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Apr 4, 2009, 11:30 PM
Sorting a new gaming machine, have a sata disk and dvd drive spare but the rest is up for grabs. Been a couple of years but any advice is welcome. Will be getting components from scan.co.uk.
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R - £106.95
Akasa AK-965 - £13.79
Intel Core2 Duo E7400 - £98.31
896MB XFX GTX260 XT, 2000MHz GDDR3, GPU 621MHz, 216 Cores - £147.19
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066) - £42.38
550w Corsair VX Series PSU - £69.63
Antec Three Hundred Black Midi Tower Case - £50.47
Total - £528.72
p.s. Should the cpu retail box and/or the fan come with thermal paste or should I pick some up seperate?
Apr 6, 2009
budget gaming machine
Apr 5, 2009, 2:24 AM
the intel paste is painted on to the heatsink.
Apr 6, 2009, 3:35 AM
If you're OCing get an E5200.
If you are using 1680x1050 an HD4850 would do.
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Apr 6, 2009, 4:35 AM
I'd get a better cooler like the scythe mugen 2 or Xigmatek S2183 Dark Knight so you can really OC your CPU and get the most out of it.
Apr 6, 2009, 4:40 AM
Based on this review
I'd stick with the Akasa
Apr 6, 2009, 4:46 AM
wtf I never even heard of that hsf lol. That is a great review...something about that seems odd though, the S1283 and TRUE are often neck and neck in reviews that I have seen...I just don't see the Akasa competing with the TRUE.
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