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May 12, 2007 2:22:48 PM

Hi, about to build my own... budget is around £1500 max

This is what I got so far...

Abit AB9 Quad GT (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (£110)

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "LGA775 Kentsfield" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) (£340)

Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Aluminium Midi-Tower Case - Black (£60)

Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (£100)

Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 7.1 Soundcard (£45)

Zalman CNPS9700-LED Aero Flower (Socket 775) CPU Cooler (40)

Pioneer DVR-112DBK 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter X 2 (40)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB ST3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache (50)

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS SuperClocked 320MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (200)

OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-6400C5 Dual Channel Vista Gold Series DDR2 (180)

Vista Home premium 64 bit OEM (70)

Creative Inspire T6100 5.1 Speakers - Retail (50)

Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 - Retail (25)

Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Keyboard (15)

LG L226WTQ 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black/Silver (210)

the total price is just over 1500... is there any parts i could replace to get this rig cheaper? Also is would this be ok for overclocking? Any feedback would be appreciated... thanks

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May 12, 2007 2:59:33 PM

You may want to hold off on the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 7.1 Soundcard. You can "try" the onboard first then if it's not up to par for you, you can always add a sound card. They have made great strides in the quality of the onboard audio. Check out the audio features your board comes with...it's quite extensive don't you agree?
May 12, 2007 3:05:26 PM

Thats a good point, what would the disadvantages of not having a sound card? i will be starting to study music technology/ production soon and im not sure if a sound card would be useful to have...
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May 12, 2007 3:19:12 PM

Another tip may be to consider backing down from the OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB). RAM is another easy upgrade down the road as need. I would suggest going with 2 X 1gb dimms first. 2gb dimms are very dense and if there is a problem, it's a very expensive one. Just get good RAM that will be available down the road so you can match them on the upgrade, should it happen.

So far we have have cut down some money so you can add another HD instead if you'd like.

Hope this helps

VQ
May 12, 2007 4:11:31 PM

Yea thanks for the quick reply.

What about this ram? Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel Kit
Thats £120... is it worth goin for that ram?

Also what is the Q6600 like for over overclocking on that mobo. I have never overclocked before, ive always bought dells, so this will be a first...
May 12, 2007 4:25:43 PM

Silly question here Tunez....Is your main goal on the build to be an overclocker?
May 12, 2007 9:09:54 PM

no idea, i suppose the build... I will attempt to overclock if i have the time to spare to learn how to, its not on teh top of my to-do-list. I want the computer to last me 3 years at least, and i want to be able to upgrade parts in the future...

thanks
May 12, 2007 9:48:31 PM

I believe you are ready to build your "Personal Computer" my friend. All the bits are there. Enjoy!

VQ
May 28, 2007 1:54:26 PM

You're probably not still checking this thread, but if you are, don't get the L226WTQ, it has crazy ghosting issues. The WT and WTX models are fine however.
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