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    Value Build for Applications

    To be used for high res multiple files in graphic editing software, etc

    AMD Athlon X4 620 £67.40 (Was stuck between this and Phenom II 550 BE!)
    MSI 770 C45 AM3 £49.30
    ATI Radeon H4650 512mb £29.00
    OCZ Silent OCZ4005X5 PSU £35.13
    3GB Corsair DDR3 £54.05
    RC-330 - Coolermaster Elite 330 £25.37
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro v2 £15.97
    120mm Fractal Design £8.10

    £284.32

    Will be using a current HDD and DVD-R Drive.

    Has to be extremely value for money and cope well in XP to use lots of applications and occasional gaming, what do you all think?

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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    The Phenom II runs RAM in dual channel hence the RAM should distributed as 2X1GB and 2X512MB or 2X2GB.

    Ebuyer has the OCZ PSU for £24.99 excluding delivery:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152505

    Make sure that you get the DDR3 or GDDR3 version of the HD4650 or an HD4670 DDR3 or GDDR3.


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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    Quote Originally Posted by zain View Post
    ATI Radeon H4650 512mb £29.00
    Where are you hoping to get a 4650 for £29.00 because that seems really cheap unless it is second hand ? I've been looking for something around that.

    BTW are you planning to OC and have you got an OS, i always forget that.

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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    eBay my friend, all brand new and he has 5 left! The bad news is (as CAT said) it isn't DDR3!

    I do have OS yeah and no overclock at the moment, too new to it!

    here is the link

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/XFX-ATI-Radeon...b2e822ffe53d6b

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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    There is this secondhand HD4670 for £35 delivered:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Sapphire-ATI-R...item3a58ea916a

    You might want to consider this 9600GT too:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/sparkle-9600gt...item19bade9ae6


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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    Going for everything brand new, I decided on this:

    Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 / 512MB / DDR3 / PCI-E / Graphics Card - £39.99 delivered

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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    Quote Originally Posted by zain View Post
    Going for everything brand new, I decided on this:

    Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 / 512MB / DDR3 / PCI-E / Graphics Card - £39.99 delivered
    An HD4650 DDR2 will be faster than a HD4550 DDR3. The HD4650 has 320 stream processors and the HD4550 has 80.


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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    Are you going for 3GB because your OS is 32bit?

    If not, I'd recommend at least 4GB if you're going to be working with mutiple high res graphics files at once...

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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    An HD4650 DDR2 will be faster than a HD4550 DDR3. The HD4650 has 320 stream processors and the HD4550 has 80.
    Although if he's just using this for image editing, then it will make no difference at all as the gpu will not be involved other than basic desktop screen output.
    So ether what ever is cheapest or look at a 785g motherboard and use the onboard graphics.

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim
    Are you going for 3GB because your OS is 32bit?

    If not, I'd recommend at least 4GB if you're going to be working with mutiple high res graphics files at once...
    Fully agree with jim here, lots of high res images go for more memory as long as you have a 64bit OS

    Personally I'd look at a better cpu cooler for a quad core, although £16 is a very good price for the ACf7p, if you want a quiet system look for a 120mm fan based cooler.
    I'd also be tempted to go for the Phenom II 550 BE over the athlon x4 620, the ACf7p should cope better with that as well

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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    The OP did say that they wanted to play some games occasionally and £29 delivered for a brand new HD4650 DDR2 is a good deal IMHO!


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    Re: Value Build for Applications

    I'm still on 32bit XP and the limit is 4gb, 3gb + graphics card is near enough the limit.

    The £58 Phenom II is out of stock so I chose the Athlon X4 for a few pounds extra, personally I would prefer the Phenom II but being out of stock means I cant get it and for the similar price elsewhere I'd like to try quad core.

    I really want the machine to be as silent as possible, if the AC Pro 7 isnt up to the job, what is?

    I plan on getting possibly a Skythe silent 120mm fan as there are two slots in the case, any suggestions?

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