By korrupt ยท 40 replies
Aug 17, 2006
  1. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    The Sonatta II case is your best choice. Good cooling, quiet, and it has a GREAT PSU.

    Regarding the video card, the 7600GT is the best choice.
  2. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Posts: 162

    Even if it is 430 watt that comes with the case you STILL have to replace it. Any PSU that comes with a case is just cr@p guaranteed, unless it is an Antec Sonata II case like wolfram says. I know 70 bucks extra for a PSU is discouraging, but do you want your whole system to fail in a couple months? I speak this literally. When the PSU goes down, so do most other components.

    blue dragon says your mobo supports DDR2 800, so do not buy the DDR2 667 memory. Buy two 512 sticks of DDR2 800 so that you can run it in dual channel mode. This is perfect for you (DDR2 800)

    Some 7600gts run into probs so be prepared.

    Yeah, so again that Antec Sonata II case kills two birds with one stone. It has a good PSU in it already so that you don't have to buy it seperately, and it looks snazzy. Good luck.
  3. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thanks so much for your reply,

    I checked this morning and the psu I have now is: aOpen SA147-3520 which is a 250Watt psu... this will not be sufficient?

    In concern of the 7600GT, what is the Radeon equivalent of this one?



    EDIT: is where I buy my hardware from, on that site, is there any other good full ATX cases with a good psu under $250 AUD??

    I also heard that coolermaster make very good psu's/cases...

    Is this true as they are relatively inexpensive??



    These are the 7600gt's I can get. Keep In Mind prices are in AUD.

    7600GT - 256MB - PCIE - Asus EN7600GT - 256MB DDR3 [EN7600GT/3DHT/256M/A] $301.29
    7600GT - 256MB - PCIE - Innovision FX7600GT - 256MB DDR3 $280.60
    7600GT - 256MB - PCIE - MSI FX7600GT - 256MB DDR3 $297.28
    7600GT - 256MB - PCIE - Point Of View Graphics Card - 128 Bit/GDDR3/2xDVI/HDTV $320.00
    7600GT - 256MB - PCIE - XpertVision Geforce 7 Series 7600GT - DDR3/DVI/TV-OUT/DirectX9 $259.48
    7600GT - 256MB - PCIE - Leadtek Graphics Card - WinFast PX7600GT/TDH DDR3 $326.00

    Which out of these is the best?



    Sorry Blue Dragon, didnt read your reply.

    I am planning to buy a full ATX case. My motherboard is a full sized mobo isnt it or is it micro??

    I wont buy two hard drives then, thanks for clearing that up.

    I am buying 667ram because 800 is too expensive (more than twice as much) and I am already about $300 over budget.

    Why would I need more then 1 IDE channel?

    How much watt do you recomend my PSU to be?



    What is the advantage of having 2 512 sticks rather than one 1gb?


  4. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    That board is full ATX. With SATA HDDs there is no need for more than one IDE channel. If the PSU is a good brand like Antec,PC Power & Cooling, Enermax,or FSP 400W should be enough but 500W would offer more room for future upgrades. Make sure to get one with a combined total of atleast 26A on the 12V rail(s)

    it allows you to take advantage of dual channel support. In the case of a dual core each core can use a dedicated stick of ram instead of shareing one stick.
  5. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Posts: 162

    250watt is barely enough for a computer a couple years ago. You should get this PSU, it is cheap and works pretty well, but it isn't for overclocking. The 7600gt alone needs atleast 350 watts of a reputable PSU. Check this one out; its 500 watts and has modular cables.

    I don't know if DDR2 677 is compatible, but you can try it. If you buy ram make sure it is a dual kid that has two 512 sticks in it, don't buy them separetly. Being that I highly suggest you get DDR2 800 instead, I took the liberty of finding cheaper DDR2 800 memory, you might like it.

    As for the 7600gt I personally would go with the Asus or Leadtek. The ATI equivelant is the x1800gto, I believe. They are all the same anyway...
  6. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    What if I buy one 1gb ddr2 800 stick?

    Is 450Watts enough?


  7. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Posts: 162

    450 is cool, as long as it is with a reputable brand. 1gb ddr 800 is better than ddr 667, although dual channel is preferable.
  8. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    So two 512 sticks will perform better then one 1gb stick? Why is this and if so is it a dramatic change?

    I am now stuck between the asus geforce 6800gt and the POWERCOLOR X1800GTO. Which is better? The radeon has 256bit interface whilst the nvidia has only 128mb but the nvidia has better or equal specs in everything else. Which do you prefer?


  9. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Posts: 162

    6800gt is an old card. I suggest you get the powercolor x1800gto. I don't know why, all I know is that dual channel is faster because the memory wont get all clogged up with information traveling fast in both directions (or so I think)
  10. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    I meant 7600GT, my bad...


  11. Face of LA

    Face of LA TS Rookie Posts: 163

    Core 2 duo is better . hands down
  12. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I think there is no need for a PSU if you buy the Sonatta II case. It has a great, Antec PSU. It should be enough for a 7600GT.
  13. overclock2

    overclock2 TS Rookie

    Erm... E6300 is not conroe... its allendale
  14. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Posts: 31

    based on what you've already got i'd say you're well on your way to a great system, the core processor is a great starting point for just about anything right now, under the stuff that you don't have yet, almost all of that is just personal preference. i like logitech for mouse and kb, but my living room computer has microsoft, both great companies for peripherals. antec power supplies are great, get like a neopower 480 it'll power just about everything you can stuff into a case. i always go with either lite-on, sony or NEC for my optical drives, never had a DOA drive from any of these companies, not even an RMA. GJ picking out the E6300, that's what's powering my gaming system right now, rock solid stable at a 940mhz overclock. the video card is also a good choice, my xfx 7600GT does the job well and newegg had it for 149.00 USD a week ago.
  15. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    You're right, it's allendale, conroe's have 4MB L2 cache, good one mate :)
  16. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373

    Good Prices ?

    Opps was reading this thread while in the middle of posting my own sorry lol
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