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February 19, 2009 3:58:53 PM

Hey All

Im about to buy a new comp, so i decided to use the ppl as experts, with feedback, opinions etc.
What i wish is general feedback, suggestions for the parts i need to buy. The responds need to take my wishes and demands into consideration too.

Hoping for alot and good feedback.

/Daniel

This is what i got:

PSU:
Chill CP-520A4 - Strømforsyning ( intern ) - ATX12V 2.2 - AC 230 V - 520 Watt –
16 udgangsforbindelse(r) - aktiv PFC

Processer:
Pentium 4, 2,4 Ghz 800 FSB

GFX:
GeForce 4 Ti4200, 128 mb ram

Motherboard:
A bad one, bought for it reserve, as the one i had broke down

Memory:
1 gb ram pc3200 CL3 (DDR2?)

HDD (Hard drives)
2 x sata og 1 x IDE (Hedder ATA?)

CD-drive (burn also)

A-drive

Having a Samsung 2032BW screen.

Im using XP atm, but i guess ill swap to Vista at some point.

What i wish:
A (very) decent gaming computer for ie. WoW, CS, Wc3 (further on D3 (Diablo 3))
A very silent comp - as much as possible within the wishes and demands.

Demands
The computer shall be able to use my "old" Harddisk's, CD-drive & A-drive
Budget: 5-6000Dkr (In Euro 650-800), But it isnt a demand, as money isnt the problem. But i only buy what is reasonable, meaning: i think the cost vs. how good it is.
Only want INTEL processor & GeForce GFX - but other suggestion can be made.

My suggestion
As i dont have any knowledge for comps, i dont know if my PSU is enuff, or i do need to buy another. So i havnt looked for one.

Processor: Core 2 Duo E8400 6 MB (Intel Boxed) http://edbpriser.dk/Products/Listprices.asp?ID=419451&s...

GFX: ASUS EN9800GTX+ DK/TOP/HTDI (512 MB)
http://edbpriser.dk/Products/Listprices.asp?ID=478346&s...

Motherboard: I got no clue tbh, too much stuff around to choose for me :S

Ram: Havnt really looked, but i use to buy kingsston


Further informations:
No - i DO NOT WANT TO overclock it - so do not think thay way while helping me. :) 

/Daniel
Denmark

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February 19, 2009 4:29:20 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 300


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
E8400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gtx 260, would rather choose the sapphire 4870 which is way better at 512mb, and is cheaper.



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
pc power cooling, 500w, probably could go with the corsair 550w instead


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
UD3P incase you earn more money to crossfire/sli.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
WD Black 640gb. probably could drop it down to a 340gb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
your very own vista 64bit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PI Black DDR2 800 for no oc'ing and tight timings.

bring you in under $900 u.s. dollars

if you can go more, would rather get the 4870 1gb or the gtx 285 with a PSU: 750w red pc power or 650tx corsair


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February 19, 2009 7:06:55 PM

yoiks, didnt see that, +1 for you.

UD3R would be fine then without sli,

why is sli so much higher on motherboards?? 750i ASUS is what i'd go for if you want to sli..
February 19, 2009 7:41:44 PM

Who knows when Diablo 3 is going to come out and what the specs are going to be. It tough planning for software that your probably not going to see anytime soon (would guess Q4, 2010).

With that said, I'd looked that Feb Budget system for a guildline.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-e5200-rad...

CPU Intel Pentium E5200 2.5 GHz $83
CPU Cooler Stock $0
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L $100
RAM G.Skill HK 4 GB DDR2-800 (PC2 6400) $45
Graphics Cheapest 9800GT 512MB $100
Hard Drives Samsung SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500 GB $55 (if you need more HD space)
Sound Integrated HD Audio 0
Network Integrated Gigabit Networking 0
Case Use your old case $0
Power Use your old PSU $0
Optical LITE-ON 20X DVD±R SATA Model iHAS120-04 $24

Total Price:
$400

As for CS, WoW and Wc3, you can play 1920x1200 and still get a solid 60FPS.

With the leftover money you could take the time to invest in components that you'll have for more than one generation like...

Cosmos 1000 ($200) case for sound reduction, easy to work with and its an overall good investment.
Zalman 8700 CPU ($55) cooler, for a near silent CPU cooler.
I think the quiestest, without moving up to the Revolution85+ PSU Enermax Modu82+ 625W ($160).
a b B Homebuilt system
February 19, 2009 8:29:09 PM

Quote:
The computer shall be able to use my "old" Harddisk's, CD-drive & A-drive

What exactly do you mean by that? Do you plan to boot off the old drives or use it as extended storage/backup?

Quote:

CPU Intel Pentium E5200 2.5 GHz $83
CPU Cooler Stock $0
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L $100
RAM G.Skill HK 4 GB DDR2-800 (PC2 6400) $45
Graphics Cheapest 9800GT 512MB $100
Hard Drives Samsung SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500 GB $55 (if you need more HD space)
Sound Integrated HD Audio 0
Network Integrated Gigabit Networking 0
Case Use your old case $0
Power Use your old PSU $0
Optical LITE-ON 20X DVD±R SATA Model iHAS120-04 $24

Only thing I don't agree with that list is the PSU. I recommend OP getting a quality PSU from Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, OCZ. Also swap GPU to a 4830. Don't see why OP insists on using nVidia (mind reasoning OP?).

As for cooling, get a XIGMATEK S964 ($25) and a Yate Loon ($3-10) or Scythe fan.
February 20, 2009 9:17:57 AM

Im using nvidia & intel, cuz i always used that, and never had any problems with it, but im maybe going to take a "Radeon HD4850 1gb" instead - as i see alot suggest that - cheaper and better - and smth with passive cooling? :o  .. Im not really into the IT-world anymore, so thats why im asking for help.. i stopped following it ~5 yrs ago.. :)  So im abit clueless about alot these days.. so much is out there. :) 
February 20, 2009 9:34:11 AM

If your going away from Nvidia you might as well get a AMD 720 BE aswell because they're more powerful than the E8400's and they're slightly cheaper, you also get an extra core which will help in future games.
February 20, 2009 11:02:53 AM

The Phenom II X3 720 costs $145 (£99) against the Core 2 Duo E8400 at $165 (£113), but with performance between 13 and 35 per cent higher,

AMD's AM3 socket infrastructure are fully compatible with current AM2+ motherboards, so taht gives the buyers the ability to upgrade to am3 boards at a later date.
The AM3 platform is widely expected to launch sometime during the first quarter of 2009, but, there ready to launch anytime already.

but, as to the Phenom II comparing to a Q9550-Q9650, the PII would rather be a alternative if the intel chip costs to much.
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