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  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 00:47:41
    k so that runs to roughly the same price and socket 1156 is the new mainstream intel socket of choice so no probs with upgrading down the line...
  • jellyhead 5 Feb 2010 00:48:45 24,350 posts
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    For MAME he could that combo above from Overclockers and then put 80 towards a ATi HD5670 512mb? Or one of the older 48xx series?

    I know nothing of NVidia sorry.

    I might have a HD4850 512mb for sale if my mate doesn't want it. I'll let you know and give you first dibs unless you want all new toys which i totally understand :)


    edit: or look at what N@ suggested and go future proof and use the onboard video or your current card instead :)

    edit 2: N@'s links in my cache! \0/

    Ram
    mobo
    cpu

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  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 00:49:22
    shit my post got lost!
  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 00:52:21
    right

    cpu

    quality mobo

    decent ram

    although that ram says 1.7v

    now i don't know about the i3 but my i7 mobo doesn't like anything above 1.65v so...yea
  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 00:53:08
    ah bugger lol, thanks anyway :)
  • grey_matters 5 Feb 2010 00:53:16 3,679 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    OK, I've 300 for an upgrade and I need; RAM, CPU, Mobo & GPU.

    Is it worth bothering with Quad cores? Nothing seems to take advantage of it yet. Any recommended shops to buy this shizzle from?

    This worth looking at?

    ebuyer have:
    mobo
    cpu
    RAM

    for about 160.

    You'd be using the stock fan though and that is the free delivery option (might not be possible for you).
  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 00:55:26
    socket 775 kinda old hat now. maybe better to pay a bit more and have options in a few years?
  • grey_matters 5 Feb 2010 00:58:29 3,679 posts
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    Yeah, that's what I said earlier in the week (although I was going the AMD route) but he heard there were MAME issues with AMD. There may also be some with the new Intel i-series.

    Edit: Although after a quick scan on the net I can't find issues for either. Maybe too quick.
  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 01:02:47
    Oh.

    Even the i3?
  • grey_matters 5 Feb 2010 01:16:26 3,679 posts
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    From what I can gather (after a bit more searching), the only issue for MAME is clock speed. As the Core2 cpu is slightly faster clock for clock over the Phenom 2 in single threaded apps, it seems to be the better choice.

    I'd still go with the core of the OP for an all-rounder PC but CrispyUK knows what he wants fairly well, I think.
  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 13:48:19
    roughly, been out of the PC building game for a while though and I'm saving for a wedding so money is extremely tight.

    Currently have

    Athlon 64 3200+
    4GB PC5300 (333Mhz) Ram
    8800GT
    Packard bell mobo ripped from a dead machine.

    Sticking with 775 would be beneficial as it would be less components to upgrade.

    Cheers for the links, how's the e5300 at overclocking? I won't be going to mental, but it's nice to be able to do it.
  • Load_2.0 5 Feb 2010 14:06:03 18,958 posts
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    Hello knowledge masters.

    Right my trusty old Dell Inspiron laptop (quit laughing!) is struggling, but it still works, currently I think it has a measly 512 memory. I am thinking of banging in 2 Gigs, 1 Gig in each slot (matron!)

    Is this going to mean I can actually play D&D online (low settings of course) Or is this simply going to be a waste of time?

    Wow that previous sentence may be the geekiest thing I have ever typed.
  • jellyhead 5 Feb 2010 14:09:08 24,350 posts
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    What model Inspiron?

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  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 14:14:17
    Let me know what ram you need, Load, I've got loads of old stuff about.
  • ionic 5 Feb 2010 14:18:54 673 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    roughly, been out of the PC building game for a while though and I'm saving for a wedding so money is extremely tight.

    Currently have

    Athlon 64 3200+
    4GB PC5300 (333Mhz) Ram
    8800GT
    Packard bell mobo ripped from a dead machine.

    Sticking with 775 would be beneficial as it would be less components to upgrade.

    Cheers for the links, how's the e5300 at overclocking? I won't be going to mental, but it's nice to be able to do it.

    I've got a e5200 overclocked to 3.0GHz, I did have it at 3.3GHz for a while but cranked it down a bit. When looking at overclocking guides some people had theirs at close to 4Ghz but then they seemed to spend more than the money saved on water cooling instead.
  • Load_2.0 5 Feb 2010 14:21:44 18,958 posts
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    Inspiron 1300.

    Ummm I am ordering these. (Cut and pasted from crucial.com)

    DDR2 PC2-5300 - 200-pin SODIMM - 1GB
  • grey_matters 5 Feb 2010 14:30:24 3,679 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    roughly, been out of the PC building game for a while though and I'm saving for a wedding so money is extremely tight.

    Currently have

    Athlon 64 3200+
    4GB PC5300 (333Mhz) Ram
    8800GT
    Packard bell mobo ripped from a dead machine.

    Sticking with 775 would be beneficial as it would be less components to upgrade.

    Cheers for the links, how's the e5300 at overclocking? I won't be going to mental, but it's nice to be able to do it.
    Well in your overclockers link they have it at 3.2GHz (from 2.6). On the stock cooler I'd say 3.0 should be gettable, with a better heatsink and fan there will be more (how much depends on a bit of luck obviously).
    The 8800gt should keep you ticking over until you have money again. Maybe harvest a cheap or free graphics card from somewhere and sell off the old comp for a few quid?
  • Deleted user 5 February 2010 14:55:11
    That's the plan. Would it not be worth going for the e7400 at 84?

    I'm on the hunt for second hand but not much has popped up yet.
  • grey_matters 5 Feb 2010 15:16:09 3,679 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    That's the plan. Would it not be worth going for the e7400 at 84?

    I'm on the hunt for second hand but not much has popped up yet.
    Not for me. I'm not really liking the purchase of the 775 motherboard as it is with nothing forcing you to. Any more money than the absolute minimum sounds more like you should be going the other budget path of AM3 mobo, Athlon2 240, and 2gigs of DDR3 RAM. At least you'll be able to drop in a shiny new quad or hex core Cpu later that way. Second hand options (and MAME-inspired decisions) change this of course. So, um, your call!
  • LockeTribal 6 Feb 2010 19:18:01 4,498 posts
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    WooHoo! Built my first PC! Thanks for all the help grey, and Bloodkult too ;)
  • grey_matters 6 Feb 2010 19:52:36 3,679 posts
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    Great stuff, Locke.
  • grey_matters 6 Feb 2010 20:06:09 3,679 posts
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  • jellyhead 6 Feb 2010 20:20:17 24,350 posts
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    \0/ Nice one, lads.

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  • LockeTribal 6 Feb 2010 20:33:27 4,498 posts
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    Cheers guys :D I'm well chuffed with myself, never done anything like this before. All working great so far, Windows 7 is tough to get used to though :)
  • grey_matters 7 Feb 2010 14:37:57 3,679 posts
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    Yeah, the first successful build is great. Especially if a problem is solved along the way, major or minor.
    Keep an eye on the temperatures for a while as this is really the only thing that can harm your new computer. Don't try overclocking til you are happy that the temps are fine even under stress. Congrats again!
  • TheStylishHobo 7 Feb 2010 15:22:11 3,193 posts
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    I echo what grey said, it is an amazing feeling. Only thing that annoyed me about the whole experience was that the computer made noises like a jet engine.
  • LockeTribal 8 Feb 2010 17:17:12 4,498 posts
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    Just out of interest is there any (easy) way of keeping an eye on the temp? The only way I know is to go to the BIOS and check it there. So far it seems to be sticking around 37-42 degrees.
  • grey_matters 8 Feb 2010 17:46:52 3,679 posts
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  • grey_matters 8 Feb 2010 17:47:33 3,679 posts
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    Not sure about a good one, but usually there is a utility on your mobo's driver disc that should do the job. Otherwise, SpeedFan reports on some system info including temps, I think.
  • JediMasterMalik 8 Feb 2010 18:12:24 11,826 posts
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    Hey all, looking to get a new HDD, wanting a good performance one with about 1TB storage space, was looking at the seagate Barraccuda 7200 but if there are comparable ones which are cheaper, that would be great.

    I also need a new DVD drive, so a decent priced DVD drive with good performance would also be welcome. Any suggestions for either of these?
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