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Old 03-03-2007, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there, i've assembled a list of an 'upgrade' but its really more of a complete swap-out from my old system: (The parts not mentioned here I already have.)

Just hoping the members here can give me some advice on whether this lineup will be a good one. (Bearing in mind this is for gaming purposes: i.e. running bf2142, oblivion etc on TOP settings.)

If theres any compatibility/ performance issues you know of please let me know

- Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 2.40GHz
(£197.39) (Planning to overclock to 3.2+)

- Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLi nForce 650 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
(£79.89)

- GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC)
(£115.14)

- OEM Western Digital Raptor X 150GB WD1500AHFD 10,000RPM SATA 16MB Cache - OEM
(£160.96)

- BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC 768MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC
(£375.99) (I belive this is a special optimised/custom one.. by BFG? Also: I have no plans to go SLi really, im not sure my wallet could take it heh.)

- BFG 800W UK/PFC Approved PSU £99.99
(£117.49)

- Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case (I trust this personally because of a friend of mine who has this, seems to keep his system down to 40c with stock cooling on similar components.)
(£68.00)

Comes to just over £1,100.

So any advice welcome, because so far trying to sort out a balance for my new system has been doing my head in!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-03-2007, 05:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi there, i've assembled a list of an 'upgrade' but its really more of a complete swap-out from my old system: (The parts not mentioned here I already have.)
Lol, I wouldn't really consider this an upgrade.... it is a new build.... Looks pretty good though.

If you are planning to overclock that CPU to 3.2 Ghz, you might want to look at upgraded cooling for the CPU... I would have to look into reviews, not sure if it would be stable @ 3.2 Ghz on stock air cooling... As far as I remember, it can hit just under, or just over the 3.0 Ghz mark on stock cooling. I could be wrong.
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look for G Skill memory the raptor is a waste of money and the 800 watts an overkill
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Nice i wish i had that money to spend on my computer
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Wooo nice build, E6600 is a awesome processor, even without overclocking it will run all the top games blindfolded, only thing id say is get a Seagate Barracuda hard drive instead, i always read on here people say seagate over WD, also ive got a 300GB Barracuda myself so i can vouch for it being a great hard drive, quiet aswell.
The Antec 900 is a great case, i got it about a month ago now and installed all my componants out of my old case into this one, it was the first time i did this and i did it successfully so its clearly a good case to work with aswell as having great looks and cooling to match.
By the way what site did you price those items up from? the E6600 is £191.28 Inc. VAT on Ebuyer(great site, got a few things from there myself)
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Id get something like this mate http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/108778 that saves you £50 straight away, and its bigger.
The 10,000 rpm speed isnt all its cracked up to be, in normal use playing games etc the extra speed wouldn't be noticeable

And also id get this psu instead http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...uct_uid=119766
Then for me, what you have picked yourself, plus what ive suggested in my post, that will be one kickass pc
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If you are planning to overclock that CPU to 3.2 Ghz, you might want to look at upgraded cooling for the CPU... I would have to look into reviews, not sure if it would be stable @ 3.2 Ghz on stock air cooling... As far as I remember, it can hit just under, or just over the 3.0 Ghz mark on stock cooling. I could be wrong.
Yea, ive heard people saying it can handle a big overclock on the stock heatsink/fan.. but like you said; i would also prefer to look into it first before i burn a hole in the case with �200 :P

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look for G Skill memory the raptor is a waste of money and the 800 watts an overkill
Ahh.. ok.. this was one bit I wasnt sure about, what wattage is enough for this build would you say? 600? even with the 8800?

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By the way what site did you price those items up from? the E6600 is �191.28 Inc. VAT on Ebuyer(great site, got a few things from there myself)
overclockers.co.uk i havnt really looked around yet.. got to be my next task. it'll be nice to shave a few quid off that total

Thanks for the advice guys! Like i said id rather know whats the best for this cash..

And **** yea it'll be kickass... i cant wait to play the DX10 games on this beast.. crysis..*drools* hehe

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i would say go with what jonny_uk showed ya then you should be good have fun with your build
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Weeell.. with those extra pounds shaved off.. i could get the

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX KO ACS3 SILENT 768MB

An 8800 gone all Green and hulk like..

- GeForce 8800 GTX core running at 630MHz
- Shader Clock Speed of 1460MHz
- 768MB GDDR3 Memory running at 2000MHz

hmm.. worth it? thats like the r600 and whatnot isnt it? for about £100 more
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Hmmm indeed, but the 8800GTX in any form will last a long time.
And if you can afford that card then go for it, the specs look great and it will be absolutely silent aswell, which is always a bonus.

Im not sure about the R600, dont know the release dates or if its much better than a 8800GTX
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