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My First Homebuild

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August 14, 2006 9:11:23 AM

I am hoping in the near future to make my first homebuild computer. This computer would be wanted to play new games, as well as be good at multitasking. I would also like the PC to be futureproof for the next about 4/5 years (as i am about to do my A-levels and then Uni, and do not want to have to pay out for another computer during that time). The components are as so (and are all from www.overclockers.co.uk):


[*:46373000ef]Asus P5W DH Deluxe WiFi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £164.44
[*:46373000ef]X-Blade Gaming Midi Tower Case - Black (No PSU) £28.95
[*:46373000ef]Intel Pentium 4 950 Dual Core "LGA775 Presler" 3.4GHz (800FSB) £164.44
[*:46373000ef]Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-6400C4 TwinX (2x1GB) £170.32
[*:46373000ef]PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) £137.42
[*:46373000ef]Samsung SpinPoint P SP2504C 250GB SATA-II 8MB Cache £49.94
[*:46373000ef]NEC ND4571 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer LabelFlash ReWriter (Black) £25.26
[*:46373000ef]Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music £56.99
[*:46373000ef]Soundgraph iMON VFD - Silver £69.27
[*:46373000ef]Enermax Liberty 620W ELT620AWT ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU £99.82
[*:46373000ef]OcUK Value Hanns-G HC194D 19" LCD Monitor - Silver/Black £129.19


I am still undecided on what OS to use, as i can't decide between Windows XP Home or MEdia Centre Edition (i do use my PC a lot for Music), so this is not included in the list, until i decide.

This configuration in total comes to £1,101.09 inc VAT.

When looking at this list, can anyone tell me of any compatability problems. another question is: Is the PSU good enough to run all the components i have? or do i need a bigger one?

Also do i need to buy any fans or coolers to keep this system at a good temperature?

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August 14, 2006 10:20:08 AM

Looks good to me.

Dont have experience with enermax PSU, but many people here seem to like those PSU's, so I guess it is a strong PSU with Genuine power rating, if so....you got a whooooleeee lotta juice there....you wont run out.

If you are not overclocking stock cooling will certainly suffice.
It will even suffice for a moderate overclock if you do wish to do so.
August 14, 2006 10:27:27 AM

What OS would you recommend?

Also on top of this i would be buying a new keyboard. The spec for this is here: http://www.saitekusa.com/usa/prod/eclipse.htm

the Eclipse II would be nice, but unfortunately has not been released in the UK yet
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August 14, 2006 10:35:41 AM

I would go with XP Pro SP2 if i have to choose between media and XP pro.

Your soundgraph will come with interface software for selecting the media files you want to play.



Any keyboard will work.....if you like that one......take that one
August 14, 2006 10:45:31 AM

The thing is that XP Pro is £35 more then home. But is Professional better then Home?

(The purchase of this PC depends on a work contract i may be getting, but i want to get opinions and specs done so i can buy it when i have the money)
August 14, 2006 10:53:00 AM

Pro is not "better" than Home......


There is just a difference between them, Pro having a lot more options regarding user management and network related management.
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