I posted about a month ago about building a new rig, and unfortunately my car broke down and delayed the project, but in some ways that was a good thing as it forced me to trawl through tonnes of reviews, and look at various different options, I have to thank the help I received in my original thread, this truly is an amazing community.
So now I'm back with what is looking to be "The Final Setup" would love you guys to pick constructive holes in it!
Add more ram if u have the funds. Another 1gb will go a long way, search around for 2x512's as the stuff you already have. Also another HDD would be handy, that way you can put sumthing on 1 and not the other and it works faster...swap file or sumthing lol....don't judge me!!
Thanks for the replies, whats the Go Stepping 6600, what does that mean?
The memory is something that seems hard to find in the UK, im buying pretty much all the kit from overclockers uk, as they have everything and its pretty resonably priced. I chose that memory basically because its the only Dominator memory I can find, and its a nice balance between high and low priced (dominator memory).
I do plan to go SLI, but im waiting to step-up, and then when the price of the 9800 goes down Ill buy a second one.
At the moments thats pushing my budget to breaking point, I was initially hoping to spend £1200, then it was £1400 but I hate compromise, and had I compromised seriously anywhere, Id be blaming those components for the rest of my life. So now the builds £1800, but I think its going to be worth it. Ive invested in a top case that should last me quite some time, the motherboard has alot of upgrade potential and it should keep me gaming happy for 5 years without to much upgrading, espcially if I can get those uber 9800 step-up SLI.
Pretty much as I said the memory is the main thing im concerned with atm, A raptor HDD could be a upgrade in the not too distant future but for now, the 2 tank like WD's should fufil my needs.
Anyone think I should get any problems running crysis on this bad boy?
If you plan to SLI get a dif power supply. a 510 W doesn't cut it. Unfortunately the site your buying from doesn't have any of the other tier 1 psu's. Also the PCP&C PSU's they have are mostly out of stock except the one you added and their 1000 watt model which is damn expensive...bah...choice is yours though...But a 510 W Psu won't cut 2 high end cards...especially if you want to try to nab two 9800 GTX'es...
Anyways...with a 22" monitor there really isn't a point to SLI...you only need SLI really if you are gaming in 1900+ resolutions.
Thanks for the advice on the power supply and memory, power supply will be easy to change, but I just cant seem to find any other dominator memory in the UK! Ill look at those new egg suggestions and see if I can find them over here.
the G0 stepping basically is a new stepping which uses less power. meaning less heat. which is good if your overclocking. you should getting better overclocking results with a G0 stepping Q6600.
i'm sure theres heaps of threads here about it.
Ok everyone, here is the final build list. I found the go stepping processor on ebuyer for a whole £1 more! Ive changed the power supply to something more juicy, and obviously corsair memory is no more. Im really happy with this final list, and it clocks in at just under £1750 which translates to $3500 US. Only £550 ($1100) over budget!