Any advice/comments on proposed new build

Hey guys,

As you may guess im new to all this but after doing some considerable research (hours of reading) have decided the best thing to do is build a new system myself - pre built systems dont seem to have what i want or are too expensive.

I dont upgrade a lot (my current system is 6 years old with GPU/RAM upgrade) but when i do i like to go high-end, the theory being that although it is overkill for the first few years i can make it last a good few years with minimum upgrades (which as u can probably imagine keeps the wife happy!!!).

The rig is gonna be used mainly for games, but nothing extreme. I'm really not too fussed if i cant run thing at max settings. I also do a bit of video/music encoding and some CAD work.

So basically the key here is longevity. Obviously a few gambles have to be taken in that respect (unless anyone has a reliable crystal ball) but here is the list of components i have put together. All the stuff will be bought off (they do credit) and im looking at a budget of around £1100 ($2200 possibly) give or take £100.

CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 G0 SLACR, 95W, S775, 2.40 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache

Seems to be the choice of the forward looking buyer. Definately gonna try my had at overclocking it to about 3GHz (no experience in this but read a lot about it recently). Is overclocking significently detrimental to the CPU?

MB - Gigabyte GA P35C-DS3R

I like the DDR3 option and support for newer CPU and seems a good price.

RAM - 2GB (2x1GB) CorsairTwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12, EPP

Again a good price - plus at my proposed overlock it will be running at or below stock speed???

CPU cooler - Zalman CNPS9500-LED Aero Flower Cooler

From what ive read sound like a good cooler - plus i like the way it looks!!!!

GPU - 512MB Sapphire HD2900XT

Seems a choice between this and the 8800GTSs (really cant afford the GTX). From what ive read it appears that these 2 are about the same performance/price. Im leaning towards the 2900XT mainly because of its future potential (if what ive read is correct). im sure either will be good for me for now.

PSU - 620W Corsair HX


750w Silverstone SST-OP750

Not sure which way to go here - both seems to be great products, both modular. Guess im a little concrened that the Corsair might not cut it in a few years time.

Hard Drive - 500 Gb Samsung HD501LJ Spinpoint T, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ

Seems as good a choice as any. Should be more than enough space for me.

Optical Drive - Optiarc 18xDVD±R, 8xDVD±DL, DVD + RWx8/-RWx6, DVD-RAM x12, SATA, Beige, OEM, Labelflash

Was the onlt SATA one i coulf find with Lableflash!

CASE - Antec 900

What can i say? Seems to be the popular choice, good airflow, plenty of space.

Think thats about it (have i missed anything?). Basically i wanna know if this lots will work together, and if i can improve anything for about the same money (has to be from scan though).

Thanks in advance for any help/comment.

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  1. Sorry, forget to say I intend on using Vista 32 bit home premium.

  2. well P35C DS3R is a good board which supports DDR2 and DDR3, however DDR3 is limited to 4GB , also it wont OC as good as ASUS P5K or ASUS P5K-E , my suggestion is to go with:

  3. The gigabyte one is about £50 cheaper though!
  4. Anyone?? All help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. everything is perfect, for PSU both are good , u wont be disappointed with either
  6. OPTIARC has a lot of trouble in vista, I know because I am constantly hearing about and fixing a friends laptop, and it is always the DVD drive. LiteON or something better known seems to have less issues. Other than that, it looks good to me.
  7. Thanks guys, guess since its my 1st builtd i just want a little bit of reassurance!!!

  8. im going with pretty much the same build as you bar a few small things like case etc. Really good value build and it will be a beast!

    btw what is Label Flash??

    Also im from UK aswell is scan the best to buy from in your opinion??
  9. I think Lableflash id the same as Lightscribe (or at least similar), could be wrong though!!! lol

    As far as Scan goes it seems to be about the cheapests but i suppose it depends how you plan on paying for it. There are a few other site i have come across (Overclockers, YO-YO tech) so if your paying all in one go you can probably shop around and save a few quid here and there. All the site do 'Deals of the week' type things. Also scan only seem to do Corsair RAM so i guess shopping around gives you a wider range of products. I going with Scan cause they do credit (10% deposit, pay over 24 months) which suits me a bit better than forking out all at once
  10. Just look up optiarc and vista in the same box and you'll see lots of problems though, DON'T DO it MAN !! :)
  11. Cheers for the heads up on that one.

    Asus DRW-1814BLT, DVD±R x18, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x14, Lightscribe, SATA, Black, OEM

    Does that one look any better?
  12. No prob, enjoy that system :)
  13. Cheers dude.

    Now all i have to do is break the news to the miisus!!!!! lol
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