Can anyone give me an opinion on this?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ray_gillespie, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Hi everyone,
    I really need to upgrade my PC. In fact, in effect I need an entirely new PC. Here are my specs:

    Abit Kt7A Mobo
    2 x 256MB 133Mhz SD-RAM
    Athlon TB 1.4Ghz
    Albatron GeForce 4 Ti4200
    Seagate 90GB HD
    A crap case that gets so hot I have to take the side off

    Plus other stuff like bog standard soundcard and DVD ROM etc.

    Now, I really can't afford to get a whole new PC, I was looking at it the other day, and if I got all the parts I wanted, it'd come to about £500, which I just can't spare. Then, I across the following:

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?BB-6430BUB

    which I thought would tide me over nicely for another year or so until I have some more money. The only thing is, I'm not sure how good the mobo and stuff will be, and whether £200 is a fair price. Has anyone here ever bought one of these "barebones" things from Novatech?
    Oh, and I'd rather have AGP than PCI-express at the moment because I don't really want to buy another graphics card.
    So, can anyone tell me what they reckon to this thing?

    Reps to the helpful ones! :)
     
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  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    You can probably get a decent machine by going the S754 way, BUT going for socket 754 is a dead-end if you want to upgrade in the future.

    Not sure about that motherboard though.
     
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  3. ray_gillespie

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    Yeah, however I'm not fussed about upgrading this in the future, hopefully by the time that comes around I'll be able to spend a decent amount of money on a really high spec machine, but until then I was thinking this might be ok. I've read a couple of reviews on that mobo, one here, and it seems pretty good for the money. I'm inclined to buy this thing, I just need a nudge either way really.
     
  4. LeeJend

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    If you want gaming you will still be crippled by that video card. It's ancient.

    That bundle will give you another crap case (midi's are too small for fast, i.e. HOT systems) and another crap PSU (Watts means nothing anymore, it's capacity on the different voltages that matters now and if the PSDU is ATX 2 compliant). The MB is ok, FOXCONN is tolerable and that CPU is a big step up.

    If you are only looking at something to tide you over for a year consider the configuration I'm running. It is of for all games now at high detail.
    -Cheap motherboard & Sempron 2800 will at least triple your speed and cost half what the 754 does. (They all have built in sound and LAN now.)
    -ATI 9800 PRO or Nvidia 6800 (not the GT). >2x increase in video speed, maybe 4x
    -Get decent RAM (2-512MB PC3200), Power Supply (420W Antec or better) and Case (full tower with 2 inlet and 1 exhaust fan) now and reuse it next year.
     
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  5. ray_gillespie

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    Thank F**K that I didn't get that bag of bolts!