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    Ideal PC?



    I don't actually have the money for this - just thought you guys might like to comment on the choices - I'm not completely up-to-date with the current hardware situation.

    (inb4 ddr3 is too expensive)

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    22" screen.. 2x hd4870's..

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    22" screen.. 2x hd4870's..
    crossfire....

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    Yeah but one HD4870 is overkill for 1680 x 1050, 2 is taking the wizz.

    Not only is the DDR3 too expensive, but the board to run it is too.

    I'd probably get 3 or 4 640GB Western Digital AAKS too, much faster.

    Might as well get the Q9550 at that CPU's price.

    You'll struggle with a long PSU in the P182 without removing the bottom fan.

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    What's it for? Presuming gaming as you're thinking about crossfire.

    If that's the case, I'd get a faster dual core rather than a quad core - my E8600 is great for an overclocker

    Ditch the DDR3 - DDR2 is much cheaper and as performant also, only 2GB of RAM in a Vista x64 setup costing £2k!? I'd recommend at least 4GB.

    Swap the DDR3 mobo for a DDR2 mobo - again cheaper and as performant

    I'd ditch the Creative soundcard - unless you're a real audiophile, you won't notice the difference, and I believe that there are still issues with Vista x64 and Creative cards.

    Swap the 2x4870s for a GTX280 - it's midway between 1 and 2 4870s, will scale more reliably, and at the resolution you're playing at will probably be more than capable.

    Why are you getting 400GB drives? Less, larger drives will require less power and generate more heat. They'll also give you more expandability later.

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    If you are dead set on DDR3 get at least 4GB as the other guys have said. Scan have slower 4GB DDR3 kits for as little as £126 for the 1333Mhz stuff and £170 - £270 for the 1600Mhz stuff. 4GB of slower stuff would IMO be better then 2GB of the fastest stuff available. The price performance ratio is still rubbish, you'd need one of the QX9xxx chips to take advantage of the increased speed stuff really.

    Graphics wise if you want massive power then get the HD4970x2. You don't need it at that resolution but it is slighty cheaper then crossfiring HD4870. Personally if I was spending £2000 on a Computer and Monitor I'd want to spend at least £500-£750 on a 24"+ screen.

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    Lol, my ideal PC from scan would cost me £18,000ish:O

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    I embelished in a couple of places so there are easy savings to make. But with £2000 this is roughly what I would do.



    Savings such as a Ninja 2 rather than the copper, Lower end quad, Standard DVD drive, Cheaper case etc.. That way you might get your speakers and an OS into the budget.

    Could always just keep it the same and change the 30" for a 27" 2709WFP too.

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    While we are talking about £2k budgets, I think a SSD has a place in a system like this, and would be a true performance upgrade. Do SCAN sell them?

    By all means stick in a larger fast HDD as well.

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    Just buy scan's 'great white' shark straight away xD

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by NovaSphere View Post
    Just buy scan's 'great white' shark straight away xD
    wow, nice one. £11,171.18 inc VAT!!! that's crazy.
    it is "the ideal pc" if you can afford it.

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    Re: Ideal PC?

    You have to be a premier league footballer or a rock star to spend that money on one PC. In 6 months it will be old hat, so wtf is the point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    I embelished in a couple of places so there are easy savings to make. But with £2000 this is roughly what I would do.

    Savings such as a Ninja 2 rather than the copper, Lower end quad, Standard DVD drive, Cheaper case etc.. That way you might get your speakers and an OS into the budget.

    Could always just keep it the same and change the 30" for a 27" 2709WFP too.
    Although 2709WFP is a sweet spec'd monitor, I think 3008 has a better panel that rivals apple displays. If you are an avid gamer then you might be put off by the inherent input lag and response time issues that affects both of these panels. But both are good buys nonetheless. Personally I'd stick with the 3008WFP.

    Dell 2709WFP - 27"WS Samsung S-PVA (LTM270CS01) Panel
    Dell 3008WFP - 30"WS LG.Philips S-IPS (LM300WQ5) Panel (S-IPS has better color reproduction)

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