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    3850 £300 build

    Can anyone manage to squeeze a HD3850 into a decent £300 build for gaming? i tried but couldnt really manage.

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    Gaming will be call of duty4 mainly

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    This is the best I could do using the free Supersaver postage from Ebuyer:

    ASUS P5N-MX GeForce 7050 Socket 775 onboard VGA 6 channel audio mATX Motherboard 141250 28 in stock £35.10 £29.87 £35.10 £29.87


    ATI HD 3850 Pro 256MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card 139597 37 in stock £84.71 £72.09 £84.71 £72.09

    Intel E2160 Socket 775 Pentium Dual Core 2x1.8Ghz 800FSB Retail Boxed Processor 127248 146 in stock £41.72 £35.50 £41.72 £35.50


    OCZ (OCZ26672048VDC-K) 2Gb DDR2 PC2-5400 Value Series 105977 50 in stock £23.99 £20.41 £23.99 £20.41

    Maxtor STM3160215AS 160GB SATAII 7200RPM 2MB Cache - OEM 130408 472 in stock £26.85 £22.85 £26.85 £22.85


    Optiarc AD-5200A-0B 20X DVD±RW/DL Int IDE Bare Black Drive - OEM 138750 187 in stock £14.99 £12.75 £14.99 £12.75

    Antec NSK4000 Super Mini-Tower Case Black/Silver - No PSU 112660 96 in stock £25.78 £21.94 £25.78 £21.94


    OCZ StealthXtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan 135159 104 in stock £32.66 £27.79 £32.66 £27.79

    Cooler Master Hyper TX 2 Processor cooler (Socket 754, Socket 940, Socket 775, Socket 939, Socket AM2) - aluminium with copper base 136623 106 in stock £9.26 £7.88 £9.26 £7.88

    Hiper 80mm Case Fan - Clear HiperFlow Frame and Blades - 3pin with Adaptor/Screws Included
    16274 2 in stock £2.99 £2.54 £2.99

    Total:£298.05 including VAT and Supersaver delivery.

    If you go with an el-cheapo case you could probably squeeze in a HD3850 512mb or 9600GT 512mb too! I assume that you have an XP or Vista disc to hand as this would add another 50 to 60 quid to the build total!!

    According to one of the user reviews the motherboard has some overclocking options available so hopefully you can get 2.8 to 3.0 ghz out of the E2160.

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    This is the best I could do from Ebuyer INCLUDING an OS and free Supersaver postage:

    ASUS P5N-MX GeForce 7050 Socket 775 onboard VGA 6 channel audio mATX Motherboard 141250 28 in stock £35.10 £29.87 £35.10 £29.87


    ATI HD 3850 Pro 256MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card 139597 37 in stock £84.71 £72.09 £84.71 £72.09


    OCZ (OCZ26672048VDC-K) 2Gb DDR2 PC2-5400 Value Series 105977 50 in stock £23.99 £20.41 £23.99 £20.41


    OCZ StealthXtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan 135159 104 in stock £32.66 £27.79 £32.66 £27.79


    Intel Celeron Dual Core E1200 Socket 775 (1.60GHz) 800FSB 512KB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor 139975 43 in stock £32.06 £27.28 £32.06 £27.28


    LG GDR-H30NBL 52x16 DVD-Rom Black - OEM 131755 41 in stock £9.89 £8.41 £9.89 £8.41


    Maxtor STM380815AS 80GB Hard Drive 7200rpm SATAII 8MB Cache - OEM 131311 65 in stock £23.02 £19.59 £23.02 £19.59


    Casecom KB-7720BK Black ATX Midi Tower Case - No PSU 108273 697 in stock £10.60 £9.02 £10.60 £9.02


    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2b - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - CD - English 114048 276 in stock £51.89 £44.16 £51.89 £44.16


    Total:£303.92

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    Edit: Cat got there before me, this is damn similar to his first build.


    Without windows you should be fine. With it I don't think you can. (Edit: Cat has shown that you can, but it would probably be quite on the celeron, even overclocked which I assume they do well).

    You will have to get a cheap case as they eat money but don't help you performance wise.
    £10.60 108273

    £32.19 Antec EarthWatts 380W 80%+ Efficiency PSU - 80mm Fan 4x SATA PCI-E 120375

    £39.39 Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L iG31 Socket 775 Onboard VGA 6 channel audio mATX Motherboard 140066 [The cheapest I could see where someone had commented that it oced ok.]

    £33.00 OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 4-4-4-15 PLATINUM XTC with LIFETIME WARRANTY 116755

    £41.72 Intel E2160 Socket 775 Pentium Dual Core 2x1.8Ghz 800FSB Retail Boxed Processor 127248

    £15.95 Optiarc AD-7200S 20X DVD±RW/DL/RAM Internal SATA Bare Black Drive - OEM 139414

    £32.85 Maxtor STM3250310AS 250GB SATAII 8MB Cache - OEM 131214

    £84.95 ATI HD 3850 Pro 256MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card 139597

    Total £290.41 Random numbers are ebuyer quickfinds.

    I have the same cpu and memory with a similar MB it clocked to 2.8GHz by simply changing the FSB. That was with stock voltages stable for 8 hours in orthos. I used the stock cooler with the only case fan being the PSU fan. My Graphics card [x850 pro cooler] is still the noisest component.

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    no OS is required but thats really good actually cheers!

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    I would go for the first build then.

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    thanks fredered i would give u a proper thans but u havent got enough posts

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    Two of the reviews say that the Asus motherboard is capable of overclocking:

    ASUS P5N-MX GeForce 7050 Socket 775 onboard VGA 6 channel audio mATX Motherboard - Ebuyer

    If you can squeeze in the Gigabyte board then it maybe a better choice though!

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    The asus is almost certainly fine, I doubt either are going to let you eek the last possible Hz from your chip but thats not the point here, so I would geuss that would be better. The review says it doesnt have dual channel for the memory but I have never figured out whether that matter much.

    I mentioned but only briefly that the retail cooler on the 2160 is capable of cooling it so if you do try and save somemoeny to get a slightly better card then you could probable scrap the aftermarket cooler from CAT's first build. I had to rebuild quickly after I broke my old 939 processor and was intending to research and get a new cooler a week or so later but haven't seen the point yet.

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    Well i have loads of coolers from other intel builds, stock ones but with the copper bottom from higher model C2D's. I figure if i put one of these on an E1200/E2160 it should give me room for an overclock.

    As for case, whilst its gotta be cheap it cant look aweful so i was thinking along the lines of

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    Not great but still

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    The Antec case is pretty decent IMHO. You should be able to get a 512mb HD3850 if you do not need the aftermarket cooler and the case fan:

    Gecube HD 3850 Pro 512MB GDDR3 Overclocked Edition Dual DVI PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer
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    Re: 3850 £300 build

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    The Antec case is pretty decent IMHO. You should be able to get a 512mb HD3850 if you do not need the aftermarket cooler and the case fan:

    Gecube HD 3850 Pro 512MB GDDR3 Overclocked Edition Dual DVI PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer
    Would probs switch to a 9600GT but yeah same thing pretty much

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    Would probs switch to a 9600GT but yeah same thing pretty much
    Remember that the new 8.3 Hotfix improves things in COD4. It remedies the stuttering caused ins some titles like COD4 which was a powerplay issue.

    On the COD4 demo it has certainly improved playability with my HD3870.

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    get that card if you can.. It's faster than the other 3850s, and the extra memory will help you later down the line...

    I have the 3870 model, and i can say it's cool - no pun intended. Needless to say i'm very happy to have it, considering with a slight overclock i get 8800GT performance, with more of an OC available to me if i need it...

    techPowerUp :: GeCube Radeon HD 3850 X-Turbo III 512 MB Review :: Page 1 / 23
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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    Ok thought i would bump this seeing as there is such a lot of activity int he market at the moment and the lad who i was going to to be building for decided to hold out...

    for 300-350 Is it possible to build a gaming system that is capable of overclocking to around 2.8 - 3Ghz with a 4850 in?

    Delivery charges from scan will be free OBV but im happy to use other suppliers if their prices are better.

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    Re: 3850 £300 build

    Antec NSK 3840 + 380W earthwatts ~£55
    G31 mobo ~£35
    E2180 ~£40
    2GB DDR2 ~£30
    320GB single platter ~£40
    optical ~£15
    HD4850 ~£125

    Around £340, you might want to add a better cooler though

    or this mobo
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=657881 and an ATX case
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