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#1 Rob8UrChips

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 04:11 AM

Hi Folks,

Thanks to my profound stupidity in deleting AppleTalk from my old Compaq (see Profile page for specs), and the fact I don't have an installation/recovery disk to fix it, it looks as though I'm in the market (Scotland, UK) for a new Beast to see me well in to the next decade.

I've scanned a few sites, and quite a few PC's with lots of different specs and think I like this one, but need you tell me YES or NO - and if NO, what should I do please, as the seller says it's customizable.

I intend to use it with Vista Home Premium for gaming, TV, telephony, video, torrent up/downloads and all the usual others.

Here's the specs for £547.23 (around $1100):

Chassis Gigabyte Triton 180 Black Aluminium Front (Without PSU);

Power Supplies Corsair Powersupply 520W Black, ATX/EPS, 120mm Fan, 4xSATA, SLI, WxHxL 150x86x150;

Mainboards ABIT AN52, nForce 520, DDR2, Socket-AM2, SATAII, GbLAN, ATX, PCI-Ex16;

Processors AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz Socket AM2 2MB, BOXED w/fan;

Memory Corsair TWIN2X 6400C4 DDR2, 2048MB CL4, Kit w/two 1GB Dimm's, E.P.P Technology;

Graphics Cards XFX GeForce 8500GT 450M 256MB DDR2, PCI-Express, DVI/VGA/Tv-Out, 450/667Mhz;

Hard Drives Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 500GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM;

Optical Drives NEC DVD±RW burner AD-5170 IDE Black OEM, DVD+R/+RW/DVD-R/-RW (Dual layer);

Operating Systems Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Eng OEM DVD 32bit.


Am I being stupid and/or ripped off with this deal? Should I change anything to get better value? Do you need further details?

It can be seen here (with links to further info on each of the items above):

http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ci.aspx?sku=10137

Thanks.
Rob
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1. ignorance combined with minimal wealth + plenty health is, in fact, bliss;
2. asking questions becomes dangerous when they're answered; and,
3. eating too many chips wont make you into a FAT32).

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 05:13 AM

Looks like a nice computer :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 07:02 AM

Looks nice, from a gaming POV the weakest link is the graphics card.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 07:19 AM

Thanks guys.

Mr Alpha - here's a link to the list of alternative Graphics Cards they have. Would you advise a change given the other specs?

http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/config.aspx?ConfigSystemId=10137

The list for Graphics Cards is about one-third from the top of page.

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3. eating too many chips wont make you into a FAT32).

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 07:30 AM

If your willing to pay the money a 8800GTS 320MB is probably the best choice. Otherwise a 8600GT/GTS.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 08:28 AM

Thanks Mr Alpha.

I've looked at the alternatives and noticed a BIG difference in price, but don't understand why. Can you give me some pointers please.

Is it to get a high-definition monitor to show television properly, while using a second monitor with other computer operations? I just don't know, my friend.

I currently have a 19" LCD monitor with external speakers that I'm happy with, and would use with the new computer for the next few years.

I live in an area with close neighbours so don't need Boom-Boom sounds, only decent hardware that 'pleases the eye' in a fairly cramped environment.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 09:18 AM

To give you an overview: The 8500GT has 16 stream processors, and the 8600GT/GTS has 32 stream processors. Now the 8800GTS has 96 stream processors, while the 8800GTX 128. The rest of the hardware exists in equal proportions. Going from a 8500GT to an 8800GTS is almost a six times increase in performance. Now you got Vista and DirectX 10 coming, and frankly the 8500GT doesn't have the power to do DirectX 10, even though it in theory supports it.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 01:28 PM

OK, I think I follow that. Thanks Mr Alpha (and sorry for the delay in getting back to you - my system crashed again, then so did I for my afternoon nap).

Would I need a Sound Card to plug my external speakers in?

Edited by Rob8UrChips, 29 August 2007 - 01:32 PM.

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3. eating too many chips wont make you into a FAT32).

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 04:49 PM

No, the motherboard has onboard audio.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 04:59 PM

OK, that's great. You're a wizard. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :thumbsup:
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2. asking questions becomes dangerous when they're answered; and,
3. eating too many chips wont make you into a FAT32).




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