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Please advise me on this new System spec - Thanks!

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March 15, 2006 8:48:58 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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March 15, 2006 10:46:16 AM

"What do you think of the XFX Geforce 6600 (512mb) ? "

Unload that puppy on someone else not really planning on much gaming, and try to find a 7900GT for sub$300, which gives 5-10% better performance than a 7800GTX (256)....
March 15, 2006 10:53:01 AM

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"What do you think of the XFX Geforce 6600 (512mb) ? "

Unload that puppy on someone else not really planning on much gaming, and try to find a 7900GT for sub$300, which gives 5-10% better performance than a 7800GTX (256)....


Is it really that bad then? I buoght it after reading some good reviews online :cry:  It seems to run WoW pretty well, I haven't tried on much else yet as I can't seem to get myself off WoW for long enough lol... stupid game...

Any ideas on the rest of the stuff?
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March 15, 2006 10:54:45 AM

if that psu is properly rated, then it should be fine, but it's up to you to upgrade or not, maybe for futureproofing
Try the 7600gt if the 7900gt is out of your budget, it's around $200 and performs much better the the 6600.
March 15, 2006 11:00:07 AM

Thanks guys - Can any of you recommend a good non-SLI mobo?
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