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    Can you check this spec for me? Any alternatives/ideas?

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420, Socket 775, 2.13 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Conroe Core, 4MB Cache, Retail £93.99 £110.44

    320MB EVGA 8800GTS Superclocked, PCI-E (x16), Mem 1700MHz, GPU 576MHz, 96 Streams, 2x DVI/HDTV £165.00 £193.88

    2GB (2x1GB) CorsairTwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12, EPP £69.99 £82.24

    520W Corsair HX Series Modular PSU, ATX, EPS12V, whisper quiet, 5 year warranty £56.50 £66.39

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD) £51.99 £61.09

    400 Gb Samsung HD401LJ Spinpoint T, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ £45.99 £108.08 (2 x Hardrives)

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - P4 up to 4.4GHz - S775 Dual Core / Core2Duo Ready £13.59 £15.97

    Asus P5B-Plus Vista Edition, iP965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX £86.25 £101.34


    Its all from Scan, comes to £739.42 (inc free shipping) - does it look okay to you guys? Have I missed anything (Im reusing my old case and DVD-RW drive)

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    Looks pretty good. If you're serious about overclocking it you might want to look at the asus p5b delux or p5k's.

    The RAM is ok but you could do better for cheaper.. something like geil ultra pc6400 is around £60 from micro direct.

    And if you have the extra £30 get the e6600 for the CPU its very good and a great overclocker in my expereince.

    Looks pretty good otherwise

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    Looks good to me, though as said above you might want to go for a P35 board instead? =). And if you aren't buying very soon the price cuts to the Q6600 might put it in your budget, it's a great deal more future proofing than a move from E6420 -> another E model I would think .

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    Yeah, go for the P5K, unless you want to upgrade your motherboard again shortly down the line.

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    I seem to remember someone haveing problems with the Asus P5B-Plus Vista Edition.

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    Arctic Cooling Freezer is a bit noisy and won't get as much of an OC as with, say, the Scythe Infinty. Don't re-use your DVD/RW if it's not SATA.

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    why shouldn't I re-use my IDE DVD-RW? They arent any slower? And I was under the impression that the arctic cooler was pretty quiet?

    I cant use mobos with heatpipes as my case has an inverted motherboard (Silverstone TJ06)

    thanks for the answers guys

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    Well the onboard controller (JMicron) for external SATA/internal PATA isn't as good as the Intel one and has been known to cause problems (or so I've heard).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemz0r View Post
    Looks good to me, though as said above you might want to go for a P35 board instead? =). And if you aren't buying very soon the price cuts to the Q6600 might put it in your budget, it's a great deal more future proofing than a move from E6420 -> another E model I would think .
    Have in mind, those quad cores are, well, hot (not in the good-looking way )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queelis View Post
    Have in mind, those quad cores are, well, hot (not in the good-looking way )
    only when overclocked, ............... i think

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    Nothing a decent air cooler can't handle as Core 2 chips don't seem to need much voltage to fly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YorkieBen View Post
    why shouldn't I re-use my IDE DVD-RW? They arent any slower? And I was under the impression that the arctic cooler was pretty quiet?
    An IDE device slows boot times by several seconds. And no the Arctic isn't quiet.

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