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    Criticise My New Spec

    Lo all,

    I'm in the process of building a new PC and all the parts will be bought from SCAN Computers, so if you make any recommendations then please select the component from Scan.

    My budget is £500 absolute max and they will slot in to the Intel 955XBK board with an Intel Pentium D 820 2.8GHz processor.

    Spec:
    1. LN12566 SilverStone "TEMJIN" J04B (BLACK) Aluminum Front/SECC Body Tower Case (w/o PSU) £59.99 £70.49
      LN12604 256Mb GECUBE ATI PCI-E X850PRO DDR3 £127.29 £149.57
      LN8049 1Gb Corsair DDR2 5400-C4 32Mx64, non-ECC, 240 DIMM, unbuffered, 4-4-4-12, Lifetime Warranty £110.15 £129.43
      LN11657 200Gb SATA300 Samsung SpinPoint™ P120S (SP2004C) 7200rpm, 8MB - NCQ £58.67 £68.94
      LN10085 480W Tagan 2Force SLi Ultra Quiet 21db Also support 12v EPS/SATA/XEON 3 Years Warranty ATX/BTX £53.49 £62.85

      TOTAL = £481.28


    Any thoughts?

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    • [DW]Cougho's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Crosshair VI Hero
      • CPU:
      • AMD Ryzen 1700 @ 3.9GHz
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Team Group Dark Pro DDR4 @ 3466 C15
      • Storage:
      • 256gb Samsung 830 & 1TB Samsung 850 Evo
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Gigabyte GTX1070 G1 Gaming
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX760
      • Case:
      • Silverstone FT-05B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ XL2730Z 1440p 144Hz
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity 1
    256Mb ScanFX PCI-E 6800GS SLi Extreme Edition GDDR3 ViVo Tv Out Dual DVI HDTV
    £118.83 Ex VAT
    £139.63 Inc VAT

    Swap the X850pro for that or a 6800gt, much better.

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    • arthurleung's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5E (Rampage Formula 0902)
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 3.6Ghz 1.2V
      • Memory:
      • A-Data DDR2-800 2x2GB CL4
      • Storage:
      • 4x1TB WD1000FYPS @ RAID5 3Ware 9500S-8 / 3x 1TB Samsung Ecogreen F2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GeCube HD4870 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair VX450
      • Case:
      • Antec P180
      • Operating System:
      • Windows Server 2008 Standard
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell Ultrasharp 2709W + 2001FP
      • Internet:
      • Be*Unlimited 20Mbps
    The ram appear to be quite expensive? I think it will be better to get more, but slower ram.

    2Gb Corsair Twin Pack(2x1Gb)Value Select DDR2,533 MHz,2x128Mx64,non-ECC,2x240 DIMM, unbuffered, CL4, £95.00 £111.63

    2GB Corsair (2x1GB) DDR2, 667MHz, 2x128Mx64, non-ECC, 2x240 DIMM, Unbuffered, CL5, Lifetime Warranty £114.99 £135.11

    Something like this?
    Workstation 1: Intel i7 950 @ 3.8Ghz / X58 / 12GB DDR3-1600 / HD4870 512MB / Antec P180
    Workstation 2: Intel C2Q Q9550 @ 3.6Ghz / X38 / 4GB DDR2-800 / 8400GS 512MB / Open Air
    Workstation 3: Intel Xeon X3350 @ 3.2Ghz / P35 / 4GB DDR2-800 / HD4770 512MB / Shuttle SP35P2
    HTPC: AMD Athlon X4 620 @ 2.6Ghz / 780G / 4GB DDR2-1000 / Antec Mini P180 White
    Mobile Workstation: Intel C2D T8300 @ 2.4Ghz / GM965 / 3GB DDR2-667 / DELL Inspiron 1525 / 6+6+9 Cell Battery

    Display (Monitor): DELL Ultrasharp 2709W + DELL Ultrasharp 2001FP
    Display (Projector): Epson TW-3500 1080p
    Speakers: Creative Megaworks THX550 5.1
    Headphones: Etymotic hf2 / Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro

    Storage: 8x2TB Hitachi @ DELL PERC 6/i RAID6 / 13TB Non-RAID Across 12 HDDs
    Consoles: PS3 Slim 120GB / Xbox 360 Arcade 20GB / PS2

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    Any idea which is better suited to the mobo the 6800GS or the 6800GT?

    That value select ram looks appealing.

    It's nice to have a choice, but when theres so much choice it all gets confusing!

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    • [DW]Cougho's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Crosshair VI Hero
      • CPU:
      • AMD Ryzen 1700 @ 3.9GHz
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Team Group Dark Pro DDR4 @ 3466 C15
      • Storage:
      • 256gb Samsung 830 & 1TB Samsung 850 Evo
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Gigabyte GTX1070 G1 Gaming
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX760
      • Case:
      • Silverstone FT-05B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ XL2730Z 1440p 144Hz
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity 1
    Read a few reviews both are almost neck and neck.

    GT - 16 pipes but doesnt overclock as far as a GS.
    GS - 12 pipes but overclocks like a mofo.

    Nvidia brought out the GS to fill the GT's spot, as its just as fast but far cheaper to make. I think i would personally go for the GT but maybe thats just cause i remember being wowed with it when it first came out.

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    Case is your call but I'm not a fan of expensive cases when there are some excellent ~£40-£50 cases around so why spend twice the amount you need to. Cases generally just sit under a desk anyway so whats all the fuss about?

    6800GS is more modern than the 6800GT and generally overclocks much better. Scan's own brand 6800GS is a bargain at the price as Scan's own brand cards are ofen rebranded XFX cards.

    I'd go for 2gb value ram over 1gb.

    Spinpoint p120s are excellent drives, fast and quiet.

    Tagans are also excellent psu's although I'd look at some of the Hiper psus if you're looking to cut costs. Hiper psus are pretty good quality and have the same features as Tagan psus but are about £10-£20 less for the equivalent model.

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    To be honest all I would like is a nice sleek modern aluminium case thats pretty good quality. Got any suggestions?

    Thanks for your input

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    I was going to suggest the igloo in the bargain suggest but its gone now

    Although its not in stock, the coolermaster cavalier is quite nice for £52

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=134903

    Also coolermaster centurion for £39 although its slightly black:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=156451

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    I like that one for £39. Very smart.

    Does anyone know how quiet the fans are on this?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=134904

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    The fans on the cases are normally ok for noise but I could personally advise on these babys

    120mm Akasa Amber Case Fan, 3 Pin, 2 Ball Bearing , Ultra Quiet and Long life
    £8.10 Inc VAT
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    Right, I've decided to spend a bit more on the GFX due to the special offer on SCAN on the 7800GT....

    Reckon all this will work?
    • LN10085 480W Tagan 2Force SLi Ultra Quiet 21db Also support 12v EPS/SATA/XEON 3 Years Warranty ATX/BTX

      LN8137 Coolermaster Cavalier 3 Silver Chrome Finish w/o PSU

      LN12201 2GB Corsair (2x1GB) DDR2, 667MHz, 2x128Mx64, non-ECC, 2x240 DIMM, Unbuffered, CL5, Lifetime Warranty

      LN11521 256Mb Gigabyte PCI-E GV-NX78T256V-B 7800GT (256bit) ViVo 2xDVI SLi Ready

      LN11657 200Gb SATA300 Samsung SpinPoint™ P120S (SP2004C) 7200rpm, 8MB - NCQ

      TOTAL = £519.51


    Slightly over budget, but hey... that happens.

    My concern is the PSU, will it fit the case?

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    why wouldnt it fit the case??
    coolermaster tend to be good with trays and stuff to make instalation as easy as possible i had a centurion now have a wavemaster which looks better and is so easy to put mobo and psu in its a joke plus comes with thumbscrews all round nice and accesable,
    so yer the psu will fit for sure as long as its atx and check the wavemaster out also bitpricey but worth it and is cheap in some places

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    I was reading around and I saw that some people had bought a PSU and it didn't fit the case! I could just see me doing the same thing :/

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    lol this is rare and normally occurs in micro atx systems like this rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbish dell im on now lol
    but normal cases will accept all psus

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    Cool, I've ordered that spec now so I'm looking forward to building it!

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    Get the 2gb of value ram.

    Also, you may want to cheack out this p180 case on the for sale forums, if it is still for sale. Its a top case
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