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June 7, 2007 2:05:34 PM

Gentlemen,

After many weeks reading PC magazines and looking the THG Forum. I am now at the point of ordering my new PC. It has been three and a half years since I built my last PC, and times have changed. I have saved my pennies over many months to get this far, and I will be hiding the receipts from my lovely wife (who won't understand why the PC cost so much).

I do have to confess to being a PC gamer, but I am not a fan of SLI, though I understand the benefits and more importantly the costs. I am also taking the Vista route, even though I know it will cost me at least 10 FPS in games, hence the very expensive graphics card. I live in the UK so all costs are pounds sterling, from overclockers.co.uk. I managed to source most of the PC from scan.co.uk, for about £100 cheaper, but overclockers have a very good delivery schedule.

The Proposed PC specification:

Antec P182 Super Midi Tower Case - No PSU (Gun Metal Black) £82.24

Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi Intel P35 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £187.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.67GHz (1066FSB) £209.14

OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-9200 1150MHz Passive/WaterCooled Dual Channel DDR2 (OCZ2FX11502GK) £176.24

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX KO ACS3 SILENT 768MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (768-P2-E837-AR) £434.74

Western Digital Raptor X 150GB WD1500AHFD 10,000RPM SATA 16MB Cache - OEM £155.09

Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 5000AAKS SATA-II 16MBCache £75.19

Optiarc NEC AD7170S Serial ATA 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £19.96

Asus Silent Square Pro (Socket 775) CPU Cooler £32.89

Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Professional 7.1 Soundcard £89.29

Enermax Infiniti 720W EIN720AWT ATX2.2 Modular PSU £138.64

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit Edition DVD Pk £75.19

Final Total £1,676.60

My only concern is that the Antec case may not be big enough to take the GTX graphics card.

I have opted for a Raptor drive to run the OS and the games, and I understand that they are not very popular in the THG forum, though I am at a loss as too why?

Feel free to critique my new PC, as I cannot afford to rebuild again in the near future, so this one is going to have to last me.

Thanking you in advance.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2007 3:24:28 PM

The P182 is big enough for the 8800 GTX. You may need to leave a hard drive bay empty but that's it.

Will you overclock? If not go with some DDR2-800 (PC2-6400) and save money. Also, watercooled memory when nothing else is watercooled in the PC, ouch...

E6700 is nice, but if you can wait two months you'll get a Q6600 or an E6850 for the same money.

I heard good things about the P35 chipset, apparently it's more mature than anybody expected. However, it may be too early to buy it anyway. I'd stick with a 680i chipset (eVGA, Asus and Gigabyte have great mobos based on it)

The Raptor is noisy and expensive and works best in RAID configurations (i.e. if you have the money to buy two or more of them). Some people like them though. In the P182 case the noise problem won't matter much.

Good luck :p 
June 7, 2007 10:59:18 PM

Thanks Aevm.

Putting water cooled RAM into a non water cooled PC is a Doh! moment.

As for the processor, this is the big problem with building your own PC, there is always the next big thing or price drop just around the corner. when is a good time to build?

I went for the P35 mobo as in about a years time. I may put in one of the new Intel 45 nm quad cores as a cheeky upgrade, without my better half finding out. As long as the box dosen't change I should be OK :D .
a b B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2007 2:51:55 AM

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As for the processor, this is the big problem with building your own PC, there is always the next big thing or price drop just around the corner. when is a good time to build?


Tough question. When you have the money, and the old computer doesn't do the job any more, I guess. Price cuts are a minor factor IMO since they happen often and mean only about 10% or so of the total cost. If I pay $3500 for my next PC do I really care if the CPU costs $266 or $530?

Maybe build when a really good piece of hardware shows up and wipes the floor with the competition, like the 8800 GTX did?
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