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February 25, 2007 6:03:08 PM

Hi, I am just putting together a complete new build, I have about £1200 to spend and I want a widescreen monitor and a genuine copy of vista in this.

I already have a P180 case and a nice keyboard.

What I got so far was from Overclockers as it all needs to come from one etailer.

A C2D 6400,
Abit AB9 Pro mobo
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400 Dual Channel Platinum Revision 2 XTC Series DDR2 (OCZ2P800R22GK) RAM
An Artic 7 Freezer cooler
Seasonic 600W PSU
Hitachi 320 and 80 GB HDD's
Samsung SATA DVD RW (Must be SATA)
BFG 8800GTS 320 gpu
Dell E207WFP 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor
Logitech Cordless G7 Gaming-Grade Laser Mouse
Akasa AK-ZEN-01-BK Zen Black Case (for all my old bits)
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Edition DVD - OEM - 1Pk
Eset NOD32 Anti-Virus - Retail

Any thoughts on this build? I would really appreciate your thoughts!


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February 25, 2007 6:37:12 PM

I'm pretty sure you need more than a 600w for your system. Also, don't get Vista yet, use XP Pro with the upgrade coupon.
February 25, 2007 6:50:04 PM

No it doesn't. The 8800 gts requires 425w & 28a.

The Seasonic 600W has 2 versions: M12 has 48A combined whereas S12 has 36 combined. Either one will power the 8800 gts or even gtx.

The list looks like a very decent gaming pc. NOD32 is 2nd to Kaspersky AV in most reputable virus tests. Get KAV if you can. The case has 12cm intake & exhaust? It's fine.
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February 25, 2007 7:05:20 PM

I'd get the G5, personally, I just don't like rechargable stuff. They always seem to need a re-charge right when one needs to use them.

And I'd probably get the Seagate's over the Hitachi's, but their much of a much.

My 2p
February 25, 2007 8:24:48 PM

It looks like someone actually read some of the forum before they posted for a change!
You have made some good choices and the only changes people could recommend would be based on personal preference. For example I personally like the Gigabyte DS3 because it has 3 pci slots vs. 2 and the AB9 Pro's IDE and floppy are in a difficult/in the way location but I see you are using all sata drives so the AB9 Pro should be great for you.
February 26, 2007 6:28:13 AM

Thanks for the advice, I did a lot of reading before coming up with this and it should be a great replacement for my skt 939 NF4 system.

With regards to power, I have seen articles in CustomPC where theire overclocked C2D rig with an OC'd 8800 GTX only drew 350W or so, the 600W PSU should give me plenty of headroom for a little bit of judicious overclocking!

I have gone with Hitachi disks as these are my favourite and I have always had them and nary a problem.

With regards to XP with a vista upgrade, this is a great idea and I am looking into this further, any ideas of sources?

February 26, 2007 10:30:27 AM

Thanks for the pointers, I emailed Overclockers and they have confirmed that the XP PRO OEM that they offer DOES have the voucher so yay!

Great idea, cheers people!