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    £1500 to spend

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    cant decide on what system to build,the only thing i am sure of is a watercooled koolance case, and probly this mobo Asus P5AD2 Premium 925X (LGA775) Motherboard ,have got to get power supply all drives the works for £1500 and a pci express g card, any ideas got a month to think about it
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    At the moment, there are two high end graphics cards - the X800 from ATi and the 6800 from nVidia. At the moment, they're both pretty good, with the nVidia card being better in Doom III, while the ATi is apparently better in Half-Life 2. Either way, both will an excellent card! At the moment, if forced to make a choice, I would choose the nVidia 6800 GT/Ultra. It's pretty much equal with the X800s at the moment, and the 6800 has more advanced features, such as Shader Model 3.0, that should hopefull make it outperform the X800 in the future.

    Are you going for the very best computer, regardless of cost, or are you going for general high end performance? Remember, if you buy just below the very top (e.g. buying a 6800 GT(the 2nd best nVidia card) instead of a 6800 Ultra (the best nVidia card) then you save quite a lot money, with very little performance hit. You can then spend that money on other components, or just keep it for other things.

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    Edit: Are you certain you want an Intel motherboard/CPU? In gaming, the Athlon 64s generally appear to outperform the Pentiums, so I would choose a Socket 939 Athlon 64. I wouldn't go for Socket 754 since in the future it will become the budget sokcet, whereas Socket 939 will continue to be high-end performance for a while yet.
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    Mike is right about Socket 939 Athlon 64. Probably a better bet right now, but either setup would be rather nippy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by narrowboat
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    and probly this mobo Asus P5AD2 Premium 925X (LGA775) Motherboard

    That is the best mobo I have ever saw! When I upgrade I will be considering it! Its features are unmatched by any other AMD or Intel board out there!

    *Myth thiks about having 14 hard drives....

    For all the peeps who arnt familure with this Intel mobo...


    http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/sock.../overview.HTM#

    I recomend a nice set of raptors, a 3.2GHZ P4, a Turbo Cool 510 PSU ,and some OCZ DDR2 PC2-4200 Platinum.....

    Edit: PSU review http://www.extrememhz.com/tcool510-p1.shtml

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    ive been told amd are fast.intel are reliable,i want a fast reliable machine

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    AMD are reliable too, and fast, vive la AMD!!!!!
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    Should specify whether a monitor/case comes into that. People insisting on a 19" fast-response TFT often leave out that bit of the budget.

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    no monitor,case i want is £170

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    AMD is just as reliable as Intel in my experience. The only likely way to damage your CPU is to make it overheat, which is virtually impossible so long as you set your PC up correctly. Overclocking can cause overheating, which in turn can damage your CPU, but you know the risks beforehand, and it can happen to any CPU!

    So if you fast and reliable, then Athlon 64 Socket 939 is the way to go!
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    i dont overclock,cos i wouldnt know how to without knackering it,nice and reliable ,mind you i havent seen a amd board that i like yet with all the bells and whistles

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    I believe that nVidia are supposed to be releasing an nForce4 board in the near future, which includes PCI Express.

    *Waits to be corrected by somebody more knowledgeable*
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    i have a asus p4t533 with rimm at the moment in a koolance case

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_w
    I believe that nVidia are supposed to be releasing an nForce4 board in the near future, which includes PCI Express.

    *Waits to be corrected by somebody more knowledgeable*
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    going to go with intel and Asus P5AD2 Premium 925X and a ati x800 g card not sure what cpu yet

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    Total opposite to what i would choose lol
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    Well you could try and find a 3.8GHz P$.... they are out there but I'd go for a 3GHz or perhaps a 3.2... If you dont plan to OC then perhaps a 3.4 - 3.6...

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