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    Cheap Core2Duo system

    Still waiting on Scan to confirm the motherboard compatibility, but that aside can anyone spot anything daft about this?


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    Looks good enough to me
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    • philipbain's system
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    The Asus i945G board does indeed support Core 2 Duo according to Asus' own website so it should work ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philipbain
    The Asus i945G board does indeed support Core 2 Duo according to Asus' own website so it should work ok.
    Agree with that. I'm just hovering over the buy button as the Asus website makes vague mention of a BIOS upgrade for Core2Duo support. Scan are going to try one and let me know.

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    • Hidden Hippo's system
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    Looks good to me aswell. If Scan say that the mobo won't work, then go for the same board as many, a Gigabyte DS3. It is considerably more expensive, but it's said to be a fantastic board. Otherwise, I think Asrock make a core 2 duo board that should be good on a budget.

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    I thought only the 965 and 975 chipsets were going to support conroe i sold a 945 board a while back i bet it gets conroe support with a bios flash

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    975x chipset only
    ergo only the currently existing 975 chipsets have the possibility of upgrade to a 975x with a bios flash.

    There's the gigabyte DS3 and the Asus P5W DH. Both recommended.

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    It's a purely personal choice, but although I dont know that heatsink fan you've chosen, the 38.5 db sounds bloody loud to me. I would personally choose something like this Arctic Cooler for only £15. A very good cooler indeed, and very quiet. It will function the same but make for a happier household.

    Edit: Just been on Akasa's website, they claim "17.3 – 38.5 dB(A)" which isnt so bad. Still, you wouldnt want it on full speed settings. Then again, with a Core 2 Duo you probably wouldnt need to. My advice however still stands.
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    xms memory isn't exactly 'budget' is it? value stuff will be about £15 cheaper

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    I would have said the same, but a quick look at Scan's prices for Corsair Value Select (2 x 512MB) to be £65.
    Very odd.
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    Have just read this review at Bit-tech of a number of socket 775 CPU coolers.
    They also recommend the Arctic Cooler (not that i'm one for gloating!)
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    Specs look okay, for the optical drive, i will go for the LG GSA H10N if it will fit into your case.

    For Hard drive have you considered the 250gb Samsung Spinpoint P SP2504C?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicar
    Specs look okay, for the optical drive, i will go for the LG GSA H10N if it will fit into your case.
    Is the main gain of that product DVD RAM? Is that worth having?
    Also why the concern over whether it may fit, is it a non-standard size?

    Quote Originally Posted by vicar
    For Hard drive have you considered the 250gb Samsung Spinpoint P SP2504C?
    That's half the cache of the Maxtor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC
    I would have said the same, but a quick look at Scan's prices for Corsair Value Select (2 x 512MB) to be £65.
    Very odd.
    Yeah, I was originally going for value select but thought I may as well go for xms given the (lack of) price difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC
    Have just read this review at Bit-tech of a number of socket 775 CPU coolers.
    They also recommend the Arctic Cooler (not that i'm one for gloating!)
    Hmm. I might be tempted there, although it is almost double the price.

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