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July 11, 2007 6:11:59 PM

I've been reading the THG forums for quite a while now and thought I'd ask you all about the specs for a new build. Been thinking quite hard about it, but suggestions and comments are more than welcome as I'm not fully up to speed with todays tech :pt1cable: 

I do a fair bit of gaming, and ALOT of CAD work and tend to run a dozen explorer windows, Word/Excel & DVD's at the same time [working from home instead of commuting everday has it's advantages at times ;)  ]

CPU : QX6850
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

Motherboard: ASUS P5K
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

Memory (has completely thrown me but I'd like 8gig. Suggestions to go with the motherboard would be appreciated)

Hard drives: SATA (Not too sure how many or what yet, I've still got 2 80gig PATA Dives)

Windows Vista.... 64bit edition. (not sure which version just yet)

GFX Card: ASUS 8800GTX
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12F (in push / pull config. I have this already, will it be sufficient to cool a QX6850? I'm not really planning to overclock but it might be a consideration and I'm not happy with water )
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Case: Thermaltake Mozart TX (I've got this already, it's huge, cool and has lots of room for fans).

Thanks in advance for the help

Nes


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July 11, 2007 7:20:07 PM

Nesual said:
I've been reading the THG forums for quite a while now and thought I'd ask you all about the specs for a new build. Been thinking quite hard about it, but suggestions and comments are more than welcome as I'm not fully up to speed with todays tech :pt1cable: 

I do a fair bit of gaming, and ALOT of CAD work and tend to run a dozen explorer windows, Word/Excel & DVD's at the same time [working from home instead of commuting everday has it's advantages at times ;)  ]

CPU : QX6850
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

Motherboard: ASUS P5K
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

Memory (has completely thrown me but I'd like 8gig. Suggestions to go with the motherboard would be appreciated)

Hard drives: SATA (Not too sure how many or what yet, I've still got 2 80gig PATA Dives)

Windows Vista.... 64bit edition. (not sure which version just yet)

GFX Card: ASUS 8800GTX
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12F (in push / pull config. I have this already, will it be sufficient to cool a QX6850? I'm not really planning to overclock but it might be a consideration and I'm not happy with water )
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Case: Thermaltake Mozart TX (I've got this already, it's huge, cool and has lots of room for fans).

Thanks in advance for the help

Nes


Well, it certainly looks like you'll have a beast on your hands in no time. Considering your apps, I'd say some lower-latency DDR2-800 should be sufficient. I've heard that the P5K has problems with some DDR2-1066. Something such as this:
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...
Would be your best bet. If you increase the voltage slightly you can drop your timings to 4-4-4-12 or so. Too bad you're in the UK, for some reason the memory selection there is a bit limited.

As for HDD, I'd recommend these: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...
It's a bit pricey, but it performs real-world taskings nearly as fast as a Raptor, and has enough storage space to last you a good long time. An alternative would be 2 ~400GB drives in RAID0 for doing your CAD/DVD stuff, and a small fast system drive.

As for the cooler, it is decent, but this one: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS... Performs much better and costs less to boot! I'd absolutely recommend it over the noctua. Just get a good quiet fan to pair with it.

One more note, since you'll be running a GTX, be sure to get yourself some 90 degree SATA connections for your hard-drive, as the video card will hang over the SATA ports on that motherboard.

Hope this is helpful, and good luck!



July 12, 2007 3:44:02 PM

I'd wait until july 22 and get the Q6700 (not QX6700), the performance you'll lose is probably not that much and you could save around $500-700 (Don't know exact figure). But that's just me, if you think that little extra oomph in performance is needed, then you're good to go with the QX6850 too.
July 12, 2007 7:58:28 PM

emp said:
I'd wait until july 22 and get the Q6700 (not QX6700), the performance you'll lose is probably not that much and you could save around $500-700 (Don't know exact figure). But that's just me, if you think that little extra oomph in performance is needed, then you're good to go with the QX6850 too.


This is a good point. Also, if you're comfortable with overclocking you can easily get a Q6600 up to 1333FSB and 3Ghz. After the 22nd these will only cost 266USD. Pair it with the Ultra-120 I mentioned earlier, and it will stay as cool as it would at stock speed with the stock cooler and represent a considerable savings for your pocketbook. It's up to you though.
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