My brother wants to build a new computer with a budget of £500. He wants the computer to mainly to listen to music and media, play the odd game, and maybe be compatible for vista? Here are the components i have chosen so far: CASE: Thermaltake Soprano - The only thing my brother already has. MOBO: MSI K9N Platinum nForce 570 socket AM2 - £79.95 CPU: Athlon 64 3800 box 2.4GHz AM2 940 pin - £101.31 GPU: PowerColor X1600XT overclocked 256mb PCI-E DDR3 128bit - £86.83 RAM: Corsair 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 667MHz - £62.32 OPTICAL: LG 16x16DVD1RW 5x RAM Dual Layer Writer £25.04 PSU: Sansun Black True 500W 20/24pin - £16.98 HD: Seagate 120GB SATA II 7200rpm 8MB Cache - £45.84 SOUND: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Music OEM - £58.24 TOTAL: £476.51 I chose the cheap PSU becuase it has a great rating and someone said on another review he had used the company for years and had never let him down. Should i get a cheaper MOBO and put the money towards the other components? Should i try and get a NVIDIA 7600GT over the ATI because i have heard good reviews? And if i use the RAM in dual channel if i added another 2*512mb to make 2gb would it still be dual channel? What do you think of this system and what improvments would you make? What performance increase would it have over a Celeron 2.6gh with 376mb? Thanks for your time. :)
morgsterAnd if i use the RAM in dual channel if i added another 2*512mb to make 2gb would it still be dual channel?
I'm pretty sure it will continue running in dual channel with 4 512mb sticks. I'm not an expert with RAM though, so I'd wait for someone w/ more knowledge about this part to input their advice before buying.
What do you think of this system and what improvments would you make?
I'd say the 1gb is just fine for what he wants to do. If he's not heavy into gaming (HL2, BF2, Oblivion, Crysis), then he'll be fine.
What performance increase would it have over a Celeron 2.6gh with 376mb?
Quite a lot. Celerons are basically not up-to-par P4's, that and the RAM difference will have a HUGE increase in speed.
the only thing i could suggest is going with 2 gigs of ram (2x1gb) PC 6400 or 800mhz if possible. i'd also go for a bigger hard drive, but that would be just me
Great thanks for the replys, I dont think the single core AM2's support 800mh memory only 667mh max, and he was thinking about getting 1gb and maybe upgrading later, thats why i asked if the dual channel would still work. Also he dosent want to much HD space. Anyone know whether its worth upgrading the graphics though?
That looks like a pretty good system, but i would go with something other than the X1600. I would go with a 7600GT or better instead. And if you wanted to save a little money to use in other parts of the system you could go with a AM2 3500+, same chip as the 3800+ just clocked 200Mhz less.
Looks good aside from the PSU. I've never heard of that power supply brand before, and that low of a price ($31 usd) for a "500w" psu scares me. It doesn't list the amperages on the 12v rails, which is more important than just the wattage. Regardless of what some reviewer said, I'd steer clear of that cheap one.
Here's a link to a nice, informative PSU post which can explain in detail why you don't want to cheap out on this component.
I'd recommend something like one of these:
Or search around and go with well known, quality brands like: Antec, Seasonic, OCZ, Fortron/FSP/Sparkle, Enermax, Hiper.
Good luck with your build. ;)
ok guys ive been looking at these conroes and they look very good. so would the cheapest duo 6300 beat the am2 3800 (single core)? what other AMD processors does it beat?? please reply