Cooler Master Centurion 5,
Antec TruePower Trio, 550 Watt,
Club3D GeForce 7600 GT, 256 MB, DDR3, PCI Express x16
Western Digital Caviar SE16, 250 GB, 7200 rpm, 16 MB, Serial ATA300
Samsung SH-182M, ATAPI/E-IDE
Generic floppy drive
Kingston KVR667D2N5/1G, 1024 MB, DDR2, PC5300, 667 MHz, 1 x
Intel Core 2 Duo (Allendale), E6400, Socket 775, Boxed
Does everything look right?
And, could I OC my E6400 a little with it?
I might wanna upgrade to a dx10 card later on, could the PSU handle that?
And I could just pop another stick of the same RAM in, right?
I'm going with DS 3 in mine which is still in Limbo.
If you want to OC then I'd go with DDR2 800.
I have some in my build 2x1 for $200 us which is like.... 120 of your pounds I think. it's 444-12 800 mhz.
Should get you clocked to... 400mhzx8=3.2 ghz if you oc.
psu is fine same as one I'm looking at.
I'd say GPU is cheapest/bottleneck but it usually is these days.
I'm guessing that's bc you want DX10 later which the psu should handle it has 42 Amps if I remember correctly on the 12V rails.
Thanks for the input; really appreciate it.
But which should I go for: the DS3 or the P5B?
And what about my 3 other q's?
Well the DS3 is renowned for being a really good overclocking board, especially for the price but as far as I know the P5B will overclock reasonably well, so if you're not trying for a 500MHz FSB or anything near that then you will probably be fine with the P5B. A lot of people seems to have bought the DS3 though and I haven't heard of any problems with it so it should be a safe bet. Other than that I suppose it comes down to the feature set and price, which is a personal preference thing.
Your PSU should be able to handle any single DX10 card (well it'll take a 8800GTX without too much trouble so I'd assume it'll be fine for future cards as well), but you won't be going SLI or Xfire with it. I think the recommendation is 650W+ for SLIed GTXs though that's probably on the low side.
Adding another stick of ram shouldn't be a problem. And you should be able to get quite a decent overclock out of either the E6400 + DDR2-667 or E6300 + DDR2-800. You might get higher with the E6300 combo if you get an aftermarket HSF but you'll get a noticeable improvement either way.
You might want to consider swapping the 7600 GT with a X1950Pro if they are similar prices as the X1950Pro has better performance the majority of the time.
A good build. Swap the 7600 for a 7900GT. And yes the PSU will be able to handle the GeForce8800. Antec is a good PSU maker. You can OC' the E6400 quite well with your current mother board. Go with a Gigabyte DS3 or a ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI if possible. Over all good build.