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Final Spec Check (Yawn ! :D)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Andelusion, 1 Feb 2006.

  1. Andelusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Oct 2003

    Posts: 14,339

    Location: Huddersfield

    Hey all, this isn't for me it's for a bud who's just about to order a new computer.

    He's building it for games basically and doesn't want to spend much more than what the spec amounts to (about £800 afaik).

    I've checked it over for him and it looks fine to be but i've been a bit out of touch with the latest hardware really so want some more knowledgeable people to give it the OK ;)

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ Socket 939 1MB Inc HSF

    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9

    Ram: G.Skill 2GB DDR HZ PC4000 (2x1GB) CAS3 Dual Channel Kit (F1-4000USU2-2GBHZ) (MY-008-GS)

    GFX:Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GT 256MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) & Quake 4 Bundle

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar 250gb SATA150 WD 2500JD

    DVDRW: NEC ND4551GEN

    Case: Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Black Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-054-LL)

    PSU: Hiper HPU-4K580-MK Type R 580W Modular ATX2.2 PSU - Black UV (CA-005-HP)

    Keyboard and Mouse: Logitech UltraX™ Media Desktop - OEM (KB-065-LG)

    He's buying everything from here besides the Mobo, HDD, CPU, DVDRW.

    Is everything going to work together fine? Does anyone have any other suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
  2. kbc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Nov 2004

    Posts: 1,631

    Location: London

    Looks fine to me, but he could go with a DFI motherboard for better overclocking capabilities with the 3700+, as that CPU can clock pretty well. :) Also, why not check out the already cheap SATA-II 250GB WD as opposed to the one you have listed, it has 16MB cache too. :) Other than that, it looks fine to me.
     
  3. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: 1 Nov 2005

    Posts: 5,611

    id swap the board for this epox one. everything else looks fine to me

    Epox EP-9NPA+ nForce4 (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-030-EP)
     
  4. Webzta

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,204

    The other gskill kit is cheaper and will run pc4000 at better timings than cas 3.0, if you're even overclocking.
     
  5. Dace

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Mar 2005

    Posts: 2,367

    Location: Long Eaton, Nottingham

    That looks like a very good setup.

    Two minor things (both already picked up on above):

    *Consider the G Skill ZX and running it on a divider.
    *Consider altering the motherboard to an Epox, Asus or MSI just for a few more overclocking options (provided the Ultra 9 is the cheap S939 board, my housemate has one and its not suited to overclocking at all).
     
  6. Andelusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Oct 2003

    Posts: 14,339

    Location: Huddersfield

    Thanks guys ;)

    I forgot to mention (doh) that he's not into overclocking, the Gigabyte board he's specced is only about £70 I think, I originally suggested to him the DFI one but as it's much more expensive and he's not into overclocking I said it wouldn't be for him.

    Is this a decent board for a non overclocking user? I don't think he's going to want to spend more than £100 on the motherboard as he's spending a lot altogether already.

    And this stuff: G.Skill 2GB DDR ZX PC3200 (2x1GB) CAS2 Dual Channel Kit (F1-3200PHU2-2GBZX) (MY-007-GS)

    ...same as mobo really, is this going to be worth the £6 extra (lol) if he's not overclocking? Is it generally better memory?

    Thanks guys :)
     
  7. kbc

    Wise Guy

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    I think you've said it yourself, if he's not overclocking, he doesn't need the PC4000 high frequency stuff. He's better off with PC3200 RAM at stock and tighter timings. It's £6.00 well spent, and if he does take the plunge for overclocking - then these are a good set aswell. :)
     
  8. Andelusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Oct 2003

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    Location: Huddersfield

    Okay thanks everyone, he's gone for the PC3200 mem and Epox board, i'm seriously jealous of him :D

    Oh well when i upgrade in a few months and his system's out of date i'll be pwning then :p :rolleyes:

    Ta.