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July 26, 2006 4:15:36 PM

I have an Intel P4 3GHz system I build 3 years ago now, highend at the time with 1Gb of RAM and a ATI9800pro graphics card that I upgraded to the Nvidia 6800 ultra when it came out.

I have since then tried to upgrade the memory to 2Gb, but my Asus P4P800 board, does not like 2 x 1gB sticks very much, so i had to abandon.

I love playing games, special titles like BF2, HL2 and eve-online.

Now BF2 and 64 player maps means that I have to turn to the medium graphics settings *shock* and still struggle, since it would like 1.2Gb of ram as well !

eve-online is fine, but I have 3 accounts running at the same time so could do with a little extra power aswell.

I guess I could hang on to x-mas, but is there any signs that DX10 cards will be out then? or am I just haning around waiting for nothing?

I want my next system to have 4Gb of ram to start with, so I dont have the problems of getting the right memory in the future etc.

this is what I came up with, comments most welcome...

my conserns are:
Is the ASUS board ok, or am I beta testing here?
Will the 4Gb work with XP?
Any suggestion to the performance gain compare with my current system?


3XS Intel High End Intel® Core™2 Duo

Base Specifications

The specification options for this system were devised with the hardcore gamer in mind, so a selection of the best components money can buy are offered here - high performance RAM, Hard Disks, and a serious line-up of gaming graphics accelerators are all added to your choice of Intel® Core™2 Duo making a high-performance rig anyone would be jealous of.



Base Specifications

Akasa Eclipse-62 Midi Tower Case - Hi-End
**3XS-CORE DUO HIGH END SYSTEM**
Asus P5W DH Deluxe WiFi S775 i975X, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 800, SATA I / II, SATA RAID, ATX
580w Tagan EasyCon - TG580-U15 - 2Force Silent Modular PSU
120mm Akasa Amber Case Fan, 3 Pin, 2 Ball Bearing , Ultra Quiet and Long life
50cm 3XS Round ATA133 Certified IDE Cable
50cm 3XS Round Floppy Drive Cable Certified
Scan 3XS System - 1year Onsite Warranty (Mainland UK)
Ahead Nero Express Burning ROM Suite 1 6.6.x
45cm Akasa Serial ATA Cable ATA150
Scan System Configuration
Scan System Configuration (Details confirmed at checkout stage)


Qty Selected Specifications

1 *No Custom Colour Required*
1 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 S775, 2.40Ghz, 1066Mhz FSB, Conroe Core, 4M Cache Retail
1 Zalman CNPS9500-LED Aero Flower Cooler (Socket 478, LGA775, 754, 939 and 940)
2 2Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC6400 (800), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12, EPP
1 *No ATI VGA Card Required* (nVidia required)
1 *No ATI VGA Card Required* (nVidia required)
1 1Gb ScanFX 7950GX2, PCI-E, Mem 1200MHz, GPU 500MHz, 48 Pipes, S-Video/TV Out, 2x Dual Link DVI
1 ** No Additional Graphics Cooler Required **
1 *No Specialist Card Required*
1 150 Gb Western Digital WD1500ADFD Raptor Enterprise, SATA150, 10000 rpm, 16MB Cache, NCQ, 4.6 ms
1 **No Raid Card required**
1 *Hard Drive Not Required*
1 Mitsumi FA404M 1.44 Black FDD+Int USB2 7 in 1 Card Reader (SM/MMC/SD/CF/MD/MS) Fits in 3.5" FDD Bay
1 Sony Black 16x DVD-ROM + 48x CD-ROM IDE
1 Sony DWG120AB Black 16x16x4 DVD±RW Dual Layer DVD Writer OEM UK
1 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music Sound Card OEM
1 *No M/M Card Required*
1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional Inc. Service Pack 2 OEM
1 ***NO MODEM/ADSL REQUIRED***
1 ***NO WIRELESS ADAPTOR REQUIRED***
1 ** No Remote Control Required **
1 NVIDIA DVD - Platinum Edition Dolby 5.1/Digital Headphones/Dolby Pro Logic IIx/DTS
1 **OpenOffice 1.1.0 software**
1 *No Software Required*
1 *Monitor Not Required*
1 *No Software Required*
1 Logitech G15 Keyboard "The Daddy of Gaming keyboards" inc Programable & backlit keys, LCD Display*
1 *Zboard Keyset Not Required*
1 *Gaming Mouse Not Required*
1 *Speakers Not Required*
1 ** No Headset Required **
1 *No Webcam Required*
1 120mm Akasa Amber Case Fan, 3 Pin, 2 Ball Bearing , Ultra Quiet, (Silverstone, Coolermaster and Akasa cases)
1 Akasa PaxMate II Acoustic Sound Proofing Kit for Case - Midi to Full Tower
1 *Hard Drive Not Required*
1 Standard 3XS System Warranty


Total £2,083.06

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July 26, 2006 4:44:14 PM

XP 32-bit will have problems with 4GB of RAM. It will slow down the performance and cause other issues. I would go 2GB only now, and pick up another 2GB along with Vista.
July 26, 2006 4:57:20 PM

Looks good, if you want to buy it now get the 4GB ram and only put 2 in, test all four when you get them though. If you plan on upgrading to DX10 cards just get one card for now, I suggest a 7900GT because you specified Nvidia. With this I expect you will be able to get top settings in BF2. Core 2 Duo a good choice with 3 Eve Online accounts going at the same time :D 

BTW one of the best threads I have seen on getting a new computer, you listed your previous system, what you want to do with it, what you are looking for, and specifics.
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