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January 8, 2009 6:50:35 AM

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=226873

Mate is upgrading from a slow dual, cant remember the exact specs but it crashes when you leave Vault 101 in FO3 :D 

Heres my thoughts on it (emailed it him earlier):

Not a bad deal. The RAM is at 800mhz which is good. The onboard chipset is a bit old, but it will do.
The socket is an AM2+ so if you can upgrade to a quad at a later date, any chip lout now plus the new Phenom 2 (which looks really good!) which comes out next month.

These are the worst reviews of the board, nothing out the ordinary http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=1...

Its a cheapy though. 2GB RAM might be about 20 quid, this board 40 or so, so your getting a tri for 60 which is the real bargain. Has low clock speeds but it has the revised stepping on it so you could overclock it a few hundred.




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January 8, 2009 8:25:08 AM

is this thread for the BE edition @ £129 or for the standard @ £199, if its the Later, Maplin are overpriced in the UK, for the same bundle, u can knock roughly £60 off of the price and still have better ram sticks from a retail brand (OCZ, Corsair).

do u need a built in graphics card, or have u a decent graphics card already, as a ATI HD4670 graphics card with delivery on all items, should put u roughly £20 over the bundle price, with the ability to outperform the bundled deal by miles.

if its for the BE phenom x3, then yes its not a bad price, although i believe that the standard @ £199 can be brought down to the BE price range if u baught the items seperate from another retail seller.

AMD Phenom 8450 Socket AM2+ Triple-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=CPA-A...

with

ECS GF8100VM-M3 AM2+,DDR2,GBLan,mATX
http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=MBE-G...

or

FoxConn A78AX-K AM2 Plus, DDR2, SATA2, PCI-E2, 5.1Snd, ATX
http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=MBF-A...

with

Corsair TwinX 2Gb DDR2-6400 Memory with Heat Spreader
http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=MEC-D...

bundle price with ECS mobo £145 inc delivery
bundle price with Foxcon mobo £155 inc delivery

i believe that these would give u a better performance boost, and give u a better upgrade ready for the Pheno 2 CPU at a later date.

good luck
January 8, 2009 8:39:33 AM

Yup that does look better, i believe he is running an Nvidia 8500 so i imagine he plans to look at a GPU as well. If he doesnt then he needs a slap tbh.
The deal he was looking at was the B stock £129....i do not know if its the BE chip or not.

Thanks for the links, ill pass em on. Anyone ever OC'd one of these, assuming BE with stock HSF?

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January 8, 2009 11:00:49 AM

That's not BE that is B grade . Means it is customer return or damaged packaging or something like that. Misco is quite expensive. I normally shop at dabs.com or scan.co.uk.
Check out this :

AMD PhenomX3 8450 AM2+ 2.1GHz 3.5MB Cache
=http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=541N&CategorySelectedId=11143&PageMode=1

Crucial 2GBKIT (1GBX2) 240PIN DDR2 PC2-6400 NON ECC
=http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4Q88&CategorySelectedId=11143&PageMode=1


Asus AM2+ GeForce 8200 ATX DDR2 AUDIO LAN
=http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=53Y8&CategorySelectedId=11143&PageMode=1


Total £141.08 including delivery and that is not B grade CPU and I believe better m/b
January 8, 2009 11:20:05 AM

Yea thx man i just txt him telling him not to do something dumb and order it today.
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