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Hey guyz could u plz look over my specs for a new build

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November 9, 2007 4:42:59 PM

Hi guyz

Iv been reading up on building your own computers for awhile now and have finally plucked up the courage and the cash to build one. If you guys could just look over the specs id be grateful.

I enjoy playing my games not extreme but top end new stuff and want to have something that copes with good online gaming too, as well as this I do some mild editing so need good storage, and that’s Photoshop and final cut pro. I also need to store some important stuff as have a home online business too.

OK so my specs are:

GRAPICS CARD: I want to get this one and plan to double it in about nex year
EVGA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (512-P2-E801-AR)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 "LGA775 Conroe" 3.00GHz (1333FSB) - Retail

HD: Western Digital RAID Edition 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (WD3200YS)

OPTICAL DRIVE: Pioneer DVR-212D 18x18 DVD±RW Serial ATA Dual Layer ReWriter

MEMORY: OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB

MOBO: EVGA nForce 680i SLi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

CASE: Either the silent
Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Case - EarthWatts 500W PSU

I just love the top mounted ports and iv read that psu’s that are in towers aren’t as god as external.
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case
Antec TruePower Trio 650W PSU

MONITER: Samsung 20" Widescreen LCD

TOTAL: £1100ish

I want to build a computer that lasts me at least two years before I have to upgrade.

Any feed back or money saving tips is appreciated :) 
November 9, 2007 4:55:26 PM

Oh and i wont be overclocking and planning to run windows XP professional
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November 9, 2007 7:21:19 PM

Thats a great build, I'd go with the E6850 because games don't require quad cores yet. When games finally do start using quads it will be time to upgrade your hole computer by then. That 8800GT 512MB card is almost a powerful as a 8800 GTX and if you run two in SLI then thats good and a cheap upgrade at under $300 per card. Get one now and then wait till demand/prices drop after the holiday season. With the rig you put together you should have no problem running Crysis.
November 12, 2007 1:00:35 PM

thanx alot for your help , i decided on the sonata.

Just one last thing tho i was about to buy my rig when somebody suggested that i have no need to for the 680i as im not extreme gaming and a good and cheaper alternative is:

Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 & DDR3 Motherboard

Hmmmm i confused now is it worth spending that extra 80/90 gbp
Is it really a good choice as a futureproof for my gpu or should i just buy a new gpu when i upgrade and buy a p35 now???

Ahhhhhhhh

Please help
November 12, 2007 1:19:41 PM

SLI is pretty useless, even with 2 8800GTs. Go with a P35 board. Don't bother with a DDR2/3 board yet, they're not very good. Save yourself money and get teh Gigabyte P35-DS3R instead. Its a much better board and $30 cheaper.

November 12, 2007 1:31:13 PM

the only problem with that board s it dosnt have firewire and i needed that to upload my video camera tapes
November 12, 2007 1:52:10 PM

can u suggest a good reliable all round p35 board please
November 12, 2007 2:38:08 PM

ok after an few hours of looking around i suppose i probaly go for the

Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard

hmmmnot sure but i think its one of te best p35
November 12, 2007 3:17:45 PM

or iv found a

Abit IP35 Pro (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

same price
November 12, 2007 3:41:07 PM

Hi guyz,

TO deuce 271: your completly right with the p35c, it's a pain. I have one in a new pc a build for a friend. It's almost impossible to oc. I tried everything.

go with the P35 it's a better reliable mobo and stay with Gigabyte they got good reviews...

To myself : Damn... why I don't follow my own advice ;-)

bye

sorry english is not my forst langage
November 12, 2007 3:54:03 PM

Same PC as I am building..Go with the Samsung instead of Pioneer..Thats about it..Good case, I'm proud of it..Super PSU, simple yet stylish design..Very cool as a whole...Go with the D35R..it's a good mobo and was voted "Best OC mainboard" by a couple of magazines..Quad is just not doing it right now..Expensive and still very undeveloped..Go with the E6850..You can OC no problem to a comfy 3,5..With the stock cooling..Even more if you invest in a new fan, a heatsink, etc..
November 12, 2007 4:08:17 PM

Hi
Thanx for the feedback
i changed my pioneer to samsung earlier :) 
i wont really be over clocking much so wats there is good for me the only thing now is that darn mobo

the d35r dosnt have firewire which i need...

So my choice now is the 1p35 pro or either the gigabyte ds3p/ds3r...

im still trecking on as i want to order my parts by the end of the week :) 

Oh and its a relief to see someone else with the same specs especially on a grand build.

r u using the d35r?
November 12, 2007 4:25:51 PM

ok iv just realised my graphics card is gddr3? and iv chosen 1p35 pro mobo is it ok to run on a ddr2 mobo? and as my ram is now OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) ddr2, will that work?
November 12, 2007 4:27:19 PM

or do they both need to change to gddr3 compatible :S caus i really wanted my 8800gt

thanx
a b B Homebuilt system
November 12, 2007 4:45:50 PM

Get the GA-P35-DS3P, it has Firewire.

I'd also recommend an Antec 900 case, because the 8800GT needs a case with excellent cooling.

Don't worry about the GDDR3 on the 8800GT, that has nothing to do with the motherboard. The 8800GT works fine with DDR2 memory and any P35 motherboard.
November 12, 2007 8:47:53 PM

jive said:
Hi guyz,

TO deuce 271: your completly right with the p35c, it's a pain. I have one in a new pc a build for a friend. It's almost impossible to oc. I tried everything.

go with the P35 it's a better reliable mobo and stay with Gigabyte they got good reviews...

To myself : Damn... why I don't follow my own advice ;-)

bye

sorry english is not my forst langage


I don't know where you get this idea but you can certainly OC with the P35C. I'll admit, it has some voltage regulation problem but not serious enough to disallow you OC, look at my sig. It was very easy to do so.
November 12, 2007 10:22:16 PM

Stay away from DDR3 for now unless you want the ultra high price tag with no real performance gain.
November 12, 2007 11:12:40 PM

And really, get a Q6600. It will last you two years better.
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