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    Question 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    Alright lads. Been a while since ive built a PC, but im looking to spend 500/500 Pound on a new system.

    I will be needing the base unit + monitor (19")

    - 9600 or 8800GT?

    - E2140? or the 8 series? (not a great overclocker)

    - 250 gb HD

    - 2 gig of cheap DDR2? or some decent stuff.

    - Budget is fairly tight, so has to be between 500/500

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    E2180 + Scythe mine ~£70
    2GB DDR2 PC6400 ~£30
    Abit IP-35 dark raider ~£65
    Antec NSK (forget the name) with 430W earth watts ~£60 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130949
    320GB Single platter ~£40
    Samsung Optical ~£15
    8800GT ~£95

    Leaves £125 for a monitor assumign you don't need an O/S

    You could get an ATi HD4850 if you sacrifice a bit of monitor quality I'd try and get a 20" screen though I think.

    Should be pretty damn quiet with that cooler and will easily overclock to 2.8GHz I would think.

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    brillaint mike thanks. Im guessing the overclocking is childs paly with these as everyone and their dog seems to be doing it.. Jsut a regular 19" 20" would be fine, nothing special, just looks nice.
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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    I too am assuming you don't need an OS so here's another setup:

    From http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx
    2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2 CAS 5-5-5-12
    19" Hanns-G HW191DP
    512MB Gainward 9600GT,Bliss GS
    Intel Core 2 Duo, E7200

    Abit IP-35, Dark Raider
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=605524
    Coolermaster RC-331
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=679570
    450W Corsair VX
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=644038
    Optiarc/NEC AD 7200S-0B
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=751778
    250 GB Seagate
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=816357

    £498.82 + Carriage

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    Yeah, I mean the board has a native 1333MHz FSB and the chip is only 800MHz so you get that 533MHz for free effectively. The motherboard won't be pushed at all and the chip can take it easily

    If you do fancy going the seperate case and PSU route as above you might as well spend £10 more on the antec 300 imo. Great cooling in that case.

    I thought about the E7200 but you would be lumbered with the annoying intel cooler which isn't a compromise I'm willing to make, it is a nice chip though.

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    ok thanks u2. I guess bar the cpu, my other concern is the gfx. I mean 9600GT 8800GT or 4850? Ive always been an ATI fan, but obviously bang for buck is key. Im looking to buy the parts on monday, or should i thin kabout waiting a week or 2?
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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    If you can get a 9600GT for around £80 or less it's a good buy. Ebuyer have an 8800GT for £95 which is a good price for that card.

    The HD4850 is probably the best bang for buck card we've seen in a while, especially since it's that price at launch. It's only noticeably better up at the high resolutions though. All these card will be good at 1440 x 900 or 1680 x 1050

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    so for a 20" screen, ud recommend the 8800GT?

    cheers mike
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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    Yeah that should last you a long while I mean if you can stretch to the HD4850 then go for it but there's nothing wrong with the GT at that resolution.

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200...00-gaming-pc/1

    bit-tech just did an article on this!
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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    I specced this off Ebuyer with free supersaver postage:

    OCZ Stealth Xtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan £34.77

    Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G iP35 Socket 775 6 channel audio ATX Motherboard £51.01

    Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card £124.95

    Coolermaster All Black Elite 330 Mid Tower Case - No PSU £29.99

    Kingston 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ecc CL5 Unbuffered 1.8V £29.99

    Hannspree XM New York 19" TFT Monitor widescreen 1440x900 700:1 300cd/m2 5ms DVI Speakers Black 3 Years Warranty £102.95

    Pioneer DVR-212 18X SATA DVD±RW DL Int Beige - OEM £10.99

    Western Digital WD2500AAKS Caviar SE 250GB 7200RPM SATAII/300 16MB Cache - OEM £33.29

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53GHz (1066MHz) Socket 775 3MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor £82.95

    Total: £500.89

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    Not bad CAT. Im thinking going for the 4850 instead of the 8800GT. Whats the real diff between the e2 and the e7
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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    45nm
    more cache
    High Clock and better overclocking potential
    1066FSB (counts against it really but better than the other 45nm's)

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    id be tempted to pay 130 and get Q6600 tbh... also there is a coolermaster case for £30-40 pound with free good powersupply that i would defintely get to cut cost down.
    Hard drive change to a 500gb Samsung F1
    I personally would prefer to spend a extra 5 quid for ram with a better company and lifetime warranty i.e. corsair or crucial.

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    Re: 500 Notes for a 100% Gaming rig

    Quote Originally Posted by Cozwin View Post
    id be tempted to pay 130 and get Q6600 tbh... also there is a coolermaster case for £30-40 pound with free good powersupply that i would defintely get to cut cost down.
    Hard drive change to a 500gb Samsung F1
    I personally would prefer to spend a extra 5 quid for ram with a better company and lifetime warranty i.e. corsair or crucial.
    which case would that be. I jsut want the case to look nice and not be a monster
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    I would go for the Antec 300... Awesome cooling for a case this price...

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