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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:30 am 
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I've been pricing up various components and am beginning to think I should hold fire on this. Things are adding up very quickly. As usual I always seem to want the best bits.

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Well I've come up with an option which I'm seriously considering. Some components come from Overclock and some from Overclockers, both of whom I've used before. Her are the components:

Asus Maximus Formula X38 Socket 775 DDR2 Motherboard £129.23
Asus nVidia GeForce 8600GTS Silent 256MB DDR3 Dual DVI/HDTV Out PCI-E, Retail £84.02
Samsung SpinPoint T 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3GB/s 16MB Cache - OEM £49.95
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz 45W 6Mb Cache LGA775 1333MHz, Retail £97.83
Delivery £8.95
VAT £64.75
Total £434.72

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C4 800MHz Dual Channel Kit £34.99
Zalman CNPS8000 CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/LGA775) £24.99
Shipping : £8.00
VAT: £11.90
Total : £79.88

Grand Total: £514.60

The main reason I've gone with the mobo and graphics card is that they are fanless, something I want from a system that will be in the room next door to the nursery. Since I haven't played a game form over 2 years I'm not so worried about that sort of performance. What I want is a system that will run Lightroom fast.

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Hi Phil,

One note of caution, and please excuse me if this falls into the category of trying to "teach granny to suck eggs", but fanless components in a PC generally only work well if the case itself is well cooled.

I bought a pair of fanless Gigabyte graphics cards (sorry, can't remember the model) for an SLI rig some time ago and it turned out that one of them had it's heatsink pretty close to one of the motherboard chipset's heatsinks. The result was that after doing anything graphically intensive for a while the system crashed! In the end I had to mount a fan over the graphics cards!! Thankfully, I've now moved on.

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Gordon > The G0 version of the Q6660 is an excellent choice - a very good quad core, at an affordable price.


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Don't worry Bob, it never does any harm to point out the obvious. I have an Antec Sonata case.

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Phil Lee wrote:
Don't worry Bob, it never does any harm to point out the obvious. I have an Antec Sonata case.

Nice case. 8) If you are looking for quiet fans then do include Noctua in your shortlist. In addition to a couple of their NH-U9F coolers I have three of their regular fans in my case and the loudest noise comes from the PSU and my 8800GTX. Good kit.

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Hehe, this is going a bit off topic about all the things you have to refresh :D But I do believe that current fans can be used even on Intels new plattform :wink:
bt.w.: I love my 2x120mm Papst 4412F/2GL, 120x120x25, 1600rpm, 94m³/h, 26dB(A) in push/pull configuration and I'm always looking for a case where I can mount 120mm fans in front of the hard-disks...

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Having discussed things with my wife it may turn out that we buy a whole new computer rather than upgrade the current one. One of mu aunts need a PC so we will probably give her our current one and get a new one. I now need to shop around for a good deal. I'm even thinking about switching to a Mac, the iMacs do look rather good, especially if they get refreshed this week as rumour suggests.

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Phil Lee wrote:
Having discussed things with my wife it may turn out that we buy a whole new computer rather than upgrade the current one...

So possibly back to my note that the "April edition of PC Pro has a group test of "Luxury £599 PCs" unless, of course, you go Appley. Good luck. 8)

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Thanks Guillaume!

Phil, I agree with Bob - fanless components still need airflow - but you can at least use big, quiet case fans...


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Phil, I agree with Bob - fanless components still need airflow


Defintitely - that's how the older iMacs worked if I remember well.

But do we still find fanless computers/laptops nowadays ? I'd be surprised...


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The hot favourite at the moment is a refurbished 24" 2.4GHz iMac at £949.

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Sounds like a good deal, 2Gb ram at least though :)

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I actually ordered the iMac on Friday night once I'd agreed that it was OK with my wife. I've ordered 4Gb of RAM to fit in it and have also bought a 500Gb Time Capsule for backups and to replace my rather elderly router. I've got VMware Fusion and an OEM copy of XP as well. I've also bought a USB hard disk enclosure to use one of the 3 hard disks in my PC as an external hard disk. I may get another. Once I've moved over, I'll rebuild the PC with the smallest hard disk and give it to my aunt who doesn't have a computer.

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Great choice Phil, macs are awesome (of course this is totally unbiased :D)


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