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(Another) New system thread

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rupbert, 7 Sep 2003.

  1. rupbert

    rupbert What's a Dremel?

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    Hey peeps, just started a new job :) and first thing on my 'to buy' list was some new computer upgrades...

    Well after three hours of 'window shopping', my spending spree has grown from a graphics card and more memory, into a completely new system...

    Here are my chosen specsbelow, is there ANYTHING that seems out of place, will be a bottleneck etc?

    It's really a games machine, however the components do NOT need to be the highest available, just a decnt all-round system that will last me more the two years...

    128Mb ATI Radeon 9700 Pro DVI/TV DDR Retail £220.90

    120Gb Seagate Barracuda Serial ATA (ATA-150) (7200rpm, 8MB Cache) £93.41

    2.4GHz (PG-800FSB) Intel Pentium® 4 CPU 512k Cache £140.11

    Coolermaster WaveMaster TAC-T01 Aluminum Case £111

    550W CWT + SATA Quiet Dual Fan AMD/P4 App Active Fan Control Active PFC £65

    MSI 875PNEO-FIS2R 800fsb i875 Canterwood Chipset 2xGbit Lan DDDR400 SATA USB2 1394 5.1Ch Audio £149

    Creative Labs i-Trigue 2.1 L3450 Speakers £108.10

    17" LG 1710B TFT DVI Monitor 1280x1024 0.26mm £334.88

    Logitech Cordless Desktop Optical MX (Mouse & Keyboard) £78.73

    Corsair TwinX 512 MB 3200 CAS 2 ( 2 x 256MB PC3200 184 pin MATCHED PAIRCAS 2) £115

    All comes £1407 :)

    The only thing that really isn't essential is the TFT, as I already have a cracking samsung 17" syncmaster 700IFT...

    Ideally I would like a sata hardisk, and 4000 matched pair Corsair buts its well over £300 for 1024MB

    Opinions?

    Thx :)
     
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    Guest-16 Guest

    Nvidia TNT2
    Socket 7 mobo with a K6-2 cpu and AGP 2x port, also ISA slots are also good :thumb:
    4gig ATA33 harddisk is more then adequate
    Soundblaster AWE 64 isa.. mm nice
    2 point surround sound. Generic speakers.
    32meg PC66 dimms - lots of ram there, faster then EDO simms.
    Beige case.


    At least its unique :D :rock:

    bet u didnt expect that reply? eh?eh? :p

    Seriously..: Go for faster ram if you're gonna OC. Otherwise go for an AMD/nforce2 setup.
    Personally ive never heard of a CWT psu? and for 2.1 speakers arent they expensive?
    i875 boards are also expensive - i865PE should be just as fast and a lot cheaper. Unless you need the stuff on the MSI canterwood.
    I dont like the CM TAC "wave" cases either, but that's a personal opinion too.
     
  3. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    Hear hear..

    For roughly the same cash you could get:
    Lian Li PC-601 or CoolerMaster ATC-201

    Both nicer cases...
     
  4. Kameleon

    Kameleon is watching you...

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    If you want to get the most out of any P4 800 processor, get the fastest RAM possible. PC4000 is rather nice ;)
     
  5. rupbert

    rupbert What's a Dremel?

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    In terms of the case, I really wanted one that could hide the drive bays, which is why I choose the wave. The CoolerMaster ATCS-110 also has a door, but its £225 :eeek:

    I have a Lian-Li Pc60, but the beige drives look hideous...

    Think your right on the motherboard, I can save a lot by getting the MSI 865PE-NEO2-LS i865 P4 DDR for only £88 :)

    Can the £300+ pricetag for the 1024MB Corsair really be justified? Is it THAT much better than 3200?

    And the 2.1 speakers are really because I do not have the room for anything bigger, I want the best sound quality possible...
     
  6. rupbert

    rupbert What's a Dremel?

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    Better going for the Abit NF7-S (V2.0) - nForce2 -400FSB and an AMD XP chip?
     
  7. batsman

    batsman the quiet one

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    If you want budget go for nforce 2, waiting for mine at the moment, if you have money to burn then P4 with 800fsb or opteron:D
     
  8. rupbert

    rupbert What's a Dremel?

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    I am not really on a budget as such, I am just not willing to pay for 'the best money can buy' simply because its the most expensive...

    If the Corsair 4000 really is that good, I would buy it...

    And just want a good combination of motherboard/memory/CPU that work well with each other...
     
  9. Kameleon

    Kameleon is watching you...

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    If you want P4, then to overclock it as much as possible your RAM, and to a lesser extent your motherboard, have to be as fast as possible. With an Athlon system, you need a good motherboard (Abit NF7, Asus A7N8X or Epox 8RDA+ and families) and PC3200 RAM, more isn't really necessary to get the most out of the chip, as they aren't multiplier locked.
     
  10. batsman

    batsman the quiet one

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    twin moss & thermal take heatspreaders
     
  11. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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    I have found twinmos to be not as good as I was expecting, it's not very easy to run super tight timings at very high fsb's :blah:

    if you have lots of £££ go for the Muskin PC3500 level II
     
  12. whypick1

    whypick1 The über-Pick

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    You listed the P4B, not the P4C. Anyone passing over a 800mhz FSB Pentium 4 over a 533mhz FSB one is quite "whack".
     
  13. rupbert

    rupbert What's a Dremel?

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    But the difference in price is horendous
     
  14. Kameleon

    Kameleon is watching you...

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    If £10 is horrendous I think you should cut down in a few other places :D
     
  15. rupbert

    rupbert What's a Dremel?

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    ROFL /my bad

    Looking at the wrong price!!!
     
  16. rupbert

    rupbert What's a Dremel?

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    Am I correct in thinking the 9800Pro only offers a performance increase of around 10-15% over the 9700Pro?
     
  17. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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    you can convert a 9700Pro to a 9800Pro, if my memory serves me correctly ;)
     

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