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August 22, 2006 12:37:11 AM

Right. This thing is going to be used for gaming, programming, software development, 3D rendering/graphics, MP3 playing.. that sort of thing.

That being said, I am also ordering a Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo-Xi1546 notebook for pretty much the same purposes.
(1.83GHz Core Duo, 1gb DDR2-533, X1800)

CPU
Core 2 Duo Conroe E6600
£187.24

Motherboard
Asus P5W Deluxe
£117.89

RAM
G Skill DDR2-800 PC6400 4-4-4-12 (1GB X 2)
£137.69

GPU
XFX 7600GT XXX Edition 256mb
£99.66

With DX10 cards coming fairly soon, I decided to get this instead of a newer card and save my money for a high end DX10 card.

PSU
Hiperpower 580w Type-R modular
£55

HDD
2 x Hitachi Deskstar 250gb
£42.60

Case
Gigabyte Aurora 570
For some reason the only country this isn't available in yet is the UK..
I'll be waiting a few more weeks for this.

Monitor
Acer 19" Widescreen 8ms 500:1 LCD
£132.99

Keyboard & Mouse
What else could it be?..
G15
&
G5
£43.50 & £33.03

Razer Exactmat & wrist-rest
£21.99

Sound card
Creative X-Fi Extreme music & gaming headset
£65.53

Speakers
Logitech X-530 5.1
£38.30

Cooling
-unsure


Total = £1020
+VAT = £1,200
Plus the case.


Not bad eh?
What do you think of it all?


Cooling is still up for grabs. Water cooling is a possibility, it scares me though - what if the water leaks all over my expensive build? Do I have to keep it topped up?..

It is likely that I will OC that E6600 to 3.6GHz, and then up into the 4GHz region when the system starts getting old.
August 22, 2006 3:07:07 AM

Hitatchi deskstar t7k250offers better performance than the seagates. Raid them.

also. the mother board. no no.

overclocking board of choice ATM is the Asus P5B. FSB goes all the way to 350.

also an artic freezer pro 7.

tada.
August 22, 2006 12:19:16 PM

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1075792

You sure about the board?

From those stats the P5W is hitting 400, 438 if you take the unverified overclocks while the P5B is only hitting 333 with the E6600.

The DS4 hits 377 with the E6600 and 450 with the E6400.

Not sure what to make of the whole Gigabyte/P5W/P5B issue atm..


Will definately look into the Hitachi Deskstar though.
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August 22, 2006 1:24:52 PM

had not seen that table. well do wht u thinks best then... u have the information.

avrg access time for the hitatchi is 12.8 ms.
avrg write is 54.4 mb per sec. = 3.26 gig per min

avrg access time for the seagate is 15.1 ms
avrg write is 49.8 mb per sec = 2.98 gig per min

tada
August 22, 2006 1:33:42 PM

I'm thinking the P5W. Anantech did a great review of all the C2D boards here where they said the P5W could hit 4GHz no problems. I think it came out top for overclocking and a lot of other things.

Dunno though.. something is telling me to grab the Gigabyte and a E6400 instead..
August 23, 2006 2:39:45 PM

Any other comments?
August 23, 2006 2:59:24 PM

I hear the G15 paint rubs off the keys and you end up with blue keys and no letters...I wanted one of those too but that deterred me. Id be curious about what you think if you get it.

I use a x-keys for work. The difference being that you cant load profiles into it that detects what program you have open. If I hit the wrong key in the wrong program who knows what the results would be.
August 23, 2006 3:22:57 PM

Be prepared to buy an auxiliary power supply (a secondary one lawl) because the DirectX10 videocards are going to be power hungry. But worry about that later when the new videocards actually come out.
August 23, 2006 11:28:33 PM

geez, 580w isn't going to be enough?

That's interesting about the G15. Most users on these forums have been recommending it to everyone.
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