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Spec Please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Calum, 26 May 2006.

  1. Calum

    Gangster

    Joined: 30 Mar 2006

    Posts: 336

    Hi again,

    Need a spec for a friends brother this time - how come i always get roped in!?
    Got £1000 to spend. (MAX - just don't go too crazy)

    To be used for gaming, multitasking etc.

    Needs to have a 19" tft, mouse, keyboard and speakers if you can fit it in, oh and windows - it should be possible for you guys i think.

    Much appreciated
     
  2. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - OEM (CP-152-AM)
    £190.29
    Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-088-AS)
    £64.57
    OcUK Value 2GB (2x1GB) PC3200 184pin DDR Memory Dual Channel Kit (MY-006-OK)
    £117.44
    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO) **this week only**
    £170.32
    Hitachi Deskstar T7K250 NCQ 160GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (0A31637) (HD-001-HI)
    £50.47
    NEC ND3550 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-035-NE)
    £23.44
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)
    £17.47
    Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN)
    £66.92
    Acer AL1916WS 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black/Silver (MO-012-AC)
    £176.19
    Creative SBS380 2.1 Speakers - Retail (SP-064-CL)
    £22.27
    Logitech Cordless Desktop EX-110 - Retail (KB-072-LG)
    £23.44
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition inc. SP2 - OEM - 1Pk (N09-01528) (OS-001-MS)
    £58.69

    Total inc VAT: £981.51
     
  3. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    Explicit has given you a good specification there, I don't see anything that I think I'd change really other than maybe getting Geil Value instead of the OcUK value and possibly getting a newer version of the NEC DVDRW :)
     
  4. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    ^ Cheers mate :) Geil ram has gone a bit pricey these days, used to be £105.69 now around the £135 mark so I left it out. NEC 4570 only £1 more so yeah, change that for sure :)
     
  5. Calum

    Gangster

    Joined: 30 Mar 2006

    Posts: 336

    Lol i know i was just looking at that. Perhaps "value" isn't the best way to describe it as we're 'meant' to all be moving to ddr2.

    Thanks for the idea's so far, it's just a competitor has offered a similar spec for a similar price with a x2 4200, but only a 7600gt! I wanted to give my friends pc more power graphically speaking so should i be able to justify the lower cpu performance against the graphical performance?
     
  6. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    The X2 4200 is a bit of a 'nothing' CPU as far as I am concerned, it costs more than the 3800 but has the same amount of cache and doesn't as a general rule overclock any better but it doesn't have the benefit of 1mb L2 cache like the 4400.

    I'd go with Explicit's specification and overclock the 3800 as you should be able to reach 4200 speeds easily if not higher. You only need 200mhz extra per core to equal the 4200 at 2.2ghz, many people have got to FX60 speeds(2.6ghz) on air so while there are no guarantees I'd take the better graphics card and run :)

    You could potentially fit AM2 into the budget just about but at the moment they are just ported socket 939 chips so probably not worth it plus DDR2 is marginally more expensive.

    I hadn't realised that Geil had jumped so much in price, the OcUK value stuff will be fine.
     
  7. BigDom

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

    Posts: 1,852

    Location: Birmingham

    Personally I'd go for the A8R-MVP as in my experience it's a more stable mobo with an X2 processor. Other than that good spec.
     
  8. Calum

    Gangster

    Joined: 30 Mar 2006

    Posts: 336

    I know what you mean about the 4200 being a nothing cpu, but i don't know wether I would feel comfortable overclocking my friends cpu and leaving it be. But i suppose i could put a sycthe on the x2 3800 and clock it a little bit.

    EDIT: So i'll go for pretty much my spec with a scythe and a 3800 instead of the opty and zalman

    Sounds like a plan
     
  9. Monstermunch

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,597

    Location: Eating PI

    Only £60 over budget....and with an X1900, I don't think you could beat this spec:

    MY-006-MK Mushkin 2GB DDR EM3200 Enhanced Performance Dual Channel Kit (2x1GB) CAS3 (991461) (MY-006-MK)
    £109.95 £109.95
    GX-047-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (3056) (GX-047-CO)
    £234.95 £234.95
    HD-001-HI Hitachi Deskstar T7K250 NCQ 160GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (0A31637) (HD-001-HI)
    £42.95 £42.95
    CD-033-NE NEC ND4571 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer LabelFlash ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-033-NE)
    £24.95 £24.95
    CA-040-AN Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN)
    £56.95 £56.95
    MB-000-BG BFG RNF4U nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-000-BG)
    £59.95 £59.95
    CP-134-AM AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3800BVBOX) (CP-134-AM)
    £171.95 £171.95
    OS-001-MS Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition inc. SP2 - OEM - 1Pk (N09-01528) (OS-001-MS)
    £49.95 £49.95
    MO-012-AC Acer AL1916WS 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black/Silver (MO-012-AC)
    £149.95 £149.95
    Subtotal £901.55
    VAT £157.78
    Total £1,059.33
     
    Last edited: 27 May 2006
  10. Calum

    Gangster

    Joined: 30 Mar 2006

    Posts: 336

    Nice spec there monstermunch good work! If i get a good stepping on the x2 3800 i could clock it and leave it no worries. My friend shall be pleased!
     
  11. Monstermunch

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,597

    Location: Eating PI

    No probs...