My PC spec. What do you think? (need opinions before i build

well, i made a pc on paper and thought that this spec wouold be good for applications and gaming and an alround very fast pc. I wanted some input on this from other people beofre i build it so it will work as i want it to? What do you think of this spec? (i am unwilling ot OC btw :S)

CPU, Intel Core 2 duo, E6600
ECS motherboard 2pcix16, 5 sata
320gb hardrive 7200rpm 16mb chache
1024mb DDr2 RAM 670mhz
CDRW/DVD
Dongle, SATA to IDE (do i need this to get my IDE (above) into the mothorbord??).
Casing, 400w PSU
Nvidia 256mb DDR2 Graphics card (Asus Nvidia 7600GT 256MB DDR3 TV out DVI PCI-E).

If you need mroe details to properlly asses please say so. I also wanted to know if all these parts will work together etc. I ahve made sure the socket for CPU and chipsets r compatible etc. sorry this is my first time. any comments?
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  1. could you be a little more specific when it comes to the case/psu and the mobo? the fact that your using a bundled psu worries me, and it would help to know what kind of ECS mobo.
  2. bundled CPU? ya what?

    Mobo:

    Model
    Brand: ECS
    Model: P965T-A (V1.0)

    Supported CPU
    CPU Socket Type: Socket T (LGA 775)
    CPU Type: Intel Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo/Pentium D/Celeron
    FSB: 1066/800MHz
    Supported CPU Technologies: Hyper-Threading Technology

    Chipsets
    North Bridge: Intel P965 Express
    South Bridge: Intel ICH8

    Memory
    Number of DDR2 Slots: 4x 240pin DDR2
    DDR2 Standard: DDR2 800
    Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB
    Dual Channel Supported: Yes

    Expansion Slots
    PCI Express x16: 2
    PCI Express x1: 2
    PCI Slots: 3

    Storage Devices
    PATA: 1 x ATA100 up to 2 Devices
    SATA: 3Gb/s 5
    Additional RAID Controller: JMicron JMB361

    Onboard Video
    Onboard Video: No

    Onboard Audio
    Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC883
    Audio Channels: 8 Channels

    Onboard LAN
    LAN Chipset: Realtek RTL8110SC Giga LAN
    Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps

    Rear Panel Ports
    PS/2: 2
    COM: 1
    LPT: 1
    USB: 4x USB 2.0
    Audio Ports: 6 Ports

    Onboard USB
    Onboard USB: 6x USB 2.0

    Physical Spec
    Form Factor: ATX
    Dimensions: 12.0" x 9.6"

    Features
    Power Pin: 24 Pin


    and the case and PSU:

    # Compact MP3 Player Style ATX Case
    # ATX 400 Watt PSU
    # Front USB 2.0 Ports
    # Front Audio Ports

    Item Code : CA-XAPOD-SI
    Item : A-Pod Series Ivory/Silver ATX Case with 400W PSU
    Brand/Model : Generic CAS-452
    Form Factor : ATX
    PSU : ATX 400W PSII (Horizontal)
    Side Window : No
    5.25" Bays : 4
    3.5" Bays (Exposed) : 2
    3.5" Bays (Hidden) : 4
    Expansion Slots : 7
    Front USB Ports : 2 (USB 2.0)
    Front Audio Ports : Yes
    Front Firewire Ports : No
    Internal Fan Space : Rear 8/9/12 cm , Front 8/9/12cm
    Screwless :
    Dimensions (wxhxd)-(mm) : 200x412x460
    Warranty : 12 Months
    Weight (kg) : 3.00
  3. bundled cpu? where did i say that?

    anyway, is this the case your getting?
    http://www.eclipse-computers.com/product.aspx?code=CA-XAPOD-SI

    if so, the fact its £19.95 screams that it has a crap psu bundled, and it probably wont support your system. even if it does, its still junk, and when it dies its going to take all you components with it.

    get something like this its worth the extra cash. mobo looks fine, i dont like ECS, but it'll do.
  4. hmmm if it is the PSU that is an issue than can i get a case of my choice and looke for a 550w PSU in general? only the one you linked is a little too expensive for my budget.


    if so would any normal casing fit a seperate PSU or would i have to make sure measurements fits?

    thx for help loads, sory to keep on bothering
  5. yeah, any case should fit a normal psu. (besides small form factor ones like Micro ATX)


    but NEVER. EVER. EVER. SKIMP ON THE PSU!!! thats the most important rule when building a system.
  6. What exactly is your budget? This will help others give you some recommendations.

    It might be better to get an E6400 and a better video card if you are interested in gaming.
  7. well i am interested in gaming and running fairly intensive apps. From what i gathered the card i chose was very well liked.

    and what would be considered skimping on the psu? how much should i spend and how much wattage shouold i get?
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    and what would be considered skimping on the psu? how much should i spend and how much wattage shouold i get?


    Getting a no name brand or using a psu in a cheap case (or an case, bundled psu's are rarely any good.) A good 450w psu will be enough for your system, but make sure it has enough amps (18 preferably) on the +12v rail , thats more important then wattage most of the time. A couple of good psu makers are Antec, OCZ, Thermaltake, PC P&C, SeaSonic, and Silverstone. A quality psu for your system will probably run about $75-80 at the cheapest.
  9. NEW and Improved SmartPower 2.0 fulfills the demands of today's computer users.
    The NEW SmartPower 2.0 is ATX12V v2.0 compliant, with dual+12V rails, 4 serial ATA connectors, and Antec's Unique Dual Fans Design for virtually silent operation. All SmartPower 2.0 power supplies carry UL, CUL, TÜV, CB, FCC Class B, CE and CCC certified safety approvals.

    # ATX12V version 2.0
    # Dual 12V output circuitry provides added system stability and meets 240VA UL requirements and safety purpose: 12V1 for Motherboard and peripherals; 12V2 for processor
    # ATX12V v2.0 compliance allows SmartPower 2.0 to consume up to 25% less power than standard power supplies, saving you money on your electric bill. 24-pin power connector with detachable 4-pin section for backwards compatibility with ATX 20-pin motherboards.
    # 4 SATA Connectors support Serial ATA optical drives
    # Flow-through dual 80mm fans (one intake and one exhaust)
    # Unique Dual Fans Technology: exhaust fan starts to spin when the power supply reaches certain temperatures to ensure proper airflow, the second fan spins on power up
    # Industrial grade protection prevents damage resulting from short circuits, power overloads, excessive current, low voltages and excessive voltages
    # Increased 12V output capability for system components that consume more power from 12V rail
    # PCI-E graphic connector
    # Safety approvals: UL, CUL, TUV, CB, FCC Class B, CE, CCC
    # Increased MTBF: 80,000 hours
    # Size: 6.1"(L) x 5.9" (D) x 3.4" (H)
    # PF value greater than 90% (EU only)
    # Gold plated connector for superior conductivity

    Item Code : PSA-SP450P
    Item : Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-450P 450W Active PFC PSU
    Brand/Model : Antec SP-450P
    Input Voltage : 115 VAC/230VAC
    Total Output Wattage : 450W
    Power Switch : ATX Logic on-off, additional power rocker switch
    5.25" Device Power Connectors : 4 SATA
    3.5" Device Power Connectors :
    Monitor (IEC) Follow-through Power Connector : No
    Weight (kg) : 3.00
    Price : £37.95


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    Will that do the job?

    and i forgot to ask. where would be a nice place to give me a guide into building my own system? and if i decided to extend upon my pc in later years would it mean getting a new PSU?

    and last but not least. what about the actually system? will it run good and be compatible? will it be quick etc.?
  10. I personally dislike ECS products... but hey, if it works for you why should I care?
  11. but what about the PSU and my previous questions.
  12. Quote:
    and i forgot to ask. where would be a nice place to give me a guide into building my own system? and if i decided to extend upon my pc in later years would it mean getting a new PSU?

    and last but not least. what about the actually system? will it run good and be compatible? will it be quick etc.?


    that psu doesnt have enough amps on the +12v rail, and the smartpower line of psu's is antec's lower end line. I found another one that will easily support your system thats $87.50 USD, so about £44.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817256001

    the system looks fine and will run well, and i know of a few guides, ill try to find 'em in my mountain of bookmarks.
  13. cheers m8, you have bee more help than you could imagine. Im going to start anbother thread for advice on how it qwill run etc.
  14. that psu has a fan on top? would that not mean getting a specific case?
  15. nah, most cases should have enough room for the fan to funtion properly. but which case where you thinking of getting?
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    that psu has a fan on top? would that not mean getting a specific case?

    No, the fan will point towards the bottom.
  17. hmmm considering i went a little extra on the Psu i guess the cheaper but sexy looking case the better. i ahve been considering some re vamps on my spec but i will find a case and re compile it in another thread so its a bit tidyer lol.
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