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    New System (comments/advice welcome)

    Right.. after much pondering about which mobo & some helpful comments from you guys.. I've pretty much decided on the Abit A8N Fatality board (though I'm still open to change my mind...) because of it's overclockability, good hexus review and so on.

    So anyway heres the full spec of the proposed system:

    A64 3000+ (Venice) (£101 Scan), edit: Now consdering the 3700+ (£190)
    Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLi (£121 Scan)
    Sapphire X850XT PE PCI-E (£298 Scan)
    2x80gig Samsung Spinpoint SATA-II (only SATAII drives I could find that are 80-120gig) in striped RAID. (£42 each Komplet)
    edit: to save shipping; 80Gb Hitachi (IBM/HGST) Deskstar 7K80 (£38 each Scan)
    Geil (Value 6-3-3-2.5) PC3200 2x512mb (already have this)
    430w Tagan EasyCon (not seen much about this, but I know Tagan are a decent PSU brand & the cable management appeals to me). (£55 Scan)


    So, what do you think?

    Cheers.
    Last edited by Starburn; 10-08-2005 at 07:11 PM.
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    you might want to stick in a spare IDE, SATA are known to hinder successful overclocks...
    Me want Ultrabook


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    Seems like a good setup to me. I would maybe consider the 3700 San Diego chip. Its got a 1mb cache unlike the 512k the venice has. Its probably better value for money. The Asus Prem is an absolute cracker of a mobo. I've got it and its solid as a rock, it also got a great review.

    IMO the Fatal1ty kit you just end up paying a bit extra to have that dudes name on it.

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    • Starburn's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • Memory:
      • 2x1gig Corsair XMS Pro (DDR400 @ 420)
      • Storage:
      • 2x80gig Raid0 & 1x200gig
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ATI Radeon X1800XT (above stock)
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      • Case:
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      • Monitor(s):
      • 19" TFT & 50" TV (for games)
      • Internet:
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    Hmm tempting (getting the 3700+).. another £90 though.. but then I wouldn't really have to worry about OC'ing too much I guess

    edit: As for the Asus, I'm tempted to change my mind to it; but not the premium - the deluxe version (as passive cooling & electronic SLI switch, considering I'm not using SLI, don't seem to be worth the extra £30 to me ).
    tbh though I think what you're paying for with the Asus is the ability to attach masses of stuff to it, and considering I use 1 USB (mouse), 2xSATA & 1xIDE (for DVDRW).. I don't think I need the 10 SATA ports etc.
    Last edited by Starburn; 10-08-2005 at 05:19 PM.
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    About the only thing I`d say is spring the extra for the 2x.
    The 3800+ x2 is a flyer. 2.46Ghz and climbing.

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    Have you considered the Seasonic S12 430 psu?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm
    Have you considered the Seasonic S12 430 psu?
    I've never heard of it, so that'd be a no
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      • PSU:
      • Hiper Type-R Modular (580W)
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster Wave
      • Monitor(s):
      • 19" TFT & 50" TV (for games)
      • Internet:
      • Be 24mb
    Quote Originally Posted by SHISH
    About the only thing I`d say is spring the extra for the 2x.
    The 3800+ x2 is a flyer. 2.46Ghz and climbing.
    lol, nah, I could be here all day "just a bit more".. I think the 3700+ is tempting and thats a hefty increase on what I wanted to spend.. but any more I'm not really willing to top £800 on this stuff (I didn't even want to top £700 really).
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    the 3800+ X2 has hit almost the power of a 4400+ X2, considering the 3800+ has the 512kb cache and the 4400+ the 1MB its a damn good price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starburn
    I've never heard of it, so that'd be a no
    one of the most rated psu's at silentpcreview.com

    I think they are a bit under rated here though.

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    You're in luck - I bought an EasyCon last week and it's gorgeous. It's incredibly heavy, well engineered and has good steady rails and is quieter than previous Tagans I've used (not much, but enough). The amount of connectors is phenomenal - I bought mine to power an SLi system based on the Asus Premium and it's as perfect a PSU as I could ask for. I'm using the 580 to run 4 Raptors, 2 6800GTs and 3 109 Drives and it's taking it in it's stride. The connectors are well made and solid, easy to attach and disconnect. The only caveat I have is that the heavy-duty cords for VGA cards and the SLi connections have these huge ferrite cores which even in a big case will quickly take up a lot of room and begin bumping into each other so a little planning is in order or you'll find the cable from one drive keeping another at a pretty frightening angle.

    As for the difference between the Asus boards - it's worth going for the Premium as it's gotten rid of that nasty Northbridge fan on the earlier versions (you can hear it over a 6800GT which gives you an idea how high-pitched it is).

    Go for the 3700+ and your current setup as it stands and it'll sing

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    Don't go for the ABit Fatal1ty, your just paying alot extra for his name on it. Get an Asus or DFi board and spend the extra money on an AMD 64 3200.

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    you could aways get the AN8 Ultra, much cheaper than the Fatality SLI

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    Quote Originally Posted by outlawzsm
    Don't go for the ABit Fatal1ty, your just paying alot extra for his name on it.
    Fatality SLI does come with the Guru panel which is though.

    I would probably go higher than 430W on the PSU particularly if you think that you may ever use SLI (& in that case what about starting with a 7800GT or GTX that you could add a 2nd to later?)

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