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    New Rig

    Hi,
    recently i decided to take a leap and try to build a new computer myself, I've got a budget of about 1000 but i could stretch to 1100. Ive managed to find pretty much everything i want with around £150 left to get a motherboard
    My currently Planned Specs are:

    Intel Q6600 Quad Core
    Geforce 8800GTX
    Hitachi 400Gb Sata II with 16mb cache
    NEC Optiarc AD DVD-RW
    2Gb DDR2 PC2-6400 (800MHz) Ram
    Samsung Electronics 205BW 20" TFT Monitor
    600W PSU
    Nzxt Lexa Case
    Floppy Drive

    I'd just like peoples opinions on this setup and also recommendations on a good motherboard, it would need to take a 8800GTX obviously but i'd like it too have good OC potential and also SLI would be nice but not essential. Finally i won't be buying anything until after the Intel Price Slash so I've got a bit of time so if there is anything I should wait for. Thanks

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    • Blitzen's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ABIT iX38 QuadGT
      • CPU:
      • Intel Quad Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz : 30 Degrees Idle - 41-46 Degrees Load
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 1GB OCZ Platinum PC6400 @ 4-4-4-12
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoints - RAID 0
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 285
      • PSU:
      • Enermax MODU 82+ 625W
      • Case:
      • Antec Nine Hundred
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Viewsonic Q22wb 22" Widescreen - 5ms
      • Internet:
      • O2 premium @ 17mb
    Which 600W PSU might that be????

    A top PSU for that rig would, indeed should be an Enermax Inifiniti 720W. Its around £100 and is the best out there at the moment.

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    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
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    If you do want Sli get a 680i motherboard not the 650i.. they are crippled by only have 8x PCI-E when running SLi.

    For £150 you're in the BFG/EVGA area of the 680i range. I have the evga and its been a stable and good overclocker since day one.

    What PSU are you looking at specifically..and what RAM.. and are you planning on overclocking?

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    • gLk*zaP's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi P35
      • CPU:
      • Intel E6850, Noctua 2x 120mm Air
      • Memory:
      • 2x1GB OCZ Platinum Rev2 DDR2-800 CL4
      • Storage:
      • Samsung SP2504C 3x 250GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus GeForce 7950GT 512MB PCIe
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic SS12-650HT
      • Case:
      • Chieftec CS-101
      • Monitor(s):
      • Hyundai L90D+
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    I would ditch the Floppy drive, and get two 8800GTX instead

    But seriously, it would help a lot if you would provide more details. As already said by Blitzen
    and staffsMike, what PSU exactly? Do not buy anything cheap that just has written 600W over it.
    Mainboard: Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi, Bios 0501 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3.3 GHz 8x415 1.35v C1E/PECI
    Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12F, Noctua 120mm Fan, AS5 RAM: 2x1GB OCZ Platinum DDR2 @ 1067 MHz 5-5-5-15
    PSU: Seasonic SS12-650HT 4x 18A/12v Graphics: Asus GeForce 7950GT 512MB passive cooled with Accelero S1
    Case: Antec P182-SE Chrome Edition OS: XP x86
    SuperPI 1M: 13.187 sec (@3.92GHz) 3DMark06: 5.564, CPU 2.646 (@3.0GHz)

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    Urm the PSU is a OCZ StealthXStream 600W PSU - SLI Ready ATX2.2 from ebuyer (quickfind code 127861 )

    and the ram is OCZ 2GB Kit DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Gold GX XT also from ebuyer (quickfind code 114728)

    I probably will oveclock yes but i won't do it immediately because I'd need a decent CPU fan wouldn't I? and i can quite stretch that far just yet.

    Sorry those wern't straight links i only just joined so i couldn't post any URLs and that was the only way i could think of doing it.

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    • gLk*zaP's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi P35
      • CPU:
      • Intel E6850, Noctua 2x 120mm Air
      • Memory:
      • 2x1GB OCZ Platinum Rev2 DDR2-800 CL4
      • Storage:
      • Samsung SP2504C 3x 250GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus GeForce 7950GT 512MB PCIe
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic SS12-650HT
      • Case:
      • Chieftec CS-101
      • Monitor(s):
      • Hyundai L90D+
      • Internet:
      • 1.5 MBit/s DSL
    Yeah that 5-post link minimum kinda sucks, i know

    Well i would say the OCZ PSU and the RAM are both great choices. For such a nice gaming rig you might
    want to think about a bigger screen tho. Or not if your space is limited. Might take a look at the Samsung 226BW, depending on your location you can get that for some nice price at the moment.
    Mainboard: Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi, Bios 0501 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3.3 GHz 8x415 1.35v C1E/PECI
    Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12F, Noctua 120mm Fan, AS5 RAM: 2x1GB OCZ Platinum DDR2 @ 1067 MHz 5-5-5-15
    PSU: Seasonic SS12-650HT 4x 18A/12v Graphics: Asus GeForce 7950GT 512MB passive cooled with Accelero S1
    Case: Antec P182-SE Chrome Edition OS: XP x86
    SuperPI 1M: 13.187 sec (@3.92GHz) 3DMark06: 5.564, CPU 2.646 (@3.0GHz)

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    • Mad-Max's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus or Gigabyte
      • CPU:
      • Intel
      • Memory:
      • Corsair
      • Storage:
      • Western Digital
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA all the way
      • PSU:
      • Corsair or Seasonic are good
      • Case:
      • Any that looks nice and has great cooling
      • Operating System:
      • XP/7 and any thing else
      • Monitor(s):
      • Big widescreen will do
      • Internet:
      • Some thing nice and fast with no cap
    Get yourself a Asus P5k deluxe motherboard

    Change the PSU for some thing like a Seasonic m12 600/700

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    Thanks, i was looking at the P5K and it looks good but i saw someone mentioning something about the Sata ports being blocked if you use such a big card as the GTX and also in SLI would both those PCIe ports run at x16 or x8. I also had a look at that EVGA board and it seemed pretty good, i found the Lite version though, is that the wrong one?

    Another thing, if i was to go Sli eventually would i need to upgrade my PSU or would it be able to cope?

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    • Mad-Max's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus or Gigabyte
      • CPU:
      • Intel
      • Memory:
      • Corsair
      • Storage:
      • Western Digital
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA all the way
      • PSU:
      • Corsair or Seasonic are good
      • Case:
      • Any that looks nice and has great cooling
      • Operating System:
      • XP/7 and any thing else
      • Monitor(s):
      • Big widescreen will do
      • Internet:
      • Some thing nice and fast with no cap
    If you want a SLI motherboard then get a 680I board (not the 650) which is SLI a P5K board is not SLI it's only crossfire ready

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    Unless you're getting two 8800GTX's now (which would be pointless with a 20/22" display) there's no reason to even think about SLi as by the time you come to buy the second card something cheaper and more powerful will have been released, and you'll be wanting to sell your original GTX to buy it.

    Stick with one card, a single GTX is ample and this way you can look at the P35 motherboards and not need a stupidly expensive PSU.
    Last edited by NightshadowUK; 11-07-2007 at 11:24 AM.

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    Corsair 620w more than adequate. Agree with Nightshadow SLI is pointless drivers are poor and you will be wasting money compared to the extra performance you will get.
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    Another in agreement with ditching SLi, that 8800GTX should keep you going for a good while.
    Getting a good non-SLi motherboard will cost around £100-£120 so you can use the extra to get a better cpu HeatSink&Fan

    Even if you don't overclock to start with getting a better HS&F is a good idea simply as it will be quieter than the stock intel one.

    The other thing I would sugest is 2 hard drives
    One smallish, fast drive, For OS and commonly used programs
    One large, slower drive, For data, files, mp3's and less used programs.

    The reason I say make the larger one slower is purely for cost reasons, if you can afford two fast drives get them instead.

    Also notice that you have not listed the following on your parts list.
    Mouse
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    OS & other software

    Are you planning to recycle them from an old pc?

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      • Memory:
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      • Graphics card(s):
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      • PSU:
      • Corsair or Seasonic are good
      • Case:
      • Any that looks nice and has great cooling
      • Operating System:
      • XP/7 and any thing else
      • Monitor(s):
      • Big widescreen will do
      • Internet:
      • Some thing nice and fast with no cap
    SLI is pointless thats why I've never went that way

    With the money your saving from SLI get a P5K deluxe board and OC the hell out of that quad

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    Talking

    Alrite i think after everyones advice i'll forget about Sli, i think it was just the idea of having two graphics cards.. all that power With two hard drives because i can't afford a raptor atm would it be just as good to get two smaller drives and set them up in Raid? and then still keep the big one?

    yea i'm recycling my old keyboard, mouse and speakers and i already have vista and XP so i'm planning on setting up a dual boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gLk*zaP View Post
    Might take a look at the Samsung 226BW, depending on your location you can get that for some nice price at the moment.
    The 226BW is the monitor to get at the moment, it rocks

    and I agree, forget about SLI, make sure you get a pre-overclocked 8800GTX though, for the extra 10-20 bob over the usual price you can get a nice bump in performance

    And try and get a good Heatsink/Fan from the outset. You don't really want to have to rip off the old Intel HSF and clean up the processor to put a new one on. Do it right from the beginning

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    Urm the PSU is a OCZ StealthXStream 600W PSU - SLI Ready ATX2.2 from ebuyer (quickfind code 127861 )
    There is alot of mixed feeling about this PSU. The PCB and layout is identical to the Epsilon 700W and the GameXstream 600W which is great.
    Unfortunately though, the PSU is sold as split railed which, when looked at closer simply isn't the case and to this end should be avoided for a high end system.

    I saw Paul@Scan recommended the 620W Corsair. Again, a great PSU but poor value.......Enermax Inifiniti should be your choice as its the best higher end PSU around today and is only £2-3 more than the Corsair.
    Last edited by Blitzen; 11-07-2007 at 01:41 PM.

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