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post #21 of 42
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Ok thanks for all the help!
Sorry for being so annoying I generally stumble my way through things like this everytime i try to plan a budget system i somehow end up with a £3000 dream machine...
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post #22 of 42
I cant seem to find a descent review on that gigabyte mobo.
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post #23 of 42
For Opty overclocking, the new Biostar Mobos have great features at a good price. I got a mATX mobo w/pci-e, sata and all that good stuff for under $80 (I also have a spare opty 144 around somewhere)
post #24 of 42
stupid, he's in the UK, so not all US stores and prices apply.

I just want to make sure he gets a board with the right options and enough adjustable settings in bios to make his opteron shine.

I too could not find reviews on that gigabyte board, I've had older gigabyte boards, and they weren't the best for OCing, but maybe things have changed with the new nforce boards.
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post #25 of 42
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What would be the better makes to look at for ocing? I would rather go a bit over my budget than take something that will lower the computer as a whole.
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post #26 of 42
newegg.com has a good selection and good prices, their search tool is really nice

edit: sorry, I did not se he was in the UK, not sure how mewegg handles overseas...
post #27 of 42
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Shame they dont deliver to the UK
I had a lovely comp planned out as well before i found out they only deliver to UK
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post #28 of 42
I think the ASUS and DFI boards will hold the best potential for the money.

They have a nice nf4 board for under 90 pounds, expensive, but not lacking the options you desire.

So far, by my estimate, you could spend 88 + 2x55 = 198 so far (if you got that hyperX ram I found earlier at novatech, and the DFI board from the site you found that gigabyte at).

The SLI infinity (DFI) is a good board too, my brother is running one, and I like it alot, just no UV trimmings...
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post #29 of 42
Well for your £500 I would suggest the following which will give you a nice system that overclocks well to give you alot more.

CPU...AMD ATHLON 64 3700+ Sandiego core...£159 incl VAT
MOTHERBOARD...ASUS A8R-MVP...£83 incl VAT
RAM...CRUCIAL BALLISTIX PC4000 2x512Mb...£100 incl VAT
GPU/VIDEO CARD...GIGABYTE Geforce 6800GS 256Mb GDDR3...£153 incl VAT

That should add up to £495 incl VAT and is all from the one UK site.Check out below for pics.

edit : But you also need a SATA 120-200Gb HDD (SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.7) - DVD +/-RW - PSU - upgraded CPU heatsink & fan and of course a housing for it all.

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post #30 of 42
Nice system!!

Although I'd hesitate to get a 6800 for that ATI board (future upgrades in mind)
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