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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by greenbrucelee, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    on my new proposed system build.

    Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case 1 £63.50

    Samsung Lightscribe S203PL - SATA -20x DVD+/-R/RW - DVD-RAM -Black - Beige And Silver Bezels - SATA - With Nero - Retail 1 £18.68

    EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT KO 512MB PCI Express Graphics Card - Retail (675MHz Core Clock) (1950MHz Memory Clock) (1500MHz Shader Clock) 1 £116.99

    Samsung Spin Point F1 SATAII NCQ 1TB 32Mb Cache Hard Drive <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM 1 £80.00

    Corsair TWIN3X2048-1333C9DHX 2GB DDR3 (2x1GB) 1333Mhz Non-ECC 2 £154.00

    Asus Maximus Extreme Socket 775 DDR3 PCI-E Dual SATA II Raid Gigabit Lan Firewire 1 £155.19

    ThermalTake Toughpower Series Cable Management 850W Active 1 £93.00

    Zalman CNPS9500-LED Aero Flower (Socket 939/754/478/775) CPU Cooler 1 £30.95

    Intel Quad Core Q9550 4 x 2.83Ghz 12Mb Cache 1333 FSB Quad Core Processor 1 £326.00

    SAMSUNG Pebble SM2232BW 22" Wide Screen LCD TFT, 2ms, DC3000:1 Contrast ratio, DVI-D 1 £198.73
    Arctic Silver 5 Premium Thermal Paste - 3.5g 1 £5.10

    Windows XP PRO OEM Service Pack 3 1 £81.00

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    Bloody hell mate is all that just to play COD4:ohmy

    The PSU is that modular?
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    yep modular, the same type as I have now its pretty good.

    I intend to have a real good gaming rig, although I might change my mind on the mobo.
     
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  4. Modey

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    The only thing I would change is the processor. That seems like an awful lot of money to pay really. I'd get a cheapo one and overclock the nuts off it. :)

    Can't believe how cheap the 8800GT 512 is now, that's a fantastic card for that kind of money.
     
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    CPUs are coming down all the time at the minute by the time the end of next month comes (when I plan to buy) it may well have dropped :)

    BTW those prices were without VAT its costing &#163;1500 with VAT :)
     
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    As Modey said, processor is way too expensive - especially with improved ones around the corner.

    If you have to spend that kind of money spend in to the graphics card. Where's your sound card? :)
     
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    Whew! That's twice as expensive as my gaming rig! I wouldn't throw down £326 on a proc... I paid $210 for my Core2Duo (about £105) when the C2Ds first came out. And I've never spent £1300 of my own money for a computer before.

    That said, I can't really provide good pricing comparisons between your rig and mine... things might just be way more expensive there.

    Do you really need an 850W PSU? Might be able to trim costs there and still get a high-quality PSU.

    As Math said... where's your sound card? :ohmy
     
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  8. greenbrucelee
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    I forgot the sound card it's not that much to add but I havent priced the speakers up.

    I could go for a 750w PSU (I just like to be safer than sorry).

    I also may go for just a C2D CPU the 8500 or 8400 that would trim about £200 of the price.
     
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  9. greenbrucelee
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    This has saved nearly £400 off the price.

    Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case £63.50

    Samsung DVD Rom Drive SATA Black OEM £13.18

    EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT KO 512MB PCI Express Graphics Card - Retail (675MHz Core Clock) (1950MHz Memory Clock) (1500MHz Shader Clock) £116.99

    Samsung Spin Point F1 SATAII NCQ 1TB 32Mb Cache Hard Drive <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM £84.00

    Corsair TWIN3X2048-1333C9DHX 2GB DDR3 (2x1GB) 1333Mhz Non-ECC £154.00

    Asus Maximus Extreme Socket 775 DDR3 PCI-E Dual SATA II Raid Gigabit Lan Firewire £155.19

    ThermalTake Toughpower 750Watt PSU £57.00

    Zalman CNPS9500-LED Aero Flower (Socket 939/754/478/775) CPU Cooler £30.95

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 2 x 3.00Ghz 6Mb Cache 1333 FSB Dual Core Processor £112.00

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express - OEM £25.00

    SAMSUNG Pebble SM2232BW 22" Wide Screen LCD TFT, 2ms, DC3000:1 Contrast ratio, DVI-D £198.73
     
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    ^ Looks sweet :)

    Please let me know how you get on with that graphics card, I'm saving up for one of those.
     
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    Hey GBL,

    You can still get a Qcore cpu but at a decent price.. e.g. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showp...SLACR 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail

    I noticed you're only going for 2GB ram, even though it is ddr3 I'd recommend getting 4GB and maybe a little slower than 1333mhz to balance out the price? You won't use or need 1333mhz ram but you will use the extra you gain from 2 to 3.5gb

    Hope this helps

    Edit: also, if you're not overclocking then you probably don't need such an expensive motherboard
     
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    The ram is 4GB its 2x 1GB x2 although it doesn't show that for some reason.

    I have had a look at the QX6600 before, but when I was comaring it to the E8400 the cache was better on the C2D Cpu.

    I still have till the end of next month to decide on which CPU to get.
     
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    I will they are supposed to be good :)
     
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    Sorry, didn't read the "2" you added in there :p

    It's your choice really but I'd go with a Qcore cpu personally.

    Still don't need such an expensive mobo though, unless you like overclocking.

    Nice rig though, wish I was rich enough to buy on such a scale :rolleyes:
     
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    nah I am not rich, I am saving up for it. Thats why I wont be able to buy till the end of next month.:D
     
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    Back from work now. Yippee!!

    Nice case, but have you read reviews on it? How do all the components fit inside the case? How's the cable management?

    If you can add around £100 to this you could be looking at a Blu-ray writer that will of course also write DVDs and CDs. With the large file sizes and download speeds, such capacities offered by Blu-ray is a sound investment for the future.

    Nice card that would more than satisfactorily munch through most games. Probably would have to upgrade in a year or so, but is that different for any other card out there these days? :)

    Not keen on very large capacity single drives - feels like I'm putting all my eggs in one basket. I'd either get two smaller drives or get a second drive purely to back up very inportant data on and install a Linux distribution incase Windows fails.

    Sweet. No complaints there.

    Are you a regular lan gamer, or something? This seems like a waste of funds to me.

    The graphics card alone requires 400W PSU support, so I might be inclined to up the rating a bit for when you upgrade/overclock. Excellent brand, though!

    I can't stand these big CPU cooling assemblies. I had one smaller than this and luckily I checked after my PC refused to work; one of the screws on the backplate snaped as I checked it. In addition to this when they are so big it makes cable management a nighmare - as well as possibly warping the motherboard, depending on how securely it is fastened to the case.

    Nah, go quad! Four cores are always better than two.

    Will do the job. et retail over OEM as the drivers slightly differ (or at least they used to), so if you lose the CD as I did some years ago with my old Audigy 2 ZS OEM, I was never able to get it working reliably until I magically found the original CD in my stack. Get retail! :biggrin

    Nice.
     
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    I have the CPU cooler and monitor you have listed. I think the CPU cooler is great, keeps my E6600 overclocked to 3.0Ghz at 40 degrees C on full load 8) They do a larger one too, which would be pushing it a bit, too heavy for the mobo.

    The Samsung monitor is amazing. Crisp colours and so much room to have multiple windows open at once!

    When I bought my mobo a couple of months ago it was for overclocking. I have a P35 northbridge, the southbridge is the same on P35 and X38 boards. The only real difference my research showed between the P35 and X38 chipset was about &#163;50.... they have about the same performance.

    *edit* oh, and for the hard drive have you thought about two slightly lower spec ones running as RAID0? It will give you better read/write performance than a single drive.
     
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    Wow! GBL, it seems like you have converted to a intel fan as I thought you were into AMD:) Well can't say I blame you as intel is quality and does what it says on the box.
     
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    I would go for a medium end quad core processor.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=794149

    I would get a more normal case and go with water cooling.
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?TT-BIGW745

    I would maybe consider RAID5 and three 7500RPM 500GB drives. RAID0 is fine if its just for games and you don't mind the odd reinstall, prob better with one 10,000RPM and one 7500RPM and make backups than RAID 0.

    I'd wait for Blue Ray writers to come down in price, easy to add one in later.

    I'd buy OEM and just burn a copy of all drivers and keep it somewhere safe ;)
     
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    I might go quad but not gonna water cool it, I am scared I'll damage it and water and computer components dont go well together.
     
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