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    New PC Build

    case 71 http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=501972
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    gpu 0 have 8600gts
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    mobo 43 http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/XFX-M...Board-Graphics

    total so far: 295

    with the PSU, people say that it is often overlooked. i wanted to know which one is best for long term and of coruse silent..
    also does anyone know how bearable the fan noices are for the antec 900? i was going to turn the roof one off as i dont think i will be running the temps that high.

    however i have cases, i have falled in love the antec 900 :S!


    Hey guys,

    the above is what i am thinking of building. just wanted to know if
    a) it was all compatible and b) they are the best i can buy for the price. not this is more of a media pc in that i will probably watch films on my 24", occasionally play cod (i have another computer one in my profile for that) and i will listen to music mainly.
    the main think i want from this computer is SILENCE! it will be in my room where i do all my school work so need to not notice its on basically.

    i currently have a dell optliex GX620 atm which is ok. but i dont see it as a long term thing i want to keep. i want to have one that can potentially let me upgrade etc. but nothing as big as getting another 8800 gtx etc. and i want it to last long in that i don't demand much power and is a secondary computer.. but i do like my computer to load word, itunes etc quickly.

    also i have never overclocked, does anyone know the OC abilities of this?? and are these the best prices? i only like scan because of the service they give on here and the free delivery..

    also i have a GFX card (which is fanless) but it is low profile, does anyone know where i can get a bracket for the large cases??

    thanks a lot,

    vmong

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    Re: New PC Build

    The VX450 corsair will be a good enough PSU.

    The mobo is a VERY old chipset, I would get a P35 or P45 mobo, such as http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-SATA-RAID-ATX

    Also that case quite quiret, (when I first got it, I was in awe), but time has gone on, and it now sounds noisy. You may want to get seperate fans for it, although the Intel fan will be the most noisy. This is good for the price http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Xigma...AM2-Cpu-cooler, or http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Xigma...0mm-LED-cooler, or http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Scyth...nd-940-and-AM2

    What are you doing for your copy of windows, as you cant move the compy from your dell pc over, as this is licenced to the mobo, and for the HDD you could spend a few more pounds and get 320 gb

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    Re: New PC Build

    If you're getting a uATX board anyway check out this out
    http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...ml#post1588037

    The case and PSU although not perfectly easy to cable (get a 4pin extender for about £3 and it's fine) are so quiet together. The corsair will be too of course but the enermax is £50 (modu82+ 425W) not £68 which is rediculous.

    The case (p180 mini) is £60 from ebuyer and is a peach for silence, runs cool too as it's taming that wild phenom to low 30's idle and mid to high 40's under load

    Without blu ray and with an X2 amd that would actually be pretty feasible for your budget as well. Depends if you want AMD though I suppose.
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    Re: New PC Build

    i saw the p180 mini, just like the antec 900 too much, its to do with lights maybe lol!

    also the mobo i suggested was really cheap, i dont need anything special with this computer, just that it is ok for mainly media and surfing net etc, general stuff not gaming.

    you said that the chip set is old, is that a bad thing? not soo sure what that means, because the one you suggetsed is like 20 more. really need to keep things as low as possible.

    i have a thermaltake tsunami, you think ill get much for that?? really low on cash.

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    Re: New PC Build

    Quote Originally Posted by Will:) View Post
    The VX450 corsair will be a good enough PSU.

    The mobo is a VERY old chipset, I would get a P35 or P45 mobo, such as http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-SATA-RAID-ATX

    Also that case quite quiret, (when I first got it, I was in awe), but time has gone on, and it now sounds noisy. You may want to get seperate fans for it, although the Intel fan will be the most noisy. This is good for the price http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Xigma...AM2-Cpu-cooler, or http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Xigma...0mm-LED-cooler, or http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Scyth...nd-940-and-AM2

    What are you doing for your copy of windows, as you cant move the compy from your dell pc over, as this is licenced to the mobo, and for the HDD you could spend a few more pounds and get 320 gb
    with regards to having windows, ill just reuse a serial i had previously but not using now. should be ok, i have never purchased windows every, but have reused my COA from ones i have had before!

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    Re: New PC Build

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    If you're getting a uATX board anyway check out this out
    http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...ml#post1588037

    The case and PSU although not perfectly easy to cable (get a 4pin extender for about £3 and it's fine) are so quiet together. The corsair will be too of course but the enermax is £50 (modu82+ 425W) not £68 which is rediculous.

    The case (p180 mini) is £60 from ebuyer and is a peach for silence, runs cool too as it's taming that wild phenom to low 30's idle and mid to high 40's under load

    Without blu ray and with an X2 amd that would actually be pretty feasible for your budget as well. Depends if you want AMD though I suppose.
    oh wait, had a look at the pictures on your one, looks pretty compact, the cooling is pretty good yeah?? may consider that actually. the Antec 900 is very nice to the eye, but i guess i could get annoyed with the fan noise. will i be able to fit a 8600GTS in there? although i might just buy a fanless card, like the 8400 or something..
    ill also probably just get a regular DVD RW, its really mainly for basic basic use lol!
    lemme re-do my list. thanks guys, any more input will be greatly appreciated. also the ebuyer, does that include delivery??
    and till it only work with that mother board? your board looks like it JUST about fits? also i may get the corsair one, will its length be enough to reach the mobo??
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    Re: New PC Build

    I've got an 8800GTS in my Antec 900 and it fits .

    Case is very quiet and very cool.

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    Re: New PC Build

    would buying this make things a lot easier??

    http://www.gumtree.com/london/66/32092066.html
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    Re: New PC Build

    eugh arctic freezer.. id change that lol Good deal but no better than you could build new really (Obviously that is with the P180 mini no the P182 as it is an expensive case). Whats the PSU?

    You can fit whatever graphics you like in the P180 mini. The HDD racks slides out if the card is too long and then you can add a 120mm fan in front of it.
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    eugh arctic freezer.. id change that lol Good deal but no better than you could build new really (Obviously that is with the P180 mini no the P182 as it is an expensive case). Whats the PSU?

    You can fit whatever graphics you like in the P180 mini. The HDD racks slides out if the card is too long and then you can add a 120mm fan in front of it.
    is the processor etc better in the one i advertised?? i looked at the date and its pretty good for a 2006 model.. i am hoping to push it down to 250ish without the gfx card and the 600 gb HDD..

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    Re: New PC Build

    Clocked at 3.1GHz against the 2.2Ghz I would say the X2 will be a fair bit faster but then the Intel will clock up nicely to match the AMD (at around 2.6-2.8GHz at a guess).

    My gf's 2.6GHz X2 is every bit as quick at encoding movie compared to my E6600 at the same clock. So I don't think the hit is particualrly noticeable at all when jumping from Intel to AMD. That's why I had no real reservations about getting a phenom

    I'd check with him the AMD is a brisbane core as well as the Windsors tend to run very hot at that sort of clock (so a freezer will or should be quite noisey).

    Nice system though. I have the P182 and the P180 mini running next to each other at the moment. Personally I think the mini is slightly quieter but that is really spillting hairs.

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    Re: New PC Build

    I would go with an E5200 rather than the E2200. The Wolfdale core alone is worth the extra £8.

    If you are looking to save a bit of money you could go for a Hiper 530W psu (£42). There are not many reviews on it but I dug up one from Xbitlabs.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo.../atx-psu6.html
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    Re: New PC Build

    Yes certainly the E5200 is a nice chip. 45nm and more cache.

    Hiper though.. tsk.. not with a barge pole.

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    Re: New PC Build

    ideally i would liek to just get the P180 mini, because i dont want anything that big in my room (small room ) however, the prebuild will save a me a lot of hassle..

    ahh i will have to see. ill try and get more specific part names from him.

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    also is there anyways to strip your 500 build to about 300?
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    Re: New PC Build

    i am looking at micro atx boards, does anyone know a good one with socket 775? like i have seen some with on baord gfx which i dont need.

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    Re: New PC Build

    You will struggle to find a uATX board without it I'm affraid. You can always turn it off though.

    Depends what you want to spend really. G31 is basic but functional, I can't remember whether you can overclock but I wouldn't espect much.

    G33 are very nicely balenced and do pretty much anything making G35 pretty much a waste unless you want to use HDMI on the onboard graphics (which is pointlass as it can't do HD playback very well iirc).

    G43 and G45 just came out, bit expensive for what you get imo.

    Then there is the holy grail, the DFI P45 jnr. That is just a uATX P45 (no on board gfx) but it is about £100.

    Nvidia do their own range, 610/630i and 710/730i (I think but very expensive) but never get particuarly good reviews and the 6 series only have single channel RAM. More home media than anything else for them.

    uATX is where AMD have the pick of the bunch imo, especially in the budget area but if it's just basic functionality a G31 will do for £35.

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