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    New System, Comments and Crits Please!

    Hi!

    I'm helping a mate build a new system, mainly for audio and design stuff, no gaming worth speaking of. The budget is as close to £300 as possible. This is what I came up with:

    Mobo: Asrock 775 DUAL-VSTA £37.35
    CPU: Pentium D805 £67.56
    RAM: 1GB Corsair XMS DDRPC5400 £92.77
    PSU: Hiper 435W £35.12
    Case: Coolermaster Centurion £38.72
    HDD: 160GB Hitachi Deskstar £39.83
    TOTAL: £311.35

    He has all the other stuff, monitor, keyboard mouse, Optical drive etc. Anybody got any ideas for improvements (pref. from Scan)?
    AMD 3700+ San Diego @ 2.8GHz | Zalman CNPS 9500LED + Arctic Cooling MX-1 | Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe + Zalman Northbridge | 1024MB DDR RAM (2 x 512MB Corsair XMS Pro TwinX) | Leadtek nVidia 6600GT 128MB | Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Music | 2x80GB Hitachi Deskstar SATA-II (RAID 0) | Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case | Hiper Type-R 580W Modular | Enermax Ultimate Fan Controller| Microsoft Nautral 4000 | Logitech G5 + fUnc 1030| Ideazon Fang | SpeedLink Medusa 5.1 Surround Headset | Samsung SM913N 19" TFT | Compro DVB-T200

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    • shaithis's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P8Z77 WS
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      • 32GB HyperX 1866
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    For only another £80 you could swap that terrible CPU for an E6300 (Core 2 Duo)...

    Otherwise, I would consider socket 939.
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    if its audio and design i would definitely look at either the AMD64 or the Core 2 Duo
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    The RAM might not be the best choice. To take advantage of modern hardware you need 2 matched sticks for dual-chanel mode. This doubles your memory bandwidth so you want to make sure to take advantage of it. My suggestion would be to get 2 X 1GB of value ram (from a reputable brand).

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    Quote Originally Posted by awm View Post
    The RAM might not be the best choice. To take advantage of modern hardware you need 2 matched sticks for dual-chanel mode. This doubles your memory bandwidth so you want to make sure to take advantage of it. My suggestion would be to get 2 X 1GB of value ram (from a reputable brand).
    In theory it improves things but in practice the difference is pretty minimal. Ram prices are already high so 2gb would be an extra £60 or so putting it well over budget.

    It doesn't look like that board has onboard graphics so you may need to look for another board.

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    We already have an old GeForce 2 we'll be using for a stop gap with the goal of shoving a 7300GT in there after a couple of months.

    We chose the RAM we did given the elevated prices at the mo, it made very little difference from the value to the decent stuff so we went for this to give a little more room for OCing.
    AMD 3700+ San Diego @ 2.8GHz | Zalman CNPS 9500LED + Arctic Cooling MX-1 | Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe + Zalman Northbridge | 1024MB DDR RAM (2 x 512MB Corsair XMS Pro TwinX) | Leadtek nVidia 6600GT 128MB | Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Music | 2x80GB Hitachi Deskstar SATA-II (RAID 0) | Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case | Hiper Type-R 580W Modular | Enermax Ultimate Fan Controller| Microsoft Nautral 4000 | Logitech G5 + fUnc 1030| Ideazon Fang | SpeedLink Medusa 5.1 Surround Headset | Samsung SM913N 19" TFT | Compro DVB-T200

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    You can save £30 by getting an Antec Case with a hal desent 350w PSU
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    • kalniel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte X58A UD3R rev 2
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon X5680
      • Memory:
      • 12gb DDR3 2000
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
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    What Nvening said. Buy a case that comes with a PSU, otherwise you're all fine - ram is a pain at the moment, but should it fall again the value select will be cheaper than XMS (it just isn't at the moment).

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    that cpu isnt that bad at all i think, dual core isnt it?

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    • danjamin's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ECS M863
      • CPU:
      • AMD Duron 1.2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 2 x 512MB PC2700
      • Storage:
      • 34GB Raptor, 320GB Barracuda
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GeForce 6200
      • PSU:
      • 350W
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    Yeah, it is, and it's a great overclocker

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    thats what i thought, custom pc said so anyway lol.

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