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Old 08-01-2008, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi.

Im building my first ever rig and would like your suggestions or thoughts on parts that would be best switched over.

My budget is about £700 and have bought most of the parts (CPU and monitor only left to buy, but can easily return parts).

Q6600 - £120
720W Gigabyte Superb PSU - £68
HD Taken from previous machine
ASUS P5KC aLiFESTYLE iP35 Mobo- £71
XFX 9800gtx - £130
CIBOX 22” monitor -£135 (want a big monitor for small price, have had nothing but rave review from this)
4Gb Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 PC2-6400 -£36 (for 2x 1gb) 2gb Taken from old machine
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Case - £74
Vista 64bit - £62
DVD Drive - £20

Total comes to about £715

So what is your guys thoughts on this, what would you change or make improvements on?

Or is it just fine for my budget?

Cheers

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Old 08-01-2008, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IDK about the PSU. I would sooner go along the lines of a corsair or a OCZ. Also might want to look into the ATI 4850's.
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Old 08-01-2008, 04:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ive heard bad things about corsair. How when your buying them your buying a name/brand and not the PSU, a gucci tag on a tramps jacket if you will. I've read bad reviews of corsair PSU's.

Could just be me though :S
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corsair psu are one of the best, and are very good. There costumer support is very good also.

where did you get a q6600 for 120 and a 9800gtx for 130?
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thats euros
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No its pounds. Got mine from Scan.co.uk

Althought with the postage (very fast, but not changeable), the 9800 comes to £136 (so an extra £6)
Scan Computers UK: 512MB XFX 9800 GTX XT, PCI-E 2.0, Mem 2200MHz, GDDR3, GPU 720MHz, 128 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I/HDTV
Was gonna wait for the GTX+ to come out but theres no actual dates and didnt want to wait any longer for my parts to arrive.

and the Intel Q6600 is actually £117 now.
Scan Computers UK: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 SLACR, Kentsfield Core, Socket 775, 2.40 GHz 1066MHz 8MB Cache, Retail

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i was close, i just meant its more then american dollars
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get this psu
Scan Computers UK: 550w Corsair VX Series PSU, ATX, PS/2, 5 year Warranty - see specs
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and i would swap the mobo to a newer p45
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and finally change over the 9800 to the better and cheaper 4850
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Well its being built all through tonight. (well the games installations is what will take long).

So wish me luck
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