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    sp3n
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    upgrade advice :)

    hey guys
    upgrading at the end of this month and would like some advice on the components i have chosen (i cant post links yet):

    Asrock 775 DUAL-VSTA £37.14
    scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=434321

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 £217.25
    scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=430633

    250 Gb Western Digital WD2500KS Caviar £52.23
    scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=256891

    Antec P180b Advanced Tower Case £93.87
    scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=396318

    Antec NeoHE 430W Modular £62.26
    overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Antec_Power_Supplies.html

    LG Dual Layer DVDRW £20.97
    scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=408896


    Total: £483.72

    The components im keeping from my existing pc are:
    Gainward Geforce 6800GT AGP
    1GB DDR400 Geil RAM
    Soundblaster Audigy

    The next stage of the upgrade will be a new motherboard to replace the temporary ASRock, 2gb ddrII ram and a DX10 gpu but this wont be till 2007.

    I really need to get a decent case and PSU as the one I have at the moment has no case fans, is noisy and has very poor airflow so when my gfx card gets hot, everything else does!
    I have heard a lot about the P180 and the NeoHE being very quiet and having good cooling, but maybe I should look to replace the heatsink/fans on my GPU as its also quite loud or maybe the case will dampen that sound out?

    Is it worth getting a new soundcard as the Audigy is a bit dated now?

    Also is setting up RAID0 worth getting another harddrive for? I have read about the speed increase you get with it but dont know much else about it.

    PC is mainly used for gaming and multitasking with photoshop, dreamweaver, flash etc.

    Thanks for any help in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp3n View Post
    The components im keeping from my existing pc are:
    Gainward Geforce 6800GT AGP
    1GB DDR400 Geil RAM
    Soundblaster Audigy

    The next stage of the upgrade will be a new motherboard to replace the temporary ASRock, 2gb ddrII ram and a DX10 gpu but this wont be till 2007.

    I really need to get a decent case and PSU as the one I have at the moment has no case fans, is noisy and has very poor airflow so when my gfx card gets hot, everything else does!
    I have heard a lot about the P180 and the NeoHE being very quiet and having good cooling, but maybe I should look to replace the heatsink/fans on my GPU as its also quite loud or maybe the case will dampen that sound out?

    Is it worth getting a new soundcard as the Audigy is a bit dated now?

    Also is setting up RAID0 worth getting another harddrive for? I have read about the speed increase you get with it but dont know much else about it.

    PC is mainly used for gaming and multitasking with photoshop, dreamweaver, flash etc.

    Thanks for any help in advance
    Setup looks fine for a temporary measure - I presume you're waiting for Vista? If not, make sure your windows is retail not OEM or you'll have to buy a new one for the change of motherboard.

    You'll still hear the fan of the GPU, though it will be lower. It will definately be improved by a third party fan though.

    The audigy is absolutely fine unless you either have very high quality speakers or what to use the X-Fi's advanced headphone features.

    IMO RAID0 isn't worth it at all for the home user

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