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System Build v2.0

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August 2, 2007 7:37:36 PM

Hi everyone, this is going to be my second PC build and I need some advice, this time rather than buying out of the box standard high power kit I am going to aim to overclock my new build. However I would also like the computer to last and be able to incorporate new tech such as DDR3,Penryn and maybe buy a 9800 card a few months after they are released, hence a hybrid board, and I am also working on a budget of EXACTLY £800. I am also aiming to run this off a 460w Akasa Paxpower ATX2.0 PSU, it has got a 2x4 pin connector which is good and I also want a 19" inch screen.


Initially I started with:

Tuniq Tower 120
Lian-Li PC-60/PC-7 Window Side Panel
OcUK ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT
Gigabyte GA_P35C_DS3R
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600
Lian-Li PC-60 PLUS Aluminium Midi-Tower Case
OcUK Value Hanns-G HW191D 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor
G.Skill 2GB DDR2 PK 4-4-4-12 (PC2-6400) 800MHz

all from Overclockers for £840 incl p&p

But the window doesn't have a PCI blower which renders buying the PC-60 case useless, however I reckoned this was a good start. I was also told that the 2900XT is a bit of a power guzzler

So I came up with


Antec 900 Case
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme
BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 320MB
Gigabyte GA_P35C_DS3R
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600
OcUK Value Hanns-G HW191D 19"
Scythe S-FLEX 1600RPM Ultra Quiet 120mm Fan
G.Skill 2GB DDR2 PK PC2-6400

Comes to £797 incl p&p

Problem with this design was paying an extra £40 pounds for an OC'd 8800GTS, which I could OC myself, was a bit steep also looking around would mean cheaper but also I could now accommodate the Ultra-120 Ex which made me happy. I was also told that the Q6600 was a crap overclocker so I changed the spec to

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme £46.99
Scythe S-Flex 16000Rpm 120mm fan £12.91
Hanns-G HW191D 19" £117.49
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750, ££118.66
Gigabyte GA P35C-DS3R £84.59
320MB Leadtek 8800GTS PCI-E (x16) £180.94
OCZ 2GB PC2-8500 Reaper HPC (2x1GB) £84.95 (excl VAT)
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer £ 54.80 (excl VAT)

£750.68 incl VAT + p&p from different retailers

Unfortunately by the time I get back from holidays aria will be out of the reaper ram since it's on a special offer, I also read the article on the forum that got the Q6600 to ~3.00ghz which reignited my enthusiasm to go quad. Which finally left me with the build below


Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme £46.99
Scythe S-Flex 16000Rpm 120mm fan £12.91
Hanns-G HW191D 19" £117.49
Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 £170
Gigabyte GA P35C-DS3R £84.59
320MB Leadtek 8800GTS PCI-E (x16) £180.94
G.Skill 2GB DDR2 HZ PC2-6400C4 £88.11
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer £ 68.02

From Scan and OC = £791.6

None of the products are on special offers/buy now so will be available when I get back. So my questions really are
which is fundamental to my build, will I be in with a fighting chance with this spec to get my CPU up to ~3.0ghz, (lapping heatsink + cpu) and will my 460w PSU be able to handle all of this?

If these responces are no then should I revert back to the E6750 and get cheaper PC2-6400 to overclock the C2D chip, remember budget is £800 and I am trying to squeeze as much power:cost as possible.

Many thanks


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August 2, 2007 8:16:20 PM

I think you might want to get a better a PSU but the rest of it looks good.
August 2, 2007 9:10:19 PM

Yes, especially to OC, I agree that you'll need a stronger PSU.
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August 3, 2007 12:16:06 AM

E6750 will almost definetely give you weaker performance, especially for future apps and games.
August 3, 2007 4:27:02 PM

Any recomendations with reference to getting a new PSU
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