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    Need some help purchasing a machine

    Hiya guys,

    I am looking to build a machine to replace my current one:

    AMD 2600XP
    ASUS AV78x8 (i think)
    1.5GB RAM (DDR)
    160GB
    80GB HDD
    DVD-ROM
    DVD-WRITER
    5200FX NVIDIA
    17" TFT
    WINDOWS XP PRO

    I am looking to spend around £500.00 give or take (willing to spend extra if something looks good), I like playing games i.e. Champ Man to Doom 3, Splinter Cell.

    I do a bit of downloading and burning/converting (not a lot!)

    I have been looking at scan's mix it and have found the following:

    630 Intel Pentium® 4 LGA775 CPU (3Ghz 800FSB) HT 2MB Cache with Intel® EM64T *Retail*
    512Mb PC3200 (PC400) DDR Memory (Major) Retail
    Asus P5SD2-X S775 SiS656 DDR400 PCI-E SATA 6Ch Audio GbE Lan USB2
    160Gb SATA300 Samsung SpinPoint™ HD160JJ (7200rpm,8mb) - NCQ
    128Mb ScanFX PCI-E GEFORCE 6600GT TV+DUAL DVI

    £317.24 inc vat

    OR

    AMD Athlon 64 3000 32/64Bit CPU S939 "Venice" 90nm *OEM*
    Abit AX8 V2.0 S939 PCI-E Dual Core Ready DDR400 SATA Raidx2 Gbit Lan USB2/1394a 5.1Ch Audio
    Akasa AK-855 Copper Base S754/S939/S940 Hi End, 32 dB(A)
    2 x 512Mb Corsair Value Select PC3200 non-ECC 184 DIMM unbuffered CL2.5 Lifetime Warranty

    £213.84 inc VAT.

    Plus i am liking the case + cpu below

    SilverStone "TEMJIN" J05S (Silver) Aluminum front & SECC Body
    + 560W Silverstone ST56F Strider 80%+ Eff' 120mm Fan Dual +12V Rails PCI-E SLi ATX12x 2.01 EPS 12v

    £140.94 inc vat

    http://www.scan.co.uk/mixit/

    any recommendations please message me, oh one more thing i don't want a noisey pc but not going to extreme of silent!

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    • MSIC's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock H170M-ITX
      • CPU:
      • Core i5 6500
      • Memory:
      • 2 x 4GB Corsair Veng DDR4 2666
      • Storage:
      • 240GB SSD (boot) +1TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS GeForce 750Ti
      • PSU:
      • Silverstone 450W ST455F
      • Case:
      • Silverstone SG06-450
      • Operating System:
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      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell S2309W
      • Internet:
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    Go for the second option.
    You will also need a PCI-express graphics card (unless your current one isn't AGP).
    Something like this GeForce 6800 will do all current games very nicely, at under £140:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=322310

    Other than that, try upping the A64 3000 to a 3200 for an extra £9.
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    If you go for the second one, why not use your old RAM with the new system? Save some money?

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    againt the second option seems the better choice - the Silverstone case is very nice
    Contrary to the odd name and translucent-grey color, Pocari Sweat does not taste like sweat
    Hardware:

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    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
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    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
    Media Centre II - X2 4000+, 1GB, 400Gb Vista Ultimate


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    is does look pretty good, have been hearing pretty good things about them recently

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    For the same money you could have a Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case (Fully Aluminium with Dual Rear 120mm fans and 120mmt fron intake), and a Modular Hiper 580W Type-R PSU. It might also be worth requesting that on Mix-it combo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xathras
    is does look pretty good, have been hearing pretty good things about them recently
    yeh Silverstone have a very good reputation, they make some nice cases. However, as RavenNight said, the Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case would also be a good choice, especially when powered by a superb Hiper PSU
    Contrary to the odd name and translucent-grey color, Pocari Sweat does not taste like sweat
    Hardware:

    Main PC
    - See 'My System'
    Server - Athlon XP 1700+, 1GB, 500GB HD
    Laptop - Compaq AMD Turion 64 X2, 60GB HD, 1GB
    Media Centre Shuttle - P4 3.0 Skt 775 Shuttle, 1GB, 120GB HD
    NAS - 400GB
    Home Entertainment - Xbox 360 with 37" HD LCD TV, Acoustic Energy Aegis EVO A speakers (5,1), Yamaha RXV359 AV reciever
    Media Centre II - X2 4000+, 1GB, 400Gb Vista Ultimate


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    http://www.techfever.co.uk/products.asp?recnumber=2175

    What about this board ? great overclocker stable and can take two cards if you want to upgrade at a later time also cheaper as well ...

    A review of the board here
    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2506

    I bought one and it is far better than the Abit fatality AN8 it replaced

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    • Zak33's system
      • Storage:
      • Kingston HyperX SSD, Hitachi 1Tb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 1060
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster 800w
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT01
      • Operating System:
      • Win10
      • Internet:
      • Zen FTC uber speedy
    I'm sorry to be an old bore, but just get a nice AGP card, and that "old" machine will do fine

    6800 GS for £164 inc vat http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=314618

    or even 6600 GT for £107 inc vat
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=314618

    Then do a FRESH install of XP, and you'll be amazed how many games you PC will still play
    That current card of you'rs is....err.....slow!

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    yeah i know!!! (little britain style!!!)

    it does play doom 3 like but not perfect.

    I am looking to go fresh for mobo to since every now and again when i switch on the screen goes blank and once reseting it goes to bios. tried different screen just in case.

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