Please assess my choices for a new rig

I think I've finally chosen the components I want for my new rig.
Do you think this will give me a decent experience with crysis, cod4 etc?
I want it to last me for about three years with maybe a cpu/gpu/ram upgrade in 18 months - 2 years.

Does it look like this will meet my requirements? Should I hold out for any newer kit? Please bear in mind that price wise I can't go any higher than this (prices are in UK pounds).

(PSU, case and optical drives will be from my old pc)


Intel Core 2 Duo E6550, S775, 2.33 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, Conroe Core, 4MB Cache, Retail £88.98 £104.55

Gigabyte GA-P35-S3L, iP35 Express, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 1066/667/800 MHz, SATA II, ATX £47.99 £56.39

2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-5400 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12 £28.39 £33.36

400 GB Western Digital WD4000YS Caviar RE2, SATA II, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ £45.99 £54.04

512MB BFG Technology 8800GT OC, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), 1800MHz, GDDR3, GPU 625MHz, 2x Dual Link DVI-I, Fan £154.88 £181.98
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  1. Is your current PSU up to the challenge? What brand/model/wattage?
  2. I'm starting to wonder actually. It's a COLORsit 550w.

    30A on the 12v.

    It wasn't very expensive, but I've only had it about 4 months, and so far so good...

    Will my new kit be more power hungry?

    I currently have an AthlonXP 2800 (oc to 3000+) on a Gigabyte board (can't remember which)
    AGP X1950 pro
    60gb hard disk
    512mb ram :(

  3. Ps, as an aside, my PSU was marketed as "silent". It sounds like sombody has driven a hovercraft into my lounge...
  4. Another question...

    Can I keep my old hard drive to use as extra storage? I would just use it as an extra drive.

    Would this board support having an ide and a sata2?
  5. I have to buy all my components from one supplier as I'm buying it on 9mths interest free credit.

    I have looked around, and by changing supplier from Scan Computers to Micro Direct, I can upgrade a couple of parts and save money!

    My build now looks like this:


    Gigabyte motherboard GA-P35-S3 Intel P35 Express LGA775 1333 FSB Quad-Core / Core2 Duo DDR2 ATX
    £62.51 Inc VAT

    Intel CPU Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz 1333FSB LGA775 4MB cache Retail inc.Fan (3yr Manufacturers Warranty)
    £111.61 Inc VAT

    Geil Ultra DDR2 2.0GB PC6400 Dual Channel memory kit (2 x 1GB) 800MHz (4-4-4-12) +Aluminium heat spreader
    £37.59 Inc VAT

    400GB Seagate Barracuda SATA II 300 Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm 8MB cache oem

    Zotac GeForce 8800GT 512MB DVI PCI-E TV OUT Video Graphics Card
    £164.38 Inc VAT

    Total = £429.55 (exactly $888)

    The RAM is up from 667 to 800.
    The GT8800 is now factory OC to 660mhz (from 625)
    The CPU is the next model up E6550 ---> E6750 (for an extra £4 ($8)

    The only thing that has decreased is the HD from a 16mb cache to 8mb. Will that make any difference in the real world?

    So, all in all, how do you think it is looking now? Should I go for a new cooler or stick with stock?

    Should I mess with the RAM to keep the 1:1 ratio, or again will I not notice the difference?

    Thanks again for all your help.
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