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    http://www.scan.co.uk/search/search....ria=tagan+480w

    Which Tagan were you referring to Mike?
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    Either Tagan 2Force or EasyCon would be fine... 2Force would have a stronger 12v rail but u'll lose the ability to go modular..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_w
    I got a Tagan 480W when there was only the one to choose from. Out of those three, I would go for the cheapest - I personally wouln't want a modular PSU.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...roductID=82572
    Once you know you saved an hour of your life from not doing the cable messing you'll be glad you bought the modular PSU.
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    I got a Tagan 480W when there was only the one to choose from. Out of those three, I would go for the cheapest - I personally wouln't want a modular PSU.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...roductID=82572
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    Thanks for the great advice guys, keep it coming.

    Also, can someone suggest a good(ish) graphics card for around the 80 to 100 pound mark? I'm not sure if the one I listed is good enough.
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    If your wanting to overclock, go for teh Thermalright XP-120. One of the best performing heatsinks about, due to using a 120mm fan

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    AMD will probs just skip DDR2, and move straight to the next gen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurleung
    Once you know you saved an hour of your life from not doing the cable messing you'll be glad you bought the modular PSU.
    I only spend about two minutes stuffing my cables into a corner, so for me, the modular version really isn't worth the money. It all depends on what your priorities are.

    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    AMD will probs just skip DDR2, and move straight to the next gen.
    According to an article I read (Anandtech), AMD will move to DDR2 with the new Socket (M2?).
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    Recommendations based on fact you are on a budget:

    Heatsink/fan: Zalman Cu7700. Almost as cool as the XP-120, and a lot cheaper.

    PSU: Akasa, Fortron, Hiper, Tagan. You pay extra for modular.

    Graphics: X800GT is a minimum level. If you've found a card for £80 though, I'd be worried that it wasn't using DDR3 to cut costs.

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    I use Hiper 525W which cost me less than £50 bought locally but one you may want to consider?

    With cooling fans bear in mind that some are very heavy (nearly 1KG) and is outside of motherboard manufacturer guidelines of about 450g. If fitting one of these you are warned to move PC very carefully, so from that I would avoid heavy fans. I use Arctic Freezer 64 which has dropped CPU load temps compared to stock cooling by approx 6 deg celcius and is very quiet.
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    Well, I'm looking for a PC which is as quite as possible (within reason). So would this Artic Freezer 64 be suffifcent for some level of overclocking, yet still remain at acceptable levels of noise?
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    Supposedly the 939 opterons overclock like bad boys, so you mgith want to look into one of them instead.

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    Ok guys, I've updated the specification with the processor I've finally decided on. However, I'm still very uncertain about what RAM and HDD to go for. Although the PSU I have selected 'looks good', I really don't know enough about them to decide; all the ones you guys have pointed out look good.

    So I'm basically going to write down more precisely what I'm looking for in these components, and hopefully some of you guys who had similar requirements can point me in the direction you took.

    RAM - I am looking for 1gb (maybe 2gb if the price is under 80 pound). I really only want to spend around the 60 quid mark, and I am obviously looking for the lowest latencies I can get. However, I'm not sure about other factors you need to consider with RAM, so any DIMMs suggested will be appreciated.

    HDD - I like the look of the 36gb Raptor, but I've heard conflicting statements about both its performance, and prodominently how noisy it is. Is it really worth spending on one of these, or will a larger 7200rpm drive provide just as good real life perfomance? Also, I am looking for a fairly substantial (over 200gb) secondary HDD to store files on; it has to be 7200rpm and with a decent buffer (and again, fairly quiet ).

    PSU - I'm looking for around the 400 to 500w mark, with support for SLi/Crossfire, and ample connections for SATA etc. As I stated earlier, I tried the PSU reviews which took place a week or so ago, but the links were dead. Any suggestions? Also, I hope to overclock my Opteron a bit, so the PSU needs to be able to hold up.

    Thanks for all the help you guys have given me, the PSUs and RAM suggested already look very good, but I'm not sure which one is right for me. Again, any help you can give is greatly appreciated
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xcelsion
    RAM - I am looking for 1gb (maybe 2gb if the price is under 80 pound). I really only want to spend around the 60 quid mark, and I am obviously looking for the lowest latencies I can get. However, I'm not sure about other factors you need to consider with RAM, so any DIMMs suggested will be appreciated.
    The only thing I can really add to what I've already said is RAM: I wouldn't care much about the RAM, so long as it is from a decent brand. Something such as Corsair Value Select or Crucial standard might not have the best latencies, but it is a fair bit cheaper, and latencies only make a small difference.

    I haven't looked at prices in the past few months, but I don't think you'd be able to get anything with better latencies than value RAM for £60.
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