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    What do you think of this computer setup?


    Hey,

    I've saved up some money and now here's what I will be spending it on:
    MSI K8N SLI Platinum NFORCE4 SKT939 - £82
    AMD (Venice) Athlon 64Bit 3000+ - £95
    Geil Value 1Gb PC3200 Dual Chan DDR Kit (2x512MB) - £65
    Mitsumi Floppy Drive - £3
    Western Digital WD1600JD 160GB 7200RPM SATA/150 8MB Cache - OEM - £55
    LG GSA-4167B 16X DVD±RW/RAM - £35
    Antec Psu/550w Eps12v Pfc F True Ii - £97
    Gigabyte GV-NX66256DP 6600 256MB Silent pipe PCI-E - £76

    In total this comes to £523 (including P&P) which is just under my budget of £537. With the £14 spare I will either buy faster RAM or a large HDD.

    What do you guys think of this and would you recommend something other than what I have?

    Thanks
    Tom

    PS. I have already ordered the case, Antec Super Lanboy.

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    How did you buy a floppy drive for 3 pounds?

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    Go with the faster ram. The specs look great from where I'm sitting
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    Post the latency of that ram you chose .. (Value doesn´t necessarily mean it´s worse)

    Some people experienced problems with de fan on the northbridge (a common problem actually) so you might want to look into that ...


    What are you planning to do with this ... probably not gaming ...

    I have better alternatives for the HD, proc. (depends whether or not you´d like to play games a lot) and mobo .. it´s a nice built though.

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    Nice performance-on-a-budget system there

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinity
    What are you planning to do with this ... probably not gaming ...
    looks like it would handle games quite well. That 6600 packs some power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopin1810
    How did you buy a floppy drive for 3 pounds?
    I've not actually bought it yet, but I figure they can be handy sometimes on computers so I may aswell get one.

    Go with the faster ram. The specs look great from where I'm sitting Smile
    This will unfortunately bump the price up

    ost the latency of that ram you chose .. (Value doesn´t necessarily mean it´s worse)

    Some people experienced problems with de fan on the northbridge (a common problem actually) so you might want to look into that ...


    What are you planning to do with this ... probably not gaming ...

    I have better alternatives for the HD, proc. (depends whether or not you´d like to play games a lot) and mobo .. it´s a nice built though.
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    Hmm, initial problems or after a certain time?

    I'm not planning on gaming, just watching movies, TV series, programming and browsing.

    Nice performance-on-a-budget system there
    , I'm buying the 6600GT for movies basically, or would I be fine with the cheapest PCI-E card I can find:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=97821

    ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceSquad
    Nice performance-on-a-budget system there

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinity
    What are you planning to do with this ... probably not gaming ...
    looks like it would handle games quite well. That 6600 packs some power.
    sorry I thought it said 6200 ... people make mistakes ...

    ... mmm about the latency´s well .. mmm the built in memory controller (AMD) will help out a lot but maybe you should reconsider that choice ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomX
    , I'm buying the 6600GT for movies basically, or would I be fine with the cheapest PCI-E card I can find:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=97821

    ?
    that would be more than sufficient for what you're doing.

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    you can get a samsung spinpoint 250GB for £80 from www.komplett.co.uk, i'm in the process of strongarming my dad into getting me one
    Here's why Linux is easier than Windows:
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    Re: What do you think of this computer setup?

    LOL@...
    Quote Originally Posted by TomX
    Mitsumi Floppy Drive - £3
    You must be buying this for a joke, yes? I get a funny feeling you're wasting £3, that money would be much better spent on a McDonalds burger, or a cup of pretentious Starbucks coffee.

    Of all the computers I've built or bought over the last 2 years, none has had a floppy disk in it. If you're using SATA, then you dont want a floppy disk ribbon cable inside the case disrupting the air flow across your cpu.

    Other than that, I think the machine looks fine - I take it you've checked the support of that video card against the Linux nVidia drivers support? It'd be really embarassing for you if you had to run it at 640x480 in vga mode!
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