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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 11:27 am    Post subject: New Computer Reply with quote

When I get back home after this term, I should be in a position to upgrade my computer considerably. Here are the specs I'm after, based on what I will be able to afford.

Athlon64 3200
2GiB RAM
SoundBlaster Audigy 4
Connect3D x1800GTO, 256MiB RAM, PCI-e
250GiB SATA hard drive (plus my current 160GiB IDE hard drive)
ThermalTake Tsunami Dream case (a sexy beast)
550W PSU (from my current machine)

What do you think? Any improvements I should make (within a reasonable cost)? Is a 7600GT graphics card good enough, for instance?

Edit: Updated the plan to 2GiB RAM and the ATI x1800GTO.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go at least for 1.5 Gig RAM Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get that in Laptop form, with an Intel Core Duo instead. That's what I'm getting in a few months.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laptop? That'll cost a bloody fortune. Razz Where are you getting it from?
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a question for you: nVidia's 7600GT or ATI's x1800GTO?

(Both have 256MiB RAM and are PCI-e.)
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ATI, i have the nvidia one and can see that ATI is far superior.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Around about a grand actually Proc, which I don't think's too bad to last me hrough Uni.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give me links, Rocky! Razz I'd like a laptop, but I've never found one that could let me play games as well as a PC.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Procurator wrote:
Here's a question for you: nVidia's 7600GT or ATI's x1800GTO?

(Both have 256MiB RAM and are PCI-e.)


ATI! ATI! ATI!
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, http://cyberpowerpc.com was one I was looking into, especially with the current exchange rate dollars -> pounds.

EDIT: Looking at it:

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/ntbkx56800.asp?v=d

Modify that with the best processor and 2 gig of RAM, and it still come in under a grand Shocked

Probably have to pay a lot to import it and in VAT though.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

H'mm... very interesting. But it'd cost me an extra 200 (which is more than I'll be paying to ship my computer up and down the country next year), and I'd be sacrificing screen size and hard disk space.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updated the specs slightly. All in all this will come to just under 600 quid. I may be able to reduce that if I buy different components from different online stores (but that might increase the postage costs).

Anyone know any good (UK) stores? So far I've got:
Novatech
Dabs
Komplett
Microdirect
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that I've got a job and should be earning a pretty wad of cash during these summer 'holidays', I've set my sights a little higher!

Athlon64 3700 (1MiB cache, as opposed to 512KiB)
2GiB RAM
SoundBlaster Audigy SE 7.1
Gigabyte x1900XT, 512MiB RAM, PCI-e
250GiB SATA hard drive (plus my current 160GiB IDE hard drive)
ThermalTake Tsunami Dream case (a sexy beast)
580W PSU (modular, so I don't need all those bloody cables)

And I'm also getting some rounded cables to replace the current floppy/IDE ones, quiet fans for my processor and graphics card and, uh, a remote control. Yeah, I'm a lazy git. Oh, and a surround sound headset and a proper microphone.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much better graphics card. I'm about to buy the x1900XTX in a few days, which is just a little more expensive. Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. It's tempting, but it's only a few extra FPS in the latest games. Wink
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