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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by phileeny, 3 Mar 2006.

  1. phileeny


    Joined: 23 Feb 2006

    Posts: 43

    I’m looking to buy some components for my system build.

    I’m looking to build a quiet system that will play the latest games on full setting like 1280x1024 with ease, but the systems primary use will be for full video and image editing with high data storage

    I’ve been looking at the following:-
    AMD 64x2 may be 3800+ or the 4200+ with heat pipe cooling
    ATI X1900 but not sure about Crossfire

    The motherboard should have SATA hot swap compatibly for use with Vantec EZ Swap removable 5.25" HDD Rack and I will be buying full 4GB of compatible ram.

    My case is waiting to be filled, at the moment it has two 580w Hiper Modular Type R PSU's, 6 SilenX fans 3x60mm 3x120mm, space for 9 HDD's not including the 10 5.25" drive bays

    Would you please recommend components for me to look into.

    I was looking at having two monitors like the Viewsonic VP930 19" for graphics and the Viewsonic VX924 for games, but now I like the look of the NEC LCD20WGX2 for my monitor, but I’m not going to pay £411 for a monitor with dead pixels, do OcUK or NEC offer any guarantee for this.
  2. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    I'd go for the 3800 over the 4200 because I don't think the 4200 is worth *** extra spend plus the 3800s seem to be clocking fairly well. If you don't want to try overclocking then I'd go with the 4400 as it is a better chip and comes with 1mb L2 cache.

    Go for an X1900XTX then, the fastest single card you can buy.

    I don't know which motherboards offer hot-swap compatability, it very much depends on the manufacturers implementation of SATA.
  3. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    Got a budget?


    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    For your intended use i think the X2 4400 with 1mb L2 cache is your best bet for CPU & then get the X1900XT or even X1800XT 512MB (going for a good price), as either will run all games at the resolution you listed.
  5. Larok


    Joined: 30 Oct 2005

    Posts: 340

    check whichever mobo manufacturer you get approved memory vendors list to check it will take 4gb of your chosen memory.
  6. phileeny


    Joined: 23 Feb 2006

    Posts: 43

    Thanks for the info, at this time budget is not a problem.