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Spec me a gaming rig please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Zhodman, 2 May 2006.

  1. Zhodman

    Associate

    Joined: 13 Apr 2006

    Posts: 9

    Budget of £900 (no higher please)

    Mainly a gaming machine. I play pretty much every new release in 1280x1024. 2gb is a must and future proofing would be a bonus. I need only the tower as I have a monitor, software, cd/dvd and various peripherals already. I also already have an audigy 2 plat. so wont be needing a sound card. I'd like to shoot for 300gb disk space too but I'm probably asking too much now!

    Items I need;

    Case
    PSU(?)
    Motherboard
    CPU
    CPU Cooler(?)
    Memory
    Hard Drive
    Graphics Card
    (did I miss anything?)

    Items that are in stock too please, hoping to get this ordered asap!
     
  2. BigDom

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    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

    Posts: 1,852

    Location: Birmingham

    Solid Reliable spec, went for the black lian li although personally I prefer the silver. If you fancy silver ou can get a DVD bezel to match.

    Retail HSF is fine, I run my 3800 at 2.2ghz on retail no problems.

    Given your £30 under budget you can however consider using an arctic cooler 64 HSF ( and going for the currently out of stock OEM 3800+)or adding 120mm Amber fans.

    Should get plenty of life out of this spec and in fact it's exactly my system when I take delivery of my new ( Lian Li ) case.

    CP-134-AM AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3800BVBOX) (CP-134-AM)
    £183.95 £183.95
    MB-129-AS Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-129-AS)
    £64.95 £64.95
    MY-046-GL GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS3 (GE2GB3200BDC) (MY-046-GL)
    £94.95 £94.95
    HD-018-SA Samsung SpinPoint P SP2504C 250GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-018-SA)
    £51.95 £51.95
    CA-054-LL Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Black Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-054-LL)
    £48.95 £48.95
    CA-008-TG Tagan TG530-U15 530W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Compliant Modular Silent PSU (CA-008-TG)
    £69.95 £69.95
    GX-048-PC PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-048-PC)
    £214.95 £214.95
    Subtotal £729.65
    Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £10.95
    VAT £129.61
    Total £870.21
     
  3. Zhodman

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    that looks real good dom, might try and fiddle some more hd space out of the 30 spare tho!
     
  4. BigDom

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    Can do of course, didn't forget you wanted 300gig, just went for my favour'd disk as close to 300 as they do. I actually use a 430W Tagan not the 530W.. went for the 530W because I was trying to get a X1900XT into spec ( failed by £34.)
     
  5. trojan698

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    Joined: 21 Oct 2005

    Posts: 5,484

    Location: Edinburgh

    You could always spend that £30 on a cooler, the stock cooler is fine but you might want something quieter with better performance leaving headroom should be doing any clocking. Scythe Ninja, Thermaltake big typhoon, the thermalright XP-120 and the arctic cooling freezer 64 pro are all good choices.
     
  6. Gun9

    Hitman

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 512

    Location: north east

    very nice spec there bigdom that will run sweet :D
     
  7. BigDom

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

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    Location: Birmingham

    Thankyou, just moved my rig into a Silver PC-7 and looks great :).

    Haven't checked temps in the new case but is noticeably quieter than my old case which had a 80mm amber and 120mm generic in. This one has two 120mm ambers ( I replaced the default 120mm straight off ).
     
  8. Zhodman

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    I don't think doms spec can be beaten so I'm gonna go for that, thanks.
     
  9. Zhodman

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    Can I see the spec with X1900XT that was 34 quid over?
     
  10. Klo

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    Location: South East

    I imagine you just replace the X1800XT with the X1900XT.
     
  11. Zhodman

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    I assumed he'd cut something somewhere.

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3800BVBOX) (CP-134-AM)
    £183.95 £183.95
    GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS3 (GE2GB3200BDC) (MY-046-GL)
    £94.95 £94.95
    Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-129-AS)
    £64.95 £64.95
    Samsung SpinPoint T HD300LD 300GB ATA-133 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-027-SA)
    £63.95 £63.95
    Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN)
    £63.95 £63.95
    PowerColor ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-060-PC)
    £264.95 £264.95
    Subtotal £736.70
    VAT £128.93
    Total £865.63
     
  12. BigDom

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    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

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    Location: Birmingham

    Just replace

    GX-048-PC PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-048-PC)
    £214.95 £214.95

    with

    GX-060-PC PowerColor ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-060-PC)
    £264.95 £264.95
     
  13. Monstermunch

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    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

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    Location: Eating PI

    Try this:

    CP-134-AM AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3800BVBOX) (CP-134-AM)
    £183.95 £183.95
    MB-046-MS MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-046-MS)
    £64.95 £64.95
    MY-046-GL GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS3 (GE2GB3200BDC) (MY-046-GL)
    £94.95 £94.95
    GX-121-SP Sapphire ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-121-SP)
    £144.95 £144.95
    HD-070-WD Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB 3200KS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-070-WD)
    £73.95 £73.95
    CD-033-NE NEC ND4571 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer LabelFlash ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-033-NE)
    £24.95 £24.95
    CA-054-LL Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Black Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-054-LL)
    £48.95 £48.95
    CA-025-EN Enermax Liberty 500W ELT500AWT ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (CA-025-EN)
    £57.95 £57.95
    Subtotal £694.60
    Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £10.95
    VAT £123.48
    Total £829.03


    With the extra spare cash you could upgrade the gfx card to the powercolour x1800xt 512mb version.