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Judge this spec please.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Jamie1984, 25 Feb 2006.

  1. Jamie1984

    Gangster

    Joined: 20 Oct 2005

    Posts: 427

    Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

    FG-000-AR Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR) 1
    £14.50 £14.50
    SC-034-CL Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music - Retail (SC-034-CL) 1
    £69.95 £69.95
    CA-002-RB OcUK Value Rainbow Series Case Light Blue With 350W PSU (CA-002-RB) 1
    £19.95 £19.95
    CA-005-HP Hiper HPU-4K580-MK Type R 580W Modular ATX2.2 PSU - Black UV (CA-005-HP) 1
    £52.95 £52.95
    MB-014-DF DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-014-DF) 1
    £79.95 £79.95
    MY-007-GS G.Skill 2GB DDR ZX PC3200 (2x1GB) CAS2 Dual Channel Kit (F1-3200PHU2-2GBZX) (MY-007-GS) 1
    £129.95 £129.95
    CP-142-AM AMD Opteron UP 146 San Diego 2.0GHz 1MB Cache (Socket 939) - Retail (CP-142-AM) 1
    £138.95 £138.95
    GX-033-OK OcUK GeForce 7800GTX SILENT Extreme 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) (GX-033-DE) 1
    £224.95 £224.95
    Subtotal £731.15
    VAT £127.96
    Total £859.11


    Ok why i picked the above, Ive read the opteron, dfi board and g.skill RAM work well and would give plenty of room to overclock (Would a 3700 athlon be just as good? ive seen theres a good batch goin round atm but not sure if the 146 would outperform it).

    The case, not worried at all about its looks...would it impact temps at all?

    Gfx, went with ocuk to keep to budget. the desc says it should overclock well...comments?

    Sound: x-fi, well i went for the cheapest as it seems the Fatality edition is the same card but with the panel and all the gadgets.

    Oh and as for power Ive read a lot of good reviews about the hiper tho anything around same price but less noise id consider too.

    have a budget of around £880 so if anyone can suggest improvements or adjustments while keeping to that id be greatful.


    Thanks!
     
  2. p4radox

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Oct 2004

    Posts: 10,767

    Location: Prague

    Looks like a good spec.

    The case will be fine, although you'll want to get a few 80mm case fans in order to move hot air out of the case.

    I'd get a Tagan, Enermax or Seasonic PSU over the Hiper - there's been a few problems recently with reliability.

    Very good choices with the RAM, mobo, CPU and heatsink:).

    /edit: Yeah go for the 3700 San Diego, I hadn't realised the Opteron had got so expensive!
     
  3. Jamie1984

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    Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

    ok id save £20 going with the 3700 and swapping out the hiper with one of your suggestions would put me just at my budget.

    Seasonic S12 500W Silent ATX2.0 Power Supply (CA-001-SS) £89.24 - plenty of juice?
     
  4. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - OEM (CP-152-AM)
    £192.82
    DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-014-DF)
    £93.94
    Mushkin 2GB DDR XP4000 Extreme Performance Dual Channel Kit (2x1GB) CAS3 (991483) (MY-000-MK)
    £170.32
    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO)
    £234.94
    Tagan TG530-U15 530W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Compliant Modular Silent PSU (CA-008-TG)
    £70.44
    Silverstone Temjin TJ05 - Black (No PSU) (CA-007-SV)
    £82.19
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)
    £17.04

    Total inc VAT: £861.69

    Better case, graphics card, power supply and ram that is ideal for overclocking. Also, dual core.
     
  5. Jamie1984

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    another great but different responce... I maybe should have noted that this pc will be mainly for playing BF2...will it take advantage of both cores?
     
  6. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    There's no reason why a dual core processor cant play BF2. Most people are reaching 2.5Ghz with them 3800+ processors. The X1800XT will slaughter the GTX and will play BF2 all day long until you get sick of sitting infront of the computer! :D

    Also note that by the end of this year, most games should be taking advantage of dual core, so now would be the best time to get it out of the way instead of spending £160 on an opteron 146.
     
  7. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    Have to agree with Explicit's choice of CPU & GPU.

    Go for the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+
    Definitely go for the Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB - quicker than the 7800GTX & cheaper (2 good reasons to buy it).
     
  8. Jamie1984

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    Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

    so most get 2.5ghz out of the x2 3800, im guessing the freezer 64 and the mobo/ram choice i have will enable me to get that too? its tempting to go dual core :)

    If the ATI will outperform the GTX then i guess ill go with ATI for the first time ever :)
     
  9. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

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    yes should get 2.5 or so with the freezer & as for graphics card, definitely yes