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Bearing in mind I won't have the money until January, my first ideas are:

CFX3200 - £75
New PSU of some sort - £100

That leaves £325 for a new graphics card... I was thinking R600?

So, another thought just decided to annoy me somewhat, because all this dual core business has my attention.

Should I get:

CFX3200 - £75
Opteron 170 - £140

and then somehow skimp on the PSU (or get more cash)? That'd leave me with £285 for the second best R600 by my guess though.

But, I also want a G5, G15, and a VX922 LCD. So in other words I think I want too much
Although if I got this combination, I could get a silverstone TJ07 or something aswell.

But where do you think the money is best spent? It might be too early to decide... prices could change and all that stuff.

Moniter, case + peripherals... or graphics... or CPU... hmm....



(I also want water cooling... although I don't have enough money I don't think)
 

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Because I cannot afford new RAM (that is decent) and for a decent LGA775 board it costs more also (the RD600 from DFI will probably be £150). 939 is for cheapo's like me. My RAM already benches at about 6,000mb/s which is good enough for anyone at the moment. I'll switch all that stuff when I need to. I would prefer to have an idea of what I could do with my current set up at the moment, instead of selling it all to get extra cash and do a complete rebuild which I don't really want to do.

Ideas? (I probably could edge the budget along to £600 if I sell the stuff I upgrade).
 

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If you can get a good stepping, I would get an Opteron 165. Often a better overclocker than the 170. The MoBo is nice.

CPU: AMD Opteron 64 165 Socket939 , 2x 1.8GHz , 2MB Cache, Retail £116.33 Inc VAT
MoBo: DFI LanParty UT CFX3200-DR RD580 Crossfire £76.36 Including VAT at 17.5%

Now, regarding PSU, you might want to wait a little bit to see what power requirements the R600 will have, and if there might be a differnt power solution for them (there are some rumors about external power). It's likely that new PSUs will hit the market. Given the demands of that card, I think £100 might be a bit low budget.

However, I don't think you will go crossfire, given your monitor selection (Crossfire has no real benefits with such low resolutions... only at 1600x1200 or 1680x1050 will it have an impact). Thus, maybe the PSU does not need to be that outrageously powerful. Also, if you don't plan crossfire, then take a look at the DFI Lanparty Ultra-D. It's a better overclocker
 

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So... you think I should get

Mobo - 75
CPU - 120?
GFX - 330?
PSU - 75?

It could work possibly.

Hmmm... Do you not think the money could be spent better elsewhere? argh.
 

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Good idea. I think the extra £10 would justify the CFX3200... but that's just me.

So I think I could have this worked out now, thanks.

Any other ideas from the realms of the forum? Just tying to gather as many opinions as I can.
 

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Cant go wrong with the Ultra-D NF4 its amazing and you can mod it to SLI with a simple pencil mod


Instead of the £55 G15 why not get the new Saitek Eclipse II for £30 www.microdirect.co.uk

Cant go wrong with the PSU, Mobo or CPU though
 

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I dont know if it has Programmable buttons but its so sexy


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* Key characters and keypad illuminate through laser-etched keys
* Media keys for volume control, play/pause and skip tracks
* Variable backlighting adjusts through dimmer mechanism It is Red + blue + Purple in one

* Angle adjustment and extendable wrist rest for maximum comfort to suit the way you type
* Weighted base with large area rubber feet to keep keyboard securely planted to the desk
* Quiet, cushioned keys for hours of stress-free use Familiar 104 key layout

Also for PSU I recommend the OCZ 700W GameXtreme (http://www.memory-configurator.co.uk...on_/index.html£100)
 

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well, not for me then! Programmable buttons are all the rage for me.


Anyway. I think I have this worked out now, after many a night's frustration. Thanks for all the help.
 
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