The Cheapest?

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wacky.banana
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Wondered if you could say where you have seen the cheapest prices for:

- Abit mobo's, in particular the KR7A raid
- Athlon XP1800 & 1900+ chips.

Thanks

WB

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Stevedh
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quote:Originally posted by wacky.banana:
Wondered if you could say where you have seen the cheapest prices for:

- Abit mobo's, in particular the KR7A raid
- Athlon XP1800 & 1900+ chips.

Thanks

WB

I'm in the process of putting a system together and bought the bits from numerous suppliers. The best deal I got for the motherboard (KG7-R) was at Overclockers
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/

where I also bought the cpu, the case (Globalwin802, which is excellent btw) the HDDs the RAM and a Soundblaster Audigy Platinum system.

Service was first class. The stuff arrived next day (for a small price) and that was between Xmas and New Year's Eve!!

I got a good price on the Macron 400w psu from http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/ and the service was also excellent.

OTOH I ordered some stuff from DABS (Sony 19" , CDROM-RW and a DVDROM) and I'm still waiting. Not only that but they haven't even acknowledged my emails demanding to know where my stuff is. Needless to say my credit card was debited several days ago.

Overclockers is definitely worth a look IMHO.

regards,

Steve

wacky.banana
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Steve, Bomag, thanks for the responses.

I have been looking at the Overclockers site and I may yet go down that route. I normally buy my kit from Computer fairs (have been doing this for a while now so I know the good traders from the dodgy ones). However over the Xmas and new year period the absence of the items I want when I want them has been frustrating, to say the least.

Not head of the PCIndex site, will go along to there now.

Once again, thanks.

WB

RichardJ
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Well today I just bought a 1700+ XP chip at the local computer fair (Bracknell) for £110. That's about £20 under the going price which I was pretty pleased with.

Dropped in & ran perfectly (Elite Group MB), and feels very quick. I haven't had a chance to do any video work on it yet, but I'm keen to see how fast MPEG rendering runs, being the main reason I splashed out on it. I only had a Duron 850 before so it should go at least twice as fast.

It strikes me the price hike to the 1800+ or 1900+ is pretty big in relation to the speed increment. I don't believe in paying 100% extra for only 15% extra speed!

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wacky.banana
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£110 is pretty good for a 1700+. I have been looking around for a 2000+ but they are nearly £300.

As you say the speed differential does not easily equate to bangs per buck.

Still looking...

RichardJ
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Just an update ...

The XP 1700+ renders DV to MPEG2 at 2-3 times real time. The Duron 850 was about 6 times, so that's very pleasing. Of course the XP runs at 266 FSB, whereas the Duron was only 200, which all adds to the difference.

Good luck with your hunt for a cheap, fast XP+

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wacky.banana
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Richard,

Having spent the last week comparing prices for kit between vendors across the net, I have decided to simply jump in and just do it (life's too short).

I took StevDH's advice and bought the mobo, XP1700+, Zalman heatsink/fan (oh how I love a quiet PC, especially at 2am in the morning), 400 watt power supply, LiteOn 24X burner and a couple of bits and pieces from OverClockers UK.

My neighbour has used them before but I was quite surprised at how competitive their prices were. I ordered the kit at 3-30pm yesterday afternoon, and the whole lot got delivered this morning. Now that's what I call service.

The only item I baulked at buying from them was registered DDR ram. I'm off to my usual Computer Show tomorrow morning to see if I can get some at a decent price, despite the recent price hike in memory.

So, as usual, its thanks to you all for your input. In another half hours time I will be building the kit. Only time I get to myself is when the family have gone to bed!

Cheers

WB