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Budget performance spec with conroe CPU

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August 20, 2006 3:48:50 PM

Hi guys,
Could some1 checkout my choice of parts to upgrade my PC with?
here's the config I plan to upgrade to:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Socket 775 2.4GHz £220 from dabs.com
ASUS P5N32-SLI DELUXE GAMING 64BIT 775 £123.38 from cocc.co.uk
1Gb (2X512Mb) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC6400 (800), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15 £79.48 from scan.co.uk
485W Enermax Noisetaker EG495AX-VE-W-SFMA with PCI-E aPFC Quiet £58.15 from scan.co.uk
256Mb XFX 7600GS, PCI-E (x16), Mem 900 MHz, GPU 500 MHz, 12 Pipes, Dual DVI-I/HDTV £70.30 from scan.co.uk

All this totals upto £551.31
I'm trying to keep within my budget of £600
Any comments on my choice of components as I intend to play games on my PC as well as more general tasks like encoding into different video/audio formats,image editing in photoshop and lots on multitasking while making my PC engery efficient as I don't want higher energy bills as I use my PC all day.
August 20, 2006 4:56:36 PM

You have quite a limiting budget.

Personally, I'd say that in a rig like that you should stretch to an X1900XT

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue...

but its £225 inc VAT, thus stretching your budget by £100. You won't regret that card though, but you would regret the 7600GS if you plan on playing modern games.

Everything else seems fine... although I'd also prefer to put 2GB of RAM in a system like that, this would benefit not just gaming but audio/video/image editing applications.

Imho your system is poorly thought out, ie it has weak links. If I were you I'd wait just a little longer until you can afford a better graphics card and 2GB RAM... or maybe the prices will drop a little to fit within your budget better.
August 20, 2006 4:59:43 PM

okay dave if I increased my allowable budget by £250 I could get that ATI card u suggested and 2GB of ram and that'll be the perfect system 4 me.

But it'll cost £850.I'm prepared to increase my budget by £150 more to fit that card in :) 
August 20, 2006 5:30:10 PM

just buy faster graphics card, u can always get more memory in your rig.

but[/list] if u get 1900gt instead of xt u can put another 1gb of that memory in those 650ł i think
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