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Mon 31/10/05 at 12:45
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Yep, it's another one of these kinds of topics.
My bro and I are looking to do a bit of upgrading pretty soon (within the next week or 2 or 3) and have roughly 800 set aside for the upgrade. The overhaul will require: motherboard, CPU, ram, power supply and graphics card (so pretty much everything). I'm not totally up to speed on all the business, but he knows his stuff to a certain degree, and this is what we have come up with so far.

Motherboard:
Asus A8N-SLi Premium nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-111-AS)
or
Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-087-AS)

CPU:
AMD Athlon64 3700 San Diego Retail

Ram:
Corsair TwinX 2 x 1GB XMS3200Pro

Power supply:
550W ATX Power Supply
or perhaps the Enermax Noisetaker 535W EG565AX-VE(W) SFMA ATX2.0 SLI Compliant PSU (CA-023-EN)
(what real advantage do you get from buying a branded more expensive power supply rather than get a cheapo one?)

Graphics card:
probably the BFG GeForce 7800 GT OC 256MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-010-BG)
(I hear that 512mb versions are coming out soon, so would this fact drive the price down in a few weeks??)

so basically, can anyone give advice on whether that stuff will work out ok, or could we get better stuff for the same kind of money. We're looking to probably use aria.co.uk for most of the gear and probably Overclockers for the graphics card, but will of course shop around once we know the final items we want.
Mon 31/10/05 at 15:01
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Posts: 3,491
Bejam wrote:
> (what real advantage do you get from buying a branded more expensive
> power supply rather than get a cheapo one?)

a) it won't be sh*t
b) it won't explode within days
3) it will actually be able to supply the rated power
d) the voltage rails will actually be s**table (and adequate)
Mon 31/10/05 at 12:45
Regular
"Wants Spymate on dv"
Posts: 3,025
Yep, it's another one of these kinds of topics.
My bro and I are looking to do a bit of upgrading pretty soon (within the next week or 2 or 3) and have roughly 800 set aside for the upgrade. The overhaul will require: motherboard, CPU, ram, power supply and graphics card (so pretty much everything). I'm not totally up to speed on all the business, but he knows his stuff to a certain degree, and this is what we have come up with so far.

Motherboard:
Asus A8N-SLi Premium nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-111-AS)
or
Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-087-AS)

CPU:
AMD Athlon64 3700 San Diego Retail

Ram:
Corsair TwinX 2 x 1GB XMS3200Pro

Power supply:
550W ATX Power Supply
or perhaps the Enermax Noisetaker 535W EG565AX-VE(W) SFMA ATX2.0 SLI Compliant PSU (CA-023-EN)
(what real advantage do you get from buying a branded more expensive power supply rather than get a cheapo one?)

Graphics card:
probably the BFG GeForce 7800 GT OC 256MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-010-BG)
(I hear that 512mb versions are coming out soon, so would this fact drive the price down in a few weeks??)

so basically, can anyone give advice on whether that stuff will work out ok, or could we get better stuff for the same kind of money. We're looking to probably use aria.co.uk for most of the gear and probably Overclockers for the graphics card, but will of course shop around once we know the final items we want.

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