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July 9, 2007 10:00:52 PM

Hello all!

I'm looking to build a PC primarily for gaming, for around £800-850.

This is the rig that i have chosen. Advice would be greatly appreciated as to whether any components should be changed. Also, I do have experience in changing parts etc but is there anything I should note on building a PC from scratch? Any recommended guides etc?

Samsung SpinPoint T HD321KJ 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache -

Antec Nine Hundred gaming case -

Inno3D GeForce 8800GTS 640MB DDR3 DVI PCI-E (so many different versions of this I have no idea what to go for :lol:  ) -

Samsung SH-S183ABEBN 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer Serial ATA ReWriter -

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) -

G.Skill 2GB DDR2 HZ PC2-6400C4 (2x1GB) CAS4 Dual Channel Kit (F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ) -

Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU -

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler -

I am really not sure at all about which motherboard to choose, i have picked out these 2:

Asus P5N32-E SLi nForce 680 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard -

BFG nForce 680i SLi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard -

Don't think I've missed anything out.....

Advice is greatly appreciated!


Tom :) 

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July 9, 2007 11:27:27 PM

You listed two motherboards, you only need one :p 

Try this motherboard, unless you REALLY want SLI (Not common when you're on a budget anyway)

Gigabyte GA_P35_DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

And about the video card, they are all about the same, they use the same reference specs from nvidia, just stick to warranties, prices, and bundled items for your decision, unless you have a preference.

I'd go for an EVGA, BFG, or XFX, in that order, many will tell you similar. I'm not too trusty of Inno3D (never used them)
July 10, 2007 8:55:56 AM

Ok thanks, I picked out 2 motherboards because these 2 were recommended and wanted to know which to choose. I thought i might go for SLI in case i decide to get another graphics card in the future, and then i'd save buying another motherboard. :D 
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July 10, 2007 1:46:41 PM

by the time you'll want to change that card there'll probably be something better in the market that you can get with the money that you were going to spend on the other GTS + selling your old GTS.
July 10, 2007 4:02:46 PM

ok thanks so is there anything else i should get?
November 10, 2007 12:37:47 PM

I've updated this post as I've chosen a new rig, please read first post!
November 10, 2007 12:41:57 PM

OK forget that.... It won't let me edit the post.


"Hey again, this is an edit as I'm going to be buying the PC this weekend (a long wait I know). I just want to know if this build is OK and if anyone has any advice or thinks I should change anything. :) 

RAM - OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400
HD - Seagate ST3250410AS 250GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache
Drive - LiteOn LH-20A1S 20X SATA DVD±RW/DL Black Bare Drive
PSU - Corsair HX Series 520W Modular
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz
MOBO - ASUS P5KC AiLifestyle Series iP35 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
And Arctic cooling fan!

Help is greatly appreciated!

November 10, 2007 4:20:43 PM

my main question was whether i should get the asus pk5c or a gigabyte p35 ds3r?