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E6600 DCC build feedback please!

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August 31, 2006 2:26:57 AM

Hi guys,

Building a serious rig (90%DCC, 10% games) and would really appreciate some feedback, particularly regarding whether the PSU is sufficiant and if the memory is a good combo for the motherboard. I do intend to OC the 6600 to around 3Ghz. (Well, to whatever the cpu can cope with on stock cooling)

Core 2 Duo E6600
Asus P5B Deluxe
4GB; 2xCorsair 2GB kits (TWINX2048-6400 CL5)
NVidia Quadro FX 1500
WD Raptor 150GB
Plextor SATA 16xDVD +/-R/RW
Seasonic S12 (500W)
Lian Li V1000

~£1500

TIA :D 
August 31, 2006 2:33:37 AM

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Hi guys,

Building a serious rig (90%DCC, 10% games) and would really appreciate some feedback, particularly regarding whether the PSU is sufficiant and if the memory is a good combo for the motherboard. I do intend to OC the 6600 to around 3Ghz. (Well, to whatever the cpu can cope with on stock cooling)

Core 2 Duo E6600
Asus P5B Deluxe
4GB; 2xCorsair 2GB kits (TWINX2048-6400 CL5)
NVidia Quadro FX 1500
WD Raptor 150GB
Plextor SATA 16xDVD +/-R/RW
Seasonic S12 (500W)
Lian Li V1000

~£1500

TIA :D 


Unless you plan on running XP 64-bit or Linux don't buy 4GB of RAM right now. Buy 2GB now and pick up 2GB more when Vista comes out. XP Pro does not play nice with more tha n3GB of RAM installed. It will slow your machine down.

PSU is fine for what you are doing. I would change the hard drive from the Raptor to a Seagate 7200.10 320GB. Its equal or faster than the Raptor and vastly vastly less expensive.
August 31, 2006 2:46:34 AM

8O speedy answer, thanks!

I've been unsure about the memory issue tbh. I'm on win2k rather than XP, and 4GB is the theoretical limit, but I'm guessing win2k will have the same >3GB ram issue as XP...

Either way, 2GB will be enough of a performance boost from my current rig, esp. given the spec of the rest of my current components!
(P4 3Ghz/1GB DDR400/ATI X800)

Regarding the HDD; I thought that Raptors were undisputedly the best SATA drives available? Or is it a "benchmark" performance difference rather than a real world, noticable difference?
August 31, 2006 2:57:39 AM

The Seagate is a nice offereing but it is NOT faster than the 150 Raptor.

Only thing that comes close/beats the Raptor is the 15k SCSI discs that are available.

Please do not take my word for it read:

http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/09/27/round/page35.html

Note: This is the results for the 74GB version and the 150 outpaces that. Given the minimum rates on the chart are totally the best which would you rather use in the day to day operations.
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