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1st Build - Advice & Opinions pls

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June 11, 2007 10:41:13 PM

I'm looking to build my own computer for the 1st time, and this is what i've come up with up to now, although any advice would be appreciated:

CPU: Intel e6400
PSU: ThermalTake W0101RB 550W TR2
Mobo: Asus P5B Intel Socket 775 ATX
RAM: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB DDR2-800 RAM Memory
Video Card: Nvidia 8600 GT
HDD: Seagate 160Gb 7200 rpm sata
Optical Drive: Optiarc (SONY/NEC) Black 18x Dual Layer SATA DVD Writer
Case: Coolermaster 632S

What do you think? Computer must be able to handle Vista Ultimate

Cheers
June 11, 2007 11:00:19 PM

Get this psu instead. More power, much better quality, and it's only $20 more.

The 8600gt is way overpriced. A 1950pro, while it's not a dx10 card, is much more powerful then the 8600gt, and it's not that much more expensive.

The Gigabyte DS3R is $25 more then the P5B, but it outclasses it in every possible way.

Just read this review and you'll know what I mean.

http://www.vr-zone.com/index.php?i=4966
June 11, 2007 11:21:01 PM

What will be your main usage of the computer?
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June 11, 2007 11:31:17 PM

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Get this psu instead. More power, much better quality, and it's only $20 more.

The 8600gt is way overpriced. A 1950pro, while it's not a dx10 card, is much more powerful then the 8600gt, and it's not that much more expensive.

The Gigabyte DS3R is $25 more then the P5B, but it outclasses it in every possible way.

Just read this review and you'll know what I mean.

http://www.vr-zone.com/index.php?i=4966



Thanks, I have decided to change my motherboard to the Gigabyte DS3R. Unfortunately I am working on a tight budget and since i do not live in the us, a slight increase in prices will be more significant for me. Therefore if possible I am looking to decrease the budget, however not at the cost of a loss in performance
June 11, 2007 11:32:35 PM

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What will be your main usage of the computer?


Mainly for entertainment purposes (videos, music & games) although not too excessively
June 11, 2007 11:44:45 PM

Where do you live?

The psu should still be changed, the 550w TR2 isnt one of Thermaltakes better power supplies.
June 11, 2007 11:49:00 PM

I live in Malta, and the prices here are very expensive.

For example, and e6300 is around 260 dollars over here.

Re PSU can you recommend another psu which has voltage around the 550W mark pls

thanks
June 12, 2007 12:00:25 AM

Take a look at this list, anything with over 25a on the +12v rail will work fine. You could probably get by with less, but with a bigger psu you'll have more upgrading room.
June 12, 2007 12:07:23 AM

You could pick a cheaper processor like the E4300/4400 and try overclocking it to get similar performance.
June 12, 2007 12:10:10 AM

Yeah, the E4300 has the same multi as the E6600. With a simple pin mod you can get the exact same performance out of an E4300 as you could with an E6600.

Instructions here.
June 12, 2007 10:46:59 AM

Ok, I have made some changes to my computer:

CPU: Intel e6300 (Considered E4400/4300 but I found a good deal for the E6300 and the pin mod may be a bit too complicated for me)
PSU: Enermax Liberty 500W
Mobo: Gigabyte DS3R
RAM: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB DDR2-800 RAM Memory
Video Card: Nvidia 8600 GT
HDD: Seagate 160Gb 7200 rpm sata
Optical Drive: Optiarc (SONY/NEC) Black 18x Dual Layer SATA DVD Writer
Case: Coolermaster 632S

Due to the changes I made would I need to change the RAM?

Thanks
June 12, 2007 11:28:17 AM

Good build, just hate you to get a 8600, unless you know what you need it for, it is overpriced.
June 12, 2007 10:46:08 PM

It might be worth spending more on your graphics card if you're going to game on the PC - can you afford a 8800GTS 320MB?
June 13, 2007 10:55:16 AM

Actually I had thought of it but it was a bit out of my price range and I have not been spending as much time playing as I used to. The games I play do not require excellent graphics but lots of memory so I think i'm covered with the 2gb ram
June 13, 2007 10:04:54 PM

Fair enough - looks a good build then.

You're also wise to go with 2GB RAM with Vista. I run Vista and it uses about 400MB on its own.
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