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  1. #11
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    Thanks Yawgm0th, I feel so proud :D

    Ok, as far as buying, is online safe Or cheaper? Or free delivery? I guess I can check that myself :).

    So if a few more quid was to be thrown in what would be worth changing, besides the CPU?

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    It all depends on the source. Over here, ordering from www.newegg.com usually means better prices, and it's quite reliable. I couldn't tell you about the U.K., though.

    Another 512MB of RAM would be nice, and the video card could be upgraded further for better gameplay.

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    Iv read nothing but good things about saphire, at 141 quid is it worth it in the long run, will it be more advanced than powercolour so much that it would save an upgrade for an extra year or two? And of course another stick of memory could be added at a later time, when it would be more needed, and probably cheaper? Maybe not?

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    If you mean the Sappire 9800 Pro over the Powercolor 9600, it's definitely worth it. Most people would consider a 9600 in need of upgrading. A Radeon 9600 is pretty much the bare minimum for modern in games. In a year or two it will barely play newer games. The 9800 Pro has pretty good performance with most new games and great performance with slightly older ones. It should last a year or two before you need to upgrade.

    Memory can be added later, although I wouldn't expect the price to drop much.

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    Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB DDR TV-Out/DVI - Lite Retail 140.94
    AMD Athlon 64 2800 (Socket 754) - Retail 102.81
    Corsair 512MB DDR Value Select PC3200 55.81
    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA 8MB Cache - OEM 66.92
    Q-Tec 550W Dual Fan Gold PSU 23.44 (on the basis that its cheaper)
    EPoX EP-8KDA3J Mainboard for Socket 754 nForce3 250GB,SATA,GbLAN,ATX,Sound 67.00 couldnt find this on OC, but its on this site apperently

    total 457 inc VAT, that is somewhat more than before, but I guess you get what you pay for :)

    The links are more reference for myself, but what do ya think?

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    Looks good. Even if Q-Tec makes pretty crappy PSUs, I'd be suprised if a 550W would fail on you. But if they are crappy enough PSUs, any wattage might not be good enough...

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    that 550 watt is exactly the same one as i have and ive had no problems with it.
    mind it is slightly loud and the fans dont change speed when the power supply is cool.
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    Noise is something that has always bothered me somewhat, but the soundless ones cost about 70 for 400W. Actually sound has really annoyed me, but with a budget im not in a position to complain. I also prefer a soft tap in the keys, its lighter on the fingers and much less noise.

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    is this the same as saphire pro? Whats the difference, besides the red box?

    Also, I know I sound sad, does boxed mean it comes with AMD heatsink and fan like the OC sites?

    I dunno, I dare say that the first place i looked, overclockers.co.uk, are the cheapest, I dont think its worth looking for cheaper. So, once I order it, Ill need to know how to put it all together, but how can I do that online when my pc is all in parts?
    Last edited by dk_rare; 08-28-2004 at 02:39 AM. Reason: Didnt want to post 3 in a row!

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    Don't get a 9800SE. They are much worse than regular 9800s and 9800 Pros.

    Retail CPUs come with an AMD HSF; OEM CPUs don't. You'll need a retail.

    Actually assembling the computer is easier than picking out the parts. You might even be able to get it done using just the motherboard's manual. Otherwise, there are some online guides Google will find for you quickly and you can always post problems here.

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