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    50W Silent ATX PSU with 12cm fan & Temp Control It has silent in the title, but also it says generic. I cant find any of the brands you said for the price of 30, but i guess thats UK for ya.

    Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 PRO 128 MB DDR 8x AGP DVi & TV-Out 136.25 Is this the same?

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    Errr, so once ordered it would come to my house, and it should all be there, no suprises with missing screws or cords or cooling things, of finding the parts wont fit into case? And is it REALLY important to use the static wrist bands, Id feel sort of geeky buying some from a shop :)

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    Stick with the Q-Tec PSU... Getting a generic is just asking for it to fail.

    Looks like the same Sapphire 9800 Pro to me. Sapphire does make a 9800 Pro that's only 128-bit (which means it shouldn't be called a 9800 Pro), but I doubt it would cost that much, and I'm pretty sure they don't put the name Atlantis on it.

    If something is missing, you should be able to RMA it the retailer for a replacement or refund. I can't comment on this specific reliablity of eBuyer or Overclocker U.K., but I know others from the U.K. who have had no problems with either/both.

    I've never even used a static wrist band and I've never had a problem with static electricity damaging anything. Just unplug everything and put a hand on the case and PSU to be sure static damage doesn't occur. It shouldn't be a problem. If it is, you should be able to RMA the damaged component for a replacement.

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    Actually Im having more difficulty getting a damn copy of XP than I thought I would. I may have to buy a new genuine copy, rather than a genuine 2nd hand copy from ebay
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    Well it's against forum rules to talk about less-than-legal copies of XP, but there is a free alternative.

    You can get the Windows XP 64-bit beta from Microsoft for free or for a small shipping fee (if you don't have a fast internet connection). It might not work properly with all software and many hardware drivers designed for it are beta, though.

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    That may be suitable, as this system will be 64 bit, right? by genuine, i didnt mean illigal, i was just, talking about second hand copies on ebay.

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    I wouldn't trust second hand copies bought on eBay.

    It should work just fine, but this is a beta. Some programs may not function properly and you will actually see some performance loss in some areas (probably not noticable, though). If you don't want to pay for a brand new XP or somehow acquire a copy, then this should be fine. If it becomes a major problem with some programs, then you can just go buy a copy.

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    The only adjustment I would sugest is going seagate instead of maxtor. The seagate 160gb 8mb sata listed HERE is a better quality drive and cheaper @ 62 and has a five year warranty despite a 1 year warranty being advertised.

    Seagate 5 year warranty anouncement

    And like yawg said, stay away from generic psu's. Sometimes when they fail, they fry the rest of the machine.
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    Yeah, the five year warranty on Seagates is pretty good. Plus, the drive are every bit as good as Maxtors, if not better.

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    I ordered all the parts a little while back, but no PSU has been sent, so I think I'll order it from another site. I dont understand the delay in it, OC told me I should order a slightly different model or wait, maybe I should just wait. Oh, I picked up a brand spanking new copy of Windows 98, Ill save XP for a time when I realise how much better it is :)

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    windows 98 will kill that systems performance, get xp, there shouldnt be that much difference in price.
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