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    Im looking at buying a system with these specs.

    Gigabyte GA-7VT600L MotherBoard
    AMD Athlon XP 2800
    512mb DDR400 PC3200
    40gb 7200rpm ATA133
    550PSU
    2 x 80mm case fans
    16x DVD
    1.5 floppy
    17" Black crt monitor

    500

    I have a Radeon 9500 Pro and Win XP Pro Corp.
    The system is all in black so the price is more then standard grey.
    Can I get a better deal in the UK with those sort of specs or better for the same sort of price or upto 650 remembering I dont need GPU or OS but do need a monitor.

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    Here is what i think:
    Get a 2500+ instead of the 2800+
    Get a motherboard with a nforce2 chipset, not kt600!!! (KT600 is slower and almost the same price)
    Get a case with a psu , 550W is over kill, a 350W is good enuph for what you intend to do.
    If you get PC3200 you can overclock you processsor to 3200+ speeds easely(?)
    Get a better cooler than the stock, like the Vantec Aeroflow

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    The 2800 should reach higher speeds. If you get a 2500 you will need a good stepping as they usually don't even overclock as good as the 1700/1800+.

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    Yes I also think the 2800+ is better.

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    looks like you have things nicely figured out the xp 2800 def blazes and will give you more power down the road also make sure you get two seperate sticks of 256 ram so you can take advantage of dual memory other then that looks good.


    ps: the 2800 runs real hot what heat sink and fan wear you planning on getting?
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    u can spare some cash bygetting a nforce2 chipset instead of the new kt600. aso, 550 is too much for ur system, get something like a 400 if u ar worried about the power. u can spare more cash on a better cooling, or even water cooling, and get a 1700+ JIHB and oc to 2800+ speed
    My new gaming rig..

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    athlon Xp 2500+ ( at 200x10=2000mhz .)
    seagate 80gb 8mb SATA
    Tt vlocano 7+ cpu cooling
    Clear case from HK.
    Leaktek fx5600 128mb
    enermax 350w PSU
    wireless internet setup[/size]


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    Right, but those will make it well beyond 2800+, most people with the right stepping 1700+ make it to 2.2-2.6ghz on air cooling. Not bad for a $65 processor.

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    I had a 350PSU in my last PC and I had to upgrade to a 550 as everything else I tried ran real hot so i needed the extra power and double fan to stop the PSU from being chocked and heating up.

    What about a Asus A7V8X-MX Motherboard. Cheaper and still supports the high end CPU. Im not sure about motherboards to be honest but I know I will want a high FSB, dual ram support and agp8x dont really mind about the onboard sound anything that will work is fine.

    So should I stick with the 2800 or drop down a few and OC but have a better cooling system.

    If I just get one case fan with the system I could always replace that with a better one and mod the case for an extra one at the front if I need it. 80mm is a standard size fan so it wont be hard to get a new better one to replace it.

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    Then you will want the Nforce2 chipset....stay away from the Via then.

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    Thanks for the help. I have looked about and for a little under 600 I can get myself a very good system. I will update my GPU later but at the moment the 9500 pro does me but when HL2 comes out I think a better one will be needed.

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