nearing end stages of setup choice - comments pls

  cte 16:56 18 Apr 06

hi guys!!!

ok... am close to making my upgrade purchase.. at the moment i am looking at these as options:

cpu: AMD X2 Dual Core Athlon 64 4400 1Mb Socket 939Pin

motherb: gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI

memory 2gb of either :

1. novatech 400MHz 184Pin 1GB PC3200 DDR RAM - £100
2. crucial 184pin DDR PC3200 - £120

graphics card: havent looked much into vid cards but either:

1. Sapphire ATI Radeon X800GTO 256MB DDR3 Ultimate - £130
2. MSI NX6800 GS - £150 - probably too expensive for me.

cpu cooler: CNPS9500-LED Aero Flower Cooler

case: Thermaltake Soprano Black Middle Tower Case With Window NO PSU

any changes you would make??? im not sure i can afford the cpu cooler now that i am buying a gfx card... :( do you think this is an essentail buy, compaing the standard amd bundled cooler???

hopefully this stuff should all work together??!!

thanks for any comments guys!!!!


  Rayuk 19:28 18 Apr 06

The bundled cooler with the 4400+ is quite good so wouldnt bother paying extra for another.

  Mr Mistoffelees 21:25 18 Apr 06

Ram: You will not see any performance difference, unless you are into running benchmarks.

Graphics card: Go for the 6800GS, faster at stock speed and very overclockable (got mine running at 510MHz (core) and 1.15GHz (ram) with rock solid stability)

CPU cooler: The Zalman will run both quieter and cooler than the stock cooler.(I've got one of those too)

  Mr Mistoffelees 21:28 18 Apr 06

I would prioritise the graphics card over the Zalman cooler, if budget is a problem. You can always upgrade the cooler later if you find the standard one too noisy.

  cte 23:57 18 Apr 06

i have found the X800GTO 256MB DDR3 Ultimate for £100 delivered, so i think im going to go for that....

anyone seen a 6800 GS much cheaper than £150???

cheers..... :)

  hzhzhz 00:06 19 Apr 06
  Mr Mistoffelees 18:00 19 Apr 06

Do a search and see what other forum users think of Pixmania before you consider buying from them.

£142.48 including postage at Dabs click here

  Totally-braindead 18:35 19 Apr 06

Pixmania is not based in the UK cte, you may be ok but if a problem develops it can cost you a fortune sending it back. I personally wouldn't use them but of course the choice is entirely yours.

  cte 18:44 19 Apr 06

thanks guys!! :D

i have decided to drop 1gb of memory for the moment. (add another stick in when i can afford it), and go for this graphics card:

XFX Geforce 7600GT 256MB DDR3 PCI-E for £140 inc pnp

click here

seems good... is it any faster than the 6800gs though?? i keep seeing 6800gs's at higher prices??!!!

  hzhzhz 18:59 19 Apr 06

Well, please accept my apologies for even thinking about mentioning such a company on the forum.I promise I wont do it again.

  Mr Mistoffelees 19:47 19 Apr 06

The 7600GT gives you the latest technology and, judging by the figures qouted on the nVidia website, it should be a little faster. However it has only a 128bit memory interface and much lower memory bandwidth.

Reviews on this site click here are ambiguous. Whilst the 7600 is a little slower at low resolution and with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering,turn up the resolution, AA and AF and the 7600 shows clear superiority, in some games. But in other games the situation reverses in favour of the 6800GS. I would go with the 6800GS for it's overclocking potential.

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