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Revamp of build - all from ebuyer, need some input :D

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December 20, 2006 4:55:19 PM

hey, as you may well know i have been slowly changing my PC build over the last few weeks trying to get it right.
I have finally found one place with nice prices from which i can buy everything I need.

So before i ask some questions here is the build itself:

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Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4ghz - Skt775 Fsb1066 4mb Cache Boxed 112706
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ASUS P5W DH Deluxe SKT 775 dual-core Core2Duo Conroe ready Crossfire 8channel audio ATX 113951
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2x Corsair (TWIN2X1024A-6400) XMS2-6400 1024MB 5-5-5-12 2x240 DIMM Black XMS2 Heat Spreader 092870
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Seagate ST3250820AS 250GB 7200RPM SATA300 8MB Cache 111515
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Gecube X1950Pro 256MB VIVO DVI AGP 119300
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Antec Basiq Power 500W ATX 12V PSU 114929
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2 old optical IDE drives, one DVD/CD-rom, one 20x10x40 CDRW
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Old case, should do the job lol, with inbuilt temperature gauge for system, HDD and CPU
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And so the questions:

1) Will that PSU handle the system and the GFX card?
2) Is that gfx card worth it? My budget for a card is approx £150, if you can find a better one it would be appreciated :D 
3) will my CPU come with a fan?

Thanks, Luke
December 20, 2006 5:39:16 PM

1. Yes, it should be fine. I would only worry about it if you start adding more components, but even then it should be ok.

2. The x1950 is a good card, the only way I would suggest a different card would be if you were choosing it for a specific game. That might change things a bit. But overall, it is a good choice.

3. As long as the CPU is a retail box version and not OEM or Open-Box, it will come with a heatsink.
December 20, 2006 5:42:32 PM

thank you very much, i think i am finally ready to buy this in the jan sales. any other comments people before i sign the dotted line?
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December 20, 2006 5:44:54 PM

Downgrade to a E6400 and use the money on 2GBs memory instead and go for the 7200.10 with 16MB cache HDD. As for the GPU it might be worth it to get one for $200 or less so you can upgrade to a DX10 card soon.
December 20, 2006 6:12:57 PM

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Downgrade to a E6400 and use the money on 2GBs memory instead and go for the 7200.10 with 16MB cache HDD. As for the GPU it might be worth it to get one for $200 or less so you can upgrade to a DX10 card soon.


Well I have got 2gb memory, note the 2x2x512. As for the HDD cache, how will that effect me? i am genuinely interested in the effects it will have.

and the gfx card thing i did consider, but the DX10 cards are so expensive, so i would be likely to get one when they drop in price and in about xmas time. therefore i need a card that will do the job for unextortionate amounts of money until i get a card that floors all others lol.

What changes will the HDD make?
December 20, 2006 6:33:08 PM

Quote:
hey, as you may well know i have been slowly changing my PC build over the last few weeks trying to get it right.
I have finally found one place with nice prices from which i can buy everything I need.

So before i ask some questions here is the build itself:

------------------------------------------------------------
Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4ghz - Skt775 Fsb1066 4mb Cache Boxed 112706
------------------------------------------------------------
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe SKT 775 dual-core Core2Duo Conroe ready Crossfire 8channel audio ATX 113951
------------------------------------------------------------
2x Corsair (TWIN2X1024A-6400) XMS2-6400 1024MB 5-5-5-12 2x240 DIMM Black XMS2 Heat Spreader 092870
------------------------------------------------------------
Seagate ST3250820AS 250GB 7200RPM SATA300 8MB Cache 111515 (would look for a 16MB cache model)
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Gecube X1950Pro 256MB VIVO DVI AGP 119300 (i know there isn't any x1950 agp but why does it show agp??? just verify you are getting a pci-e)
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Antec Basiq Power 500W ATX 12V PSU 114929 (kinda low end for your higher end equipment)
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2 old optical IDE drives, one DVD/CD-rom, one 20x10x40 CDRW
------------------------------------------------------------
Old case, should do the job lol, with inbuilt temperature gauge for system, HDD and CPU
-----------------------------------------------------------


And so the questions:

1) Will that PSU handle the system and the GFX card?
2) Is that gfx card worth it? My budget for a card is approx £150, if you can find a better one it would be appreciated :D 
3) will my CPU come with a fan?

Thanks, Luke



1= you should have no problems with powering that card. One thought is why are you buying high end equipment cpu motherboard gfx; but you are skipping on the powersupply??? I am not saying the watts are not enough but the overall workmanship of that powersupply is not up to par with your gfx and motherboard.
2=sounds like you already did your price hunting.
3=with out a link there is no way to tell. you can also try calling the seller to find out.
December 20, 2006 7:10:27 PM

Quote:
hey, as you may well know i have been slowly changing my PC build over the last few weeks trying to get it right.
I have finally found one place with nice prices from which i can buy everything I need.

So before i ask some questions here is the build itself:

------------------------------------------------------------
Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4ghz - Skt775 Fsb1066 4mb Cache Boxed 112706
------------------------------------------------------------
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe SKT 775 dual-core Core2Duo Conroe ready Crossfire 8channel audio ATX 113951
------------------------------------------------------------
2x Corsair (TWIN2X1024A-6400) XMS2-6400 1024MB 5-5-5-12 2x240 DIMM Black XMS2 Heat Spreader 092870
------------------------------------------------------------
Seagate ST3250820AS 250GB 7200RPM SATA300 8MB Cache 111515
------------------------------------------------------------
Gecube X1950Pro 256MB VIVO DVI AGP 119300
------------------------------------------------------------
Antec Basiq Power 500W ATX 12V PSU 114929
------------------------------------------------------------
2 old optical IDE drives, one DVD/CD-rom, one 20x10x40 CDRW
------------------------------------------------------------
Old case, should do the job lol, with inbuilt temperature gauge for system, HDD and CPU
-----------------------------------------------------------


And so the questions:

1) Will that PSU handle the system and the GFX card?
2) Is that gfx card worth it? My budget for a card is approx £150, if you can find a better one it would be appreciated :D 
3) will my CPU come with a fan?

Thanks, Luke


That is an AGP card and don't get it... you have a PCIe Mobo.

If anyone is unsure just google X1950 AGP and you will find them... and they are cheaper than thier PCIe counterparts.

Same card in PCIe is about $80 more...
December 20, 2006 9:01:55 PM

The extra 8MBs of cache will increase the hard drives performance and the 7200.10 uses perpendicular recording which is better. As for the video card i'm sure you will be able to buy a DX10 one for under $200 in 6 months.
December 21, 2006 1:02:13 PM

thanks, I am pretty sure the gfx card is pci-e. and as to the PSU, can you find some or recommend some from EBuyer? because it has been my greatest downfall in all my builds.

thanks all
December 21, 2006 2:16:59 PM

You haven't mentioned a few things;

1) What games you play (examples / genre)
2) What monitor will you be using & what resolution do you game at.
3) What are the main uses of the pc (ie gaming, desktop apps, encoding ,etc)
4) Do you plan to overclock?
5) Whats your budget?

These are critical when selecting a build- I cant really give input untill I know what your going to use it for.

In terms of UK suppliers, ebuyer are good. I would also look at Scan, Microdirect and Overclockers- although the latter I only tend to use for stuff the others dont carry.

Edit: You may be interested to know that ebuyer's sale starts noon tomorrow (gmt).
December 21, 2006 4:26:15 PM

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thanks, I am pretty sure the gfx card is pci-e. and as to the PSU, can you find some or recommend some from EBuyer? because it has been my greatest downfall in all my builds.

thanks all


It appears it is an AGP card from the reviews on ebuyer
http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=2...

This is the card you will more likely want.
GECUBE X1950Pro 512MB GDDR3 DVI PCI-E
At 139.99 including VAT it is cheaper than the apg version.
The product ID from ebuyer is 119303=pci-e and one you had was 119300=agp

As for the processor I dont see any reviews stating it doesnt but you should call them to make sure it is a retail box and not a white box set.
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As for a power supply I would say something like the Antec Earthwatts
Antec EarthWatts 500W 80%+ Efficiency PSU - 80mm Fan 4x SATA 2x PCI-E

or for something a little nicer
Seasonic S12-550E+ 80Plus 550W PSU - Active PFC

These are just recommendation for a little bit better than you were choosing. To get a better over all build, Surferosa questions would better help us help you.
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