Planning a boost

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pixel_pimp
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Planning a boost

Post by pixel_pimp » Sun Jun 03, 2007 3:28 pm

My current specs are listed in my sig so I won't relist.

I'm looking ahead to getting back into the workplace shortly and this has made me think about possible upgrades to get me running a bit nippier. I use the machine for graphic design work including web development and feel it could be both better and quieter.

Here is my current plan - I'd be grateful for any recommendations on where I might get better value/performance.

* Formac 2010 Platinum monitor
* ATI Gfx so I can run F@H on the GPU - prob a 256mb MSI RX1650PRO
* Additional 2x512mb to make it up to 2gb RAM
* Athlon64 X2 4800
* Noctua NH-U12F - fanless if possible but with an orange nexus if needs be.
* Additional orange nexus to replace stock case fan.
* Seasonic S-12 430W PSU
Sempron 3200 AM2 // Asus M2NPV-MX Mobo with GF 6150 onboard // 2GB (2x1GB) PC5300 DDRII // Noctua NH-U9 running passive // Antec SOLO w TriCool 120mm // Xilence 420W PSU // Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200Gb SATA // LG L1720B 17" TFT

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Post by pixel_pimp » Sun Jun 03, 2007 3:30 pm

Should add that I'm running Win2k (behind the times like that lol!) but would consider moving to XP if there were any real speed benefits to be had.
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Post by sjoukew » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:29 am

Folding@home recommends a X1900 series gpu with 512mb of ram to run fast. I fear that the x1600 will not be as fast as you hope it will be.

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Post by pixel_pimp » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:37 am

Hmmm - I'm not seeing any fanless options for the 1900 series so far. I'd rather have low to moderate performance and no fan to be honest.

I don't really play games so I don't need top end performance there either - just feel that a boost over the onboard GFX plus the option to work through a few extra WUs would be worth the upgrade.
Sempron 3200 AM2 // Asus M2NPV-MX Mobo with GF 6150 onboard // 2GB (2x1GB) PC5300 DDRII // Noctua NH-U9 running passive // Antec SOLO w TriCool 120mm // Xilence 420W PSU // Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200Gb SATA // LG L1720B 17" TFT

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Post by frostedflakes » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:10 am

You can get X1950 passive. I don't know about UK availability, though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814131052

EDIT: Also kind of interesting is power consumption of the SCS3 relative to another X1950 Pro. I suspect Gigabyte has undervolted the GPU in order to reduce temps.

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardw ... pro/9.html
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