February 21, 2006

Computer Spec dart 2

Writing about web page http://www.ebuyer.co.uk

Ebuyer Extra Value Black Midi Neon Case Window with 400W PSU 105235 153 £29.99 £29.99

ECS KV2 Lite SKT939 AGP LAN 6channel audio ATX 100512 12 £39.99 £39.99

AMD (Venice) Athlon 64Bit 3200+ Socket 939pin 512k L2cache 90nm Retail Boxed Processor 088109 376 £93.48 £93.48

LG GSA-4167BAL 16x DVD±RW Dual Layer Internal IDE (Black) – OEM 097237 254 £22.89 £22.89

Gecube X800GTO 128MB 256 bit 400MHz TV DVI Silencool Uniwise fan AGP 097827 184 £94.46 £94.46

Western Digital WD2000JD 200GB SATA/150 7200RPM 8MB Cache – OEM 055240 132 £53.17 £53.17

Ebuyer 512mb DDR PC3200 400MHz 184pin Extra Value Ram 049447 509 £20.42 £40.84

Ebuyer MJ7C 17" 400:1 12ms(1280×1024) Black & Silver Multimedia TFT Monitor 3 Years Onsite Warranty 104838 430 £99.99 £99.99

Microsoft OEM Windows XP Professional x64 – 1Pk

comes to about £650.

is amd, 64 bit, looks pretty funky. should be ok.

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  1. My unasked for and prolly unwanted advice would be: get a decent PSU and some quality RAM.
    Are you using your old mouse and keyboard?

    21 Feb 2006, 12:35

  2. Agreed. The extra money you spend on proper RAM, not cheap generic stuff, will be well worth it – that's speaking from experience. You can't go wrong with Corsair ValueSelect, in my opinion.

    21 Feb 2006, 13:34

  3. Andrew Grigg

    cheers for this guys. what i am also interested is the SATA part of it. i have had no experience with SATA with it being relativity new, and only building a computer about 2 years ago, still using IDE for the HDD. is it just the same? and with the PSU, isn't 400W enough? or is it the fact that its generic.

    21 Feb 2006, 13:39

  4. 400W will be plenty, but if you get a cheap case you'll get a cheap generic PSU as well which can cause problems of its own. I had PSU problems last month and looked into it quite thoroughly, and if you're getting a high performing system then you're best pulling the standard PSU out of the case and replacing it with a decent one – Enermax seem to be king, but there are other makes like Tagan and, in my case, Hiper, who good quality PSUs. It's not just the wattage that's important, it's also the quality of the voltage supplied which makes a big difference, particularly on the +12V rail. This link gives an in-depth account of what you should look. But basically you'd be far better off, for example, with a decent branded 350W PSU than a cheap and nasty 400W one.

    On the other hand, I've had people say to me that these "experts" who write this are always obsessed with "bigger and better" and you DON'T need to upgrade from a cheap PSU unless you intend on overclocking your system to its limits. It's a matter of deciding what you want and balancing performance against budget – of course, buying a decent 400W PSU is going to add at least 40 quid on to the cost of your system.

    Regarding SATA, I don't know – I'm still perfectly happy using IDE so I have no need for it but I'm sure the guys on that message board will help you out – they were very useful when I was stuck and they know what they're talking about.

    21 Feb 2006, 18:39

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