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Hello gang,

I posted a while back asking for advice on a cheap amd rig. Budget about £400. Anyway, I've finished off my research and attached is what I've come up with

I'm here to ask if you dudes can criticise this screenie with other suggestions etc. I think I've got everything covered. Have a bare iCute case with 4x80mm fan holders so that explains the fans.

Thanks in advance!
    
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Hello gang,

I posted a while back asking for advice on a cheap amd rig. Budget about £400. Anyway, I've finished off my research and attached is what I've come up with

I'm here to ask if you dudes can criticise this screenie with other suggestions etc. I think I've got everything covered. Have a bare iCute case with 4x80mm fan holders so that explains the fans.

Thanks in advance!
It's great!
but why would you buy an ATA-100 HD over a SATA2 HD?
get a SATA2 instead.
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So I have made you a list myself but it is only 29 pounds over your budget.

Take alook at the attachment.
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Thanks for the suggestion Thunderer but as you can see from my sig that I'm using my hand-me-downs

Also, Cheers Fox_Smash. I completely didn't realise I hadn't gone SATA2!!!
    
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I have a few things to criticize

- you can get a VID card that isn't factory OCed if you can find it cheaper, it's easy to move a slider alone, you don't have to pay someone else to do it
- good CPU, I have one also; if you care about OCing try to find out if it's a G2 or a G1 revision as a G2 can take you 200-400MHz higher
- only 2GB of RAM? That will cut it (just barely) from the time been, but in a couple of months you'll be sorry for not getting a 4GB kit
- the HDD ATA-100, unless you want to use it to upgrade an old rig I don't see why you don't get a SATA HDD
- about the HDD, the 7200.10 from seagate is great, but starting from the 250GB model up (250GB platters - lower noise, cooler) and with 16MB buffer - the difference is noticeable


All the rest looks fine. IMO if you decide to spend around 30£ extra for the ram and the HDD you'll be much happier afterwards.

My 2 cents
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what about this £12 more than orginal
Sold the 360!!!
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what about this £12 more than orginal
This and the OCZ 2x2GB kit @57£
I would go for a 9600GT 512MB in stead of the 8800GT 256MB, otherwise it's shaping up real well.
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post #8 of 12
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Thanks guys! But I'm buying a copy of XP so I think 2gigs will be fine for now. Plus also bare in mind that I'll be giving him my old PSU and RAM (see sig), and they're just in there to show the system's full specs.

Also, remember that I need those 4x80mm fans! I will definitely go with the larger HDD.

Oh and Dragosmp, I've gone for that graphics card for the lifetime warranty which is worth the extra 20 quid in the long run! all the other warranties are cack!
    
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post #9 of 12
so what your buget for the whole upgrade?
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Thanks guys! But I'm buying a copy of XP so I think 2gigs will be fine for now. Plus also bare in mind that I'll be giving him my old PSU and RAM (see sig), and they're just in there to show the system's full specs.

Also, remember that I need those 4x80mm fans! I will definitely go with the larger HDD.

Oh and Dragosmp, I've gone for that graphics card for the lifetime warranty which is worth the extra 20 quid in the long run! all the other warranties are cack!
If you already have the ram and use XP it's fine. Anyhow, with the VID cards after a year it's pretty certain you'll get sick of lowering res and details each time a new game appears. It depends really how much do you care about high details and stuff like this, I for one change the VID card each year because a 10% OC on any VID architecture usually doesn't bring much.

Cheers!
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