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    Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 G0 SLACR, 95W, S775, 2.40 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache, OEM
    RAM: 2 of 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-18
    Mobo: Asus P5K Premium/WiFi-AP, iP35, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 1066/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX
    PSU: 700W FSP Sparkle Epsilon FX700-GLN SLi/Xfire, 12cm Fan ATX2.0 (20 + 4Pin) SATA/PCI-E
    OS HDD: 750 GB HGST (IBM/Hitachi) 0A35154 Deskstar 7K1000, SATA II, 7200 rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.2 ms, NCQ
    Data HDD: 1000GB HGST(IBM/Hitachi) HUA721010KLA330 Ultrastar A7K1000
    Optical Drive: Some random CD/DVD writer

    Will be swapping in the 8800GTX from my current system

    Can someone recommend me a decent case? Also a decent cooler.

    Have I forgotten anything? Any glaring errors?

    Cheers....

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Check out the the Antec p182.

    Antec P182 Black SPCR Advanced Super Mid Tower - No PSU - Ebuyer

    You could get the cheaper Asus p5k-E or deluxe motherboards.

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Had a P180 before and didn't really like working inside it, it was a bit cramped.

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    That's my ultimate case lol

    Akasa Eclipse/Mirage is huge inside and has a removable tray

    My favourite cooler is the scythe ninja rev B

    but there's also the scythe infinity and mine, thermal right 120 extreme and ultima 90 which are both awesome.

    PSU is a bit overkill (i know i know i have the same output but I was foolish in my youth )

    750GB hard drive for your OS drive seems a tad overkill as well. How about getting a couple of 320gb's and using Raid 0 on them?

    There's better RAM out there too.
    this is a good deal
    OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Platinum Revision 2 XTC Series DDR2 (OCZ2P800R22GK)

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Check out the ABit boards (IP35 or IX38 ranges)...

    After owning 4 "high end" Asus boards (P5B, P5W-DH-Dlx, P5W-64-WS and Blitz Formula) and then building a lot of IP35 based boards for friends recently, I've come to the conclusion that the ABit boards are a lot better then the Asus boards currently.
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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Check out the ABit boards (IP35 or IX38 ranges)...

    After owning 4 "high end" Asus boards (P5B, P5W-DH-Dlx, P5W-64-WS and Blitz Formula) and then building a lot of IP35 based boards for friends recently, I've come to the conclusion that the ABit boards are a lot better then the Asus boards currently.
    ain't that the truth. Standard IP-35 is the dogs

    Just such a good layout.

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Go for a different mobo, something with SLi...

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    That's my ultimate case lol

    Akasa Eclipse/Mirage is huge inside and has a removable tray

    My favourite cooler is the scythe ninja rev B

    but there's also the scythe infinity and mine, thermal right 120 extreme and ultima 90 which are both awesome.

    PSU is a bit overkill (i know i know i have the same output but I was foolish in my youth )

    750GB hard drive for your OS drive seems a tad overkill as well. How about getting a couple of 320gb's and using Raid 0 on them?

    There's better RAM out there too.
    this is a good deal
    OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Platinum Revision 2 XTC Series DDR2 (OCZ2P800R22GK)
    OMG
    This is the second time we have agreed in a month

    The only change i would make is indeed the Epsilon. They are expensive and for a similar price you could wade in with the Enermax Infiniti.

    Quote Originally Posted by craigtrap View Post
    Go for a different mobo, something with SLi...
    Why....its pointless.
    2x times the price for less than 1.5x performance.

    Look at an 8600GT for example. Somewhere around £70 each. 2 of those will set you back £140-160. With that cash you could buy a 8800GT or wait for the next gen cards. Hence a waste of cash.

    SLi has never been a good option and doubt it ever will be. (Unless you can afford 2 of the absolutely top of the range models)
    The ONLY time it can help is if you plan to keep your rig for years on end without upgrading. YOu can then pick up a second equivalent card on the cheap once they are out of date and EOL.

    1 card is best

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    The ONLY time it can help is if you plan to keep your rig for years on end without upgrading. YOu can then pick up a second equivalent card on the cheap once they are out of date and EOL.
    And if you plan on not playing any games that need new features. Usually it's a toss up between needing more raw power and needing a new feature for the latest games. By the time a card is out of date it's quite likely that you'll be needing a new generation anyway, so SLI doesn't get you anything.

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    I would chuck another vote in the Thermalright cooler box, if you like space then you can't beat the cooling performance/space of the Ultima 90 with a 120mm fan, it will probably out perform the ninjas for only half the space

    As for case I guess it all depends on what you like, anything by Antec, Silverstone or Lian Li would likely be a good choice but then price becomes an issue... although SS are on offer this week at Scan TJ09 is roomy but £150 on offer... TJ-06 is also roomy and has a funky wind tunnel but you may need to mod for extra fans but it comes in at a mere £80 reviews of both on Hexus here and here.

    Edit: Oh and the Abit IP35 board is on offer on Scan today only as well!

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the help so far....

    HDD
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    Right - point taken about the OS HDD. I'm going to install some ICY dock removable HDD enclosures anyway as I'll need at least access to at least 5 different OSes for work.

    RAM
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    Regarding the RAM, I actually want 4x2GB sticks. What is the best stuff for O/Cing?

    Mobo
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    SLi is of no use to me. I had dual 7800GTX cards before my current 8800GTX, and I didn't find it particularly stable or performant.

    I'm not going to bother with RAID-0 as I've also had bad experiences there.

    Given all that, can someone recommend a specific model mobo?

    Cheers...

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    I'm using the Asus P5K-E been perfect so far.

    The Abit ip35 is also a good choice.

    I'll second the comment about the thermalright ultima 90, very good and nice and easy to fit.

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post

    The only change i would make is indeed the Epsilon. They are expensive and for a similar price you could wade in with the Enermax Infiniti.
    You mean this?

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Not getting into another Oc'ers UK bashing session, but I'm not interested in buying from them based on a couple of previous experiences. What were you trying to link to there?

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    Re: Yet another - check my PC spec thread

    Sorry, was linking to this

    OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-6400C5 Dual Channel Vista Gold Series DDR2 (OCZ2G8004GK)

    You can always RMA to OCZ with this I think.

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