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Proposed pc spec: any good?

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May 21, 2007 4:12:03 PM

I am looking at building a new pc my first attempt.

i want to use the computer for my educational use, like word typing, creating web pages, storing wedding pictures (really loads of them), want to store them on dvd, i lalso use programming languages like, visual basic, python etc to make programmes.

and after much trawling through the internet I have come up with the following spec:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz - Socket AM2
500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
2GB RAM (1GBx2)
256MB nVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
LiteOn DH-18A1P-18C 18X DVDRW
Microsoft Windows XP

I would apreciate any comments or advice on this spec.


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May 21, 2007 4:46:01 PM

For what you are doing it's a great system. I'm not a huge fan of those video cards except it's pretty much the only DX10 budget card out there. What kind of ram are you getting. The hot stuff right now is the G-Skill black heat spreader DDR800 for like $120 bucks for 2gb. It also uses the new DS9 memory chips (faster, better overclockability, more stable, less power hungry) Also, the 6000+ may be overkill a little. The 4800+ brisbane core is half the price and is way more power efficient. Stock is 2.5ghz, I have mine 24/7 @ 3.2ghz, and without any trouble or tweaking can be run easily at 2.8. I would also suggest getting an aftermarket cooler. For $29.00 you can get an Arctic Cooling Freezer 64. All can be had on Newegg.
May 21, 2007 6:29:41 PM

My Two Cents

For me I would go with the following items, as a change to what you have.
Microsoft has said that DX10 will only be for games in Vista, so XP with a DX10 card is over kill. Get a better DX9 card of your choice.

Cheaper CPU will run memory buss at full speed, and save you 50$.

Good memory, and DS9 Micron chip based.

Not as big as a 500gig drive but fast and with a five year warranty.

Great cooler and cheep.

Also get a really good power supply, I like the pcpower Silencer 750 quad, and you can buy a refurb for 159$.

I would also get a good case with at least a 12cm front and back fan.
I have three antec lanboys and love them, hard to find now.
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May 21, 2007 6:52:48 PM

If you want a dx9 card I would go with a x1950pro. If you want to go with a non-brisbane core, I don't agree with that x2 5600+, I would go with the updated x2 5200+ with new stepping and lower power consumption.
May 22, 2007 3:06:53 AM

Here is my logic for the x2 5600:

Model Number Frequency CMOS Technology L2 Cache Package TDP DDR2
6000+ 3.0 GHz 90nm SOI 2MB Socket AM2 125W 750

5600+ 2.8 GHz 90nm SOI 2MB Socket AM2 89W 800

5400+ 2.8 GHz 90nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 89W 800

5200+ 2.6 GHz 90nm SOI 2MB Socket AM2 89W 65W 742

5000+ 2.6 GHz 90nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 89W 65W 742
5000+ 2.6 GHz 65nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 65W 742
4800+ 2.5 GHz 65nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 65W 714
4600+ 2.4 GHz 90nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 89W 65W 800
4400+ 2.3 GHz 65nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 65W 767
4200+ 2.2 GHz 90nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 89W 65W 733
4000+ 2.1 GHz 65nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 65W 700
3800+ 2.0 GHz 90nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 89W 65W 35W 800
3600+ 1.9 GHz 65nm SOI 1MB Socket AM2 65W 760

So to get the use of your memory go with the clock division that will use it to it's fullest. To me 800Mhz is better than 742.