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Old 07-22-2007, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My computer is old so I need a new one. My main priority is playing Battlefield 2 on medium/high settings without any slowdown. I have a budget of around £300 and I will be using Ebuyer - Cheap Computers Laptops Digital Cameras Televisions for my purchases.

Motherboard = EVGA nForce 590 SLI Socket AM2 8 channel Audio ATX - £59.95
CPU = Amd Athlon64 X2 3600+ Socket Am2 2x512kb L2 Cache 65watt Retail Boxed Processor - £46.58
RAM = OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 4-4-4-15 PLATINUM XTC with LIFETIME WARRANT - £74.99
Hard-Drive = Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache – OEM - £47.75

Total £229.27

I feel I've gone slightly over budget already I have a case/monitor/cd-drives etc.

Can you give me your opinions so far on this? I don't plan to upgrade and I won't be overclocking. Are there any changes you would recommend? like cheaper parts or just better parts in general (please try to stay close to the budget )

As you can see I'm missing a GFX Card and a PSU aswell (I don't think I'm missing anything else, please correct me if I'm wrong), so any help there would be fantastic

Thanks for your time
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Well I have Battlefield 2 and I can play it 100% on high with my 6800Gt, DFI Lanparty Ultra-D, AMD Athlon 3200+ Venice and 1 GB OCZ Gold ram.

Battlefield 2142 runs on medium easy, and could run on high but I don't do it for gaming advantage.
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Old 07-22-2007, 07:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh is that all? Seems like I've gone overkill on my parts then. Although I've heard from many people that 2 Gig of Ram would be the best for it. I'm not really aiming for anything more graphical intense (except maybe BF2142 on medium) for a good few years so upgradability isn't really an issue and I will not be overclocking at all.
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I need more help
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What is your budget?
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I have a budget of around £300. I think I've gone a bit over already, I'm sure there's a cheaper motherboard I could get but I'm not very knowledgable about what's good and what's not anymore. I think I'd rather have an Nvidia card aswell, but if there's an ATI which is a lot better for the same price, I can settle for that.
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Still need advice on a gfx card/PSU and maybe a cheaper replacement for the motherboard.
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Right well I can't edit my original post so I will need to post it here. I've found a GFX Card and a PSU and also a different processor for only an extra 5 pounds:

CPU = AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Socket AM2 (2.2GHz) L2 1MB (2x512KB) Retail Boxed Processor
GFX Card = Sapphire X1950Pro 256MB GDDR3 DVI TVO HDCP PCI-E Graphics Card
PSU = 400W FSP ATX-400PNF pPFC PSU ATX 2.01 ATX12V upto 85% Eff' PCI-E SATA Ready

I'll also be buying an accelero cooler for the card as I hear it has heating and noise problems.

I'm worried about the PSU though, will it run this system well? and what does the 85% efficient mean? Here's the description (A New generation of Efficient PSU's from FSP - Cost effective and upto 85% efficient will save you on your electricity bill.) Does that mean it'll only be running at 85% of it's power? because that's not good!

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FSPs are pretty good, so it should just be enough for that system. And no the 85% efficiency does not mean its running at 85% power, it just means its more efficient (alot of PSUs are around 50%).
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Hmmm "Just be enough" I don't like the sound of that

Right. Before I press the "Checkout" button I'd like one final opinion:

New Motherboard:

Asustek M2V AM2 VIAK8T890 Sound, Gigalan And USB 2.0 2000MHz FSB SATA ATX - £38.85

Here's some info:

Socket AM2 for AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2/ Athlon™ 64 FX/ Athlon™ 64/ Sempron™
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet
VIA® K8T890
VIA® VT8237A
Max FSB 2000MT/s
Max memory capacity 4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2 800/ 667/ 533, ECC, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual Channel Architecture
1 x PCI Express x16
1 x PCI Express x1
4 x PCI
VIA® VT8237A South Bridge:
2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
2 x Serial ATA with RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD
Marvell 88SE6121:
1 x Serial ATAI/II
1 x External Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard disk (SATA On-the-Go)
Realtek ALC 660, 6-ch High-Definition Audio CODEC
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