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Overdue upgrade

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by bulb66, 4 Jun 2010.

  1. bulb66

    Wise Guy

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    Hi all,

    It's while since my last up to date system, so thought i would give it a go.

    Could you have a look below and make any recommendations where necessary.

    Budget is £650 tops, i have a case, and optical drives.

    [​IMG]

    many thanks

    James
     
  2. Gary*

    Hitman

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    What are your primary uses for the PC?
     
  3. PermaBanned

    Capodecina

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  4. crisbduck

    Hitman

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    Spend less cooling it.
    The spec by super is pretty damn good!
     
  5. Judgeneo

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    +1 The phemon II is quite a bit better than the athlon version, cooler faster etc.. and I'm fairly sure that build has a better GFX too
     
  6. xBLiNG

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    Go with the spec Superewza did, it's pretty spot on.
     
  7. bulb66

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    I would say mostly surfing the net, listening to music and a bit of gaming but i have an PS3 so use that.

    J
     
  8. xBLiNG

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    In that case you could probably go a little cheaper on the GPU and get a 1TB HDD if you wanted it more music/films ect
     
  9. bulb66

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    Ok, cheaper on the GPU sound good. I currently have a 1TB NAS so storage is taken care of.

    Looking at the spec Superewza has provided i would like to run with a modular PSU any suggestions?

    Also i see the Watercooling was replaced for a fan cooler any reason why?

    Thanks all

    James
     
  10. PermaBanned

    Capodecina

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    OCX ModXStream are generally the cheapest good modular PSUs. Not really necessary though, depends what case you're using?

    Because it's just not a good place to spend money on a build with this budget. Especially with these CPUs, which are what, 95W TDP? The air cooler i specced is far cheaper and will keep temps nice and low, will probably be quieter too.
     
  11. bulb66

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    I currently have a Zalman 400w PSU, do you think it's worth sticking with that? i would need to sleeve the cables though.

    And the case is a ASUS Vento A8 (Asus TA-861)

    Thanks

    J
     
  12. PermaBanned

    Capodecina

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    You could probably stick with that PSU, you know what the exact model is?

    Save on that and maybe get a £60 graphics card (GT 240?) then i suggest an upgrade to the CPU and/or a new case.
     
  13. bulb66

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    The PSU is a Zalman ZM400B-APS.
     
  14. bulb66

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    Ok,

    What about this, i think i would now like to keep the budget around the £580-£600 range.

    [​IMG]

    Thanks

    James
     
  15. Fallen god

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    Looks good just get a 4850 instead of 9800GT unless you need Nv card for some specfic reason.
     
  16. PermaBanned

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    Or a 5670 if you're not gaming much.
     
  17. infernox

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    4850 +1 and get maybe a better processor :)
     
  18. Redmint

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    If you do decide to get into PC gaming at some point the 4850 will serve you better than the 9800GT.
     
  19. bulb66

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    Hi,

    Ok haven't got round to this yet, i have had to rethink the budget so it's now around £500ish. What's your thoughts on this?

    With a few more post in here i can get the shipping off, that helps with the new budget :)

    Not looking for anything other than a general PC, not into gaming at the moment but as you told me to get a 4850 i have selected that for now.

    Samsung F2080 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor £145.99
    (£124.25) £145.99
    (£124.25)
    Patriot G Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel (PGS34G1333ELK) £88.99
    (£75.74) £88.99
    (£75.74)
    AMD Athlon II X4 Quad Core 635 2.90GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £80.99
    (£68.93) £80.99
    (£68.93)
    HIS ATI Radeon HD 4850 iCooler IV 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card £79.99
    (£68.08) £79.99
    (£68.08)
    Asus M4A78LT-M LE AMD 760G (Socket AM3) DDR3 Motherboard £51.99
    (£44.25) £51.99
    (£44.25)
    Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD502HJ) £39.99
    (£34.03) £39.99
    (£34.03)
    Belkin F5D8633UK4A 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem/Router £32.99
    (£28.08) £32.99
    (£28.08)
    OcUK Value 300Mbps Wireless-N PCI Adapter £14.99
    (£12.76) £14.99
    (£12.76)
    Sub Total : £456.12
    Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
    DPD Next Day Parcel
    (This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £11.75
    VAT is being charged at 17.50% VAT : £81.88
    Total : £549.75

    Thanks

    James
     
  20. bulb66

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    Hello all,

    So it's that question again "spec me a new rig" and as i have asked it before i thought i would continue the thread i started before.

    Can someone give me there view of the following:

    Gigabyte GA-MA74GMT-S2
    LG W2261VP 22" LCD
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3
    Sapphire HD 5670 512MB GDDR5
    Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATAII
    Tenda Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter
    Startech 20 Pin ATX Power Supply To - 24 Pin Motherboard Cable
    Plexus Gold Plated High Speed V1.4 HDMI to HDMI Cable Black 2m
    OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Gold AMD Memory Kit CL9 1.65V
    Microsoft Wired Desktop 600 Black

    Now not everything will be coming from OcUK so I've not included any prices but feel free to re-spec from Ocuk if needed.

    I hope to also re-use my Zalman 400W PSU, that's the reason for the Startech cable. i have a case and ASUS lightscribe drive also (speaking of which what's the Win7 lightscribe compatibility like?)

    Budget is £550 max

    Usage is just surfing the net & listening to music.

    Thanks

    James