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January 9, 2007 1:35:39 PM

Just about to buy my pc.. Just want to check that everything is ok... Would appreciate it if someone could check to see whats good and bad?

MOTHERBOARD:
Asus P5B-E Plus i965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400, Socket 775, 2.13 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail

RAM:
2GB (2x1GB) CorsairTwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12, EPP

GRAPHICS CARD
Sapphire X1300 XT 128MB GDDR3 VGA DVI TVO PCI-E

PSU
Antec Basiq Power 500W ATX 12V PSU

CASE
Casecom KB-7720BK Black ATX Midi Tower Case - No PSU

thanks for any help.

Much appreciated

peace

Ed

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January 9, 2007 1:42:23 PM

What will this system be used for? Will you be overclocking? Will you be upgrading your vid card in the future? Moving to Vista? What's your budget?

Hard drive? Optical drive?


That vid card is....well........crap....so I hope you're not planning on doing much gaming at all.


Give some more info and we can take a quick look.
January 9, 2007 1:47:33 PM

Quote:
What will this system be used for? Will you be overclocking? Will you be upgrading your vid card in the future? Moving to Vista? What's your budget?

Hard drive? Optical drive?


That vid card is....well........crap....so I hope you're not planning on doing much gaming at all.


Give some more info and we can take a quick look.


I dont game - but i use my pc all the time for burning and ripping dvds. I also need it for general use - able to run a lot of programs at a time . e.g media players, messengers, internet, email, torrents, office, av + firewall - you get the picture

II dont want to overclock

Want this pc to last a few years at least

Im not too sure = i have a copy of vista but im getting mixed views... was thinking of installing it after i get my machine set up

Budget is £550

I already have a hardrive - Seaget barracuda 250gb
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January 9, 2007 1:56:19 PM

Ok, thx for the info, that makes it much easier.

Since you'er not overclocking, your mobo and CPU is fine. However, you should downgrade the RAM to 667 or even 533........you only need 800 RAM if you're gonna overclock, so it's a waste of money. Get some cheap Corsair or Value RAM. Core2Duo systems can run very fast on 533 RAM at 5-x-x- timings without a significant performance hit, so you can save a fair bit of $$ on that.

Hard drive will be fine. Obviously you'll need a DVD burner.

Antec PSUs are hit-and-miss in my opinion. You may want to consider an FSP one for the money. 500w should do you just fine and since you're not gaming, the amps on the 12V rail should be sufficient.

So, summary:

-CPU good
-mobo good
-case fine
-downgrade the RAM and save some $$
-consider getting a better PSU with the money saved from the RAM ;) 
-hard drive good
-get any DVD burner
-vid card fine for your usage


Hope that helps! Just drop the RAM and get a better PSU and you should be good to go.
January 9, 2007 1:59:12 PM

Quote:
Ok, thx for the info, that makes it much easier.

Since you'er not overclocking, your mobo and CPU is fine. However, you should downgrade the RAM to 667 or even 533........you only need 800 RAM if you're gonna overclock, so it's a waste of money. Get some cheap Corsair or Value RAM. Core2Duo systems can run very fast on 533 RAM at 5-x-x- timings without a significant performance hit, so you can save a fair bit of $$ on that.

Hard drive will be fine. Obviously you'll need a DVD burner.

Antec PSUs are hit-and-miss in my opinion. You may want to consider an FSP one for the money. 500w should do you just fine and since you're not gaming, the amps on the 12V rail should be sufficient.

So, summary:

-CPU good
-mobo good
-case fine
-downgrade the RAM and save some $$
-consider getting a better PSU with the money saved from the RAM ;) 
-hard drive good
-get any DVD burner
-vid card fine for your usage


Hope that helps! Just drop the RAM and get a better PSU and you should be good to go.


DUDE

YOU'RE A FUCKING LEGEND - THANKS FOR BEING SO DAM FAST AND CLEAR!!!!!!!

one last thing?

is vista good? should i go ahead and install.. can that spec run it well ?

tell me ! lol
January 9, 2007 2:19:09 PM

Since you don't game at all, the video you chose is a waste.

MOTHERBOARD:
Asus P5B-E Plus i965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400, Socket 775, 2.13 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail

RAM:
2GB (2x1GB) CorsairTwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12, EPP

GRAPHICS CARD
Sapphire X1300 XT 128MB GDDR3 VGA DVI TVO PCI-E

PSU
Antec Basiq Power 500W ATX 12V PSU

CASE
Casecom KB-7720BK Black ATX Midi Tower Case - No PSU

I'd change these to:

Corsair DDR2-533 2GB
Ati X300 or nVidia 6200 PCI-E
Fortron/Sparkle/Tagan/Hiper 450W+ PSU (if you have the money, get Enermax/Seasonic/Silverstone/PCP&C)
Any ATX mid/full-tower case with 2 120mm intake & exhaust fans & a sideways harddrive cage

http://www.google.com/search?client=opera&rls=en&q=VB60...

Asus P5B-E Plus compatible Corsair ram:

CM2X1024-5400C4 DDR2-675 (XM2S-5400C4) 1GB 4-4-4-12-2T
CM2X1024-6400 DDR2-800 (XM2S-6400) 1GB 5-5-5-15-2T
CM2X1024-6400PRO DDR2-800 (XM2S-6400) 1GB 5-5-5-15-2T
CM2X512-5400C4 DDR2-675 (XM2S-5400C4) 512MB 4-4-4-12-2T
CM2X512-5400C4PRO DDR2-675 (XM2S-5400C4) 512MB 4-4-4-12-2T
CM2X512A-6400 DDR2-800 (XM2S-6400) 512MB 5-5-5-15-2T
TWIN2X1024-5400C4 DDR2-675 (XM2S-5400C4) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X1024-5400C4PRO DDR2-675 (XM2S-5400C4) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X1024-6400C4 DDR2-800 C4 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X1024-8500 DDR2-1066 (XM2S-8500) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 5-5-5-15-2T
TWIN2X1024A-6400 DDR2-800 (XM2S-6400) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 5-5-5-15-2T
TWIN2X2048-5400C4 DDR2-675 (XM2S-5400C4) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X2048-5400C4PRO DDR2-675 (XM2S-5400C4) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X2048-5400C4PT DDR2-675 (XM2S-5400C4) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X2048-6400 DDR2-800 (XM2S-6400) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 5-5-5-15-2T
TWIN2X2048-6400C4 DDR2-800 C4 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X2048-6400C4D DDR2-800 C4 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO DDR2-800 C4 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2X2048-6400PRO DDR2-800 (XM2S-6400) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 5-5-5-15-2T
TWIN2X2048-8500C5 DDR2-1066 (XM2S-8500) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 5-5-5-15-2T
TWIN2X2048-8500C5D DDR2-1066 (XM2S-8500) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 5-5-5-15-2T
TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2-1111 (XMS2-8888) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
VS1GB533D2 DDR2-533 (PC2-4200) 1GB 4-4-4-12-2T
VS1GB667D2 DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) 1GB 5-5-5-15-2T
VS1GBKIT533D2 DDR2-533 (PC2-4200) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 4-4-4-12-2T
VS1GBKIT667D2 DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 5-5-5-15-2T
VS256MB533D2 DDR2-533 (PC2-4200) 256MB 4-4-4-12-2T
VS2GBKIT533D2 DDR2-533 (PC2-4200) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 4-4-4-12-2T
VS2GBKIT667D2 DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 5-5-5-15-2T
VS512MB667D2 DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) 512MB 5-5-5-15-2T
VS512MBKIT533D2 DDR2-533 (PC2-4200) 512MB Kit (2 x 256MB) 4-4-4-12-2T
January 9, 2007 2:21:50 PM

That Corsair is just fine. Dunno about the other stuff, I've never heard of them.....sounds a bit sketchy to me.

Those specs will run Vista just fine. As for whether it's "good", that's a helluva debate there LOL. It sounds like you don't need it necessarily, so maybe you should consider waiting for awhile, see what bugs show up, read some reviews, maybe talk to some people that have gotten it, wait for the drivers to catch up (this is important), and then go from there. No sense in jumping in right away and getting screwed. ;) 

Last thing is you may want to consider a better PSU.......I'm not that familiar with what's available in the UK, sorry :( 


[edit: Akhilles makes some good suggestions on PSUs, listen to him ;)  ]
January 9, 2007 3:20:54 PM

ok changed ram to

Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC5300 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15

ok new situation

I have £75 to spend on a PSU and case...

My motherboard is fanlses... im guessing i dont need a fan on my case? but then where does all the heat go produced? Do i really need a fan ?

if so... i got £75 to spend on a psu and fan... - i want the quitest pc possible..

i would like to use this case becuase its dead cheap and all i want is a black one. http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?acti...
January 9, 2007 3:38:02 PM

A fan on the rear of your case is the LEAST you need. You need to exhaust the heat produced from the hard drive, DVD, vid card, RAM, and CPU fan. All the components produce heat in varying degrees (no pun intended), and that needs to be exhausted out the rear of the case. Even better, an intake fan (either on the side, but front preferred) is needed to blow cooler air into the case, which aids in the keeping the temperatures lower prior to be exhausted out the rear fan. Simple thermodynamics really LOL.

So try to find a case that has a front intake spot to install a fan, if possible. If not, then get a case that has a spot on the side panel to install an intake 80mm fan.

Your setup won't produce THAT much heat though, so I wouldn't worry toooo much.

Now, as for PSU, again try to get something that's decent quality. Spend the extra 20 quid if you have to in order to avoid problems down the road......it's a very good investment of your money. A crappy PSU will cause you nothing but grief, and you might as well flush your money down the toilet. Spend a bit more and get a decent PSU. Akhilles recommended a few decent brands names, try looking into the availability of those near you and see what comes up.
January 9, 2007 5:40:31 PM

right -

I just thought...

a fanless motherboard means a lot of the heat just stays on the board and i wil need powerful fans to get that heat away. So i want to scrap the fanless motherboard and just get a normal one.

I want to spend around £100 max on a motherboard - nothing fancy as i just want ram, cpu , and pci slots.
January 9, 2007 6:24:27 PM

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right -

I just thought...

a fanless motherboard means a lot of the heat just stays on the board and i wil need powerful fans to get that heat away. So i want to scrap the fanless motherboard and just get a normal one.

I want to spend around £100 max on a motherboard - nothing fancy as i just want ram, cpu , and pci slots.


If you want a quiet life get a third party CPU HSF. The best one for the money and your needs is the Artic Freezer Pro 7. PSU's from Zalman and Seasonic are your best bet if you don't want noise, I would avoid case fans, Seagate Hard drives tend to have the lowest noise rating, and you might want to consider a passively cooled video card, since your requirements mean it will never be strained, hence it won't need great cooling.

If your really into noise reduction buy yourself the Antec Sonata II, and latter on when you have some more cash buy the AcoustiPack noise damping material, and you will think you computer isn't working because it so quiet!
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