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UK - New PC, for multitasking - E660? 7900 GS?

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February 4, 2007 12:13:35 PM

Hi all - From UK so any UK sales links would be appreciate, Egg.COM seems to be USA?

Firstly, wheres everyone stand on their opinions of dell? dell can give me a 2.4GHZ, 2gig ram, 7900 Geforce, 250GIG HD all up and running with vista for around £700.... Or shall i custom build :D ?

My requirements Multitasking(12 tables of poker, numerous applications(IE/MSN/AIM/MUSIC/Databases) & Some gaming(Flight sims, a few FPS light GhostRecon) & lastly 30" TFT SUPPORT This requires 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) Optimum Resolution (Dual Link capable DVI-D graphics card required)

I want a system capable of lasting along time, so ability to overclock is a HUGE PLUS - was wondering if you could help me get a system together?

What components?
The big question, i saw this bundle?

2Gig ram seems overkill from what ive read on this site? Also what make of ram is best? 1gig fine or is 2gig really worth it?

Core Duo E6600 2.4GHZ good? multitasking is obviously required, but can this overclock at all? Is it worth the extra cash vs the lower models?

- ABIT AB9 Pro any good? Overclocking abilitys?

Graphics card - GEFROCE 7900 GS, this ok? supports my 30" TFT but can i get a better one for lower or similar price?

Is this OK?
Can i save a few pennys anywhere, or do i need to go for a more expensive product?

Case - Cheap as possible, i dont care what the case looks like :oops: this ok?

HD - 250GB SATA II - Can i get a better one?

So i think thats everything, all information on products downfalls/advantags appreciated aswell as links to cheaper sales sites or better products. All review links also appreciated, ill happily learn all i require to build this system.

I've built systems before, about 2years has passed so maybe things have changed a bit.... PCI-E, SATAHD's, Dual cores all new to me :oops: 


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February 4, 2007 12:39:19 PM

Forget that bundle.

Get a Gigabyte 965 motherboard instead of the Abit one in that bundle, stick with 2gb RAM, but swap the E6600 for either an E6400 or 4300 or similar.

You won't be pushing that many frames in anything at 2560x1600 with one card, let alone a GS card. It'll do fine for your Windows experience, but for gaming it'll struggle.

If you're serious about gaming then you need to pour more cash into the GPU, but if you're just doing it casually then don't bother and you'll just have to put up with somewhat less-than-perfect performance.
February 4, 2007 12:45:43 PM

AH i overlooked the 30" display and gaming, i cant run 800x600 on this TFT can i? so all games will run horribly ?

Hmm - Maybe ill go with 2x20" tft then - That'd reduce stress on GFX then id get a better gaming experience?

Wait, cant i just plug my 19" CRT in? or maybe get a switch box or something?

Why a gigabyte board - any specific reason i.e. overclockable? Cheaper? I noticed theres alot of models, do you suggest a DS3? DS4? S3? DQ6?
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February 4, 2007 12:46:29 PM

Powersupply is good

Case is OK ( I have the same in white ), would prefer this one though.

7900GS is a great card, overclocks well.

E6600 is a great overclocker, most people seem to reach 3.4Ghz.

2GB Ram is not overkill, I would recommend it if you are multi-tasking and gaming.

Finally, check out They are normally the cheaper than everyone else.
February 4, 2007 12:48:12 PM

I have a lowly 7600GT and I run most of my games as 1680 x 1050.

the 7900GS will cope
February 4, 2007 12:48:41 PM

Ok a few questions resulting from the reply(s).

MOTHERBOARD - So which one? Seems to be tonnes of models, this is where i get lost. tomshardware doesnt shed much light on it, guess theres tonnes of varibles on this component!

30" TFT- I can plug my CRT 19" back in to game at lower resolutions right? So be able to game better? Or does the 7900 just "suck"?

2gig ram - from what tomshardware said, it said 2gig for gaming made hard any difference? Is this disputed then?
February 4, 2007 1:04:43 PM

Oops, so 2gig is the real deal now?

Seems motherboard is my toughest choice right now...Im lost when it comes to these...
February 4, 2007 1:25:22 PM

Ok, so providing i switch to a CRT for gaming is 7900 ok? Or is 8800 really required(ouch the price hurts!!!).

Also, Mobo - so which one? seems disagreement everywhere i go
February 4, 2007 5:14:38 PM

Hmm i should rename myself to "HotSexyGirl" ? :cry: