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August 25, 2007 4:54:24 PM

Argh, i typed this all out then realised I hadn't added a subsection.. So here I go again.

Basically I'm creating a new system, infact my first ever Home Build. It will be used primarily for Gaming and the budget is around £600 ($1200) and will be running on XP (No I'm not bothered about DX 10.1 atm).

mobo: Gigabyte motherboard GA-P35T-DQ6 P35 £113.96

cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Dual Core Processor £165.93

RAM: 3 X 1 Gb DDR2 PC800 £79

HDD: 320gb SATA2 7200rpm Seagate £36.50

GPU: GeForce 8600GTS 512MB PCI-E HDCP. £128.07

Case:Tsunami Leo ATX Case + 450W PSU £22.50

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/SP2 £67.19


Total: £613.15

Would love to hear your suggestions/views on this setup, Thanks H3eadshott.

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August 25, 2007 5:32:05 PM

H3adshott said:
Argh, i typed this all out then realised I hadn't added a subsection.. So here I go again.

Basically I'm creating a new system, infact my first ever Home Build. It will be used primarily for Gaming and the budget is around £600 ($1200) and will be running on XP (No I'm not bothered about DX 10.1 atm).

mobo: Gigabyte motherboard GA-P35T-DQ6 P35 £113.96

cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Dual Core Processor £165.93

RAM: 3 X 1 Gb DDR2 PC800 £79

HDD: 320gb SATA2 7200rpm Seagate £36.50

GPU: GeForce 8600GTS 512MB PCI-E HDCP. £128.07

Case:Tsunami Leo ATX Case + 450W PSU £22.50

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/SP2 £67.19


Total: £613.15

Would love to hear your suggestions/views on this setup, Thanks H3eadshott.

please either buy a Q6600 or a cheap dual core and a better GPU. The Q6600 would be a better CPU from a upgrade stand point. A cheaper E6550 with say an 8800GTS 320mb would right out beat that system on games with resolutions of 1280X1024 and higher. Your RAM should be 2X1GB unless your thinking 3GB's single channel which is a bad ideal.
August 25, 2007 5:42:43 PM

Agreed!! A better GPU is a better option, if you like to play games and , beside, E6850 is too expensive for now.
8800GTS 320MB is a very good option, not only that it's a DX10-card but also have a good performance, very recommended also for the next 3-5 years.
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August 25, 2007 5:51:00 PM

I was originally looking at a Novatech GeForce 8800GTS 640MB but since DX10.1 is rendering all hardware useless I don't want to shell out 200 quid when it's not even going to last me long until I am lured in by 10.1
August 25, 2007 6:03:27 PM

Get a E6750 and a nice cooler, overclock it, take off a gig of ram and get a 8800GTS, version depending on resolution
August 25, 2007 6:39:29 PM

What starcraftfanatic said + stay away from cheap PSU's, get Corsair 520HX.
August 25, 2007 8:06:38 PM

H3adshott said:
I was originally looking at a Novatech GeForce 8800GTS 640MB but since DX10.1 is rendering all hardware useless I don't want to shell out 200 quid when it's not even going to last me long until I am lured in by 10.1

True but DX10 GPU's will only require a simple emulation or games will be programmed to leave off the extra DX10.1. I dont see game developers demanding GPU's to be DX10.1 compatible over DX10. They both will become outdated about the same time. Like the X800 without SM3 but those with the X800 got longer use of that GPU due to high FPS.

I do see your point tho and would suggest you get the Q6600 as it can OC to 3.8GHz if you get the G0 stepping. The Q6600 is already beating the highest clocked dual core in some games and as more game are optimized for quad a dual core will only look worse. Cost of a dual core is important as any above £100 is a waste.

Like I said a cheap dual core with a 8800GTS will win over a cheap GPU and costly CPU in games. The Q6600 or the 8800GTS is a more future proof purchase that your choices. Buying either would make your system worth a upgrade later and offers better performance if not now in a short time. Crysis for example is quad core optimized and we know it will run at higher FPS with the 8800GTS. Now crysis is to be DX9 compatible so maybe a cheaper X1950pro, which will beat the 8600GTS in FPS, with a Q6600 would be a better choice. Plan a DX10.1 upgrade for next year and have a quad core DX10.1 monster.

The big problem I see with waiting for DX10.1 is the 9800 will cost between £400-£500 this winter. Next summer a good priced DX10.1 will release but so few DX10.1 GPU's will mean no games requiring DX10.1. Games may take 2 years to requiring DX10.1.

M$ new OS is set to release in 2 years which means DX11 or higher.
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