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Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by 20machinm, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. 20machinm Guest

    I'm building a low cost gaming rig around the C2D E4300 Allendale.
    Part Details Price

    CPU Intel Core2 Duo E4300 @1.8GHz £72.97
    Motherboard ABIT Fatal1ty F-I90HD £70.96
    RAM GeIL 2GB PC6400C4 £58.74
    Case Sharkoon Rebel 9 Value Black ATX £35.24
    PSU Hiper 580W Type-R Modular £79.99
    Graphics Sapphire X1650 Pro PCI-E £55.70
    HDD 160Gb WD1600YS Caviar 16MB £35.71
    DVD/CD ASUS Dual Layer SATAII DVD £22.20

    TOTAL £431.51

    Anybody got any ideas on how I can push the cost down a bit more, like under £400 preferable. Maybe use a different motherboard/HDD. I like the 16 Mb cache on the HD but I could do with a lower capacity. Cheers
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    Grings New Member

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    buy parts individually from aria, ebuyer and saverstore, theyve all got the google checkout save £10 on orders over £30 deal
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    well for a start you could get a cheaper psu the hiper type r is a nice psu but you could get one just as good (albeit not modular) for around £40ish if you shop around you can get an asus p5b for around £60 shaving another £10 off your price aside from those i cant see any other way of knocking much more £ off that system. id also reccomend a 7600gt over the 1600pro its a tad more expensive but performs a lot better the x16** series werent really that great.
  4. 20machinm Guest

    does quality cary between the different manufacturers of the 7600gt?
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    Grings New Member

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    not really, other than some use non standard (better) heatsinks, and some manufacturer warranties are better than others e.g. i got a bfg with a 'lifetime warranty' where others may only come with a 12 month warranty
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    If you are looking at Nvidia the top 3 companies are:

    BFG
    EVGA
    XFX

    These all offer lifetime (XFX offers double lifetime) warranties. Each do differ though. I would say the top brand by far is EVGA and usually cheaper too.
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    I would go for XFX or BFG, but not EVGA. I would get a X1650XT if i were you.

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