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Build Advice Building a non-gaming rig

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by superego, 13 Oct 2010.

  1. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN I want to change my name but I also don't

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    Sorry, let me rephrase that.
    STOCK COOLERS ARE NOISY AS HELL EVEN ON IDLE WHERE THEY REALLY HAVE NO EXCUSE TO (i'm shouting because i can't hear myself thinking from the stock cooler)
    Yes he did.
     
  2. jrs77

    jrs77 Well-Known Member

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    I've never had something from Dell in my hands, so I can't coment on that.

    I was only looking for the £600 pricetag for an all-inklusive-package with a somewhat decent hardware and Dell was the only one I found.

    Nevertheless, with only £350 left after you've bought a 20" LCD and a copy of Win7 it's not particularily easy to build a somewhat decent rig with dedicated graphics.

    Sweetspot would be more in the range of £750.
     
  3. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    clearly another cup of tea was required at this point lol
     
  4. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Psh, I have a G210m in my laptop and it plays L4D at high settings.

    My comment about colors was for the CM Elite 310, got it confused with the 335. Build looks good though!
     
  5. superego

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    Looks like I'll be ordering the components on Monday evening. I'll check the offers of the day to see if there's anything I can substitute for a small saving. I'm definitely going for the Corsair 430W rather than the end-of-life CX400W. The case isn't set in stone either. Depending on what AMD CPU's are on offer I may go for a slightly faster one.
     
  6. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    If it helps, I just got this monitor E211h and I'm very happy with it.
     
  7. superego

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    Unless I see something major between now and 7:30pm, this is what I'll be ordering:

    Antec 300 Three Hundred, Black Midi Tower Ultimate Gaming Case w/o PSU £46.98

    500 GB Seagate ST3500418AS Barracuda 7200.12, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 9.5 ms, NCQ £29.66

    AMD Athlon II X2 250, Regor Core, S AM3, 3.0GHz, 512KB x 2 Cache, FSB/HT 2000MHz, 65W, Retail £46.12

    Logitech Deluxe 250 Wired Keyboard, USB, Black £6.44

    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.65V £64.33

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro v2.1 - S1366/S1156/S775/AM3/AM2+/AM2/939 Up to 130 Watts! £16.91

    MSI 770-C45, AMD 770, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1600(OC), SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX £51.68

    1GB Sapphire HD5770, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 4800MHz GDDR5, GPU 850MHz, Cores 800, 2x DL DVI-I/HDMI £105.24

    Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM £12.90

    18.5" HKC 9809A, Black Widescreen LCD Monitor, 1360x768, 2ms, 250 cd/m², 2000:1, Speakers £79.36

    430W Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CX, ATX, PS/2, Power Supply, Single 12V Rail, 80%+ Efficient £35.86

    Total is 495.48 - free postage
     
  8. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN I want to change my name but I also don't

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    You could get an F3 1TB for just £10 more.
     
  9. superego

    superego Member

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    I know, but it's overkill and £10 that she doesn't need to spend.
     
  10. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN I want to change my name but I also don't

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    I'm just saying. 100% more storage for 25% more money seems like a no-brainer for me, but then i'm easy to upsell :/
     
  11. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    plus the drive is faster

    hell get the 500GB F3 instead of the seagate drive as it same price and faster = win/win really
     
  12. superego

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    Built the other night and just set it up in my girlfriends room a few hours ago. She's made up with it. I'm very pleased with the performance so far. Had to use the stock cooler as the Arctic Cooling fan's heatsink was obstructing DIMM slot 1. I could have forced the RAM in but didn't want to risk damage (from both forcing it as well as it touching the heatsink while in use.

    I'm surprised at how loud (or rather how quiet) the stock cooler for the AMD II X2 250 is. Also very pleased at how cool the case is while running. CPU temp is around 30-35 while playing L4D which is about as stressed as it'll be. Running it on full graphics (no AA) at 1600 x 1050 (or thereabouts) with 70+ FPS. And Minecraft is fine (I was worried about compatibility given it's precarious nature as an alpha build).

    Browsing is lightning-quick, with Youtube video's loading and playing perfectly, as opposed to stuttery on the same BBI with her laptop.

    The motherboard being an AM3 socket futureproofs it somewhat, and there's two more DIMMs to add memory in future if needed. I'm very glad I switched from the G6950 with built-in GPU to the AMD with an HD 5770. Thanks for the advice guys - I really do appreciate it!

    If I'd had more time, I would have logged into my own main Steam account and put Call of Pripyat on to see what kind of performance I could get out of a DX11 game. According to Custom PC and several other reviews, the card will deliver playable framerates. So next time I'm staying over when her parents are away, I'll have access to a machine that can run something more exciting and visually orgy-tastic than Solitaire - which is handy since I'm a night owl and usually stay up watching TV once she goes to bed.
     

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