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    Component advice

    Hi,

    I'm looking to put together a replacement system after my Power Supply died.

    I have a budget of about £500 but will need to include OEM OS probably Vista Premium 64 bit.

    So I need:

    Motherborad
    CPU (not worried whether Intel or AMD)
    Memory -is it worth getting 4GB if I use Vista 64-bit?
    Graphics Card - not for games but with reasonable performance
    500GB HDD
    Power Supply
    maybe CPU fan?

    Will not be overclocking, main use is Office / Internet / some Photoshop / Champman. I've been going round in circles recently trying to decide. I'm trying to get a little future proof if that's possible. Any help recommendations appreciated.

    Cheers

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    Re: Component advice

    £500... here goes:
    Intel E7200 2.53Ghz - £83.88
    Gigabyte EP35-DS3R - £69.91
    Gigabyte HD3850 - £92.81
    4Gb Corsair XMS2 PC-6400 800Mhz - £68.90
    500Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 - £51.57
    520W Corsair HX Modular PSU - £64.38
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64Bit - £62.62

    That all comes to under £500 without delivery but being on hexus you get free dilivery from scan anyway

    With the immanent release of the new GFX cards, namely the HD4850 and GTX280/260, its worth while to wait for them to come out. Apparently the HD4850 is meant to come on the market for around £120 as well as being faster than similarly priced cards but it might not be true, you never know. I'd personally wait for the HD4850 myself.
    Last edited by Noxvayl; 09-06-2008 at 11:50 AM.

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    Re: Component advice

    Forgot the hard drive

    [img=http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/3005/systemao3.th.jpg]

    Jus a tad over 500

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    Re: Component advice

    I cheated a bit... I just edited a post I made earlier

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    Re: Component advice

    We get free delivery?

    How'd we get that?

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    Re: Component advice

    Ah cheers, you just saved me £20 ^^

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    Re: Component advice

    - Intel Q6600 Quad Core - £131.20
    - ABIT IP35 Dark Raider - £67.97
    - Antec Sonata & 500W Antec PSU - £80.95
    - BFG 8800GT OC - £123.23
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    - OCZ Gold PC6400 4gb (2x2gb) - £61.09

    TOTAL - £517.19
    Ok...so its £17 over your budget but its one cheap but powerful machine. It has a nice case with a good quality Power Supply aswell.
    Fast graphics card also so wont hold you up in game like the 3850 would.

    If i had £500 to spend on a good rig, this is where my cash would go.

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    Re: Component advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    - Intel Q6600 Quad Core - £131.20
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    - OCZ Gold PC6400 4gb (2x2gb) - £61.09

    TOTAL - £517.19
    Ok...so its £17 over your budget but its one cheap but powerful machine. It has a nice case with a good quality Power Supply aswell.
    Fast graphics card also so wont hold you up in game like the 3850 would.

    If i had £500 to spend on a good gaming rig, this is where my cash would go.
    There's been a disturbance in the force...


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    Re: Component advice

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    Re: Component advice

    Why is everyone suggesting 3850/8800 to him. He isnt gaming therefore decent performance would be more like a 3650... save the money better spent on CPU/RAM/MOBO or Beer

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    Re: Component advice

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    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

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    Re: Component advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    Why is everyone suggesting 3850/8800 to him. He isnt gaming therefore decent performance would be more like a 3650... save the money better spent on CPU/RAM/MOBO or Beer
    Championship Manager is a game last I looked. Not sure how demanding it is graphically though, so you may well be right about what would suit. For Photoshop I would suggest a Quad, 8Gb RAM (if a serious user) and Vista64.

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    Re: Component advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    - Intel Q6600 Quad Core - £131.20
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    Ok...so its £17 over your budget but its one cheap but powerful machine. It has a nice case with a good quality Power Supply aswell.
    Fast graphics card also so wont hold you up in game like the 3850 would.

    If i had £500 to spend on a good rig, this is where my cash would go.
    Doesn't need a case or DVD writer so you could save money there to get him the 500Gb he wanted. Since he doesn't want to game seriously why give him the hassle that is an nvidia card? I would still hold out for the HD4850 like I initially said as it would be the best budget choice imo.

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    Re: Component advice

    Quote Originally Posted by ExHail View Post
    Doesn't need a case or DVD writer so you could save money there to get him the 500Gb he wanted. Since he doesn't want to game seriously why give him the hassle that is an nvidia card? I would still hold out for the HD4850 like I initially said as it would be the best budget choice imo.
    No it wouldnt...

    4850 + no gaming = waste of money and power so bad budgetary choice.

    Why not get a cheaper card which does not require external power and doesnt have a fan on it?

    i have never had probems with Nvidia, ATI on the other hand... they may have got their act together now but i have experienced some driver nightmares in the past. Im sure other people have had different experiences which have moulded their opinion but i dont think either brand is a particualy bad way to go.

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