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    New Computer? or not?

    Hello!
    having just passed my second sets of finals exams (only one left then i qualify!!), recieved some money from NHS bursary scheme, and sold off my cpu/mobo/ram, i need to know what to do.

    here is what I have left:
    1) Fulltower case (love it)
    2) 2x320gb seagate 7200.10s in 2xCooldrive 6
    3) Corsair HX620W
    4) Audigy 2ZS
    5) 19inch dell CRT
    6) 2x160gb Seagate 7200.7s

    So I have around £8-900 for a PC.

    Part of me was thinking to try and stretch the following:
    1) E6600 - £200
    2) Asus Vista motherboard - £150
    3) 2gb of PC8000 RAM - £200
    4) 8800GTX - £350

    That comes to around £900 and I dont get a monitor or vista. but i should be able to get good mileage by overclocking both cpu and gfx!


    Second choice is to wait for a Dell deal where they do a free monitor upgrade and get a dimension 9200 E6600, 2gb RAM, 24inch TFT, some hard discs, and 7900GS graphics card for around that price.

    That would come to around £900 and i wouldnt have a nice graphics card, any use for my HX620, and nowhere to put my lovely hard drives. I also wouldnt be able to overclock this system as itll be a dell.(oh, but i do get Vista business in the deal)

    so, what to do?!

    im quite confused, i will not have too much time to use my PC, but i want it to be so that when I do use, i enjoy it.
    Either that, or I keep using my athlonXP3200/1gb ram/radeon 8500 until i move out to the hospital accomodation when i get my job. (this computer is really getting on my nerves, not enough power to USB devices, cant recognise USB keyboard natively, keeps crashing, cant do more than one thing at a time on it)

    any help would be much appreciated - or should i just forget all of this and go on a trip around north europe via interrail for 4 weeks?

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    • Sumanji's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero
      • CPU:
      • AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
      • Memory:
      • 16GB G.Skill TridentZ C14 3200MHz
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 970 Evo 500GB
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      • Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 850W
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      • Fractal Design Meshify C TG
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    Hey,

    Thought about getting some cheaper components?

    E6400 - £150
    Gigabyte DS3 or DFI Infinity 975X - £100
    2Gb PC6400 - <&#163;120 (lots of specials on atm)
    8800GTS - &#163;250

    Leaves &#163;300 for Vista/TFT and booze money. To be honest thought, I would not buy high end components right now. Large Intel price drop in April, and 8800 prices will plummet when R600/G81 arrive. If you can hang on till June/July-ish, we will have affordable quad cores, G81/R600, Vista toothing aches somewhat calmed down, hopefully better mobos?! And you will have a salary!

    Your call dude...

    Suman

    P.S. What course are you doing? Medicine, Nursing, Physio or something? The NHS bursary people are a complete set of tarts, I've had to re-send my form 4 times (the latest being because I put down my country of origin as "United Kingdom" rather then "England". Suffice to say I was severely ticked off Anyway, good luck with your exams! I have finals too in March

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    thanks sumanji, that seems like a good idea, just im getting more frustrated at the pile of junk i have in front of me working as a poor excuse as a PC (i came back to this from my opteron 165 running at 2.5ghz, now i notice how quick that was!)

    I am about to finish my medical degree, we do modular finals, plus anything youve failed right at the end. thankfully ive failed none, and just have the medicine/GP/psych rotation left (which we have just finished the psych component of!).
    I can perhaps wait until april, but its going to be tough. thing is, i really really really want a 24inch dell TFT and something powerful to drive it.

    just hope AMD/ATI will pull their finger out and get this damn R600 out.

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    • Sumanji's system
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      • CPU:
      • AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
      • Memory:
      • 16GB G.Skill TridentZ C14 3200MHz
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 970 Evo 500GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire RX Vega 64
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 850W
      • Case:
      • Fractal Design Meshify C TG
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
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      • Asus XG35VQ 35" (3440x1440 @100Hz)
      • Internet:
      • Comcast Xfinity Blast (250 / 10)
    Hehe, I know what that feels like; I was stuck on a P2-400 laptop with 256MB of RAM and an 8MB graphics card before I finally got my first proper PC in 2002 (AXP 2200+ with a Ti4200)!!

    What uni are you at? Modular finals sound easy I'm on my last rotation at the moment (MDD; which is T+O, Rheumatology and Neurology) but our finals combine Gen Med, Gen Surg and MDD. Thankfully don't include any of the specialities though (I didn't like any of them!). The "fear" hasn't set in yet... but less than 6 weeks till the first exam

    Wait till April and we can do a simultaneous upgrade

    Suman

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