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    New PC

    Hello,

    I'm building a PC for my lovely girlfriend, she'd like to keep the cost below £500.

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    Hard Drive:
    250 Gb Western Digital WD2500KS Caviar SE16, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16mb cache
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=256891 £52.28

    Case:
    Silverstone TJ08S uATX aluminium tower chassis, silver
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=378733 £60.98

    Memory:
    2Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC4200 (533)
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=121626 £140.32

    Motherboard:
    Asrock CONROE945G-DVI, i945G, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667, SATA II, uATX, On Board VGA
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=443860 £47.46

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300, Socket 775, 1.86 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=430631 £125.71

    PSU:
    330W Tagan TG330-U01 Whisper aPFC quiet 20db 3 Years Warranty ATX/BTX
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=138556 £32.30

    Cables:
    50cm SilverStone SATA-II (3G) Cable Black CP-01 £1.75
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=244418

    60cm Akasa Round IDE Cable Black ATA-133 Certified £3.28
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=129203

    Cooling:
    120mm Akasa AK-174BK-S Black Case Fan, 3 Pin, Sleeve Bearing Ultra Quiet x 2 £6.82
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=326073

    £470 odd
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    This is the specification i've decided on, she doesn't play games.

    Opinions?

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    Last edited by just_laze; 22-11-2006 at 11:48 AM.
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    Do you already have a retail version of windows XP, monitor, keyboard and mouse?

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    • just_laze's system
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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
      • 4 x Corsair 1GB 6400C4 800MHz
      • Storage:
      • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB x2
      • Graphics card(s):
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    Yes, she only needs the base unit.
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    i may be wrong but maybe a more powerful PSu for the conroe set up?

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    • just_laze's system
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    Hi,

    I'm considering buying an OEM E6300 and an after market cooler to address the noise of the stock cooler.

    Something like this:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=396322

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      • Motherboard:
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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
      • 4 x Corsair 1GB 6400C4 800MHz
      • Storage:
      • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB x2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia 9600GT 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Tagan T430-U15 430W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master ATC-201B SXT
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoldenBurn1000 View Post
    i may be wrong but maybe a more powerful PSu for the conroe set up?
    I think it'll be fine, remember i'm using onboard graphics.
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    330W should be fine, core 2 duo is based on Mobile technology after all.

    The only thing I'd suggest to save some money is going for an aspireX Qpack uatx case as this comes with a good 420w PSU saving you some money. You also won't need the sata cable or case fan. You can also drop to a 160gb hard drive for more money savings (samsung p80 160gb 8mb cache is a cracking drive).

    I've had bad experience with Sony DVD drives, so would recommend Lite-on or pioneer out of preference.

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    Hi Kalniel,

    Thank you for your suggestions, but i like the aesthetics of the case and i intend to use the entire £500 budget i've been provided with :-).

    I only decided on a Sony drive as it was the only silver CD/DVD rom drive Scan sell, thinking about it further, i have a spare one at home, in silver made by Lite-On :-).

    (She already has an NEC 4500a drive).

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    Last edited by just_laze; 21-11-2006 at 04:25 PM.
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    NEC are great. No need to change that unit.

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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
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      • Storage:
      • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB x2
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    I know, the additional CD/DVD Rom is for Disk to Disk burning.

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      • Memory:
      • 4 x Corsair 1GB 6400C4 800MHz
      • Storage:
      • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB x2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia 9600GT 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Tagan T430-U15 430W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master ATC-201B SXT
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
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      • LG L227WT
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    Hi,

    For an additional £3, should i use 667 memory over 533?

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    That would give you better performance yep! And help with ocing if you ever did.

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      • Memory:
      • 4 x Corsair 1GB 6400C4 800MHz
      • Storage:
      • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB x2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia 9600GT 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Tagan T430-U15 430W
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      • Cooler Master ATC-201B SXT
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      • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
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      • LG L227WT
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    Hi,

    I've recently read a review on the above board, the below sentence worried me:
    "With the integrated graphics on board, the CPU utilisation is always around 90-100%, taking up all CPU resources in decoding the H.264 transport stream. With the ASUS En7900GT graphics hardware acceleration turned on, it dropped to close to 30% on the average".

    What's the lowest GPU in nVidia's range that has this so-called hardware acceleration? My girlfriend does intend to dabble in video editing.

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      • CPU:
      • Intel Core 2 Duo E5200
      • Memory:
      • 4 x Corsair 1GB 6400C4 800MHz
      • Storage:
      • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB x2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia 9600GT 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Tagan T430-U15 430W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master ATC-201B SXT
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG L227WT
      • Internet:
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    Hi,

    I've ordered her machine, a few changes to the original spec, the main one being the inclusion of a monitor.



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    Damit! I was too slow . I would have suggested an NV 7300gs or something. Oh well.
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    Well if hes quick he can change his order before its delivered with most sites. (not sure about scan)

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