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hey everyone i am going to be working on my AMD X2 Build this month. this will be the last upgrade i do for a while and i want to keep in as much budget as possible.<br />
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the budget i have set myself was £250 which i have spent some it already and have some of the stuff which i currently have in my rig, this includes the Graphics Card, Soundcard, but i have also got some moding material too, like Cigarette lighter DVD RW, you know the usual stuff, at the end of me finishing i will have the following system.<br />
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AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ [S939]<br />
ASROCK SataDual Motherboard [S939]<br />
2GB Corsair Memory<br />
Nvidia 6200 256MB Graphics Card<br />
200GB + 80GB + 80GB Maxtor Hard Drives<br />
2X Liteon DVDRW Dual Layer Drives<br />
Custom Water Cooling/ Big Typhoon <br />
430W Thermaltake PurePower Powersupply<br />
Creative Audigy2 ZS Soundcard<br />
Thermaltake Soprano Case<br />
19" CRT Monitor<br />
Labtec Wireless Keyboard And Mouse<br />
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What you guys think?<br />
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Anjokid
 

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Looks solid. May I be so bold as to recommend that you go with an AM2 socket as opposed to S939.<br />
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S939 is heading out, and you will have a more difficult time upgrading in the future.<br />
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Also, if you can swing a vid card like the 7600GT you will be doing yourself a favor.<br />
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Have fun with it! <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Looks solid. May I be so bold as to recommend that you go with an AM2 socket as opposed to S939.<br><br>
S939 is heading out, and you will have a more difficult time upgrading in the future.<br><br>
Also, if you can swing a vid card like the 7600GT you will be doing yourself a favor.<br><br>
Have fun with it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></div>
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plan is to keep as many components as i can, dont get me wrong i think i could get another year outta my Socket A, but as times change i will demand more, so i have decided to go with this one, after all the stuff mentioned there will be no more cash to be put into the computer, as i want to save for driving lessons and holidays and so on. so there wont really be any cash left.
 

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In situations with limited funds, you have to remember that eBay and the For Sale section is your best friend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
You may be able to pick up a good CPU\\Mobo combo on here for less that what you'd pay from somewhere like Misco or Microdirect
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">plan is to keep as many components as i can, dont get me wrong i think i could get another year outta my Socket A, but as times change i will demand more, so i have decided to go with this one, after all the stuff mentioned there will be no more cash to be put into the computer, as i want to save for driving lessons and holidays and so on. so there wont really be any cash left.</div>
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That will be a good upgrade from your socket A setup.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That will be a good upgrade from your socket A setup.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"></div>
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thanks i will end up overclocking eventually, but run stock for a bit, i am just wondering if Water Cooling is the best way to go, i would REALLY REALLY like water cooling, but its rather expensive, if i could find it cheap for around £50 - £60 i would probably get it, get rid of all this fan noise.<br><br>
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just thought i would run the idea past people see what people think.
 

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ok guys will need some help with the Water Cooling anyone know anything good which is cheap, i was looking at<br><br><a href="http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=217950" target="_blank">http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=217950</a><br><br>
what you guys think?<br><br>
EDIT: or this?<br><a href="http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=140732" target="_blank">http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=140732</a><br><br>
but i dont know much about water cooling so maybe need it checked over and someone to see if its got everything in which i will need
 

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the one i showed you should do the trick m8!
 

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i know but then i have to pay on postage again, its all about saving money, so on scan, were i am getting parts from anyway, i am looking to try find a good one, for a good price.
 

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Second one.
 

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yeah i see your point,<br>
i would get the secound one
 

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yup looks like i am going to do that then <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin">
 

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now that i am only on 512mb, i am thinking it may be worth while going to AM2, i found 3800+ and also a motherboard with AGP [only AGP though could always upgrade at a later date] and if i am only going to be running 512mb if the other 512mb cant be fix and they wont replace i am going to have to buy new ram so it may aswell be a AM2 DDR2 ram, so i am getting more or less same package except faster ram, and its going to cost a little more.<br />
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what you guys think? worth while?
 

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IMHO, drop the water cooling and save the expense for other things. The BT VX with a little lapping will do fine <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> That money saved could cover your RAM needs. Selling off your old MB/RAM/CPU/HSF could boost your cash reserves too!
 

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hmmm yup, dont know who would want to buy them though <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick out tounge caps" class="inlineimg" />, they are pretty old. i was thinking of selling them to my dad for £60 for the mobo, cpu, psu and ram. but i dunno yet will have to see. i am just thinking its going to cost me £200 for the motherboard CPU and memory, then a further £40 for the water cooling the 2nd one which i pointed out last time, the BT is around £20 or somthing, but would the water cooling be more effective, and importantly would it be more quieter?, been trying to modify my GFX card try stick a fan onto it, but all the fans i had were broke, which doesnt surprise me. but i am working to find some mods, still waiting for my PSU, been waiting 6 weeks for it now, really p**** take. <br />
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well here is what i was thinkin,<br />
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CPU: <a href="http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=401099" target="_blank">http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=401099</a><br />
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Motherboard:<br />
<a href="http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=443859" target="_blank">http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=443859</a><br />
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Memory:<br />
<a href="http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=202604" target="_blank">http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=202604</a><br />
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for the ram, just 1GB for now, will upgrade it when i get more money<br />
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in total new spec would be:<br />
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AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ AM2<br />
Asrock AM2NF3-VSTA Motherboard [Upgrade when needed]<br />
1Gb (2X512Mb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC5300 [Upgrade to 2GB when cash available]<br />
Maxtor 80GB + 80GB [Upgrade to 200GB when cash available]<br />
Nvidia Geforce 6200 256MB AGP Graphics Card<br />
Creative Audigy2 ZS<br />
430W Thermaltake PurePower PSU<br />
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So, is that ok, i am thinking when AGP becomes extinct i will have all the major technology to use anyway so simple upgrades would be easy to get hold of.
 

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get AM2
 

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</div>can you support what you said? just trying to get insights.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">plan is to keep as many components as i can, dont get me wrong i think i could get another year outta my Socket A, but as times change i will demand more, so i have decided to go with this one, after all the stuff mentioned there will be no more cash to be put into the computer, as i want to save for driving lessons and holidays and so on. so there wont really be any cash left.</div>

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</div>For driving lessons the most cost effective thing is to take a 6 week crash course over the summer I have been told, or get your parents/someone who can drive to teach you.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">hmmm yup, dont know who would want to buy them though <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick out tounge caps" class="inlineimg" />, they are pretty old. i was thinking of selling them to my dad for £60 for the mobo, cpu, psu and ram. but i dunno yet will have to see. i am just thinking its going to cost me £200 for the motherboard CPU and memory, then a further £40 for the water cooling the 2nd one which i pointed out last time, the BT is around £20 or somthing, but would the water cooling be more effective, and importantly would it be more quieter?, been trying to modify my GFX card try stick a fan onto it, but all the fans i had were broke, which doesnt surprise me. but i am working to find some mods, still waiting for my PSU, been waiting 6 weeks for it now, really p**** take. <br />
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well here is what i was thinkin,<br />
<br />
CPU: <a href="http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=401099" target="_blank">http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=401099</a><br />
<br />
Motherboard:<br />
<a href="http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=443859" target="_blank">http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=443859</a><br />
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Memory:<br />
<a href="http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=202604" target="_blank">http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=202604</a><br />
<br />
for the ram, just 1GB for now, will upgrade it when i get more money<br />
<br />
in total new spec would be:<br />
<br />
AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ AM2<br />
Asrock AM2NF3-VSTA Motherboard [Upgrade when needed]<br />
1Gb (2X512Mb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC5300 [Upgrade to 2GB when cash available]<br />
Maxtor 80GB + 80GB [Upgrade to 200GB when cash available]<br />
Nvidia Geforce 6200 256MB AGP Graphics Card<br />
Creative Audigy2 ZS<br />
430W Thermaltake PurePower PSU<br />
<br />
So, is that ok, i am thinking when AGP becomes extinct i will have all the major technology to use anyway so simple upgrades would be easy to get hold of.</div>

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That's a fabulous build there that should last you a while. There's alot of new AGP cards coming out amazingly, IE the X1300XT, X1650Pro and 73-7600GT's <br />
Which will give you some gaming power for quite a while down the road
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That's a fabulous build there that should last you a while. There's alot of new AGP cards coming out amazingly, IE the X1300XT, X1650Pro and 73-7600GT's<br>
Which will give you some gaming power for quite a while down the road</div>
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oh cool, i am after somthing which i can use, if i need to at a late date upgrade to PCI-E its not a big step to take, at the minute it will be a big jump and cost effective to go into PCI-E, its a rather big step, and the GFX card i have is fairly new as it is. so i dont want to upgrade now if possible you know. try use as much of my hardware as i can to save money.<br><br>
@niko-time<br><br>
i have asked my mum and dad they just dont trust me PMSL, so oh well.
 
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