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    building new system

    i am building a new system and would like the once over by people who know what they are doing, unlike myself.

    CPU - Q9300: arrives this weekend

    GPU - bfg 9800 gtx: also arrives this weekend

    Case - Antec 900 £72.98: should fit my gpu yes/no?

    PSU - Corsair HX Series 520 £66.61

    Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3 £63.00: not sure if it will accept my cpu

    Ram - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-6400 £35.00

    Thax for any feedback or advice.

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    Re: building new system

    all looks mighty good but to make sure, get a x38 mobo has there guranteed to work with that cpu. case should fit your gpu JUST about but imo i would get a full tower case such as a cm stacker, lian li pc-a71 or even a cm cosmos just to make sure

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    Re: building new system

    brilliant PSU one of the most reccomended around here
    good Ram
    Popular case (not my cup of tea tbh, but im sure it has loads of room)
    Sweet GFXcard

    the q9300 does require a high fsb

    you'll want a good HSF such as the thermalright ultra 120 extreme (note the extreme) or scythe ninja

    i can't vouch for the q9300 or mobo cos i don't deal with intel much.
    i'm sure someones else will help on thats side of things.

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    Re: building new system

    I'm guessing all decent P35's will take 45nm quads, but I wouldn't get Gigabyte, I would get an Abit IP-35 dark raider for around the same money or the IP-35 pro /iX38 if you want a really solid overclocking solution.

    The RAM is good but with 4GB kits around £55 - £60 you might as well get them while you can. You can get ballistix tracer red 4GB kits for around £70 - £80 if you want to stick with crucial. I would probably get a G-Skill PC8000- 8500 kit though so it won't hold back overclocking your quad if you really want to get stuck into it.

    Antec 900's fit the longer cards I believe but it might be a squeeze.

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    Re: building new system

    CPU - Q9300: arrives this weekend get a Q6600 much more value for money

    GPU - bfg 9800 gtx: also arrives this weekend

    Case - Antec 900 £72.98: should fit my gpu yes/no? It will fit ur case.i had an 8800ultra in this case but u wont be able to install any hdds in that cage
    Nice case but sucks up all the dust in ur room!
    I recommend antec p182 gunmetal

    PSU - Corsair HX Series 520 £66.61

    Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3 £63.00: not sure if it will accept my cpu get a decent p35 mobo like asus p5k-e almost the same price.(supports 45nm chips or a bios upgrade will do the job bios version 1012)

    Ram - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-6400 £35.00

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      • Motherboard:
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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
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      • Graphics card(s):
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    Re: building new system

    Thanks for all the fast responses guys much appreciated, think i will go for either the Antec 900 Case, anyone know where you can get dust filters for this case?, or the Antec P182 the full towers seem out of my price range. Is their a big difference between the PC2 6400 and the PC2 8500 and i will be running XP is their any point in getting 4 gb as i heard you need Vista 64bit to use all 4 gb? My main concern is the motherboard, my current pc runs an AMD processor so if i buy a motherboard which requires a bios upgrade to run the Q9300 then how am i meant to do this? i read on another forum that the processor might only run 2 cores and then once i have installed XP i could run the bios upgrade to get the use of all four cores, does anyone know this to be true?

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    Re: building new system

    I bios upgrade may be needed to get the quad to work.. you will have to find out.

    To do it you would normally need a floppy disc but often there are windows programs to do it, or usb pens are being used more and more.

    4GB will turn up as about 3.3GB on XP but it's one of those things that if it gets more expensive and then you want more you will kick yourself.. especially when it's as little as £25 more than the ballistix for a decent set of PC6400.

    If you want to get a big overclock out the quad then PC6400 RAM may limit you, more than the motherboard anyway so you may want PC8500, depends what kind of clocks you are expecting from it.

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    Re: building new system

    brilliant PSU one of the most reccomended around here
    Replace the word 'brilliant' with 'adequate' and i will agree. Its also not worth nearly £70 when you can get the new Enermax MOD82+ for a few quid more.

    my current pc runs an AMD processor so if i buy a motherboard which requires a bios upgrade to run the Q9300 then how am i meant to do this
    Like someone else said, swap the motherboard for an iX38 chipset and the CPU will work from the box. I have the X38 QuadGt and love it. There are ASUS and Gigabyte flavours aswell though (the Asus suffers from serious vdroop though).

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