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    Finally, the PC spec

    hello,

    After all the help I have received here, I have concocted the final PC spec for the system I will purchase.

    Scan have priced this at £2,380.

    CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo 6600.

    Motherboard- Asus P5K-E

    Case- Silverstone Temjin TJ-09 Silver

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    PSU- 620w Corsair HX Modular

    Card reader- Silverstone SST-FP34B Silver 3.5"

    Graphics Card- 768MB Asus 8800GTX Ultra

    Hard drives- 160 Gb Western Digital WD1600YS Caviar RE, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, x2

    Monitor-22" Dell E228WFP

    Keyboard/Mouse- Razer Exactmat Gaming Mouse Pad with wrist Rest
    Razer Copperhead SK Edition 2000dpi High Precision Gaming
    Logitech Media Keyboard Elite

    Software- -Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
    Norton 360 Security

    Cooling & Misc: Zalman CNPS9700 Super Aero Flower Cooler
    Akasa Amber- 120mm fan x5
    Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound
    Scythe Kama Meter Controller
    AcoustiPack Deluxe (v2) Acoustic Material Kit

    Soundcard- Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro-Retail

    Speakers- Creative G500 5.1

    Warranty- 1 YEAR onsite

    I've included absolutely everything for you to see if the price is decent.

    What do you guys think?

    Thanks!

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    Hiya,
    As I said before, the 8800 Ultra is probably not worth it, I'd personally stick with the GTX - but that's personal preference.

    I would dump Norton Security - it's rubbish.
    I would drop the soundcard - I had a X-Fi Fatal1ty card, and didn't really notice the quality over onboard sound.

    Why are you getting such small hard disks?

    It does seem pretty expensive for what you're getting though as Shaithis said.

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    by all means buy the parts from scan but why not build it yourself and save £1000 lol

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    AD-15 - I just built that rig, albeit with more RAM, faster and larger HDD, slower GFX (8800GTS), better case, and bigger monitor, and it cost £700-800 less than what you've been quoted.

    Most of the parts come with comprehensive warranties, it took me one evening to put it together, and one morning to install all the software. Well worth the money I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Hiya,
    As I said before, the 8800 Ultra is probably not worth it, I'd personally stick with the GTX - but that's personal preference.

    I would dump Norton Security - it's rubbish.
    I would drop the soundcard - I had a X-Fi Fatal1ty card, and didn't really notice the quality over onboard sound.

    Why are you getting such small hard disks?

    It does seem pretty expensive for what you're getting though as Shaithis said.

    change norton for kaspersky

    and stay with the x-fi, b0redom, I could tell going from default sound to the x-fi ultra setting in 2142 so its all down to the game engine and if it can make use of the card..
    plus the fact onboard sound is more CPU intensive than having it offloaded onto the x-fi.

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    hello,

    I will definetly not be building it myself, I would rather such an expensive system be built by pros. Bear in mind, I have included monitor, speakers, peripherals etc.

    Are you sure it's not worth that price?? It looks pretty decent to me, the build and warranty altogether is only £120.

    Thanks for your feedback so far guys!

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    BTW, I just called Paul Moss at Scan, and he mentioned that the PSU may just be borderline sufficient for such a system. To be honest, I was to say the least shocked, I was infact looking to downgrade it last night.

    What do you think?

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    for piece of mind its ok, most here would rather spend the time to do it right and take there time, attention to detail and all that !

    of course thats going to guarentee the parts work when it arrives as they will test it.

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    The hard drives look meagre compared to all other components, and OMG, is that an Dell E monitor? Those are rubbish according to these very forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AD-15 View Post
    hello,

    I will definetly not be building it myself, I would rather such an expensive system be built by pros. Bear in mind, I have included monitor, speakers, peripherals etc.

    Are you sure it's not worth that price?? It looks pretty decent to me, the build and warranty altogether is only £120.

    Thanks for your feedback so far guys!
    If you're definately not going to build it yourself, then go for it. The price isn't too bad considering what you're getting, including all the peripherals, and you know scan will do a good job putting it togther. Most people here would still suggest you stay away from the Ultra as you're not going to be gaming above 1600x1050 on that screen (a fair few will point out you could get away with a 8800GTS 320), that would also save you some drain on your PSU (very suprised they said that Corsair 620 is borderline....I'd say you're well within the comfort zone for that PSU).
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    Just priced it all separately and have to agree it isn't too bad a price.....but there are some overly expensive components in that build....namely:

    8800GTX Ultra.....Just get the GTX or the GTS 640MB
    Corsair PC8500.....VERY overpriced....Just get some PC6400
    Silverstone TJ-09....£170 for a case? *gulp*
    E6600.....E2160 will overclock the same and requires cheaper ram to hit the same speeds

    Also...£175 for speakers. I have no idea how good they are but for not a lot more you can get a nice budget amp+speakers setup from richer sounds that should blow any pc speaker package out of the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AD-15 View Post
    BTW, I just called Paul Moss at Scan, and he mentioned that the PSU may just be borderline sufficient for such a system. To be honest, I was to say the least shocked, I was infact looking to downgrade it last night.

    What do you think?
    That PSU is fine for the setup in the first post.

    If you were going quad core and overclocking + SLI, then that might be a different matter.
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    I'd agree with ibm and Shaithis here
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    pc6400 (esp if not extream overclocking)
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    Stick with the e6600 if you're not going to overclock

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    hello,

    Thanks for all your input so far guys!

    The case is one of few that I really like and that can actually accomodate the huge graphics card. Always good to have a bit of spare space too for little compromise on air flow.

    I am planning on pushing this system to the very edge, with one game especially, FSX. It's a professional (almost) simulation that really is extremely demanding, so won't the slightly faster memory (the P35 can natively support 1066) and graphics card help?

    What is wrong with the monitor? It has some very good reviews, and it's of a moderately high price.

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