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Some questions re the suggested systems

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Tokenbrit, 21 Feb 2010.

  1. Tokenbrit


    Joined: 8 Jun 2006

    Posts: 276

    Hi guys
    This will be another one of those spec-me threads, I apologise in advance.

    I was looking at the suggested builds in the sticky and have some questions re modifying them. I guess my aim is to keep the budget in the £600 ballpark, I want 4 cores so I have decided to go with a variation on the £700 AMD build.

    Basically I will drop the 5850 to a 5750 to achieve my target budget. I also have a couple of things I think I can retrieve from my old pc. These are
    1) a Lian-Li PC7+ case
    2) a Tagan 530w power supply which is about 4 years old.

    Do you guys think these old components will be ok to use so I can save a bit more cash? I am most worried about the power supply. Do these things have a limited lifespan? It has been powering an e6600 and a 2900xt fine up until today when the card decided to die :rolleyes:. Of course I worry that the power supply had a hand in the card's death :(.

    One more question. If I wanted to add more RAM into the suggested build is that an easy thing to do? I am a lot behind the times and dont really know what triple channel means.

  2. Frozennova

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    Joined: 13 Nov 2009

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    The case would be fine to reuse hte psu however I'm not too sure about that is the sort of component I would replace for peace of mind.

    As far as triple channel memory this increases bandwidth between the ram cpu giving a slight performance boost, however the motherboard in the suggested £700 AMD build doesnt offer support for triple channel memory as it only has 4 Ram slots so you would be looking at 2 pairs of 2 sticks running in dual channel mode.
  3. freezin8472


    Joined: 31 Jan 2010

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    Are you able to salvage an optical drive and or hdd from your old rig to save a few more pennies?
  4. Tokenbrit


    Joined: 8 Jun 2006

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    I am leaning towards replacing the PSU, as you say for peace of mind.

    Will putting 4 sticks of RAM in give any disadvantage? I remember a few years ago that if you put in 4 sticks on some chipsets that it would slow down all the timings.

    The optical is an IDE one I think :p. The hard drive is too small and slow to bother with I think.
  5. Tokenbrit


    Joined: 8 Jun 2006

    Posts: 276


    OK I am about to go with this, the only thing I am not sure about is the gcard. Is a 5770 worth it over the 5750? Anybody?
  6. bJN


    Joined: 23 Nov 2009

    Posts: 3,532

    Location: Norwich

    That spec looks fine to me, but do you need an operating system as well in that budget?
    And from benchmarks I've seen I would definitely say the 5770 is worth the extra.

    If you've got any means of testing your current PSU it could be worthwhile, that would save you an extra £60 :)
  7. Tokenbrit


    Joined: 8 Jun 2006

    Posts: 276

    Thanks for the fast reply, seeing as another person thought it was ok I have ordered now. I can get windows el cheapo through a discount so that wasnt included :).