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    Question New pc

    A friend of mine is wanting a new pc, will be used for online gaming, a bit of office work, family photos etc...

    Can you spec a pc that will play the latest games, BF2 etc for cheaper or find the parts cheaper?

    These prices include VAT

    £128 AMD (Venice) Athlon 64Bit 3200+ Socket 939pin 512k L2cache 90nm Retail Boxed Processor
    £73 Antec Neopower 480 Watt - Power Supply ATX V2.0 24pin UK
    £189 Connect3d Radeon X800 XL 256mb DDR with VGA DVI-I+TV PCI-E
    £141.50 Western Digital Raptor 74gb E-sata - 10krps 4.5ms 8mb Cache
    £100 Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Skt939 nForce4 SLI Chipset DDR400 PCI-E USB2.0 LAN SATA Retail Box
    £32 LG GSA4163 16x DVD R/RW/RAM Internal Dual Layer IDE OEM Black Drive
    £65.42 Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS 7.1 PCI Soundcard With Dts Support
    £188 Corsair 2GB DDR XMS3200C2PT TwinX (2x1GB)

    £86 Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case
    £8.17 Vantec SF8025L Stealth 80mm fan - Retail
    £6.99 Vantec SF9225L Stealth 92mm fan - Retail
    £9.34 Vantec SF12025L Stealth 120mm fan - Retail

    £51.41 Logitech LX700 Cordless Keyboard and Optical Mouse - Retail Box

    £223 Viewsonic VP171S-2 17" TFT 8ms 500:1 (1280x1024) (Analogue/DVI-D) Monitor - Silver (3 Years On-Site Warranty)

    £30.40 Creative Labs Inspire T3000 2.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman045
    £73 Antec Neopower 480 Watt - Power Supply ATX V2.0 24pin UK

    £141.50 Western Digital Raptor 74gb E-sata - 10krps 4.5ms 8mb Cache
    £100 Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Skt939 nForce4 SLI Chipset DDR400 PCI-E USB2.0 LAN SATA Retail Box
    £65.42 Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS 7.1 PCI Soundcard With Dts Support
    £188 Corsair 2GB DDR XMS3200C2PT TwinX (2x1GB)

    £51.41 Logitech LX700 Cordless Keyboard and Optical Mouse - Retail Box

    £223 Viewsonic VP171S-2 17" TFT 8ms 500:1 (1280x1024) (Analogue/DVI-D) Monitor - Silver (3 Years On-Site Warranty)
    I would try to get a Tagan psu rather than the Neopower, not that the neopower is bad but its quite expensive

    If its only for a bit of gaming, storing pics and doign family stuff then its crazy to get a Raptor. 74gb isn't a lot of storage and you don't need something that fast to play games on. You can get a good 160gb sata drive by seagate hitachi or any other reputable manufacturer for £60 and you won't notice the difference in speed and will get a lot more value for money

    Not sure what the gigabyte board is like but I think you may be better getting the new version of the Asus A8N sli with the heatpipe passive chipset cooler as it looks like you're trying to make a relatively quiet system

    There is no need for an addon soundcard unless you are a sound nut as almost all motherboards have decent built in sound, I think the A8n has pretty good 5.1 built in.

    2gb ram is a pretty big expense when at the end of the day its more of a convenience than a necessity for bf2. You could pick if 2x512mb sticks for £70ish rather than £190 for the 2gb and not notice a massive difference.

    I was never one for wireless mouse and keyboards but that does seem quite expensive, maybe they're good quality but even so...

    £223 is also a lot of money for a 17"tft when you could probably find a 19" one for that price and easily get a decent 17" one for £180 or a more basic 17" for under £150.

    Rest of the parts seem fine tho!

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    • madman045's system
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    Thanks Dark Horse, I see what you mean regarding the HDD, does the Asus come with Sata 2 connectors?

    For the TFT, just trying to make sure they get a decent one as they will be playing BF2, CS, maybe Wow etc..

    Standard Keyboard & Mouse can be done

    As for the ram, Will drop it to 1gb.

    Andy

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    Its got 8 sata ports I think...
    check the review here http://www.tbreak.com/reviews/articl...2&pagenumber=1

    As for the monitor : 19" 12ms for £185
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=55183

    or 17" 8ms for £152 http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=74417

    From looking at a review I think the sonata II comes with a 450w psu so you won't need a psu if thats the case (no pun intended)
    http://www.futurelooks.com//?m=show&id=156&page=11

    One last think is that if they had that kind of budget you could probably bump up the cpu to something like a 3700+ san diego. The x800xl is definately the best value graphics card these days though so getting better is personal preference

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    • madman045's system
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    Ok, ive revised the spec.

    £181.62 AMD (Venice) Athlon 64 3500+ 939pin 512Kb L2 Cache 90nm Retail Boxed
    £32 LG GSA4163 16x DVD R/RW/RAM Internal Dual Layer IDE OEM Black Drive
    £58.69 Tagan TG480-U01 480W ATX2.0 SLi Compliant Silent PSU
    £189 Connect3d Radeon X800 XL 256mb DDR with VGA DVI-I+TV PCI-E
    £88.60 Seagate ST3250823AS 250MB 7200rpm SATA 8mb Cache - OEM
    £76.32 Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard
    £34.02 Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value 7.1 PCI Sound Card - OEM
    £66.27 Corsair (VS1GBKIT400) 1024MB (2 x 512MB Matched Pair), DDR400 / PC3200, non-ECC, Unbuffered, CL2.5, Lifetime Warranty
    £88.13 Coolermaster Wave Master - Black
    £6.71 Logitech OEM Internet Pro Keyboard Black PS2
    £12.87 Logitech Black Pilot PS2/USB Optical Mouse
    £151.72 Viewsonic VE710S 17" 8ms 450:1 (1280x1024) Monitor - Silver & Black (3 Years On-Site Warranty)On-Site Warranty)
    £30.40 Creative Labs Inspire T3000 2.1

    £1016.35 inc vat but without software.

    Better spec/price?

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    umm... I personally use a 3500+ venice... well... not to say its bad or anything.. I'd say go for the 3700+ San Diego... The extra L2 cache really helps... you could chip a little off the casing and storage for somethign cheaper to fill that £40 quids gap from 3500+ to 3700+.....

    But don't be all skeptical.. 3500+ venice is by all rights already a bonafied Intel P4 EE killer in many respects..
    Me want Ultrabook


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    Looking better definately.

    You could go with that spec or save a few more pennies as the A8N-E (which i'm afraid I know absolutely nothing about but it sounds fine) has built in 8 channel sound
    http://uk.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=...55&modelmenu=1
    so you don't really need the soundcard but personal chouce

    One other thing is the case, the wave master is a top case but you can get a perfectly functional and slightly less slick case for half the price.

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    • madman045's system
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      • Memory:
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      • Storage:
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      • Graphics card(s):
      • HD7970
      • PSU:
      • 850w Corsair
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 300R
      • Operating System:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Horse
    Looking better definately.

    You could go with that spec or save a few more pennies as the A8N-E (which i'm afraid I know absolutely nothing about but it sounds fine) has built in 8 channel sound
    http://uk.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=...55&modelmenu=1
    so you don't really need the soundcard but personal chouce

    One other thing is the case, the wave master is a top case but you can get a perfectly functional and slightly less slick case for half the price.
    What case could you recommend? i have built plenty of systems for work, but they are "cheap" & great for minor hand surgery!

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    Looking good but why spend money now on cheap mouse and keyboard? Afterall they are the business end of any gaming and are quite personal if you see what I mean.

    Why not send him off to PC World or another shop and let him get his mits on the kit. Get a personal preference then shop online for a good deal.

    P.S. I run a wireless mx1000 and suffer no problems. The mx700 series was hailed as being one of the best wireless mice around. The new wired mx518 is supposed to be a gaming specific rodent.
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    The Coolermaster Centurion gets a good writeup and has the same features as lot of higher priced cases for only £36 although a bit more with delivery.

    http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Product...94&GroupID=131


    http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/2005...530_531/1.html
    http://www.vr-zone.com.sg/?i=2122&s=7

    Video review at 3dgame man
    http://www.3dgameman.com/vr/coolerma...review_02.html

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    • madman045's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P9X79 Pro
      • CPU:
      • I7-3820
      • Memory:
      • 32GB
      • Storage:
      • Not enough!
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HD7970
      • PSU:
      • 850w Corsair
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 300R
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Ultimate X64
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    I have an MX700 myself & think its great except the lack of pads it now has...

    But they have tried it & didnt really get on with it, will see if they like the mx1000

    Dark Horse, will check out the case.

    Thanks for your feedback.

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