My £500 gaming PC - can you guys look over it pls

16 replies
Found 30th Nov 2007
GPU - graphics card

Zotac NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT / 512MB GDDR3 / PCI-Express 2.0
play.com/PC/…BPB

£154.99 (use £5 of £50 order code).
**ordered**

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CPU - processor

AMD AM2 Athlon 64 5600+ Dual Core 2.8GHz, 2x 1MB Cache
scan.co.uk/Pro…754

£86.35

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MOBO - motherboard

Gigabyte GA-M56S-S3, NF560, S AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX
scan.co.uk/Pro…328

£44.17

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RAM - memory

2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-12
scan.co.uk/Pro…300

£41.88

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PSU - powersupply

Corsair VX 550W PSU - 120mm Fan, 5 Year Warranty
ebuyer.com/pro…563

£54.99

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CASE - MicroATX

X-Case M2 MPC - Media Micro Case (Micro Size supports full size boards) - No Psu- Black / White, 2 x 120mm fans, HD Audio, front USB. Takes Micro and Full Size Boards. Gloss Paintwork, Just 365mm Tall

xcase.co.uk/p/3…tml

£24.99

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OS - operating system

Windows XP Home
scan.co.uk/Pro…053

£51.50


-- £458.50 so far -----------------

HDD - hard drive

Seagate ST3160815AS 160GB Hard Drive 7200RPM SATAII/300 8MB Cache - OEM
ebuyer.com/pro…660

£33.59


£492.46 so far


QUESTIONS


1) I need at least 1 DVD-RW drive from this list:
ebuyer.com/sto…ves

Do I select a IDE drive or a SATA drive?

2) Also my Hard drive is OEM. What cables/whatever do I need to get?

Does any of the other components I've listed require any extra cable buying?

3) I have enough fans yes? The case has 2 120mm fans which I was told to get.

4) Are the mobo and cpu are compatible?

5) Does all this look good to you?

17 Comments

That HDD is not the quickest, have a look at the similarly priced 160Gb SATA drives from Western Digital. SATA drives are your only option these days. The motherboard will only have one IDE header which you'll want for optical drives. Plus it's quicker (in theory). As the Motherboard is new it will come with at least 2 SATA data cables 1 floppy and one ATA133 cable for your optical drive. The PSU should supply at least 2 SATA power connectors. DVD-RW wise i have a pioneer 112D and it's brilliant. I'll get a mate to take a closer look for you, he's a gamer too.

I would go with a core 2 duo instead of a AMD processor.

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Had a quick look and personally I would double the memory & put a floppy disc in and a 250Gb SATA2 in it, like this one:
ebuyer.com/pro…301

Remeber when you are installing the O/S that you will need to press F6 to add the driver for the hard drive (being SATA)
The SATA drivers will be on the mobo disc so just copy them to a floppy disc and away you go

Oh ye' and stick with XP 32bit (64bit is a bit buggy)

soupy

Remeber when you are installing the O/S that you will need to press F6 to … Remeber when you are installing the O/S that you will need to press F6 to add the driver for the hard drive (being SATA)The SATA drivers will be on the mobo disc so just copy them to a floppy disc and away you go



Not necessary, I haven't a floppy drive in years, and my 6 monthly XP re-install has never required it, running 2 SATA drives myself.

Original Poster

Tatey

I would go with a core 2 duo instead of a AMD processor.



What advantages are there in doing this?

you also either need to change your mobo or computer case as your case is mATX and your mobo is ATX, they are 2 different form factors and arnt compatable with each other.

Original Poster

Could you select me a good mobo please? I'm a bit clueless as to this.

I've researched the cpu and found some benchmarks for it against similar Intels and it performed slightly better.

superd00d

What advantages are there in doing this?



At the moment they've got the lead performance wise. Also put out less heat too.

How about this for memory
hotukdeals.com/dea…90-

Doubles the memory for a similar cost.

10% off (the OS) by using linux/the pirate bay....

infact you'll be better off just changing the case, much easier

Original Poster

Okay I'll choose a new case. Any ideas about CPU?

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Might wanna take a look at the original case again, the bit where it says "Takes Micro and Full Size Boards" or read the review for the case dimensions

Dimensions
Depth/Length 460mm
Width 190mm
Height 370mm

Original Poster

I'm back, I like this case:

thecoolingshop.com/pro…406

Akasa Zen Black Silent Cool Midi ATX Chassis with 2 Silent Fans

# Optimised cooling with Intel recommended chassis airflow
# 12cm front and rear fans are included to provide maximum airflow and super silent operation
# Direct HDD cooling
# Rear and side vents for maximum airflow
# Concealed easy access I/O panel in the front
# Digital lifestyle front panel
# Tool free 5.25 inch drive installation

£30

2 fans, no ****** psu, nice design. This one will fit my mobo yes?

Banned

superd00d

I'm back, I like this … I'm back, I like this case:http://www.thecoolingshop.com/product_info.php/cPath/101_24/products_id/2406Akasa Zen Black Silent Cool Midi ATX Chassis with 2 Silent Fans# Optimised cooling with Intel recommended chassis airflow# 12cm front and rear fans are included to provide maximum airflow and super silent operation# Direct HDD cooling# Rear and side vents for maximum airflow# Concealed easy access I/O panel in the front# Digital lifestyle front panel# Tool free 5.25 inch drive installation£302 fans, no ****** psu, nice design. This one will fit my mobo yes?



yep, but It's a little bit bigger
Same case on scan: scan.co.uk/Pro…040

Original Poster

Thanks soupy. You say it's bigger, is this a problem for the components I've selected, or just for the physical desk space the case must fit into?

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superd00d

Thanks soupy. You say it's bigger, is this a problem for the components … Thanks soupy. You say it's bigger, is this a problem for the components I've selected, or just for the physical desk space the case must fit into?



np, no, just for desk space really & I suppose a bit more air flow in the case

its width, height, depth:
200mm
450mm
500mm

Hope that helps you & happy gamin' :thumbsup:
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