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Old 08-27-2008, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First of all, hello to all. My first visit to these forums and my hopes of some great help are high.

I've been considering building a new gaming machine for a while now and am just about in the right place money wise to start it off, well at least to start building it on paper.

This is what i've come up with so far.

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Antec Nine Hundred/Ultimate Gamer Case no PSU - 68.25

Corsair Memory 650W TX SERIES ATX - 65.78

XFX GeForce 8800GT XT Ed 512MB DDR3 PCIE Dual DVI TV - 103.56

Corsair Memory 4GBKIT (2X2GB) 800MHZ NON ECC CL5 - 53.66

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 6MB Cache S775 1333MHZ - 124.71

XFX S775 nForce 680i LT SLI DDR2 ATX - 62.45

Samsung Spinpoint 500GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA300 - 42.05

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM - 68.22

Total (inc VAT) - 588.68
Now, i've shown this spec to some friends who are of a similar tech knoledge as myself, and they are telling me that a ATi 4850 card will be better than the GeForce 8800GT, and that i could do better with a AMD CPU, Phenom x4 maybe?, rather than the Intel one. If i did switch CPU then i'd also need to change the Motherboard of course, help there would be nice as well.

All these prices are from dabs.com - Laptops, Components, MP3 players, Software, Digital Cameras a supplier i know and trust, and buy getting it all at the same place i save on delivery.

Lastly my budget is around this high 5xx price mark, and if possible a bit lower.

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give, looking forward to hearing your views.
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Old 08-27-2008, 01:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That E8500 is a good dual core cpu and will perform better than a AMD dual core. But if you go quad I would go for Intel, like Q6700, Q9550 or a Q6600 with G0 stepping. As for a motherboard it depends if you are gonna go SLI or Crossfire in the future.
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Not likely to be going into a SLi or Crossfire set up at any time soon.
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You're going to need an optical drive

I would recommend the HD 4850, because it's not a lot more cash than the 8800GT, and it's substantially better.
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I only need the parts listed, already have the rest.
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Ah, okay then. This looks like a great build.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Pretty much decided to change to the ATi 4850 now.

Also i don`t think the Intel quad core is within my price range, well given that i`ve been told that the Q6600/Q6700 isn`t worth the extra few over a E8500.

Tell me i`m wrong for sure though.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The Q6600 is less than the E8500 at the moment. Can get it for around 110-120. Take a look at scan.co.uk or ebuyer.

If your willing to overclock and buy some aftermarket cooling for the CPU, a Q6600 would still be a nice decision. I have got mine to 2.8 (from 2.4) on stock cooling. But am awaiting aftermarket heatsink/fan before I take it any further.
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Nice, a 4850 is a good card. And the E8500 is a great overclocker, and will perform great in today's games. I'd suggest these motherboards:

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
probably the best P45 out there

Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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Oh, is the 650W PSU enough, overkill or not enough?
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