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    New build - please check specs

    Guys, I have been out of the game for quite a while now as I have being using a Mac.

    A mate has asked me to build him a decent machine for around a grand, he has a monitor already.

    OS what's happened in the PC hardward market over the last year. Can you give me a few points as to what I should be looking out to get?

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    The Core 2 Duo E6600 is the 'sweet spot' CPU at the moment, DDR2 is no longer as finicky about timings as DDR1 was, ATi have the best reasonably priced GPU (x1950pro/XT), and 550W PSUs are still overkill.
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    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    and motherboards?

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    something around the 100 quid mark should suffice, they're all generally the same

    gigabyte ds4 or one of the asus p5's i'd say

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    i would second to that, and since he has a grand get him two 250gig hdd lol... and a xi fi sound card, and a wireless card if he needs one.. and maybe some good retail heatsinks to replace stock ones...

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    P5B deluxe wifi

    E6600

    Nice big scythe cooler maybe, although for a grand, you can do good watercooling.

    2gb pc2-6400 ram and upwards, 8500 if he fancies some hefty overclocking

    Corsair 620w psu.

    Just the graphics and sound left....whats he want to do with it all?
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    If your mate isn't the type to build a computer himself then I'd advise sticking to retail heatsinks so as to keep the warranty intact.

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    Using a better cooler doesn't void your warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Using a better cooler doesn't void your warranty.
    I don't have a core2duo personally, so maybe it's different, but changing an AMD64 cooler for a better one *does* void it's warranty, as does replacing the thermal grease (with one exception apparently).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Flood View Post

    A mate has asked me to build him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

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    Okay guys, what do you think about this system?

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, Socket 775, 2.4 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Conroe Core, 4MB Cache, Retail

    £207.85

    Asus P5N32 SLI Premium/WiFi-AP NF590 SLI, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX

    £140.94

    2Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC5300 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15

    £140.45

    Antec P180 Advanced Tower Case, Black (no PSU)

    £91.52

    LiteOn 16x DVD + /-RW/RAM SATA black drive & S/W

    £23.72

    Sony Black, 48 x CD-ROM16 x DVD-ROM, IDE (PATA), OEM

    £11.39

    2 x 320 Gb Western Digital WD3200KS Caviar SE16, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms

    £64.14 x 2

    512MB HIS Radeon X1950XTX, PCI-E(x16), Mem 2000MHz GDDR4, GPU 650MHz, 48Pipes, VIVO

    £234.87

    Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 Keyboard & 5000 Mouse

    £32.77

    530W HiperPower Type-R Modular Black PSU Quiet Dbl Fan aPFC ATXv2.2 20/24 Pin

    £49.35

    Vista

    £80-£100 (guess)

    Cables - £40

    Creative Inspire T6100 5.1 PC & Home Theatre Speaker System

    £38.41

    Total - £1,099

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    Could I painfully suggest that IF there was any old DDR ram about, to save you some dough, that an A64 is still a blinding machine

    Nforce 4 Mobo's from about £60
    CPU's from the same
    2 old sticks of 512DDR PC2700 or 3200 (A64's dont care)


    Just a thought

    Core 2 Duo is better....no doubt. But everyone I've built an A64 for has been suprised and smiley

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    might want to look at the logictech over the creative inspire!
    throw new ArgumentException (String, String, Exception)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    Could I painfully suggest that IF there was any old DDR ram about, to save you some dough, that an A64 is still a blinding machine

    Nforce 4 Mobo's from about £60
    CPU's from the same
    2 old sticks of 512DDR PC2700 or 3200 (A64's dont care)


    Just a thought

    Core 2 Duo is better....no doubt. But everyone I've built an A64 for has been suprised and smiley
    The chap wants it to last a couple of years so it kinda makes sense to build with the latest technology

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    Looks good, but a few changes if it was me.

    234 quid for the xtx is a lot for a card that is a generation behind. Im sure I saw an 8800GTS for only a few quid more on the bargain forum.

    The motherboard is a pig. Honestly, check out the P5B deluxe wifi, it is rock solid and overclocks great (the saving on that has paid for the 8800gts)

    I would also change the hiper.
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    or drop the mobo to a DS4 and get another 40 quid to spend on graphics

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