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Our systems currently use AMD Athlon64 processors utilising streamlined design and technically superior architecture for increased performance by default. Our genuine full retail Processors are supplied with authentic heat sinks, cooler fans and a three year warranty.
 
If you change Processor type (i.e. AMD or Intel) the system will automatically select compatible Chipsets.
 
 
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Our systems use Chipsets (motherboards) featuring NForce technology from NVidia for maximum performance, compatibility and features by default. Designed to work in harmony with AMD Athlon64 processors, NVidia graphics cards and fast DDR memory.
 
The Chipset options available are determined by the Processor type (i.e. AMD or Intel).
 
 
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GRAPHICS
 
 
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Our systems use Gigabyte graphics cards powered by NVidia GeForce technology to deliver awesome graphics with industry leading visual special effects, rock solid stability, unparalleled compatibility and state of the art performance.
 
Make sure you select a processor with a similar specification to your graphics card as many of the latest games feature Artificial Inteligence and physics which rely on processor power rather than graphical brute force.
 
 
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MEMORY
 
 
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Our systems use Kingston DDR memory featuring lifetime guaranteed fast and reliable double data rate RAM modules. A range of speed rated (latency) options are available to suit every pocket and performance needs.
 
If your motherboard supports Dual Channel DDR technology you can significantly increase the speed of your memory by installing the memory modules in pairs (e.g. 2×512 MB or 4×512 MB).
 
 
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SOUND
 
 
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Choose from Realtek Onboard sound or one of our recommended Creative sound cards and bring your gaming, DVD and music experience to life. You’ll find a range of features that will add another dimension to your custom built computer.
 
Your choice of sound output should be driven by your speaker setup, therefore if you plan on using a full eight speaker arrangement you should select a sound card capable of reproducing the full soundscape.
 
 
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HARD DRIVE
 
 
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Our systems currently use Maxtor Hard Drives which offer the best value, features and performance. A variety of drives are available with different capacities, buffer sizes, spin speeds and transfer bandwidth.
 
If you select a pair of Hard Drives they can use RAID technology for improved performance or security.
 
 
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RAID OPTIONS
 
 
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RAID functionality is offered on our Custom systems as a no cost option. If you require a different configuration to those offered or would like to specify your partitioning requirements then either contact us or make a note in the order comments.
 
If you are installing two Hard Drives and select RAID 0 (Striping) it is advisable to invest in an additional backup drive.
 
 
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Our systems currently use Sony Disc Drives which offer the best value, features and performance. A variety of drives are available with different speeds, buffer sizes and colours.
 
If you intend to regularly make backup copies of DVD or CD media it is recommended to install a second drive to eliminate the need to swap discs or use a Hard Drive buffer during the copy process.
 
 
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Our systems currently use Sony Floppy Drives which offer the best value, features and performance.
 
If RAID is used with Windows XP a Floppy Drive is required to install drivers during OS installation. A Floppy Drive is required to use the Automated System Recovery in Windows XP Professional.
 
 
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Our systems currently use Thermaltake Power Supplies for their sustained output, cooling and low sound levels.
 
It’s a good idea to over estimate the Power Supply requirements as a high proportion of errors can be attributed to an insufficient Power Supply.
 
 
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MULTIMEDIA
 
 
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Hauppauge Multimedia cards are available as an optional extra. If you’re configuring a multimedia system or would like to expand the media capabilities of your custom PC these cards are highly recommended.
 
Check the number of tuners each Multimedia card has as some feature more than one. Generally speaking, two tuners are sufficient for most uses and allows the recording of one channel while watching another.
 
 
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You spend nearly all of your PC time looking at the screen so it’s important to choose a suitable Display. Generally speaking, a bigger screen size, a higher resolution, a faster screen update and a quicker response time is better.
 
If planning to use multiple Displays, you should ensure that your chosen Graphics card has suitable outputs.
 
 
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Imagine that your monitor is three times wider without stretching the display... First Person Shooters with peripheral vision, Flight Simulator with all of the cockpit visible, or how about a movie on one screen, web on another and chat on the other... the possibilities are endless!
 
Ensure your Displays are of the correct analogue/digital type and that you order the right quantity, two for the DualHead and three for the TripleHead.
 
 
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All of our recommended cases have been selected for build quality, finish, cooling, features and are some of the best looking chassis in the World.
 
Extra fans (where required) are installed at no additional cost to improve airflow, cooling and to maximise performance.
 
 
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