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    Would you be kind enough to comment on proposed PC Spec?

    Hi all. For those who provided advice on my PSU issue the other day I thank you. But I sat back and had a think about it and I really need to build a new computer! So I've been having a think and a look around and I was hoping for some guidance.

    Budget is £400 ish (To include windows 7)

    I'm not a hardcore gamer although do enjoy car games and the odd point and click (C&C etc) type effort. No video encoding. Generally use my PC to watch DVDs/use the net and play games.

    Here we go!

    CPU: Core 2 Duo E7400 2.80GHz £82.27
    GPU: 512mb Gainward GTS250 £68.97
    MB: Asus P5KPL SE £43.67
    RAM: 4GB Corsair TwinX DDR (1066) £43.53
    HD: 500GB Samsung Spinpoint £44.14
    PSU: 500W Silverpower SP-SS-500: £48.29
    Optic: N/A Lightscribe drive £20
    O/S: Windows HP 7 - £70

    Total: £420.87.

    Comments and suggestions are most welcome. I've read about the Conroe CPUs apparantely being excellent as we as the Phenoms being a bit cheaper for reasonable performance.

    Many thanks!

    Ash

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    Re: Would you be kind enough to comment on proposed PC Spec?

    If that 500GB drive is 2x250GB platters it will not be as fast as a 640GB drive that is guaranteed to have 2x320GB platters. The higher the density of information on the platter the faster the drive will be as a general rule. There might be some single platter 500GB drives around these days but you will need to be especially careful what you buy if they don't have a unique model number for the single platter version.

    I think I would be more tempted with the AMD X3 CPU which is a similar price to the C2D you have chosen.

    GTS250 Green Edition is a few pounds cheaper on today only until lunchtime tomorrow.

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    Re: Would you be kind enough to comment on proposed PC Spec?

    Quote Originally Posted by AshMcD View Post
    Hi all. For those who provided advice on my PSU issue the other day I thank you. But I sat back and had a think about it and I really need to build a new computer! So I've been having a think and a look around and I was hoping for some guidance.

    Budget is £400 ish (To include windows 7)

    I'm not a hardcore gamer although do enjoy car games and the odd point and click (C&C etc) type effort. No video encoding. Generally use my PC to watch DVDs/use the net and play games.

    Here we go!

    CPU: Core 2 Duo E7400 2.80GHz £82.27
    GPU: 512mb Gainward GTS250 £68.97
    MB: Asus P5KPL SE £43.67
    RAM: 4GB Corsair TwinX DDR (1066) £43.53
    HD: 500GB Samsung Spinpoint £44.14
    PSU: 500W Silverpower SP-SS-500: £48.29
    Optic: N/A Lightscribe drive £20
    O/S: Windows HP 7 - £70

    Total: £420.87.

    Comments and suggestions are most welcome. I've read about the Conroe CPUs apparantely being excellent as we as the Phenoms being a bit cheaper for reasonable performance.

    Many thanks!

    Ash
    Ditch the E7400 and get an X3 720 for around £89:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    More and more games are becoming multithreaded so a triple core will be better in the long run.

    Get an Asus M3N78-VM motherboard for around £46:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    The motherboard is very well specced for the price.



    I assume that you specced the 500 GB Samsung HD502IJ Spinpoint F1:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500-G...ache-89-ms-NCQ

    This drive is a good alternative too:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500-G...MB-Cache-89-ms

    There is also the WD 640GB Caviar Black for around £50 and Samsung F1 1tb for around £57 too:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    The RAM is on offer too:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    The GTS250 is also on offer for around £66:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    The rest of the spec looks fine IMHO.


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