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    PC spec check

    Im aiming to upgrade my old machine at the end of july, i want to run games like supcom in max and give me some future proof for 2 years:

    edit: monitor res is 1280*1024 at the mo

    LN16655
    640MB Asus 8800GTS PCI-E (x16), Mem 1600 MHz, GPU 500 MHz, 96 Streams, 2 x Dual Link DVI-I HDTV £257.55

    LN17245
    Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600, S775, 2.40 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache, Retail *Game Included* £176.24

    LN19052
    Asus P5KC, iP35, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2/DDR3 1066/1333/667/800, SATA II, ATX £92.58

    LN15484
    2Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 Dominator, PC8500, 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered,CAS 5-5-5-15, EPP £126.89

    LN17163
    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD) £111.61

    TOTAL £766.78

    and around £150 for case + psu (also how much watt do i need?)

    Any suggestions or general ripping apart of the specs is welcome

    And as always the cheaper the better

    Thanks

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    Looks solid. Personally I'd save £60 on the ram and get a GTX, ram will make little difference, but your choice. Corsair 520HX psu?

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    No need for those PSUs Mad-Max, they're a little overkill, especially the 720w!

    That 600w Silverstone one you linked you expensive at £101 imo. I'd go with a 520w Corsair or the 620w Corsair. Depends if Metier9 wants some room to play with, but I suggest the 520w version.

    Also, stick with the 320mb GTS. Benches suggest that the extra £50ish for the 640mb is not money well spent
    Last edited by s_kinton; 20-07-2007 at 11:25 AM.

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    You don't think a 320MB GTS would suffice? Looking at other threads suggest the 640MB is poor value...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSte View Post
    Looks solid. Personally I'd save £60 on the ram and get a GTX, ram will make little difference, but your choice. Corsair 520HX psu?
    ++

    The 640MB GTS is rather pointless unless you have a 27" screen or something silly. You can save heaps with an 8800GTS 320Mb, it's more than enough for todays games. And a 520HX PSU will do a grand job of powering the system for years to come.
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD) £111.61
    Why???
    You have a 64 Bit system running on a 32 Bit OS........

    64 Bit Vista is fine so dont waste your cash on the old software.

    Quote Originally Posted by kungpo View Post
    You don't think a 320MB GTS would suffice? Looking at other threads suggest the 640MB is poor value...
    It is.....and IIRC its being discontinued because of this.

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    LN17245
    Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600, S775, 2.40 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache, Retail *Game Included* £176.24

    LN19052
    Asus P5KC, iP35, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2/DDR3 1066/1333/667/800, SATA II, ATX £92.58

    LN15484
    2Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 Dominator, PC8500, 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered,CAS 5-5-5-15, EPP £126.89

    LN17162
    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD) £112.74

    LN17509
    320MB XFX 8800GTS XT, PCI-E (x16), Mem 1700MHz, GPU 560MHz, 96 Streams, 2x Dual Link DVI/HDTV £197.98

    LN15216
    520W Corsair HX V2 Series Modular PSU, ATX, EPS12V, whisper quiet, 5 year warranty £64.50

    LN18867
    Antec P182 Advanced PERFORMANCE ONE SERIES Super Midi Tower Case, Black (no PSU) £80.95

    TOTAL £855.40

    Cheers for all the replies and does this look better?

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    I wouldn't get that RAM..seems over priced.. Something like crucial ballistix 8500 would be better. Often can be found for less than £100

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    Looks sweet to me, but you can get a BFG 8800GTS for cheaper, and still factory OCed
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    Had a look at the BFG 8800 GTS factory OC'd and it was about a tenner more...

    I do want to buy everything from the same place because of x, y, z reason.

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    You only need PC6400 memory with a Q6600 as it has a 9x multiplier:

    9 x 400 = 3.6GHz

    You're not gonna be clocking higher than this with a quad core unless you have watercooling.

    - 2GB CorsairTwinX PC2-6400 4-4-4-12 ~ £83.39

    That's if you insist on buying everything from the same place... but then there is this for the same price which'd be my choice any day:

    - 2GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 5-5-5-15 ~ £82.24
    Last edited by NightshadowUK; 20-07-2007 at 12:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightshadowUK View Post
    You only need PC6400 memory with a Q6600 as it has a 9x multiplier:

    9 x 400 = 3.6GHz

    You're not gonna be clocking higher than this with a quad core unless you have watercooling.

    - 2GB CorsairTwinX PC2-6400 4-4-4-12 ~ £83.39

    That's if you insist on buying everything from the same place... but then there is this for the same price which'd be my choice any day:

    - 2GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 5-5-5-15 ~ £82.24
    hmm that is tempting, at that price for either one, is it worth while getting 4 gigs of ram?

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    4GB is nice, and usable if you get Vista x64. I have 2GB and I'm still having apps gobbling it up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    Well as shadow has pointed out pc8500 is over kill, pc6400 will be fine.

    One other thing you've missed is after market cooler for the cpu
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=296802
    Scythe Ninja Plus £28.19

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_kinton View Post
    No need for those PSUs Mad-Max, they're a little overkill, especially the 720w!

    That 600w Silverstone one you linked you expensive at £101 imo. I'd go with a 520w Corsair or the 620w Corsair. Depends if Metier9 wants some room to play with, but I suggest the 520w version.

    Also, stick with the 320mb GTS. Benches suggest that the extra £50ish for the 640mb is not money well spent
    If you look the 600w is a Seasonic

    You're be kicking yourself for not getting a 600w PSU now and had to later upgrade it, oh well your choice

    PC8500 is fine if your overclocking if not stick with PC6400.

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