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Old 07-06-2006, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i dont know what to get im stuck with these two options, can somebody help me please =S

Either
Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Antec_Cases.html

Or
Antec Super LANBOY Aluminum Super Mini Tower Case
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Antec_Cases.html

and

Akasa Ultra Quiet 400W Paxpower Active PFC ATX2.0 PSU - Black Nickel with Blue LED Fan (CA-013-AK)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acata...r_Supplies.html
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Old 07-06-2006, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the Sonata, it's an excellent case.

The LANboy looks louder, more air flow. The Sonata is quiet, not big on air flow.
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Old 07-06-2006, 02:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would go with the Sonata, and its PSU seems to be just fine as well, compared to most crap power supplies that come with cases. I also think the Sonata is WWWWWAAAAAAAAYYYY better looking the Lanboy, which looks childish, imo.
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okay i think ill go with that one then. my decision is final. now what to downgrade in the internals...
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Old 07-06-2006, 02:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i am buying the following components

amd athlon 64 3800 sckt 939
1024mb RAM
nvidia 7600GT PCI-E
Gigabyte GA-K8N51GMF-9 NF4, S939, PCI-E (x16)
120gb seagate barracuda 7200
samsung dvd +/- rw
17" crt monitor
3 in one bundle mouse/keyboard/speakers
Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case
d-link router/usb dongle

and it all comes to about £600 with delivery, thing is i aint got that much to spend realy, is there anything i could possibly compramise on, im finding it quite hard to downgrade now ive got that setup in my mind.

an option is to get a 7600 gs or x1600 xt instead, what would anybody advise out of these two? or how low should i dare to go when downgrading a cpu, is at least a 3800+ pretty much a necessity in terms of modern gaming?
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Hmmm.... 17" CRT. If I were you, I'd consider getting a good monitor and speakers. Those will last you a while. The high-tech stuff, however, gets outdated pretty fast; besides, the lower you go, the more value you get. Just do yourself a favor. Those'll be two less purchases you'll have to make later that you'll be kicking yourself in the 4ss for.

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Old 07-06-2006, 02:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i havnt got the money/ id rather spend it on performance, not asthetics, tft / flatscreen is out of the window, i can save up afterwards, i just want to get the main parts sorted now, a crt for £45 is a bargain and i can upgrade to a £100+ moniter when i can afford it, also i use headphones all the time, and i have a realy high quality stereo in my room so i can bang music onto a cd if i wanna play it loudly, otherwise these cheap speakers will do.
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Well, then a 7600 GS would be a viable option. An HD downgrade wouldn't give you much more money....so.... it's either graphics or the CPU. You probably don't want a crappy motherboard. Not a great idea.

The ATI's have more issues than the Nvidias.
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You can get a CRT from www.accurateit.com for wayyyy cheap. I got my 21" Trinitron CRT for $98USD, err maybe they don't ship to the UK, sorry.

You could get a slower CPU and overclock it, that would save you some money. If it's a new 17" CRT, then it will be high quality. (I'm big on CRT's still, excellent quality.)
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kk so its a 3500+ and/or 7600 gs, thanks for the advice guys
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