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New pc..suggestions

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by martinb, 8 Mar 2006.

  1. martinb


    Joined: 6 Mar 2006

    Posts: 4


    Decided it’s finally time to buy a new pc as my current PC really is a bit out dated (barton 2500, ati 9700pro, 1gb pc3200 ram e.t.c).

    Anyway my budget is around £1000 though I would spend a little more if needed.

    I use my pc mainly for online games and am often using the internet and doing other things whilst running these games (very slow on my current pc), I also own a 19” LCD so all my games have to be run at 1280x1024, you can probably tell from my current pc I don’t upgrade that often, so would like something that is fairly future proof.

    Haven’t been looking long so I have just pulled a quick spec off overclockers as a starting point.

    MSI ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 £340.69
    AMD Opteron UP 165 £264.32
    Antec P150 Quiet PC Case - 430w HE Modular PSU £103.34
    Corsair 2GB DDR XMS4000PT TwinX (2x1GB) £152.69
    Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 80GB 800JD SATA 8MB £37.54
    Abit AT8 ATI RD480 Crossfire (Socket 939) £88.07

    Total £986.65

    Would appreciate comments/changes in the above spec, any bottlenecks that would be worth while paying a bit more for? Anything I can get away with down grading and paying a little less for?

    Is that case ok to fit everything in and is the power supply going be enough? I will probably over clock the chip but run gfx card at stock. Also the plan is eventually to get a second graphics card would I need to get a higher watt power supply for that?

    Another thing which is worrying me is I have a Samsung 913 N which doesn’t have a dvi port I noticed all the new gfx cards only have dvi output can you buy a converter and do you loose any quality?

    Also could anyone recommend a good heat sink and fan for the chip.

    I’m currently using win xp, any point in getting windows xp x64?

    Sorry for the million questions, buying a new pc always gives me a headache when there’s so much to choose from!
  2. Squidge

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,185

    For the heatsink have a look at the Ninja, Typhoon and Freezer 64. Most people seem to be using one of those.

    I wouldn't bother with XP64 yet unless your a software developer - that's still moving quite slowly, and it can still be tricky to get drivers for the system.

    Graphics cards normally come with a little convertor in the box to change the DVI outputs to VGA ones. You do loose quality by doing this as it's no longer a purely digital path to your monitor, but it's still perfectly usable at a resolution of 1280x1024.
    Last edited: 8 Mar 2006


    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    MSI ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 £340.69 - fantastic card

    AMD Opteron UP 165 £264.32 - fantastic CPU (especially if overclocking)

    Antec P150 Quiet PC Case - 430w HE Modular PSU £103.34 - PSU is good for single card, but if want to keep PSU & want crossfire later probalby best to upgrade to a quality 550w+ PSU

    Corsair 2GB DDR XMS4000PT TwinX (2x1GB) £152.69 - good stuff

    Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 80GB 800JD SATA 8MB £37.54 - fine

    Abit AT8 ATI RD480 Crossfire (Socket 939) £88.07 - good solid mobo
  4. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    Spec looks fine, I'm not sure how well the opty 165 will overclock on the abit board, but dfi boards are great for overclocking.