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New PC advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by HMSPresident, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. HMSPresident

    HMSPresident Bit Poster

    Afternoon all..

    What are your thoughts on the following?

    AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Quad Core Processor AM3 (3.20GHz, 8MB Cache) [upg £ 55.00]
    Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium SP1, 64-bit + Windows 7 Upgrade Option - English [upg £ 0.00]
    New Stylish Mini-Tower Micro ATX Chassis with 550W PSU - Piano Black [upg £ 30.00]
    ASUS M2N68-VM Mainboard, AM2+ with integrated HDMI/DVI/VGA Graphics - MATX
    8GB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM - (4 x 2GB) [upg £ 40.00]
    500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB Buffer
    Samsung 22x Dual Layer DVD Writer Super Format +R/-R/RW/RAM
    1GB ATI HD4670 Graphics accelerator - DVI, DirectX 10.1 PCI Express 2 [upg £ 60.00]
    22" Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS-1 (1920x1080) Full HD Monitor (DVI,VGA,WS,Spkrs - 5ms)
    7.1 High Definition onboard sound card - for 8 Channel Cinema sound
    Logitech Deluxe Keyboard & Optical Mouse (Corded)
    1 Year Hardware Warranty - Return to Base Parts and Labour (UK Mainland only)

    Comes in at just over £700 from Mesh..

    Not really interested in playing the latest games (got an Xbox 360 for that), but would like to set up a few virtual labs?? Couple of clients, and a server?
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    The only thing I would say is just check out the following:

    While AM3 chips will work in AM2+ boards, I don't know off the top of my head if there will be a performance drop in doing so. There was a slight performance drop if you stuck a AM2+ chip into a AM2 board.

    That spec will work just fine. I've got a AMD quad core 2.4GHz with 6GB of ram on my home PC and it runs my labs fine :)

    Last bit of advice is to just shop around to make sure that the price is right :)

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  3. BosonMichael
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    I'd recommend a 48xx series card. They're really not much more expensive, and they're a good bit faster. I picked up a 4830 a few months ago for less than $100, and the price has probably gone down since.
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  4. HMSPresident

    HMSPresident Bit Poster

    Aah.. Hadn't really noticed that.. It's a 'customised' pre-built system from Mesh, so i'm assuming it'll work.. But the base CPU for that model is an AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM2+ (2.6GHz, 4MB Cache).. Would I be better saving the £55 for the upgrade and sticking with AM2+ CPU in AM2+ board?

    I found something about AM2+ boards only support DDR2, whereas the AM3 actually supports DDR3.. But that doesn't mean a lot to me.. :blink

    Erm.. What part of it would that be..? I'm not building it myself, so don't know if that's something I can change..
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  5. Stuzzle

    Stuzzle Byte Poster

    Hi HMSPresident

    BosonMichael is referring to your graphics card. In your current spec it is this line:
    If it's a prebuilt system then I'm not entirely sure if you have the option to change it, but he's recommending a card from the 48xx series of ATI graphics cards, for example the ATI Radeon 4870
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  6. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster


    I recently bought the ati 4870 xxx overclocked gpu card 1Gb versionm ddr5 and its brilliant cost a little over a £100 well got mine for £117 and its worth it. Best wishes:)
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