Can someone please check my shopping list ?

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Borg, Aug 6, 2011.

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    Borg Guest

    AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3GHz Socket AM3 Retail Boxed Processor £58.98

    Asus M4A78LT-M Socket AM3 AMD SB710 DVI VGA HDMI 8 Channel Audio mATX
    Motherboard 200981

    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered CL9 times 2 so 8
    gig in total

    Arctic Power 500W PSU

    Been well out of the loop now.

    Borg, Aug 6, 2011
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    DerekW Guest

    not the very latest motherboard though very capable and a bargain price
    Derek W
    DerekW, Aug 7, 2011
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    Chronos Guest

    That Asus board only has two DIMM slots. It will take 8GiB, but only
    as 4GiB x 2.
    Chronos, Aug 7, 2011
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    Borg Guest

    4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066
    ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
    Borg, Aug 7, 2011
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    Borg Guest

    Borg, Aug 7, 2011
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    Borg Guest

    Shopping list 2

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache
    Retail Boxed Processor 190673

    Asus M4A87TD/USB3 870 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard 206152

    Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz i5 Memory Kit Non-ECC CL9 1.5V 172949

    Arctic Power 500W PSU 124922
    Borg, Aug 7, 2011
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    Chris French Guest

    Yes, Dennis linked to a different variant (LE) that has less DIMM slots
    among other things.

    Key question is what do you intend to use the machine for - and any
    other particular requirement (how important is noise etc.)

    E.G the different boards you've linked to have different graphics
    outputs - one has VGA only, another has VGA/DVI/HDMI.

    FWIW I've got a similar board (M4A78T-E) with a Phenom x3 720 and it
    makes a nice machine that wasn't that expensive
    Chris French, Aug 7, 2011
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    Chronos Guest

    Ah, apologies. I was looking at the LE version Derek linked to.
    Chronos, Aug 7, 2011
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    Borg Guest

    I have a GFX card so on board isn't important.
    Borg, Aug 7, 2011
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    johannes Guest

    Well everybody have different ideas. My own shopping list (if I had the money)
    would be from the mini-itx web site

    with the Intel i3-2100T (Max 35W TDP); should be easy to cool in a small format.

    This CPU also includes poweful graphics processor, Intel HD Graphics 2000,
    so no graphics card needed.
    johannes, Aug 7, 2011
  11. No, as Chris says, the key question is what you want to use the
    machine for.

    Cheers - Jaimie
    Jaimie Vandenbergh, Aug 7, 2011
  12. En el artículo <j1kcod$ho2$>, Borg <>


    This might be worth a look - I just bought one for my ancient num.

    It goes like shit off a shovel.

    The board is an Asus uATX with 1x PCI-e/16 and two PCI. The memory is
    one 4Gb stick, so you can put another in for your 8Gb. The hard drive
    is a Western Digital Caviar Green model WD10EARS with 64MB cache.

    The cpu is dual-core, rather than the X3 you specified, but with 2 x 1MB
    cache, it flies. As others have said, it depends what you want to use
    it for.

    The case is a little flimsy but perfectly serviceable. The PSU is a
    good quality Aopen 350W model.
    Mike Tomlinson, Aug 7, 2011
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    Daniel James Guest

    As others have said: it depends what you want to use the machine FOR.

    I, personally, would always go for more cores and a slower clock speed
    ... but that's because I do a lot of work in VMs so there's a lot of
    parallelism that can take advantage of multiple cores/threads. Your
    mileage may vary ...

    ... having said that: the 3-core Athlon has the most cores you can get
    at that price.
    Decent board (I believe, I haven't used one). Not the latest. I like
    I always buy Crucial RAM. Corsair maybe OK, but Crucial have an
    excellent reputation for quality of product and quality of service.

    The motherboard will take 16GB, so (although it may be more expensive at
    the moment) I'd suggest 2x4GB to give 8, so that you can upgrade to 16GB
    later if you need to (without chucking out the existing RAM). Again,
    though, it depends what you want to use it for ...

    As the motherboard will take ECC memory you have the option of using
    that and getting an extra degree of confidence in your RAM integrity. It
    costs a little more (and may not overclock so easily) but I would rate
    that as money well spent. Reliability may not matter to you, though ...
    Massive overkill ... unless you plan to add a hungry graphics card (I
    see that you say elsethread that you have a graphics card you want to

    If you were to use the onboard video a good quality 300W PSU would be

    Daniel James, Aug 7, 2011
  14. +1.

    They've just immediately and cheerfully replaced without quibble two 1Gb
    Ballistix DDR800 DIMMs that I bought off ebay a while ago and which
    failed after a few weeks.
    Mike Tomlinson, Aug 7, 2011
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    R D S Guest

    I have a couple of similar machines I bought when they were cracking
    them out cheap on ebuyer.

    They are a bit flimsy looking as said but chuck a half decent graphics
    card in them and you have a decent machine for under £300.
    R D S, Aug 7, 2011
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    Borg Guest

    Sorry though that was in the OP

    I use Photoshop a lot and play around with photos, watch TV, Net and a
    few games, nothing serious. On Line games like W.O.T. and E.U.
    Borg, Aug 7, 2011
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    Albert Ross Guest

    Is she dyslexic?

    Hahahahaha sorry . . .
    Albert Ross, Aug 8, 2011
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    Chris French Guest

    More cores is useful then.
    Modern on board graphics are now pretty good - certainly for non game
    stuff then my board is plenty good enough. Fine for some gaming as
    well, though nothing too demanding.

    An advantage is less power consumption, less heat, easier to keep the
    machine quieter
    Chris French, Aug 9, 2011
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    Borg Guest

    True, at the moment I'm running a Ati HD 4600 which copes well with what
    I do

    Would the

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache
    Retail Boxed Processor 190673

    Fit the

    Asus M4A78LT-M Socket AM3 AMD SB710 DVI VGA HDMI 8 Channel Audio mATX
    Motherboard 200981

    So out of the loop now its scary :(
    Borg, Aug 10, 2011
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    Borg Guest

    OK I see, so its the other Mobo and keep my GFX card. Or get another one

    Borg, Aug 10, 2011
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