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    please help design my rig

    alright boys and girls, ive been wanting a new rig for quite a while and now have some cash so im hoping to order it in the next week. ive got a bout £1100 to spend i might be able to go slightly over maybe 50 quid at most but thats it. im looking for a C2D rig and was thinking the E6600 cos ive never dabbled in over clocking and dont trust myself. the only thing i definately wanted was 2 gig of ram and thats it. a 19 inch monitor would be nice but 17 is fine if performance could be increased quite a bit. anyway thanx for the help.

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    but where do i buy them from ive looked around and i cant near my budget if im buying a 8800GTS or GTX. i cant buy from scan as ive never put a rig together myself

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    If you're not putting it together yourself, dare I say it, but look on dells website, or more importantly www.hotukdeals.com and wait for a half decent one to come in, then pounce.

    or, go to scan, browse, or any online retailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fresh View Post
    but where do i buy them from ive looked around and i cant near my budget if im buying a 8800GTS or GTX. i cant buy from scan as ive never put a rig together myself
    I would really suggest you take the time to learn. Thre is so much satisfaction from building your own rig. Thre are plenty of experienced people here and on other forums only to happy to help if needed.
    Its not rocket science and you will be surprised how easy it is to build one. Have a think about it and come back. If you decide to have a go there will be planty of suggestions on what to get and the steps taken to build one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DratUK View Post
    Its not rocket science and you will be surprised how easy it is to build one. Have a think about it and come back. If you decide to have a go there will be planty of suggestions on what to get and the steps taken to build one.
    Tis true When I finished my first rig I was somewhat suprised that I actually did it I was celebrating because it posted! But realy, it's far easier than it sounds. I had expected it to be like neurosurgery, with one brush of the hand in the wrong place and the system fried through ESD. But it's not like that at all, in fact I'd go as far as to say it's pretty easy. Then you leave yourself more scope to mod/upgrade etc in the future.

    So definitely self-build if you can

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    mate i just built my own rig a few months ago my first time and i have to say really very easy if you are logically minded at everything except spending money! my build seems the same as what you want, i got
    p5w deluxe (think the new p5b has got a better chipset or summit now)
    e6600
    2gb geil ddr800
    a ati 1900gt (i dont game that much)
    ocz modular psu, may i recommend modular for self build
    asus p180 case
    maxtor diamond 10 300gig hdd
    samsung syncmaster 19"wide screen

    well proud of my build and i get a strange sence of satisfaction when people are complaining about there usless pc world machienes!

    ive now ordered the bits to replace my mum and dads aging hp and am uprating some of the cooling on my rig really recommend self building long as you have the wit not to hammer connectors into slots they dont fit!

    have a read here http://www.buildyourown.org.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by fresh View Post
    but where do i buy them from ive looked around and i cant near my budget if im buying a 8800GTS or GTX. i cant buy from scan as ive never put a rig together myself
    You can put it together yourself, it is not actually too difficult, just needs care and a bit of patence - and you will understand your system so much better. You can get a lot of help from this forum, and Custom PC is a great mag for the self builder - that is what they are about! There are plenty 'how to build guides' too.

    However if you feel you really cant build yourself, SCAN do some goodm abd interesting ready builts - the 3XS range - that might suit.

    Don't forget - all self-builders once did their first..... we have all been there.
    Try to make each and every day the best it can be.

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    well thanx for the help then. im seriously tempted to build it myself now, but was wondering how long it would take? like smegger said i am logically minded but love spending excessive amounts of cash that i odnt have, im paying for the rig with my student loan.

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    me and you got summit else in common then i blew my first install ment on my £1200 rig lol

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    A confident builder can put an entire PC together from scratch in under an hour, I have even had Windows installed within the hour before

    For a first time build, 2-3 hours should be plenty. Stop every 30-45mins or so and grab a coffee and think about what your going to do next.
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    Building it yourself is fairly easy. You just need to take some time reading the mobo manual to work out the case and PSU connections and then simply plug everything else in to the appropriate sockets/plugs.

    The hardest step for first time builders always seems to be the mounting of the CPU and cooler so get some background reading done on this beforehand.

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    You can put all the pieces together in about an hour odd. A bit more if you go slow and take your time.

    Its all dead easy, apart from fitting the CPU heatsink and fan which can be a pain in the rear, but its still do-able.

    You have to be quite careful with everything because you cant touch any of the soldered bits on any of the circuit boards, or the pins on your CPU etc. So you have to hold everything carefully by the edges while you are fitting it. You also need to do your best to reduce static, so wash your hands with soap first, and then I heard touching a metal radiator in your house (if you have one) can earth you or whatever. You can actually buy stuff to get rid of static on your hands and stuff, but most people dont bother because unless you go running around carpeted rooms holding your CPU or something, theres never usually a problem.

    Most of the stuff just fits into sockets that are the same size as the thing you are fitting. The only fiddly bit (besides the CPU/heatsink) is fitting little plastic things onto little sets of pins which link little wires up to your lights, power switch, and reset button. But thats easy to do, and a motherboard comes with a manual which shows you exactly where to plug it in.

    So its well worth doing yourself. You will end up with a faster and better PC for how much you spend that way. And people here are experienced and helpful so can help you.

    Once its all built, you then need to setup your bios which is easy to do aswell (and its all explained in the motherboard manual), and then you install windows on your new hard disk, and once in Windows, you have to download and install drivers for sound card / video card / bios upgrade / directX / and windows updates. So it usually takes me about an hour to build the actual PC, then about an hour of playing around in windows to do drivers and set things up.

    So even if its your first time, you are talking about an afternoon or a day at the most and it will be all ready to go.

    Just remember to read all the stuff that comes with each component. Even little fans and stuff... all have a little unfoldable slip that shows you how to fit them, or they come with a proper manual (which is never too big). So as long as you take your time, read the instructions, and ask on here if you are unsure about something, and you should have it all set up in no time.

    p.s. I've done it probably 20 times, starting when I was about 10 years old. My latest PC I built just about 3 weeks ago. Things are a bit easier now than they used to be. Lastly, you can buy all your stuff from somewhere like scan.co.uk and the prices are good, and you get to hand pick every component which suits you best, from a wide selection of brands and types etc.

    P.P.S: It might be worth checking how much it costs for Scan to assemble a PC for you though. If its something like &#163;50 or less... it might be worth just choosing all your parts and getting them to assemble it. But if not, you can do it yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fresh View Post
    well thanx for the help then. im seriously tempted to build it myself now, but was wondering how long it would take? .......
    I would say a cautious, careful build will take from 3 to 5 hours but allow for the fact that it could take longer – it is not a race.

    Case layouts vary and some are easier and quicker to build in than others. Some things are a bit fiddly and it depends on how fastidious you are with keeping the cables and wires all neat and tied away – I spend a lot of time on this. You will be checking with the case manual/installation guide and the Motherboard manual, and the CPU installation guide. And checking and rechecking before you actually do it (measure twice, or three times, cut once is the adage), and when fitting the CPU cooler, for instance, will probably spend 4-6 times the length of time looking at the instructions (especially if you plan to replace the thermal pad with something better) that you spend actually doing it.

    As I said, it is not a race, pace yourself and enjoy the experience. You can do it!

    Another solution to reduce time and effort is to buy a Bare Bones system – there are planry of good ones about.

    Good luck, whatever direction you chose.
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    again thanx for the help i will look on scan now and see what i can come up with and then post it to see if you guys agree or if i should change anything or add something ive missed. Fresh

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      • Motherboard:
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      • CPU:
      • C2D E6750 @ 3.25GHZ
      • Memory:
      • 2x2GB OCZ Platinum 6400
      • Storage:
      • 500GB samsung F1
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8800GTS 320 @ 685/1500/999
      • PSU:
      • Zalman Heatpipe 650W
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      • Antec 900
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      • Acer 22 Wide 1650x1080
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    after looking at scan ive decided on this

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

    Aspire X-Cruiser Silver Midi Tower with Window w/o PSU (but in black)

    80mm Enermax Blue Neon Case FAN with Manual/Auto Fan Control

    512MB BFG Technology 7950GT Overclocked, PCI-E (x16), Mem 1430MHz, GPU 565MHz, 24Pipes Dual DVI/HDTV

    80 Gb Western Digital WD800JD Caviar SE, SATA150, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 8.9 ms

    160 Gb Seagate ST3160811AS Barracuda 7200.9, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 8.0 ms, NCQ

    Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H i965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX

    520W Corsair HX Series Modular PSU, ATX, EPS12V, whisper quiet, 5 year warranty

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

    im not sure whether i need a sound card, prob a v stupid question and also the RAM i was gonna get some

    1Gb Corsair XMS2, DDR2 PC5400 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12

    but after looking a bit more i found this with a higher frequency but higher latency and ive also never heard of the brand,

    1Gb Micron Major, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-12

    anyway what do you think?? that total &#163;853 inc VAT without the RAM

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