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looking to put new machine together, looking for comments

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by smee, 27 May 2006.

  1. smee


    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 154

    Location: london

    Hi i'm looking to upgrade and change my machine, used for gaming and video edditing and was drawing up a list of what I thought would be good to have. The budget is around £1000.

    any thoughts on the selection that i have chose so far. Prices are from OC,
    I havent decided what case yet. I was thinking of trying watercooling for a quiet machine but not sure if budget can stretch to that.

    Many thanks for your time. Smee

    Processor Intel Pentium 4 950 Dual Core "LGA775 Presler" 3.4GHz (800FSB) - Retail (CP-114-IN) 1 £229.07 £229.07
    Cooling Zalman CNPS7700-ALCU Ultra-Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail (HS-011-ZA) 1 £22.27 £22.27
    Motherboard Abit AW8D Intel 975X (Socket 775) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-102-AB) 1 £146.82 £146.82
    Hardrive Storage Video Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 400GB ST3400633AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-067-SE) 1 £137.42 £137.42
    System Hard drive Raid Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB ST3808110AS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-051-SE) 2 £35.19 £70.38
    Graphic Card BFG GeForce 7900 GT OC 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-018-BG) 1 £211.44 £211.44
    Case £0.00
    Ram Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-6400C4 TwinX (2x1GB) (MY-108-CS) 1 £211.44 £211.44
    Monitor Samsung SM-940BF 19" LCD Monitor - Silver/Black (MO-041-SA) 1 £252.57 £252.57
    Sound Card £0.00
    PSU Enermax Noisetaker 535W EG565AX-VE(W) SFMA ATX2.0 SLI Compliant PSU (CA-023-EN) 1 £64.57 £64.57

    Reedit. missed on HD thanks wiseguy
    Last edited: 27 May 2006
  2. Nazbit


    Joined: 11 Dec 2004

    Posts: 3,866

    Looks a good machine my friend, personally I would go down the watercooling route, you have said you may not be able to budget for it now, well run it on air for a few months until you can, it will do it no harm, but when you can finally afford watercooling it will complete the setup and make it nice and quiet.

    Do you intend getting a sound card or not? Its not clear from your post, you say part of its use is for gaming, so I would certinally give it some thought.
  3. Doohickey


    Joined: 8 Aug 2004

    Posts: 9,341

    Location: Shropshire

    Do my eyes deceive me or have you managed to get the 400gb seagate for free?!

    Also I probs would have chosen the Arctic Freezer 7 cooler over the Zalman. It's cheaper as well :)
  4. smee


    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 154

    Location: london

    thanks for spoting the mistake have altered. it.

    Was thinking of using onboard sound. or just get a cheap creative card. nothing special sound wise. Half the time i turn of EAX off or alike off. or am wearing headphones.
  5. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    Is there a reason why you have chosen the Preslar over an X2?
  6. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    I'd probably suggest an X2 based system as they will be cheaper normally due to the price of the Ram and motherboard. For instance this system contains most of the same basic components but with a better graphics card and the CPU is highly overclockable but costs over £100 less. It isn't AM2 but it currently doesn't offer any real benefits unless likely to upgrade again soon.

    CP-152-AM AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - OEM (CP-152-AM)
    £161.95 £161.95
    FG-000-AR Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)
    £14.95 £14.95
    MY-006-MK Mushkin 2GB DDR EM3200 Enhanced Performance Dual Channel Kit (2x1GB) CAS3 (991461) (MY-006-MK)
    £109.95 £109.95
    MB-129-AS Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-129-AS)
    £59.95 £59.95
    GX-047-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (3056) (GX-047-CO)
    £234.95 £234.95
    CA-025-EN Enermax Liberty 500W ELT500AWT ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (CA-025-EN)
    £59.95 £59.95
    HD-051-SE Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB ST3808110AS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-051-SE)
    £29.95 £59.90
    HD-067-SE Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 400GB ST3400633AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-067-SE)
    £116.95 £116.95
    MO-041-SA Samsung SM-940BF 19" LCD Monitor - Silver/Black (MO-041-SA)
    £209.95 £209.95
    Subtotal £1,028.50
    VAT £179.99
    Total £1,208.49
  7. Combat squirrel


    Joined: 7 Aug 2004

    Posts: 10,407

    go the intel route, its fine for now and u can upgrade to conroe in a couple months


    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    I have to agree this certainly offers the best value. Great rig!
  9. crashuk


    Joined: 7 Dec 2005

    Posts: 2,691

    in all fairness i would wait for the am2 and 800 ddr2 mem