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Ready Built or Not?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Wurzel, 14 Aug 2006.

  1. Wurzel


    Joined: 20 Jun 2003

    Posts: 40

    I've kinda got to the stage where I cant be arsed to build my comp myself as something always seems to go wrong and I have the cash to pay somebody else to do it. What I'm thinking is to go for an OCUK built one they seem to use decent components and high enough spec for what I need however if anyone thinks i could do a lot better buying the components (all from OCUK) feel free to batter me upside and list a spec for about £1700 (box only)

    Heres the one im after I think;

    AMD Athlon X2 4800 Dual Core San Diego (Socket 939) Dual DDR400 CPU
    - AMD Approved cooler
    - Asus A8R32-MVP DELUXE Crossfire Dual Channel PCI-Express Motherboard
    - Corsair 2GB (2x1GB) DDR XMS3200C2PT CAS2.0 Dual Channel Kit
    - 250GB Western Digital 16mb cache SATA-2 Hard Drive
    - Black Floppy Drive
    - ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)
    - ATI Radeon X1900 XT CrossFire Edition 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)
    - Plextor PX-755 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter
    - Creative Sound Blaster Fatal1ty Sound Card
    - FSP Sparkle FX700-GLN Epsilon 700W ATX2.0 PSU
    - Windows XP Professional pre-installed with License and CD supplied

    Whadda you reckon?
  2. jake000

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jun 2006

    Posts: 1,284

    Yes, for your budget you can do better than that system. Here is an example:

    Shopping Cart (Prices in British Pounds)
    HD-018-SA Samsung SpinPoint P SP2504C 250GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-018-SA)
    £42.50 £42.50
    MB-062-GI Gigabyte GA_965P_DS4 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-062-GI)
    £104.95 £104.95
    HS-003-SY Scythe Ninja Plus Heatpipe CPU Cooler (Socket 478, 754, 939, 940, LGA755) (HS-003-SY)
    £26.95 £26.95
    GX-009-EA EVGA GeForce 7950 GX2 1024MB GDDR3 HDTV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (E592-AX) (GX-009-EA)
    £334.95 £334.95
    CD-078-SA Samsung SH-S182D 18x18 DVD±RW ReWriter (Black) (CD-078-SA)
    £20.95 £20.95
    CA-020-AK Akasa AK-ZEN-01-BK Zen Black Case - No PSU (CA-020-AK)
    £27.95 £27.95
    CA-001-SK FSP Sparkle FX700-GLN Epsilon 700W ATX2.0 PSU (CA-001-SK)
    £95.50 £95.50
    CP-135-IN Intel Core 2 DUO E6300 "LGA775 Allendale" 1.86GHz (1066FSB) - OEM (CP-135-IN)
    £109.95 £109.95
    MY-109-CS Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-8500C5 TwinX (2x1GB) (MY-109-CS)
    £249.95 £249.95
    Subtotal £1,013.65
    VAT £177.39
    Total £1,191.04

    I know it doesn't have two graphics cards but the nvidia 7950 GX2 is like having two graphics cards and when its supported (not sure if it already is), you can add another one and make your computer have quad core graphics.
    The conroe cpu is better than amd's dual core cpus. If you want to overclock it, they overclock very nicely. If you don't want to overclock, just add another conroe cpu that is faster.
    You could even get watercooling if your looking for that kind of money :D

    Hope this helps :)
  3. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    You could get this which is as good or better at everything(plus will overclock nicely) and it will cost you less. For £150 saving I reckon you could build it yourself :) In fairness I think the Fatal1y soundcard is a bit of a waste of time as is getting Crossfire graphics cards unless you are talking 24"+ screens so you could easily knock another few hundred off the price.

    CP-128-IN Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail (CP-128-IN)
    £214.95 £214.95
    MY-058-GL GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC) (MY-058-GL)
    £109.95 £109.95
    GX-045-CO ATI Radeon X1900 ***Crossfire Edition*** 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-045-CO)
    £234.95 £234.95
    GX-047-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (3056) (GX-047-CO)
    £174.95 £174.95
    MB-152-AS Asus P5W DH Deluxe WiFi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-152-AS)
    £139.95 £139.95
    HD-078-SE Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB ST3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-078-SE)
    £62.95 £62.95
    CD-033-NE NEC ND4571 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer LabelFlash ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-033-NE)
    £22.95 £22.95
    CA-005-AK Akasa Eclipse 62 Aluminium Case - No PSU (CA-005-AK)
    £69.95 £69.95
    CA-009-TG Tagan TG580-U15 580W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Compliant Modular Silent PSU (CA-009-TG)
    £69.95 £69.95
    HS-020-ZA Zalman CNPS9500-AT Aero Flower (Socket 775) CPU Cooler (HS-020-ZA)
    £28.95 £28.95
    SC-032-CL Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS Edition - Retail (SC-032-CL)
    £114.95 £114.95
    OS-002-MS Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition inc. SP2 - OEM - 1Pk (E85-04026) (OS-002-MS)
    £81.95 £81.95
    Subtotal £1,326.40
    VAT £232.12
    Total £1,558.52