipe CPU Cooler (Socket 478, 754, 939, 940, LGA755) (HS-003-SY)
    £26.95 £26.95
    CA-005-HP Hiper HPU-4K580-MK Type R 580W Modular ATX2.2 PSU - Black UV (CA-005-HP)
    £54.95 £54.95
    HD-078-SE Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB ST3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-078-SE)
    £62.95 £62.95
    AC-000-AC Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g) (AC-000-AC)
    £5.50 £5.50
    CA-041-LL Lian-Li PC-60 PLUS Silver Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-041-LL)
    £69.00 £69.00
    CA-008-LL Lian Li C-01A Aluminium CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Bezel (Silver) (CA-008-LL)
    £7.95 £7.95
    CD-037-NE NEC ND3550 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Silver) - OEM (CD-037-NE)
    £19.95 £19.95
    CD-001-AP OcUK Value Floppy Drive - Silver (CD-001-AP)
    £5.95 £5.95
    GX-053-HT HIS ATI Radeon X1900 XT ICEQ 3 SILENT Heatpipe 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-053-HT)
    £219.95 £219.95
    Subtotal £790.00
    Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £10.95
    VAT £140.17
    Total £941.12

    Swapped out the cases... going purely on your recommendation :) ... i hope it looks nice.

    also swapped out the x1900xt for this one... as its only £5 more and is quieter. Need to check if the werid cooling system affects performance...

    Anything else guys :)?


    Oh and do i need the aluminium bezels or do the silver drives look ok in the case.
     
  8. BillytheImpaler

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    Methinks it'll look a lot slicker if you do use the bezel. You might want to wait until a real case fanatic finds this thread for his ultimate recommendation on that subject. :)

    Beyond that it all looks good to me. Do you really need to spend a fiver on a floppy drive? The cables just ugly up the insides of the case. how about ditching that and getting a USB one?
     
  9. SiriusB

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    Who the hell needs a floppy drive in this day and age?

    A modern motherboard will let you boot from just about anything. CDs, DVDs, HDDs even USB sticks!

    In fact, the last time I flashed my BIOS it was from my USB stick.

    In short, there is no reason for floppy drives*

    *unless of course you have existing floppies with important data on...

    SiriusB
     
  10. Xinn

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    Que Yewen
     
  11. Raikiri

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    Get the PC7, it has 2x120mm case fans and costs about £25 less than the inferior (cooling wise) PC60. Use the money you save to get a better PSU.

    I would also get the Samsung DVD-RW that uses S-ata, just seems to be a better option for tidy cabling and future proofing. Plus it only costs a few quid more and got a good review (custom PC)
     
  12. BillytheImpaler

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    Sounds good to me. :)
     
  13. Russian_Hitman

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    The rams now out of stock :( any recommended replacements?

    swapped the case round and the gpu to the now special offered 1900xt.
     
  14. semi-pro waster

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    If you don't want to wait then I'd probably go for the Geil 2gb Value DDR2 as Geil is good solid Ram from what I know :)