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Old 10-01-2006, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I currently have a average pc:

AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (SKT-A) 2.08ghz
2x512mb Crucial DDR 3200 RAM (1gb total)
ATI Radeon 9550 256mb Graphics AGP8
PC Chips Motherboard (very cheap )
160gb Western Digital IDE HDD
40gb Maxto IDE HDD

^nothing special really...

I've wanted to upgrade to a 64bit Dual Core system and have been looking at firstly differences between the Intel and AMD offerings, and decided AMD seems to have a better ratio of price to spec.

This then leaves me with the decision of AM2 or 939, again after looking around the prices are very similar and AM2 is here to stay for the time being. so AM2 seems to be my choice.

My Budget is about £550-600max so my choices are based on this price tag. I've choosen some cheap parts which I will replace when money is available

Heres my choices:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/109465
(Casecom KL-999 ATX Tower Case with LCD temp display and 350w PSU)
£24.55

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/111290
(Athlon 64 4200 Dual Core 2.2GHz 512kb L2 cache AM2 940 pin)
£120.44

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/110732
(MSI K9N Neo-F nForce 550 Socket AM2 PCI-E DDR2 Retail)
£48.65

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/91121
(Kingston Valueram 1Gb 667MHz DDR 2 None Ecc Cl5)
£82.13

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/111193
(Asus ATI X1600Pro 512MB PCI-E)
£68.20

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/114106
(Seagate 250GB SATAII/300 7200rpm 8MB Cache Drive - OEM)
£55.72

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/108748
(Samsung SH-S162A 16x DVD±RW/RAM Internal IDE (Beige) - OEM)
£17.62

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/114209
(Belinea 1925S1W 19" Widescreen 5ms 850:1 (1440 X 900) Silver & Black MultiMedia TFT Monitor 3 Years Onsite Warranty)
£132.12

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In my list my PSU is very cheap, will be replaced so as I can afford a decent Antec or something,

I've looked around and read many articles on DVIvsANALOGUE
Seems for some reason many monitors/displays are not being made with DVI and it doesnt seem worth upgrading to DVI until it becomes more widely used.

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I would like to know if my choices are okay, if there are any choices ive made wrong, any compatability issues... anything else general like that.

Also will the increase in performance from my current system be noticeable greatly.

I want to know that im making the correct choice before I go ahead and make a purchase

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Old 10-01-2006, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't use that PSU period, just get one now.. maybe you can get a x2 3800+ instead of a 4200+ and get a PSU with the money you save..
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Old 10-01-2006, 12:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the x2 3800+ seems to be only £1.50 cheaper
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Old 10-01-2006, 01:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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get core 2 duo
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Oh, lol, then nevermind.. didn't know that.. It's like 30 dollars american difference here, which could buy you a good interim PSU.

Either way, I doubt that crappy PSU will even powerup your computer.
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Old 10-01-2006, 02:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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how does this PSU look?

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/89518/rb/22129910049
(Xpro 460w Quiet PSU - 12cm Blue LED Fan)
£23.99

spec:
# Over Voltage Protection
# Short Circuit Protection
# 100% Full Load Burn-In

Output Specification
# Red +5V ...30A
# Yellow +12V...30A
# White -5V ...0.5A
# Blue -12V ...0.8A
# Purple +3.3V ..28A
# Brown +5 VSB..3 A
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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So any ideas on whether or not this is a PSU I should choose? I really dont know what im looking for when choosing a PSU... I know the importance of them but not sure whether I am choosing the right one for my system...
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