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    first self-build in ages - advice needed please!


    My old desktop is no more and I'm keen to build a new one. However, the last time I did that was about 6 years ago! Anyway, I've been reading up and have put together the following spec:

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 £191.92
    MOBO: Asus P5B Deluxe £111.05
    RAM: Geil 2GB PC6400C4 800MHz GX22GB6400UDC £117.49
    Case: Akasa Mirage 62 £98.69
    CPU cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro £16.44
    Case fans: Akasa AK183-L2B £7.12 (x2)
    Graphics: BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC 320MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-E) £193.86
    DVD-RW optical drive: Samsung SH-W183 18x18 DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) £23.49
    CPU paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound £7.04
    HDD: Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA 7200RPM £57.19
    PSU: Akasa Ultra Quiet 650W PowerPlus Active PFC ATX2.0 PSU - Black Nickel £88.11
    Monitor: suggestions? Anything 1680x1050 (£200?)

    Total £1120

    As you might have guessed, I'm UK based. I'm looking for a system that will be good for gaming (e.g. HL2, counterstrike, etc), good for handling LARGE databases, (very!) quiet and with some OC potential (bit of a noob here at present). It'll be running XP for another year or so but I will be moving on to Vista after that.

    Can anyone advise whether this is a good spec? And are there ways of making it cheaper - I'd like to get it under £1000 but I don't want to risk getting anything that will be redundant in a couple of years (this one needs to last like my old desktop!). And any suggestions for a suitable monitor - there's too many to choose from!

    Thanks in advance.

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    • CrazyMonkey's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus M4N98TD Evo
      • CPU:
      • Phenom II X6 1055T @ 4.1ghz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB DDR3 Dominator @ 1700mhz
      • Storage:
      • 120GB OCZ Vertex 2E - 1TB Hitatchi
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 2x 460 1GB
      • PSU:
      • 850W
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT02R-WRI Ltd.Edition
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7, XP, Server2008 RC1, Gentoo
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Acer LED - 22" Belinea - 19" Samsung - 19" IIyama
      • Internet:
      • 50 MB Virgin Media Cable
    Realised you wanna get it below £100.
    Ok get a E6300/E4300 instead of the E6600 that will knock a few pounds off.
    Apart from that its a good choice.

    Monitor wise i would say something from Samsung, Dell?
    Ive got a 22" Belinea from OcUk and its a treat.
    Last edited by CrazyMonkey; 18-02-2007 at 01:30 PM.

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    • Biscuit's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI B450M Mortar
      • CPU:
      • AMD 2700X (Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3)
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Patriot Viper 2 @ 3466MHz
      • Storage:
      • 500GB WD Black
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic Focus Gold 750W
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC-V359
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity 80/20
    One thing i would like to mention is that the 320mb version of the 8800gts may not handle gaming at native res with all options cranked up as well as u might like. I think this may become apparent when DX10 is released into the world properly.

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    Yes ,thats a good spec. The antec nine hundred is also a good case at about 65 see today only 'Scan' also as the guys have said drop down to a E 6300/E4300 save you about 80 quid but depends on what your doing as E6600 has exta cache mem.

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