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Old 07-05-2005, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For the past 3 weeks I've been ducking and diving around this and many other web sites in a vain attempt to put together a system.

As ever with these things its a balance of price against performance.

PLEASE could you cast your critical eyes over my proposal and give me your e-pinion. - I'm looking for the "best bang for buck" as you would say - particular - Graphics card! - I still have to dig for the best prices.

Thankyou

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Useage - 80% CAD (3DSM - Solidworks) 5% Video edit 5%Excel 5% Word 5% Internet +5% Paintshop Pro - Sorry but I dont do games. I want a system that can keep up with me - remember those days before windows!


Processor 1off Intel Pentium® 4 550 3.4GHZ HT S775 1M Cache 800FSB Processor With HT Technology £154.29

Fan 1off Akasa AK-954D, P4 Prescott, Socket 775 up to 3.6GHz, 45.0 dB(A) Copper Core 4200rpm £6.99

Motherboard 1off Asus P5AD2 Premium Socket-775 I925 - ATA Sound Gb-Lan IEEE1394 USB2 800FSB WiFi Retail Box £120.75

Graphics 1off 128Mb ATI FireGL V5100 128MB DDR PCI-E OEM (Brown Box) £389.00

RAM 2off Crucial CT6464Z40B 512MB DDR 400MHz PC3200 (27.90) £27.90

Case 1off AOpen H600B Super Tower inc 350w psu (LGA 775 ready) £51.00

DVD 1off LG GSA-4163B Black 16x16 ±R Dual Layer + X5 DVDRAM DVD Writer, OEM UK £26.78

Other storage 1off Mitsumi FA404M 1.44 Black FDD+Int USB2 7 in 1 Card Reader (SM/MMC/SD/CF/MD/MS) Fits in 3.5" FDD Bay £10.90

Hard drive 1 & 2 Using RAID 0 2 160Gb Western Digital Raid Edition 1600SD (7200rpm,8mb) 24x7 USE! - SATA £56.69

Backup Hard drive 1off 250Gb Western Digital Caviar 2500JD-FDB (7200rpm,8MB) - SATA £71.89

Monitor 1off 19" Hyundai ImageQuest L90D+ TFT Monitor with Speakers - Silver/Black 8ms 1280x1024 DVI-D £242.00

Mouse 1off Logitech Pilot Optical Mouse Black £9.59

Modem (Fax) 1off Sweex Modem PCI 56K/v.92 *Hardware* - CA000010 £6.13

Less Vat £1,173.91
Vat £205.43
Total £1,379.34

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I don't know any UK rates, so I wouldn't be the one to know if your being ripped off.

Check out the wildcatz realizm graphics card, I have heard excellent things about it. But you don't have 2000$ to blow on it I bet.
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Old 07-05-2005, 06:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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RAM!! if ur doing editing, id want a gig of RAM
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he said it wasn't for gaming, read the post first.
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What kinda power supply are you using?
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Old 07-05-2005, 07:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ah-but!!
- not to bothered about the prices just yet - thats the next three weeks work.

- $2000 for a graphics card - my gooooddd!! - the wife would shoot me!!

- there is a gig of memory 2off 500mB

- Case comes with a power supply

http://www.aopen.nl/products/housing/H600series.htm

= 350 version
400/350/300W ATX 12V (ball bearing fan) high efficiency, UL/CSA/CE/VDE/S/D/N/ FI/FCC /DoC certified

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that PSU sucks. if it comes with a case not made by antec or thermaltake, it sucks. Get a 500 watt PSU to be safe, i dont know how much power that sort of vid card would draw
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Old 07-07-2005, 07:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Chears

- I have change the spec to include a "Antec Black Tx640b Mini Tower 400w Atx" Case @ £69.99

ATI recommend a system with a 300watt or greater power supply

Still not sure whether the graphics card is the correct choice though?


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Look at the benchmarks. Look at your pentium compared to a similarly priced Athlon 64, and see which one is better.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...spx?i=2429&p=7

By the way the 3.2 540 looks like an awesome buy, at 200 dollars US. Offers similar performance, and shouldn't be hard to oc to 3.4 with an ASUS. Use that extra money to get some much needed RAM.
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By the way, I think Intel's 925 chipset allows you to have raid 0 using partitions, so you don't need to get 2 hard drives, You can get one big hard drive, and use it as raid 0.
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