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October 12, 2007 12:23:27 AM

Hello folks im new to upgradeing pc hardware and after some advice or possible compatibility issues with my selected pc hardware im currently running an agp system which until now has done me great for 6 years, im haveing some issues running new games that have came out recently its time for an upgrade i will be useing my current power supply unit,monitor and case i have a budget of £520 heres what i have so far.

Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 G0 SLACR, 95W, S775, 2.40 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache, Retail £145.49 £170.95
256MB Power Color Radeon X1650 Pro PCI-E(x16) Mem 1200MHz GDDR2 GPU 575MHz, 36Pipes CrossFire £34.54 £40.58
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 NF680i SLI, S775, PCI-E(x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX £131.89 £154.97
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 Dominator, PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5 £101.00 £118.68
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - P4 up to 4.4GHz - S775 Dual Core / Core2Duo Ready £12.49 £14.68

Net Total £425.41
Carriage £5.99
V.A.T. £75.49
TOTAL £506.89

The main purpose of my pc will be playing games and converting films.Im not to sure about the graphics card running directx 9 games i need some advice i would like to get this as cheap as possible but still allow me to run directx 9 games until the release of the new graphics cards at the end of the month giving me more money to play with for a good starting system .Any suggestions are welcome ......thanks

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October 12, 2007 4:50:54 AM

If your looking for a cheaper gaming rig check this

C2D E6750
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
eVGA 8800GTS
RAM 800mhz part rather than 1066
Drop the aftermarket HSF
October 12, 2007 2:41:33 PM

na chook i wont be going for the 8800gts at the moment as the 320mb versions will be getting discontinued and the 640mb version will be getting updated on the 29th of this month along with the new radeon cards from what ive been reading.Thats the whole point in me going for a cheap graphics card something that will get me through until i upgrade to the newly released cards on the 29th of this month.

Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 G0 SLACR, 95W, S775, 2.40 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache, Retail £145.49 £170.95
changed to a 256MB Leadtek 7600GS PCI-E(x16), Extreme DDR3 Mem 1400 MHz,GPU 520 MHz,12 Pipes, DualLink DVI-I/HDTV £65
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 NF680i SLI, S775, PCI-E(x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX £131.89 £154.97
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 Dominator, PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5 £101.00 £118.68
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - P4 up to 4.4GHz - S775 Dual Core / Core2Duo Ready £12.49 £14.68

any problems with this hardware compatability issues etc is that sli motherboard good for gaming same with ram and cpu?
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October 12, 2007 3:25:00 PM

Chookman's advice was great. If you choose to ignore it then we're all wasting time here.

You don't need a SLI motherboard unless you're rich enough to afford $1000 for two high-end video cards. Save half of the mobo price with the DS3L.

You don't need the Arctic Cooling or PC2-8500 if you don't overclock. The stock cooler and PC2-6400 will do nicely and you'll save money.

Why waste £65 on a video card just for the next 17 days? Read a good book or two instead, or go out and play soccer, and put the £65 toward the good card next month.

Edit:
- never mind soccer, if your prices are in £ then it's called football :) 
- if you can get the Q6600 rather than E6750 then by all means get it, it's worth it
- your current PSU may not be able to handle Q6600/8800GT (or GTS). What kind is it?
October 12, 2007 3:53:16 PM

sorry im not disputing chookmans advice its just i would rather hold off untill these new graphics cards come out at the end of the month rather than buying one now wait for the better cards to come out .the quad core is what i will definetly be getting as for the cheap graphics card added on i have a psi express motherboard and cpu that was givin to me for nothing but there a good 2 years old doesnt run the ddr2 the ram im useing atm is compatible and this cheap graphics card would be going into it after i get the newest graphics card and sold on makeing me a few pounds .
I want to get the best possible performance from games on this current upgrade as im sick to death of getting low fps on games and all graphics settings on low .wright now im trying to get the best possible hardware i can get for my money the graphics card is not a priority just a good system im after to start with .my psu is a Enermax Noisetaker 600W ATX V2.0 as for sli it sounds expensive and will only be going for the one graphics cards i would also like to try my hand at overclocking.As long as i have a good pc gameing system i will be happy
October 12, 2007 4:14:45 PM

All righty then... You won't need a new PSU. Now I get the idea about the 7600gs.

OK, if you overclock then the better memory and cooler will help.

Yeah, SLI is mostly for people who have too much money :lol:  OK, I'm biased here, because I could only afford one video card at $650 and I would have liked two :fou: 

Sorry I missed the part about converting films. The Q6600 is definitely a good idea for that.

So, in conclusion, the parts you picked are fine, I'd only replace the motherboard with a P35-based version. This way it's cheaper and more likely to allow CPU upgrades in the future. Look at GA-P35-DS3L and GA-P35-DS3R, for example. The DS3R allows 8 disks or dvd drives (DS3L only 4), supports RAID, and it's supposed to last longer. I think it's worth the $30 more or so. aBit IP35 is also a good motherboard.

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