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April 6, 2006 3:39:38 PM

Hello Guys,

Please could you check out my chioce of components. I'm not into gaming just want a decent pc that will last a few yrs and I can upgrade when need to. Don't need key-board or mouse. or monitor.

Many thanks

9329

My New Build Spec




LN8282 Akasa Eclipse-62 Midi Tower Case - Hi-End
£66.89 £78.60



LN10085 480W Tagan 2Force SLi Ultra Quiet 21db Also support 12v EPS/SATA/XEON 3 Years Warranty ATX/BTX
£53.89 £63.32



LN10973 ASUS A8N-SLI/PREMIUM, NF4 SLI, S939, PCI-E (x16), DDR 400MHz, SATA I, SATA/IDE RAID, ATX
£92.72 £108.95



LN8851 AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Socket939 , Venice Core, 2.2GHz , 512KB Cache, Retail
£121.22 £142.43



LN13326 2GB (2X1GB) Corsair TwinX PC3200 (400) 184 Pin Non-ECC Unbuffered CAS 3-3-3-8
£114.90 £135.01



LN13157 512MB XFX 6800 XT Extreme ,Mem 1000 MHz ,GPU 350 MHz , 8 Pipes, Dual DVI-I , S-Video/TV Out
£109.19 £128.30



LN12741 250 GB Western Digital Caviar RE , SATA I , 7200 rpm , 16MB Cache
£59.82 £70.29



LN13542 Sony DRU820A 16x DVD+/-RW/RAM retail white/silver/black retail
£33.70 £39.60



LN8872 Edimax BR-6104K 4 Port Switch Broadband Router (Adsl/Cable Modem required)
£17.61 £20.69

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April 6, 2006 9:29:33 PM

Why the SLI mobo if you're not a gamer/user of SLI? Maybe can save a few £ by getting a non-SLI mobo.

Same with the video card... I know Vista will need video power, but it may not need that much. But then again, that's not that bad of a price (doing a rough conversion to US $ by £x2). Umm, the 2nd price is with VAT, right?

Don't know if you can get it there, but Benq & Nec make darn good burners - might be a better price (or not). Just throwing out options.

Are you overclocking? If so, try to upgrade your ram a little - either faster (PC4000-ish?) or lower latency (lower latency would improve performance at stock speed too). But don't go overboard - 3-3-3-8 to 2-2-2-5 only gives a couple % more performance. Not worth it to me, but worth it to some.

Tagan makes good PSU's & that's good wattage. No clue on the case - I like cheapies (don't know if you get £10 cases over there, but the ones I always buy are about $20US.), so I stay out of the case debate. :) 

Only other suggestion I could see is, even though you didn't mention needing it, is an X2 if your budget can afford it. It will make it just that much longer before you need to upgrade again. The X2 4200+ is like having 2 of the 3500+, so performance will be just as good.

Mike.
April 7, 2006 5:47:16 AM

err, you should either go for 3700+ in single or x2 3800+ in dual. Why are you suggesting PC4000 rams? he's not gonna OC. I'd say some GSkill Value ZX or OCZ El Platinum ddr400 for low timing and high OC.
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April 7, 2006 12:09:20 PM

I agree with opther poster, you can definitely shve the mobo cost in half by skipping an SLI board....

And if not gaming, you realy don;t even need a 6800 series card, might be able to find a less expensive PCi-e variant, as there are several inexpensive Radeon variants...

(ANy 6800GS variants available? I'm not familiar with the XT variant)
April 7, 2006 12:10:44 PM

Quote:
Why are you suggesting PC4000 rams? he's not gonna OC. I'd say some GSkill Value ZX or OCZ El Platinum ddr400 for low timing and high OC.

He didn't say he was going to OC or not, so I didn't make that assumption.

You also appear to have only read half of the relevant sentence when I suggested better RAM...

Mike.

Edit for clarity.
April 7, 2006 3:41:17 PM

Quote:
Hello Guys,

Please could you check out my chioce of components. I'm not into gaming just want a decent pc that will last a few yrs and I can upgrade when need to. Don't need key-board or mouse. or monitor.

Many thanks

9329

My New Build Spec




LN8282 Akasa Eclipse-62 Midi Tower Case - Hi-End
£66.89 £78.60



LN10085 480W Tagan 2Force SLi Ultra Quiet 21db Also support 12v EPS/SATA/XEON 3 Years Warranty ATX/BTX
£53.89 £63.32



LN10973 ASUS A8N-SLI/PREMIUM, NF4 SLI, S939, PCI-E (x16), DDR 400MHz, SATA I, SATA/IDE RAID, ATX
£92.72 £108.95



LN8851 AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Socket939 , Venice Core, 2.2GHz , 512KB Cache, Retail
£121.22 £142.43



LN13326 2GB (2X1GB) Corsair TwinX PC3200 (400) 184 Pin Non-ECC Unbuffered CAS 3-3-3-8
£114.90 £135.01



LN13157 512MB XFX 6800 XT Extreme ,Mem 1000 MHz ,GPU 350 MHz , 8 Pipes, Dual DVI-I , S-Video/TV Out
£109.19 £128.30



LN12741 250 GB Western Digital Caviar RE , SATA I , 7200 rpm , 16MB Cache
£59.82 £70.29



LN13542 Sony DRU820A 16x DVD+/-RW/RAM retail white/silver/black retail
£33.70 £39.60

LN8872 Edimax BR-6104K 4 Port Switch Broadband Router (Adsl/Cable Modem required)
£17.61 £20.69


Nice system overall, but I will 2nd(or 3rd) what the other posters said. Can the motherboard you picked and get the Asus A8N-E instead. Its around 50 pounds if I remember correctly. Also, I would go for the X2 3800+ or Opteron 165. X2-3800+ for a good dual core system, Opteron 165 if you are going to overclock it. You will like the system when you build it! Enjoy.
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