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Spec me Up £800

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by syke, 13 Jul 2006.

  1. syke

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    I have around £800 to spend.. going to be reasonably tight but worth a go.

    I need the lot, monitor, optical drive, kb/mouse (have them in mind though)

    So if you could please spec me...the PC is used for General Use, and Gaming.


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  2. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    Intel Core 2 DUO E6300 "LGA775 Conroe" 1.86GHz (1066FSB) - Retail (CP-126-IN)
    £152.69
    Intel DP965LT 965 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-011-IN)
    £88.07
    G.Skill 2GB DDR2 LA PC2-5300 (2x1GB) CAS4 Dual Channel Kit (F2-5400PHU2-2GBLA) (MY-012-GS)
    £117.44
    BFG 3DFuzion GeForce 7600 GT 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-025-BG)
    £117.44
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB ST3250620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-079-SE)
    £61.69
    NEC ND4570 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-030-NE)
    £25.79
    Antec NSK4400 Mini Tower Case - 380W SmartPower PSU (CA-052-AN)
    £41.07
    Acer AL1916WS 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black/Silver (MO-012-AC)
    £170.32
    Logitech Cordless Desktop EX-110 - Retail (KB-072-LG)
    £23.44

    Total inc VAT: £797.95
     
  3. GhostRider

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    What do you have in mind and how much does it cost please? :D

    The above spec looks good. Hopefully a new cheap motherboard will come out and save you some cash before the conroe chip is released.
     
  4. p4radox

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    Above spec looks good. I'd save on the monitor and get an X1800XT personally - The OcUK Value Hanns-G HW191D 19" Widescreen is great value.
     
  5. syke

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    im not entirely bothered by Conroe either btw :) and the keyboard and mouse:
    Logitech Media Keyboard Elite - Retail (KB-066-LG)
    Razer DiamondBack Magma 1600dpi Gaming Mouse - Retail (KB-005-RA)
     
  6. syke

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    Just a question - what are the overclocking capabilities of these new Conroe chips at stock? Looking at the spec Explict gave me...

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  7. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    They will overclock very well if you have good overclocking components to compliment the CPU. The only problem you might have with the above spec is the mobo not being the best for overclocking and possibly the PSU being a bit on the low side. RAM also plays an important role depending on how far you wish to overclock (see here: http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=17592348)
     
  8. syke

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    Ah ok - im just thinking whether its worth getting an AMD X2 chip? Due to the fact they're having price cuts soon? Not sure yet.. Im just wanting it to run latest games, maybe run Vista when its out...

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  9. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    Well at the moment, the X2 3800+ is more expensive than the E6300 on OcUK. You could wait two weeks for a price cut and then choose whatever works out best.
     
  10. syke

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    Ideally, what would you go for? X2 or Conroe?

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  11. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    Ignoring the above spec and talking in general, I would buy Conroe for price/performance ratio.

    Before the E6300, AMD were charging £211 for the X2 3800+. In that respect, even the pre-order price of the E6300 is "cheap" and given time, it will drop even further.
     
  12. syke

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    How does the E6600 Compare to say a X2 4400 as they're both 2.4ghz (i think?) in speed, in games etc?

    Sorry for all the questions :)

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  13. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    The X2 4400+ is only 2.2GHz, so there is no doubt that the E6600 is a league above the X2 4400+ and it will outperform it in all departments. The E6600 is specifically the the CPU that I think has best price/performance. The X2 4400+ used to sell for around £330. The E6600 will smash that CPU and overclock extremely well, all for £250 pre-order price. Again, people say Conroe is expensive but look at what AMD used to charge.

    No worries about the questions, that's what forums are for :)
     
  14. syke

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    Ok again, sorry as ive just seen the price with everything using the E6600 :eek:

    How would you think the E6400 would compare again, to the X2 4400. One is 2.13ghz, ones 2.2ghz but the 6400 has a 2MB Cache?

    Im just wondering, because i want a decent machine that will preform well in game, aswell as multi-tasking etc.

    I've always been an AMD Fan, but not sure because hearing things about Conroe ...it seems its the way to go?

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  15. syke

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    This is slightly over, but im wondering whether i should change anything here? I want to be able to overclock the 6400 a fair amount, not a hell of alot though. Just fast enough.

    GX-044-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO)
    £136.95 £136.95
    MY-014-GS G.Skill 2GB DDR2 NR PC2-6400 (2x1GB) CAS5 Dual Channel Kit (F2-6400PHU2-2GBNR) (MY-014-GS)
    £114.95 £114.95
    CA-006-TG Tagan TG580-U22 580W ATX2.01 2Force SLi Compliant Silent PSU (CA-006-TG)
    £66.95 £66.95
    MO-033-HY Hyundai ImageQuest B71A 17" LCD Monitor - Black (MO-033-HY)
    £119.95 £119.95
    CA-054-LL Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Black Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-054-LL)
    £48.95 £48.95
    KB-066-LG Logitech Media Keyboard Elite - Retail (KB-066-LG)
    £16.95 £16.95
    KB-005-RA Razer DiamondBack Magma 1600dpi Gaming Mouse - Retail (KB-005-RA)
    £24.95 £24.95
    HD-006-WD Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 250GB 2500JB ATA-100 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-006-WD)
    £47.50 £47.50
    CP-127-IN Intel Core 2 DUO E6400 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.13GHz (1066FSB) - Retail (CP-127-IN)
    £154.95 £154.95
    CA-009-LL Lian Li C-01B Aluminium CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Bezel (Black) (CA-009-LL)
    £7.95 £7.95
    Subtotal £740.05
    VAT £129.51
    Total £869.56

    TIA

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  16. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    It's going to get very expensive once you add a mobo to that spec :(

    The E6300 is no slouch to be honest with you.
     
  17. syke

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    yeah i cant decide on a good mobo :(
     
  18. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    What's the absolute max you think you can spend on the whole rig?
     
  19. syke

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    Hmmm... £900ish max... thats pushing it i think :(

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  20. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    Well it's going to be hard to get a good mobo into the spec you listed without breaking the bank.