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Will this System be Adequate?

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March 15, 2006 8:46:50 AM

Hi guys, I'm rebuilding my recent build as I'm not happy with it and was wondering what you think of the below spec and whether there is anything you would improve on. I'm not running on a huge budget unfortunately but here's what I currently have and what I'm going to be buying to work with:

Athlon 64 3200 (Venice Core) - Already have
Gigabye K8N Pro SLi Mobo - Going to buy
2gb Corsair ValueSelect RAM - Already have
1 x 200gb Maxtor DiamondMax 10 (16mb buffer) - Already have
1 x Optical drive - Already have
XFX Geforce 6600 (512mb) - Already have
Aerocool Turbine 450w PSU - Already have
Lexa Case - Going to buy
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Hiper 580w Type-R Modular PSU - Maybe going to buy


I plan to increase the RAM to 4gb over the next couple of months (more Corsair ValueSelect probably - would I notice a huge difference if I used better grade Corsair RAM?)

I'm considering changing PSU to a 580w Hiper Type-R Modular - anyone got an opinion on this or do you think I'd be fine with the PSU I already have?

I'm planning to use this machine mainly for gaming and a small bit of light office work. Will this be adequate for my needs?

What do you think of the XFX Geforce 6600 (512mb) ? I've found it's not too bad although the 3d Mark 05/06 results were nowhere near as good as I'd hoped. I'm going to overclock it and see how it performs then.

Any comments/criticisms/suggestions would be really welcomed!

Thanks

Sean

PS. Sorry for any typos!

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a c 158 ) Power supply
March 15, 2006 11:12:47 AM

With the upgrades you're planning you will not see a significant performance improvement. If you're buying the new mobo and PSU becasue you want to go 6600 SLI, then don't waste your money. Don't waste the money on the extra RAM either - you won't get a noticeable performance increase. You would be better served by taking all of this upgrade money and putting it into a better video card.
March 15, 2006 11:17:08 AM

Thanks Rugger, I might just do that! :D 
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a c 158 ) Power supply
March 15, 2006 11:26:09 AM

NP! Take a look at a 7600GT or a 7800GT if you can fit it into the budget. That 450W should be sufficient for your stup - even with the GPU upgrade.
March 15, 2006 11:36:20 AM

Awesome! Thanks mate! I'm looking at the 7600gt now, it looks pretty cool and it's a good price too!

I'll try and shift the XFX 6600 on Ebay lol I've only had it 2 weeks!
a c 158 ) Power supply
March 15, 2006 11:38:52 AM

It's a good card - you shouldn't have too much trouble moving it.
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