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Finally Decided

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by greenbrucelee, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    So after reading many many many reviews this is what I am odering for my new games PC, I will ordering in September :) Can't wait.

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g)

    Asus Rampage Formula Intel X48 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

    Akasa 20/24-Pin 30cm PSU Extension Cable

    Samsung SH-S202N/RSMN 20x DVD±RW IDE Dual Layer Lightscribe ReWriter (Beige/Black/Silver) - Retail

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 LGA775 'Wolfdale' 3.16GHz (1333FSB) - Retail

    Corsair 4GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator PC2-8500C5 TwinX (2x2GB) Supplied with Airflow Fan (TWIN2X4096-8500

    EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail

    Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103UJ)

    Zalman CNPS9500A-LED CPU Cooler (Socket 478/754/939/940/LGA775)

    Antec Twelve Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case

    Samsung SM-2232BW Pebble 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Glossy Black

    Antec Quattro 850W PSU

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2c - OEM (E85-05683)

    :D

    Before anyone says, a sound card comes with the mobo and yes I realise that I'll only get 3.5GB as I running 32bit XP.:D
     
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    Looks good to me, some excellent components. I would get Vista though.....
     
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    I am planning on possibly buying another hard drive and vista at Crimbo time :)
     
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    So does that mean you will have 2TB of storage :blink Good luck filling up all that space :biggrin
     
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    Well I may put both OSs on the one drive and have another for data. The other drive will be a small size, how is Vista for gaming anyway?
     
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    I hardly ever play games on my PC, although the ones I have tried in Vista like Colin McRae Dirt ran fine.
     
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    I've never seen DX10 in action and would like to compare it to DX9.
     
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    Yeah... but using integrated sound on a gaming box like that would be a crime. Nothing but SoundBlaster for me, my friend... I've used integrated sound for gaming, and it blows.

    Good Lord... an entire terabyte just for two OSes? :blink

    With Vista, you'll take about a 10% performance hit - not majorly noticeable, but it's there. However, at some point, the DX10 tradeoff will be worth the upgrade to Vista. If I were in your shoes, I'd just go ahead and get Vista rather than get XP and then spend even more money in a few months for a Vista upgrade.... particularly when you can use that extra cash in helping you get moved to another city for that IT job (remember? :) )
     
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    it comes with this SupremeFX II 8-CH Audio quite good by all accounts.

    I've got plenty of stuff to fill up atleast 750GB worth :blink

    I wonder if I should format the Hard drive I have now get another smaller drive and then use my copy of xp and get vista :scratch

    And yes I will still be saving for that move but realistically its gonna be a couple of years before I can do that especially with the current credit crunch we are experience over here.
     
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    Depends what you plan to do with your old rig. If your going to retire it then crack on and use your existing copy of XP and get Vista right away!
     
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    I'm not sure if I should sell my current system or keep it as a spare.
     
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    System looks great to me GBL. I know that the integraded sound is good, but I would have to agree with BM on this one. Having a sound card will make a difference in games and the performance of the system.
     
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    The problem is my room is not that much bigger than a shoe box, so having two speakers at 2.1 is more than enough
     
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    Keeping as spare would be what I would probably do, but then only if it would still get some use. If it was just going to sit there I would break it up and list all the parts on eBay.
     
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    that could be an idea :)
     
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    The money you get back from the old machine will buy you a copy of Vista Ultimate and some!
     
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    I am going to mention to my brother to see if he wants it for a reasonable price as his PC is crap and knackered. but I think I will get Vista with it and use my XP.
     
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    I'm not talking about a 2.1 setup versus a 7.1 setup. I use *headphones*, and I'm nowhere near an audiophile geek... but even I can tell a difference in quality with the SB stuff versus onboard sound. And when you're only talking about $50-80 for a high-quality sound card... as a gamer, how could you not?
     
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    so I reckon I should go for something like this http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=SC-057-CL
     
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    Well, I don't think I'd use their headset... but the card? Yeah, man. An X-Fi's great.

    The OEM card alone is £22.99... save you £14.

    Supposedly, the Xtreme Gamer version is optimized for gaming over the basic Xtreme Audio version... but I couldn't tell any difference back when I got my Audigy MP3+ vs. the Audigy Gamer sound cards. You might check review sites to be sure. The Xtreme Gamer version would cost you double, at £44.99. Probably not necessary.

    That said, I'm currently using the X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fata1ity version. At the time I was building my rig, I found a rebate that knocked half the price off, which priced it LESS than the base X-Fi model. Jumped all over that one.
     
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