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    Go for DIY deffo, satisfaction at the end + all the research on what you want which is half the fun!

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    Ok, so we have now decided (correctly) for a custom PC. Now lets start with the spec, sounds like we wants a fx55 and I would go with the AKASA Eclipse 62 case. Do you want to spend £2000 exactly. And what do you want to do with it. How about SLI if you are into gaming?

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    If I were you I'd be getting something like this:

    Asus A8N SLi Deluxe
    2 x 6800GTs (Ultra's aren't really worth it)
    Tagan 480W Silent PSU (or maybe even an OCZ 600W)
    Akasa 62 Case
    1 gig PC4400 Overclockers RAM (2x512mb)
    2 x 74gig Raptors (RAID 0) (or even 3 in RAID 5, depending on your needs)
    2 x 200gig Seagate Barracuda 7200.7s
    Plextor 716A Black 16 x16±,x4+ Dual Layer DVD
    Asus DVD ROM
    Nice 20" TFT (or even the 24" Dell Widescreen)

    Then get an XP120 and a nice fan to cool your CPU (the fan will depend on how silent you want your pc to be)

    Then just get some bits and bobs to personalise it. This is just a rough guide, and I haven't priced it. Knowing me, and also knowing how much my new system cost, this will certainly be over 2 grand; but as I said it's just my idea.
    AMD 64 3500+ | Asus A32 SLi Deluxe | 2 x Corsair 512MB PC4400 Overclockers RAM| 1 x XFX 6800GT | Nexus Vantec Fan Controller | 1 x 74GB Western Digital Raptor )Boot + backup & 2x 200gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 (RAID 0) | Plextor 716A Black 16 x16±,x4+ Dual Layer DVD | Tagan 480W | ThermalRight XP-120 with Delta Screamer | 2x120mm YS TECH| Black Akasa Eclipse 62 | L1980U 19" TFT 12ms 500:1 DVI Ultra Slim Black & Silver | Phillips 5.1 Surround Sound| Razer Diamondback Mouse | ExactMat mousemat | Black Cherry Keyboard | WinXP Pro

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    Are'nt the new AMD 'Venice' CPU's out in a few days/weeks, would be better to hold out for them, and see what they are like.

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    • oralpain's system
      • Motherboard:
      • DFI "Blood Iron" P35-T2RL
      • CPU:
      • Intel Pentium E2140 @ 400x8 (3.2GHz), 1.375v
      • Memory:
      • Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 CL4 @ 500MHz (DDR 1000), 4-4-4-12-T2, 2.3v
      • Storage:
      • 2x Seagate ST3250410AS
      • Graphics card(s):
      • NVIDIA 8800GTS (G92) 512 @ 783MHz core, 1836MHz shader, 1053Mhz memory, stock cooling 70% fan speed
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic SS-500GB
      • Case:
      • Antec P182, with some small modifications
      • Monitor(s):
      • ASUS VW222U
      • Internet:
      • Time Warner "Road Runner" Cable - 16 megabit downstream, 1 megabit upstream
    I find it hard to recommend raptors to anybody.

    People with lots of money that want the fastest available would be better off with high end SCSI drives, and almost everyone else would be better off with a SATA-II 7,200 rpm drive (for the extra features like NCQ, not the extra transfer rate). Recent 7,200 rpm drives are barely slower than raptors for most things, and they have about tripple the space per dollar, or pound.

    The only time I would really recommend raptors is if you will be dealing with massive numbers of small files and really want to avoid SCSI.

    I havent owned the 74GB raptors, but I have had RAID 0 36GB raptors, and I was extremely unimpressed. The 74GB ones are faster, but not that much faster.
    Last edited by oralpain; 03-04-2005 at 12:47 AM.

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    Raptors are great if you can afford them, I think though that that 2 36GB is RAID 0 for OS and progs is extremely quick.

    I can't recommend the Asus SLi board after the number of reports on the web and in magazines of the serious amount of issues surrounding the board. The MSI and DFI boards have smashed the A8N into the ground and then some.
    .: Predator :.

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