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    Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    UPDATE - Second Draft (08/12/08)

    Intel Core 2 Duo, E7300, 2.66 GHz
    £91.97

    Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3, iP43 MotherBoard
    £82.12

    Sapphire HD4830 512MB Graphics Card
    £107.87

    4GB Corsair (2x2GB) TwinX XMS2, DDR2 RAM
    £36.39

    520W Corsair HX Series Modular PSU
    £71.17

    500 GB Western Digital SATA 300, 7200 rpm Hard Disk
    £44.25

    Coolermaster RC-331 Elite Black/Silver Midi Tower Case
    £29.35

    22" LG Widescreen, 1680x1050 Monitor
    £177.89

    Logitech 2.1 Speaker System
    £13.67

    Total: £672.09





    First Draft:

    I've just come up with this spec and wanted to know what people think? (I fully expect I've not picked very popular CPU & GPUs!) :


    AMD Phenom X4 9500 Agena Core, AM2+, 2.2GHz, HT 3600MHz, 2MB (4x512KB) L2 Cache, 2MB L3 Cache, OEM £85.04

    Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4, AMD 790X, SAM2+, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR2 1066/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX £74.14

    512MB Gigabyte HD 3870, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), GDDR3, 320 Cores, 2xDual Link DVI-I/HDTV, HDCP Ready £99.35

    4GB Corsair (2x2GB) TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-18 £37.54

    500 GB Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue, SATA 300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms £45.41

    550w Corsair VX Series PSU, ATX, PS/2, 5 year Warranty - see specs £62.89

    Coolermaster RC-331 Elite Black/Silver Midi Tower Case w/o PSU £29.35

    22" LG L226WTQ , Black , Widescreen, 2 ms, DVI/VGA, 1680x1050, 3000:1 £177.89

    Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System Black 17W RMS £13.67


    Total £642.70
    Last edited by zaphox; 08-12-2008 at 06:40 PM.

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    Is there a reason why you don't want to have a intel CPU as at the moment they give the best value for money.
    Also what is this rig going to be used for. Gaming etc

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    The rig isn't for me, and I'm actually having difficulty finding out exactly what it will be used for (long story) but from what I gather it's going to be used as a home server, but will also be used for standard home tasks such as office apps, perhaps watching some videos, Internet etc.

    I've gone with AMD over Intel because they seem to be cheaper. I hear Intel processors considerably out perform AMD these days but it's not my belief that the extra power would be noticed, or even required. Plus I've been using AMD for years and have always been pleased with them so I guess I have something of a brand loyalty thing going on!

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    Looks fine except for the graphics card, a 4850/4830 would be better value with better performance.

    Intel is something to consider. E7300 should beat that processor is most apps. Any same price motherboard P45/43 should do the trick.

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite View Post
    Looks fine except for the graphics card, a 4850/4830 would be better value with better performance.

    Intel is something to consider. E7300 should beat that processor is most apps. Any same price motherboard P45/43 should do the trick.
    My thoughts exactly, the 48's are better value at the moment aren't they? also the intels are great overclockers, even for OC'ing virgins (I speak from experience). So you end up with more bang for buck with very little fiddling or risk.

    Also have a look at the Corsair HX modular PSUs, the 520W would be adequate and they are nice and tidy
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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    I think that the AMD choice is fine, as it will provide adequate power, no hassle or anything, and, they do perform, maybe not as well as intels curernt line up, but they are more than what is needed by the sounds of it, and, if the client does not want to have to upgrade for a while, the quad core maybe usefull....
    However, I would agree on the GPU front, I just build a computer for around the same amount of money, (with out screen), and I used the 4850, great performance for the price......
    And, on the PSU front, I got the 620HX for the computer, overkill looking back, but oh well...., thety are great, very high quality, and a good price, as well as modular, helps improve the look and airflow of the computer....

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    Man I've been busy this last week! Finally got around to updating the spec based on suggestions here.

    What do you think of the update:


    Intel Core 2 Duo, E7300, 2.66 GHz
    £91.97

    Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3, iP43 MotherBoard
    £82.12

    Sapphire HD4830 512MB Graphics Card
    £107.87

    4GB Corsair (2x2GB) TwinX XMS2, DDR2 RAM
    £36.39

    520W Corsair HX Series Modular PSU
    £71.17

    500 GB Western Digital SATA 300, 7200 rpm Hard Disk
    £44.25

    Coolermaster RC-331 Elite Black/Silver Midi Tower Case
    £29.35

    22" LG Widescreen, 1680x1050 Monitor
    £177.89

    Logitech 2.1 Speaker System
    £13.67

    Total: £672.09

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    I'm not happy with it lol

    My thoughts in bold, for a better bang for buck PC with lots of overclocking potential.

    Quote Originally Posted by zaphox View Post
    Man I've been busy this last week! Finally got around to updating the spec based on suggestions here.

    What do you think of the update:


    Intel Core 2 Duo, E7300, 2.66 GHz
    £91.97
    E5200 ~£60

    Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3, iP43 MotherBoard
    £82.12
    Biostar P45 ~£85

    Sapphire HD4830 512MB Graphics Card
    £107.87
    Powercolor on Ebuyer ~£90

    4GB Corsair (2x2GB) TwinX XMS2, DDR2 RAM
    £36.39

    520W Corsair HX Series Modular PSU
    £71.17
    Enermax 425W Modu82+ ~£51 on scan

    500 GB Western Digital SATA 300, 7200 rpm Hard Disk
    £44.25
    640GB AAKS ~£47 faster.. better.

    Coolermaster RC-331 Elite Black/Silver Midi Tower Case
    £29.35

    22" LG Widescreen, 1680x1050 Monitor
    £177.89

    Logitech 2.1 Speaker System
    £13.67

    Total: £672.09

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    You haven't mentioned it, unless you've said you don't need up else where and i haven't seen it, is an os?
    Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM would be best but this would add an extra £87.27 (scan)
    Also you don't have a DVD drive

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    Thanks Mike, will look into these.

    handscombmp: Yeah it will be Vista Home Premium 64bit and an internal DVD drive... didn't mention them because they're generic items. Thanks for the concern though =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphox View Post

    handscombmp: Yeah it will be Vista Home Premium 64bit and an internal DVD drive... didn't mention them because they're generic items. Thanks for the concern though =)
    Yeah i thought it would be something like that but i'd thought i'd better say just in case

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    22" LG Widescreen, 1680x1050 Monitor
    £177.89

    I'd go for the Dell 23" S2309W currently going for £140 with the discounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by nturkes View Post
    22" LG Widescreen, 1680x1050 Monitor
    £177.89

    I'd go for the Dell 23" S2309W currently going for £140 with the discounts
    Where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nturkes View Post
    i'd go for the dell 23" s2309w currently going for £140 with the discounts
    Where ?

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    **** i found it

    http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna...0~162930&s=dhs

    30% off and free shipping = 140

    monday - tuesday only

    GO GO GO

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    Re: Mid Range Rig, need advice on some components

    Blimey. Well done

    Can't deciiiiiide... I don't even like 1920 x 1080 on a 24" prefer the 26-27's... hmmm

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