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Planning To Build A PC, Budget 400 (Max 500)

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October 17, 2006 4:22:29 PM

Hi im planning to Build A PC, my budget is £400-£500.
I want it to be able to run Vista at a good level and play new games, be ready for Direct X 10, have duel core ect 1gb ram.

I already have a monitor so its not included in the budget.

Can you guys help me choose which components to buy

thanks
October 17, 2006 7:43:15 PM

anyy one lol
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October 17, 2006 8:23:30 PM

Kool site, slightly out of date though.

Im looking for a AMD2 Based system, i live in UK
October 17, 2006 8:53:24 PM

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB £51.74 inc vat - no argument - get this disk
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=44FR&Cat...

Memory - Corsair Memory TWIN2X1024A £97.09 inc vat - you will never regret spending the extra £15 to get top quality memory
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3PD1&Cat...

Case + PSU - Antec Metallic Case with 480W TP2 PSU £44.97 inc vat - this is an AMAZING DEAL, DONT MISS OUT - I got this case last month and had to spend £20 extra, even then it was a deal..
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3PLX&Cat...

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 £125.64 inc vat - anything apart from Core 2 would be crazy
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=44HB&Cat...

Motherboard - Asustek P5W DH DELUX £147.16 inc vat - OK this is a expensive, but will drive that E6300 to E6700 speeds if you want to
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=44RB&Cat...

GFX - Radeon X1600XT 256MB £74.91 inc vat - OK I am running out of cash here - but this will perform OK till you get the DX10 card next spring
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3XMH&Cat...

edit - or new out is the Radeon 1650XT - this card should do very nice... £104.61 inc vat - it will completly smoke the 7600GT
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=49G8&Cat...
October 17, 2006 9:04:06 PM

thanks man, i like the recomendations,

wouldnt getting a AMD 2 mobo and cpu help in the long run?
October 17, 2006 9:56:01 PM

These are a shortlist of components im thinking of:

CPU: AMD ATHLON 64 4200 Duel Core 1.2 ghz, 512kb L2 Cache AMD 2 940 pin (£120)
Ram:Corsair Memory TWIN2X1024A - 6400 XMS2-6400 2x512MB 240DIMM CAS5 DDR II (£92)
HDD: Seagate 160GB 7200.9 SATA II 7200rpm Drive (£43)

VGA: Sapphire ATI Radeon X1600 PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI-E VGA / TVO / DVI-I (90)
or
Asus 7600GS SILENT 512MB DDR2 PCI-E (£90)
or
Sapphire Technology Radeon X1600XT 256MB PCIE DVI (£75)


MoBo:Asus M2N-E Socket AM2 NF570ULTRA Audio Lan USB2 2000FSB SATA ATX (65)

Case:Antec Metallic Grey Soho Tower Case (£45)


whats it like
October 17, 2006 9:56:19 PM

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or new out is the Radeon 1650XT - this card should do very nice... £104.61 inc vat - it will completly smoke the 7600GT


supposdly, i'm not saying it won't but there isn't any reviews of the card anywhere AND very little places selling it.
October 17, 2006 10:00:27 PM

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VGA: Sapphire ATI Radeon X1600 PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI-E VGA / TVO / DVI-I (90)
or
Asus 7600GS SILENT 512MB DDR2 PCI-E (£90)
or
Sapphire Technology Radeon X1600XT 256MB PCIE DVI (£75)


instead, get the 7600GT here for £83 or here for £92.

7600GT beats all 3 cards you chose there easily.
October 17, 2006 10:44:14 PM

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HDD: Seagate 160GB 7200.9 SATA II 7200rpm Drive (£43)


No no no!!!! Get the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB I linked for £8 more, the reason is the .10 series are the ones with perpendicular recording technology, and the 250GB one comes with the full 16MB cache.. This is a much faster device than the 7200.9 you suggested.
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