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Old 11th September, 2005, 12:25 PM
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Finishing off my PC

Ok, I still haven't finished it because my money vanished.
However, with a £200 Tesco job, £120 of EMA and a £100 EMA bonus, this time in 2 weeks I'll have £450 to play with.
I don't want to spend all of it. I think my budget should be around £200-£250.
I definately need:
1GB PC3200 Memory
Graphics Card (Need not be for gaming, so an X300SE is probably my choice, and replace with a 6800 in 2 months)
Optical Drive

I would also like these finishing touches:
CPU Heatsink (Using stock atm)
5.1 Speakers
New Keyboard Mouse setup
KVM Switch

I have drawn up this:
Sapphire X300SE GFX Card £30
1GB Corsair Value Ram £70 (Price fluctuates frequently)
DVD+RW £35 (Which one though?)
Creative T5900 Speakers 5.1
Antec Evo Heatsink and Fan £21 (Second only to Gigabytes Pro monster, but costs £15 less)
Linksys KVM Switch £25
Saitek Gaming Keyboard £25
A mouse (Which one?)
Total: £200 odd squid +-

Is this okay? Can anybody make some suggestions? Thanks!
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Get an MX510 for the mouse if you're right handed. And I'd go with a 6200 over an X300SE if you can.
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Old 11th September, 2005, 07:43 PM
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Yeah, a 6200 probably would be better. But a non-turbocache version? Does one exist?
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Old 12th September, 2005, 12:16 AM
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They do indeed and a 6200 is a far far better choice than an X300

Go for an Arctic Cooling Freezer instead of the antec cooler, they're cheap, quiet and effective coolers

and for the DVD+-RW drive go for an NEC ND3540
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A 6200 can be used for gaming and at around £55 with delivery, it's a bargain. IT's worth spending the few quid extra on one of these, it's a 'this year' card as well (not sure when the X300 was released). Plus it's a 6 series card. They're available from Ebuyer and OCUK at around £55 with VAT and delivery (as well as other places).
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Old 12th September, 2005, 07:13 PM
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I think the X300 is basically a 9200 PCI-E
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I mean what was teh point in bringing out the X300. It seems a little out dated.
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They do indeed and a 6200 is a far far better choice than an X300

Go for an Arctic Cooling Freezer instead of the antec cooler, they're cheap, quiet and effective coolers

and for the DVD+-RW drive go for an NEC ND3540
Cheers about the DVD Drive.
However, I opted for the Akasa AK913 Evo because it cools to 17C below the reference temperature on an FX55 CPU, whereas a Arctic Cooling Freezer does not and is better suited to LGA775 systems.
This is according to CPC labs tests. The Feezer is superb, but better for 775.
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Old 13th September, 2005, 01:08 AM
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How does a freezer being suitable for prescotts not translate into it being suitable for Athlon64's which run cooler?

I've not really read much on the akasa but they aren't exactly the first name that springs to mind on quality, but I have read nothing but praise for the Freezers other than the fan not being practicle to replace should something go wrong, but I've seen results that aren't far off an XP90
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I'm just going to stick to CPCs lab results. The Akasa has a heatpipe and transfers heat much more efficiently.
I'm not saying the Freezer isn't suitable, just that it isn't as good. It's also been eclipsed by Gigabytes Pro which is the best eprformer but £10 more expensive then the Akasa.
I'm also thinking of some £19 SilenX 120mm fans.
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Don't bother with SilenX fans, they are pretty quiet but not worth that kind of money, you can get a Nexus 120mm fan for £12 from www.kustompcs.co.uk and they are by far the best choice for quiet fans
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Or Papst which are available for £11 from OCUK.
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Cheers!
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Overclockers.co.uk only have the 80mm papst in and it's £14 and though papst are definately high quality fans which will be near silent at ~5V, they aren't worth paying more for than a nexus
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Do Papst fans still come with raw leads, as in no plug crimped to the fan's wires?
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Sticking with the X300SE, as my Shuttle can still play games well and it means I can have a 6800GT or even an Ultra for Christmas.
I have £180 to spend NOW.
Is this memory ok?
http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=49296

Are the Creative P5800 speakers sutiable?

I'd happily spend £30 on a mosue AND keyboard.
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Stuff it. I bought Scan Elixir Ram, an Akasa 120mm fan, a Sony DVD-RW and an X300SE and P5800 speakers.
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Thanks for taking our advice. Hope everything works out..
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Old 27th September, 2005, 07:34 PM
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Don't be like that. I'm taking your advice on the mouse. I can't take everybodies advice. I couldn't afford the 6200, and I haven't bought a HSF so that's still up for thought.

It's all working fine, setup etc.

I do have a problem with my speakers though. They are setup fine, and all speakers work when I test them, but I do not get surround sound when I play DVDs, either in PowerDVD or Media Player.
What do I need to do?
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