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    Is my £590 P4 820 dual core, watercooled spec okay?

    Hi

    I'm looking to build a PC for my uni work on a very tight budget. It will mainly be used for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and 3D modelling/rendering apps like Alias Studiotools and 3DSMax. Doubt it would be used for gaming so don't know if I could save money in the graphics card department - what do you think?

    I've included the watercooling cos want it to be quiet as it will be left on over night in my bedroom while rendering.

    So this is what I've come up with:

    CoolerMaster Centurion 5 Silver Case Black Body (Silver Trimmings) w/o PSU £34.99 £41.11

    Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G - FSB1066, PCI-Ex16, DCDDRII667,4xSATAII, Raid, 8ChAudio, Lan,ATX £58.94 £69.25

    Intel Pentium® D 820 Dual core 2x2.8GHz 800FSB S775 2x1MB cache Retail inc.Fan (3 year warranty) £143.00 £168.03

    425W HiperPower HPU-4S425 4th Gen Quiet Dual Fan Active PFC (24/20 pin)(ATX/BTX) £29.89 £35.12

    2 x 512Mb DDR2 PC4200, 533 MHz, 2x32Mx64, non-ECC, 240 DIMM, unbuffered, CL4 Retail £19.99 £46.98

    200GB Samsung SpinPoint SP2004C 7200rpm, 8MB, SATA II Fluid Dynamic Bearings, 25dBA £57.99 £68.14

    128Mb Asus PCI-E EN6600GT-TD Tv/DVI inc Software & VGA/DVI Converter OEM £84.99 £99.86

    CoolRiver Complete water cooler Deluxe Version (VGA/N.Bridge/CPU) using 120mm + Fan Cont £49.99 £58.74

    Net Total £499.77

    Carriage £0.00

    V.A.T. £87.46

    TOTAL £587.23

    I already have the CD drives, floppy, keyboard, mouse and monitor.

    Thanks for looking and let me know what u think. I know it's a tight budget...

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    Looks good but I'd go for a better (and more expensive) power supply - you'll certainly need it if you're watercooling. Go for around a 500W by Tagan / Silverstone / Enermax / Akasa / Seasonic etc...

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    Reading some reviews of the cool river kit, which goes by the name of I think Cool storm in the US, it isnt up to the job of cooling graphics chipset and processor, the only place i could find with a result for all three running at the same time had about the same temps as amd64 stock cooling, obviously on an amd64. So if you want good cooling it is not much good, but geetting it quiet cheap it seems like a good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredered
    Reading some reviews of the cool river kit, which goes by the name of I think Cool storm in the US, it isnt up to the job of cooling graphics chipset and processor, the only place i could find with a result for all three running at the same time had about the same temps as amd64 stock cooling, obviously on an amd64. So if you want good cooling it is not much good, but geetting it quiet cheap it seems like a good deal.
    It works OK on my AXP 2500@3200 and 9800Pro, although mine's just furred up with algae and stopped pumping, so I'm back to air cooling...

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