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    Dream set-up

    Right Guys,

    If somebody were to have £1000 lying around ready to build a PC with what do you think would be the best specs I could get for my cash! Bang of buck is very important as this will be my only major buy for a while!

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    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

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    I think "Dream set-up" might be a bit ambitious but you'd probably get yourself a nice games pc with that - I'd personally go for something like this:

    Case: Antec Sonata
    CPU: A64 3000
    HSF: Zalman 7000
    MOBO: Gigabyte Nvidia 250Gb
    HDD: SATA 200Gb
    GFX: X800Pro
    DVDRW: 8x +/-RW
    Sound: Audigy 2
    Speakers: 5.1 (basic)
    Mouse: Logitech MX???
    Keyboard: any

    That shouldn't go over your target

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    that's missing a monitor tho

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    A grand aint gonna get a dream PC with a monitor....those Radeon X800 XT's are nearly half the budget

    right.....you gotta decide whether you want to blast £75 on a CRT or £300 on a TFT

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    Monitor isnt a problem as I allready have, what if I were to stretch the budget to 1500?

    Also wont be needing a keyboard or mouse!
    Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with golden and silver light,
    The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and light and the half-light,
    I would spread the cloths under your feet:
    But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

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    yeah, FX55 & X800XT PE....ooo, where's the budget gone???
    Wisely spent tho a grand will get you a pretty serious gaming rig, A64 3200/p4 2.8, rad 9800pro, 1dg PC3200ram, sata hdd.
    And I still prefer CRT's for gaming.

    Still, the setup you already have is none too shabby by the looks of things.
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    Yer I missed out the RAM - well I was in a rush

    1GB of 3500 (at the very least) - preferably corsair XMS or equiv.

    if you stretched to 1500 you could up the X800Pro to an X800 XT and spend more on the mobo (the Deluxe NF3 250Gb's) and consider getting yourself a RAPTOR primary drive (for Games and OS) and having the larger SATA as a data drive.

    CRT is def preferable to LCD for gaming - if you spend a bit on a good one.

    The A64's overclock very nicely on the NF3 boards (speaking from personal experience) so you should be able to run it @ 2.3 to 2.4Ghz which will be around A64 3800 speeds (and very nice too). With the X800 you'll have yourself a rig worthy of Mordor (and Doom3/HL2 at the very least)

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    Ah well, I had hoped that £1500 would get me somthing of a cutting edge system but back to the millstone to earn more methinks
    Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with golden and silver light,
    The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and light and the half-light,
    I would spread the cloths under your feet:
    But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

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    Mine was pretty cutting edge when I got it, but even with £2000+ I had to compromise with the processor (and all the stuff that goes with an FX chip)...and I'd have loved a 1600x1200 TFT, but that was just too much money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scientist
    Ah well, I had hoped that £1500 would get me somthing of a cutting edge system but back to the millstone to earn more methinks
    it is! it's always possible to spend more, but £1500 is going to get you something top of the range :-

    A64 3400+ - £285

    Epox 8KDA3+ - £100

    1Gb OCZ EL DDR PC4400 - £290

    Cooler - £50

    Radeon X800XT - £350

    M-Audio Revolution 7.1 - £75

    2 x S-ATA 160Gb - £160

    Coolermaster / Lian-li etc - £100-200

    PSU - Tagan 480W - £60

    = £1470-1570

    n' no doubt you can find cheaper prices than i've roughly added up. personally i'd wait for socket 939 though, though it will be more expensive

    you can always spend more, but i doubt any stock system will outperform what i've listed by more than 10% or so, only real improvement on that system i can think of is an FX53 and some raptor/scsi hard drives, though the hitachi 250's you can get for the price i've listed aren't far off raptor speeds for being much bigger and cheaper.
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    Yer £1500 for just the system should get you something very tasty

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    Below is the rig I've got specced up, ready and waiting for the cash. Doesnt include sound card or floppy as i already have those. You may also want to go for bigger HDD/ Faster memory or whatever else you want for 250 smackers

    AMD Athlon64 3400+ S754 - £295.32
    Asus K8VSE Deluxe - £83.72
    ThermalRight SLK948-U - £34.08
    YS-Tech FD9325 92mm (50CFM 31.9Dba) - £6.46
    Corsair 1Gb PC3200LL Pro CAS2326 - £229.13
    CoolerMaster Praetorian Black PAC-T01-EK - £88.07
    Western Digital Caviar 120Gb SATA - £68.84
    MSI CR52-M Black 52x32x52 - £23.27
    Sony Black DVD+-RW - £67.09
    Asus ATI Radeon AX800/TD Pro - £305.44
    Enermax EG365AX-G-FMA II 350W - £37.01

    Total: £1235.97 inc VAT + P&P

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    rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbishrubbishey I wouldn't go for the Asus K8VSE board - it's pretty pish poor imo, compatability wise and overclocking.

    Also you are better off getting an Antec Sonata with 380W PSU for slightly less than the coolermaster without - unless, of course you are struck on the design of the CM o'course

    Def worth waiting for the X800 XT as well over the pro - although you might be able to soft-mod the pro, there's not much in the price difference to worry.

    And for the price of that 120Gb you might as well get a 160

    I would also go for the Zalman 7000 (all copper) HSF as it has exceptional performance and is quiet too - very heavy tho.

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    £1500 still wont get you a dream PC but a very high speced one.

    £150 P4 3.0Ghz
    £130 Abit ICMAX3
    £140 2x512MB PC3200 DDR
    £140 2x36GB Raptor SATA 10k rpm HDs raided
    £340 Saphire X800XT PE
    £60 NEC Dual Layer DVD writer
    £35 Samsung DVD/CDRW drive
    £100 Cooler master Praetorian 'New Black Widow'
    £65 Tagan 480w Silent PSU
    £95 WD JB200 200GB SATA HD
    £20 Matsumi Media/FFD drive
    £440 Iiyama Prolite 481 B 19" TFT (DVI)
    £80 Soundblaster Audigy 2
    £80 Microsoft Elite Desktop 2 (Mouse+Keyboard)

    £1875 for that system alone and the chip and mobo and memory are middle of the line.

    But the rest of the system is very close to what I have and my one rocks

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