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Just to join in...what do you guys think of this PC for max/design work?
show user profile  CAD Monkey
Hi Guys,

Given the current trend of posting about PC's and builds, I was wondering if anyone had anythoughts on this machine for max / space planning / graphic work:
http://3xs.scan.co.uk/ShowSystem.asp?SystemID=1017

To me it looks pretty good for the money, and I am hoping it should render fairly quickly (?) but thought I'd ask...

Many thanks in advance,

Stewart


Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!



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10/5/2011 3:24:04 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 3:24:04 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Looks nice to me. Wish i had a spare grand to upgrade. :(


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10/5/2011 3:55:35 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 3:55:35 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
off the shelf o/c 'd systems are a nice idea.

wouldn't do it myself as can't be arsed reading up on it & don't know where the limits are, but buying one that's tested to be stable from someone who knows what they're doing is interesting.
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10/5/2011 4:44:23 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 4:45:07 PM)
show user profile  CAD Monkey
Cheers guys,

AS: I'm the same when it comes to O/Clocking, but i wouldn't know where to start. I do like the idea of having it done professionally and having a warranty though..

Lee: It's far from spare! lol But I'm upgrading in the hope that I can get some more work. I think they call it speculating to accumulate... :S

Cheers,

Stewart Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!



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10/5/2011 5:19:16 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 5:19:16 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Depending on the motherboard, it can be as simple as clicking "Overclock" these days.





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10/5/2011 5:30:11 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 5:30:11 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
yay - the make fast button.

otherwise known as the please fry my processor button.

a pro will know how far it's safe to go, what memory config is required, the best way to upgrade the cooling, etc. & if they get it wrong & fry a chip or two you don't pay for the mistake, only for a system that works.

like everything you can figure out how to do it yourself. even with a degree in micro-electronics I'd rather leave it to someone else, not because I can't do it myself but because I have other things to be doing & frying processors is expensive. maybe thermal overrides kick in all the time nowadays but even then it takes trial & error to come up with optimal upgraded cooling solutions.
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10/5/2011 5:54:20 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 5:55:15 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
The motherboard I'm looking at is programmed to do it with safety. It clocks, then checks stability, then re-clocks and gives you the best safe outcome. You can tweak further manually.

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/SABERTOOTH_P67/

Since dual-core, every CPU has a thermal cut-out. You can run a modern chip with no cooler (for a second or two), then it will switch off.


Your reckoning power is failing you, as it's using 10 year old facts!



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10/5/2011 5:57:33 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 6:05:04 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
The only reason you would buy a pre OC'd product is to dodge the blame if the thing should fry, given that they only provide 1 year (which a SB chip would survive even under something absurd like 1.5v for daily use) of warranty for 4.5ghz(rather shy really) i'm tad underwhelmed by their offer

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10/5/2011 8:03:13 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 8:04:01 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
It is rather limited in what you can choose as components. Scan don't seem to offer much customization with that system. Seems a tad expensive too!



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10/5/2011 8:04:56 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 8:04:56 PM)
show user profile  CAD Monkey
Thanks for the replies fellas.

So is there anywhere else I should be looking for a similar spec of machine O/C'd for less money? I looked at meshcomputers but they seem to have a number of systems that look a bit outdated??

Cheers,

Stewart Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!



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10/5/2011 8:38:15 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 8:38:15 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
2500k - 170£
16gb of 1600mhz hyperx - 90£
P8P67 Pro - 110£
Corsair CMPSU-750TX - 90£
1TB samsung spinpoint f3 - 50£
random case - 30£
win 7 ulti - 150£

graphics option with same performance of the gtx460 you selected -
hd 6850 - 120£
total: 810£ VAT included off amazon

graphics option to fill the pricetag of the premade you posted -
gtx 570 - 270£ ~roughly 60% faster
total: 960£ VAT included off amazon

the difference between a 2500k and 2600k in max is around 10% after OC, that is if you keep HT on which personally i don't because it chokes up my computer while rendering real good

this actually came to more then i expected, the same setup(with gtx570) goes for ~950€ around here which is 800£, UK is expensive!


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10/5/2011 10:03:11 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 10:03:11 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
The advantage of buying pre overclocked is that they can cherry pick the processors that overclock well.





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10/5/2011 10:13:56 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 10:13:56 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
i doubt it, ive yet to see a 2500/2600k that cant do 4.5ghz. If they were advertising it as 5ghz @ 1.35v then hells yea but 4.5 on an unspecified vcore is meh.

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10/5/2011 10:33:29 PM (last edit: 10/5/2011 10:33:29 PM)
show user profile  CAD Monkey
Cheers guys,

So any suggestions as to where to look for an O/C'd pre-built machine?

Thanks,

Stewart



Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!



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10/7/2011 2:43:34 PM (last edit: 10/7/2011 2:43:34 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
http://www.overclockers.co.uk

But, I'd wait a few weeks. Bulldozer and Intel's new chips are just about to drop, which will change what's available, and drive down prices of existing chips.



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10/7/2011 2:45:36 PM (last edit: 10/7/2011 2:54:22 PM)
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