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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by sapper, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. sapper

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    Hi all,

    I have just been doing soem very quick online research pricing up a HCPC from scratch. What do you think of the componments?

    When I have a good idea for componments I am sure I will be able to purchase some cheaper, but the cost is still ~£900!

    the possible kit list is:

    Case & Power supply Kanam Accent HT-100/200 http://www.quietpc.com £195.00
    Quiet Power Supply ATX Ultra Quiet 300W PSU http://www.quietpc.com/ £65.00
    Motherboard (with Dig sound out) SY-KT400 DRAGON Ultra http://www.chillblast.com/ £138.00
    CPU AMD Athlon XP2600+ http://www.chillblast.com/ £100.00
    Memory OCZ PC3200 512MB EL-DDR http://www.chillblast.com/ £105.00
    Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda V 120GB http://www.chillblast.com/ £130.00
    Network Connection
    DVD Drive Pioneer £50.00
    Quality Video Card ATi Radeon RV250 9000 PRO 128MB DDR DVI TV http://www.chillblast.com/ £100.00
    IR keyboard & Mouse £50.00

    This is not including the putchase of software or a network card. Software to include Windows XP, and appropiate software.

    Any comments?

    Adrian
     
  2. Underscore

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    Case & Power supply Kanam Accent HT-100/200 £195.00
    Quiet Power Supply ATX Ultra Quiet 300W PSU £65.00


    I have the Antec 330W TruPower which is very quiet and is only £53. I'm sure there are other good, quiet PSUs for less than that.

    Motherboard (with Dig sound out) SY-KT400 DRAGON Ultra £138.00

    I would suggest the ASUS A7N8X Deluxe as it has digital out and on-board LAN with the nForce chipset while still being under £100.

    CPU AMD Athlon XP2600+ £100.00
    Memory OCZ PC3200 512MB EL-DDR £105.00
    Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda V 120GB £130.00


    The same drive that I have, except that I paid £83.50.

    Network Connection
    DVD Drive Pioneer £50.00


    I can't recommend the Pio 120 - it's one of the two things I regret about building my HTPC (the other being getting the A7V8X rather than the A7N8X) as it can be quite noisy when playing some discs. For most it slows down nicely but for some it keeps spinning at high speed. There is no speed control software available for the 120 like there was for the 106.

    Quality Video Card ATi Radeon RV250 9000 PRO 128MB DDR DVI TV £100.00

    I would be tempted to drop down to the non-pro Sapphire - if you can still get them - or, for the same money, go for the Sapphire 9600. The first I know is fanless and I believe the second is too.

    IR keyboard & Mouse £50.00

    This is not including the putchase of software or a network card. Software to include Windows XP, and appropiate software.


    Note: All prices are including VAT from overclockers.co.uk where I got my stuff. There may well be cheaper or more reliable online traders available. :D

    HTH,

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  3. John_N

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    You don't mention the CPU cooler?

    Also - remember that athlon, although cheap, has a higher mmean power dissipation compared to P4 AFAIK and therefore runs hotter, needing more fans/cooling which equals noise.

    AFAIK the two best coolers are the thermalright SLK800 and the Zalman 6000 / 6500 copper series. I'm not sure which is best for passive (ie no cooling).

    Also if money is no object, you _can_ get a totally fanless PSU. I forget the manufacturer but there's a new ATX fanless PSU out. Not the TK power one (not ATX form factor) but a new one. Search and I'm sure you will find it.

    Also, if noise is likely to be an issue and you aren't heavily into gaming I would maybe look at a fanless cgraphics card like the radeon 9000 pro or else install a passive cooler (zalman do one) for graphics cards to get rid of the whiny little fan.


    I'm looking at building my second HTPC at the moment although I'm looking at the DIGN HV5 case which I prefer to the accent cases (which are rebadged DIGN 3 and 4 cases). I posted a thread in the forum regarding "stockist for new DIGN HV5 " if you do a search you can see where you can get it if you are interested.
     

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