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September 27, 2006 1:42:06 PM

I have been given the task of configuring a new PC for my friend. It is almost solely going to be used for gaming (especially BF2 and BF2142), and the budget is £800. I of course know all the things that make a good PC, but I am not an expert on price/performance components. He already has a monitor and would prefer a core 2 duo build. Please share your wisdom :!: :D 

EDIT: forgot to mention that it's UK

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September 27, 2006 2:18:56 PM

I Challenge YOU! to use the search button to find any number of machines that were requested to be built. OR... find any number of suggestions from other people that have already posted on this topic.
September 27, 2006 3:13:13 PM

ok here goes:

is he overclocking? if he is change the ram and add a cpu cooler like thefreezer 7 pro.

c2d e6400

2gb 533mhz ddr2 corsair value select (buy in a few weeks as ram is expensive atm)

seagate 7200.10 320gb sata 2

gigabyte 965p-ds3 OR ds4 (they have it in england)

ocz modstream 450w or gamextream 600w(the latter is a tad overkill)

his x1900gt iceq series

akasa zen case black or white.

windows xp home/vista

samsung sata dvdrw
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September 27, 2006 3:38:14 PM

Yeah, that looks good, find out prices and then if you have money left you could either put it towards a case you prefer or a better graphics card.

Also I like the new ... er new pic, sorry the word has just slipped my mind, Computa rep, when did you get it? gOdMan's still pwns most though!
September 27, 2006 3:51:34 PM

These prices are in US Dollars... From Newegg obviously you will need to find another supplier as newegg doesn't ship internationally (I believe).

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Rosewill TU-153 Black Steel ATX Black 0.8mm SECC Steel Mid Tower Computer Case 400W(20+4 pin) Power Supply - Retail
49.99
16.62

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
149.99
6.13

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
180.00
0.00

CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X1024A-6400 - Retail
144.00
0.00

eVGA 256-P2-N615-TX Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
129.99
5.64

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
74.99
5.64

LG 16X DVD±R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model GSA-H10N - OEM
28.99
5.64

NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
5.79
5.64

Microsoft Windows XP Professional X64 Edition with SP2B 1 Pack - OEM
139.99
4.99
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$947.90 total which should be close to what your friend is looking for.

Let me know if I'm off any.
-Jeff
September 27, 2006 3:52:43 PM

Drop down to a e6300, and then we're talking. Do some OC, and your at least at a 6400 speed.

Extra saved money, get an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 pro and DDR2-800 ram.

Get an Antec Sonata II with 450W PSU, should save a bit of money.

And finding prices isin't what I'm paid to do. You have google. You have fingers. You do the rest.
September 27, 2006 4:13:45 PM

Okay so 800 pounds is about $1500.

E6600 $300
mobo $250
2x1Gb $300
GPU: $245
Case: $100
Psu: $100
HD: $100
CD/DVD media: $30
Aftermarket cpu cooler: $50

Thats around $1525 maybe $200 for extra shipping. That way you got good cpu and overclock it to get more performance for the money.
September 27, 2006 4:43:40 PM

shipping wouldnt be that high i doubt it would even exceed £30 i thinks postage in the US is alot more than here, I may be wrong. but i do know that the US postal system is more complicated than the UKs unfortunately i found out on my renenct holidy there :D 
September 27, 2006 5:24:41 PM

Quote:
And finding prices isin't what I'm paid to do. You have google. You have fingers. You do the rest

Good one!

Quote:
Drop down to a e6300, and then we're talking. Do some OC, and your at least at a 6400 speed. Extra saved money, get an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 pro and DDR2-800 ram.

Agreed.

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Get an Antec Sonata II with 450W PSU, should save a bit of money.

I can't go for that. The Sonata II is a fine case but I'm reading way too many failure reports for that PS. It's worth the bucks to get a decent unit for a gameing box, in part because it's going to be running at a fairly high load on the GPU and CPU, particularly if you OC the CPU as you advised. So as usual, I advise PS overkill... Something like the 500 watt FSP. If there's any chance of a future upgrade to a DX10 GPU, then I'd go with something larger. Too bad UK buyers can't buy from Newegg, because they have an excellent deal now on the 600 watt OCZ GameXtreme. That is a total bargain at 100 bucks.
September 27, 2006 5:57:18 PM

Quote:
Okay so 800 pounds is about $1500.

E6600 $300
mobo $250
2x1Gb $300
GPU: $245
Case: $100
Psu: $100
HD: $100
CD/DVD media: $30
Aftermarket cpu cooler: $50

Thats around $1525 maybe $200 for extra shipping. That way you got good cpu and overclock it to get more performance for the money.


Word.

Go over to www.overclockers.co.uk or www.ebuyer.com. I always use overclockers as they are very cheap, but sometimes use ebuyer if overclockers dont have the product i desire.
September 27, 2006 6:25:25 PM

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I Challenge YOU! to use the search button to find any number of machines that were requested to be built. OR... find any number of suggestions from other people that have already posted on this topic.
I challenge you to get the fuck out of my thread, or do you just enjoy doing stupid +1 post count posts when people are asking for advice? If you can't think of something useful to post, don't post at all.

Back on topic, would using an e6300 be a bottleneck in a system with a 1900XT? We can just about squeeze in an e6600 but some sacrifices would have to be made with the quality of other parts.

Those US parts look a lot cheaper than parts in the UK. An e6600 for $300 is £159. We've been looking at them for around £220 so that's £60 difference between UK and US. Luckily we don't have to have an OS as part of the budget, as that is already 'arranged' :lol: . The savings on the CPU alone should cover the extra shipping costs for shipping from the US, hopefully the shipping time isn't too long as he's stuck using a mac right now (shudder).
September 27, 2006 6:34:08 PM

Quote:
I Challenge YOU! to use the search button to find any number of machines that were requested to be built. OR... find any number of suggestions from other people that have already posted on this topic.
I challenge you to get the **** out of my thread, or do you just enjoy doing stupid +1 post count posts when people are asking for advice? If you can't think of something useful to post, don't post at all.

Back on topic, would using an e6300 be a bottleneck in a system with a 1900XT? We can just about squeeze in an e6600 but some sacrifices would have to be made with the quality of other parts.

Those US parts look a lot cheaper than parts in the UK. An e6600 for $300 is £159. We've been looking at them for around £220 so that's £60 difference between UK and US. Luckily we don't have to have an OS as part of the budget, as that is already 'arranged' :lol: . The savings on the CPU alone should cover the extra shipping costs for shipping from the US, hopefully the shipping time isn't too long as he's stuck using a mac right now (shudder).

There's nothing wrong with a MAC!

But on the note of which CPU to choose, i'd save a little extra cash and get the E6600, it is quite a large amount better than the E6300.
September 27, 2006 7:01:17 PM

LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SHW160P6S05 - OEM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160811AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

SAPPHIRE 100150L Radeon X1900XTX 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail

£681 (no case).

Unfortunately that's from newegg, which as stated above, doesn't do international shipping. Is anyone aware of any good US sites that do ship internationally? I'm impressed with the prices :D 
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