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  • Ampeg 22 Apr 2007 20:27:53 35 posts
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    Hi, im building a pc with a fairly strict 700 budget. Havent build one for quite a while so if anyone could offer any advice components wise id be very grateful. Not likely to be overclocking, just want a performance boost over my current 3000XP/x800 rig. Carrying over the dvd drive and sound card from my current comp.

    So far ive got these components in mind:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - 152.62

    Gigabyte GA 965P-S3 iP965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX - 64.03

    320MB BFG Technology 8800GTS - 193.82

    2GB (2x1GB) CorsairTwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800) -102

    320 Gb Western Digital WD3200AAJS Caviar SE, SATA300 - 54

    Case - CoolerMaster Centurion 5 Silver - 40

    500W CoolerMaster iGreen Power Silent SLi 85% Eff' ATX 12V V2.2 EPS12V v2.91 55
  • UncleLou Moderator 22 Apr 2007 20:30:51 35,851 posts
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    You can browse through this recent thread for some info while waiting for more specific replies for this one, if you like.
  • silentbob 22 Apr 2007 20:31:39 29,026 posts
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    Or take your pick of the two hundred and seventy three others.

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  • THFourteen 22 Apr 2007 20:31:52 34,468 posts
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    nice

    you can build a pretty good PC for 700 quid thesedays eh?

    no real insight to offer on your choices, they look good to me, i'd just check out the gfx card reviews on tomshardware to make sure you've picked a good one tho
  • Ampeg 22 Apr 2007 20:34:17 35 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    You can browse through this recent thread for some info while waiting for more specific replies for this one, if you like.

    Will do, just wandering if there would be any problems with any of the specfic hardware mentioned.

    Thanks for the replies though :) .
  • Freek 22 Apr 2007 20:45:40 7,684 posts
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    I have the Centurion aswell, it's a really nice looking case but be warned: with the entire front being a grill it acts like a vacum cleaner.
    So keep the room nice and clean or it will do it for you :)
  • Ampeg 22 Apr 2007 21:03:51 35 posts
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    Thanks for that! that could be a factor given where my current pc is, especially given the room the pc seems to build up dust at an alarming rate.
  • brokenkey 22 Apr 2007 21:47:49 7,154 posts
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    I'd go for more power on the PSU. 630watts min for a new one

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  • haowan 22 Apr 2007 21:49:41 7,385 posts
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    I've just pretty much bought this very system, just now. Although I went with an overclockers bundle which seems to have cost me 50 quid more than your proc/mem/mobo O_o
  • Introspectre 22 Apr 2007 22:04:27 3,274 posts
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    ASUS P5B Deluxe - 120
    E4300 - 100
    Zalman 9500cu LED - 30
    2x 1GB Corsair XMS2 PC6400 - 120
    Corsair HX 620 - 95
    Gainward Bliss 7900GS - 80
    Maxtor 320GB HD (16MB cache/S-ATA) - 60
    Raptor HD 150GB - 135
    Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 - 95



    Nice.

    Cheap on the GFX for now, wait and see what happens in 5-6 months.

    My system, except I have a E6600.

  • PearOfAnguish 22 Apr 2007 23:44:27 7,496 posts
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    Intro, any reason you went with a 7900GS instead of an 8600GT? They're the same price and fairly evenly matched.

    brokenkey wrote:
    I'd go for more power on the PSU. 630watts min for a new one

    No it isn't. A spec like that will run perfectly fine on a 400 or 500W PSU so long as it's decent.

    Quality not quantity when it comes to power supplies.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 23:47:56 22-04-2007
  • Introspectre 23 Apr 2007 12:19:29 3,274 posts
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    PearOfAnguish wrote:
    Intro, any reason you went with a 7900GS instead of an 8600GT? They're the same price and fairly evenly matched.

    brokenkey wrote:
    I'd go for more power on the PSU. 630watts min for a new one

    No it isn't. A spec like that will run perfectly fine on a 400 or 500W PSU so long as it's decent.

    Quality not quantity when it comes to power supplies.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 23:47:56 22-04-2007

    Spot on about the PSU thing.

    As for my choice of GFX card; the 8600GT wasn't out when I bought the 7900GS.

    I would certainly hope the 8600GT has better performance than the 7900GS tbh. O_O

    Mid-range 'next-gen' cards don't usually provide good performance for what ever the 'new thing' is.

    I'm running my 7900GS stable @640/800 and, for the price, I'm happy with it.
  • brokenkey 23 Apr 2007 12:32:06 7,154 posts
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    PearOfAnguish wrote:
    Intro, any reason you went with a 7900GS instead of an 8600GT? They're the same price and fairly evenly matched.

    brokenkey wrote:
    I'd go for more power on the PSU. 630watts min for a new one

    No it isn't. A spec like that will run perfectly fine on a 400 or 500W PSU so long as it's decent.

    Quality not quantity when it comes to power supplies.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 23:47:56 22-04-2007

    Ok, let me explain myself a bit more...

    Yes, a 500w will do fine for that spec. But if he ever gets round to adding in another card for SLI, adds a couple more hard drives or he does what I do and in 2 years take out the motherboard and graphics card for a new one, then he might find that in 2 years a 500w PSU is underpowered. My latest graphics card requires two power connectors on their own, unshared cable.

    Things like the Case and the PSU can last 3-4 generations of internals; if you are buying new you shouldn't spec for what you need today, you should include plenty of spare juice for what might be coming a few years later.

    And yes, it should be a good quality one. But we're not idiots here, I take that sort of thing for granted.

    Edited by brokenkey at 12:34:12 23-04-2007

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  • PearOfAnguish 23 Apr 2007 12:43:01 7,496 posts
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    500W will do him fine for a while. When you're on a tight budget it makes no sense to spend more on a bigger PSU just in case you get another graphics card or something later on. Better to spend money on the components that will make a difference right now. Two years is a long way off, man. It's not such a big deal to have to replace the PSU by then.

    I would certainly hope the 8600GT has better performance than the 7900GS

    It doesn't, it's slightly slower in the benchmarks I've seen. But not that much and the advantage is you get DX10.

    Actually, thinking about it the 8600GT isn't a great choice right now. The 7900GS is enough for the latest games and the 8600GT will probably struggle when DX10 titles hit.

    So, erm, nevermind.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 12:44:19 23-04-2007
  • Ampeg 23 Apr 2007 20:22:43 35 posts
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    Thanks once again for the feedback, it really is much appreciated. As for the PSU, im very unlikely to try SLI so I'll go with a better quality 500w PSU than the one listed. Ive found some likely candidates recommended in other threads.

    I'll take a trip up to the www.scan.co.uk store in Bolton tomorrow and hopefully get everything im after.
  • Ampeg 25 Apr 2007 10:22:59 35 posts
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    PC sorted and running very nicely. Thought scan's shop was great. Went in, ordered everything on one of the pcs in there and ten minutes later it was all sorted and ready to take home.
  • President_Weasel 25 Apr 2007 10:40:06 9,658 posts
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    brokenkey wrote:
    PearOfAnguish wrote:
    Intro, any reason you went with a 7900GS instead of an 8600GT? They're the same price and fairly evenly matched.

    brokenkey wrote:
    I'd go for more power on the PSU. 630watts min for a new one

    No it isn't. A spec like that will run perfectly fine on a 400 or 500W PSU so long as it's decent.

    Quality not quantity when it comes to power supplies.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 23:47:56 22-04-2007

    Ok, let me explain myself a bit more...

    Yes, a 500w will do fine for that spec. But if he ever gets round to adding in another card for SLI, adds a couple more hard drives or he does what I do and in 2 years take out the motherboard and graphics card for a new one, then he might find that in 2 years a 500w PSU is underpowered. My latest graphics card requires two power connectors on their own, unshared cable.

    Things like the Case and the PSU can last 3-4 generations of internals; if you are buying new you shouldn't spec for what you need today, you should include plenty of spare juice for what might be coming a few years later.

    And yes, it should be a good quality one. But we're not idiots here, I take that sort of thing for granted.

    Edited by brokenkey at 12:34:12 23-04-2007

    This is exactly why I stuck a 700W job in mine.
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