I'm building a pc which i will be using for general browsing, some gaming (wolfenstein, counter strike) and lots of work with Macromedia Studio 8 and I was just wondering if the following spec was ok, I have given myself a budget of 700£ for the pc and will be buying an EVESHAM v series for £269, if anyone has any reviews on that please say.
This is my spec so far:
Processor Buying from: Ebuyer Model q6600 95w energy efficient edition (overclockable) £155.68 Motherboard Buying from: Ebuyer ModelMSI P35 Platinum Socket 775 FSB1333 onboard 8 channel audio ATX M £97.99 Case Buying from: Ebuyer Model soprano with window in black £48.29 Power supply Buying from: Ebuyer Model Extra Value Silver 500W PSU - With 12cm Red LED Fan £14.34 Optical drive Buying from: Ebuyer Model hp lightscribe dvdrw £17.99 TV capture card Buying from: Ebuyer Model Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T 500 Dual digital DVB-T PCI £50.07 Keyboard and mouse Buying from: Ebuyer Model Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 110 - USB/PS2 £16.92 Cables Buying from: Ebuyer Model gold plated 2m dvi to hdmi cable £3.99 Power supply lead Buying from: Ebuyer Model kettle type lead for pc £1.66 Case Modding Buying from: Ebuyer Model 2x 12" neons (red) £2.99
Graphics card Buying from: Overclockers Model asus nvidia geforce 8600 gt 256mb gddr3 £70.49 (Might be buying a 8600 gt 512mb from novatech , made by novatech. Any reviews? Hard drive Buying from: Overclockers Model western digital se-16 500gb sataII 7200rpm £65.79 Ram Buying from: Overclockers Model OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-5400C5 Dual Channel Vista Upgrade Gold Series DDR2 £64.61 Operating System Buying from: Ebuyer Model 32bit or 64bit home premium vista (OEM version not sure which 64 or 32? Ive looked around and results are mixed!) £62
Please help me with spec any ideas welcome, that so far is £731 so a bit over , i plan to overclock to 3ghz so i will also be buying air cooling of some sort possibly arctic cooling.
Sorry to say your GPU hasn't got a hope in hell of doing anything more than a washed out image in Crysis, at least try to save for the 8800gt. If Crysis is a main concern for you just save a little longer and enjoy the experience. Your PSU is also going to have major probs. Its a cruel world trying to keep up with the parts we need and like me the dollars just dont come quick enough. Good luck
If you play only old games like those you listed, the 8600gt is alright. However, it sounds like you're outputting the video signal to an HDTV? 720 or 1080? You would be better off with an 8800GT or HD3870 which run almost any games at good speeds.
The MSI mobo is a bit expensive. You can get a lower priced one like the GA-P35-DS3R.
Wow guys, you've probably saved me a lot of trouble.. Ok I will look at a new PSU, any recommendations, bearing in mind I'm in the UK.
For the graphics i will defiantly update it, probably to a 8800 GT.
I will plug it into a 26" 720 screen from Evesham.
Another question is about OS'
64 bit or 32 bit, i've found lots of articles about it but i'm still not sure what to choose. I don't game that often and i don't do any video editing so this would lead me to get 32 bit with just 2GB of ram? correct?
Thanks guys any more help/ recommendations would be nice
Getting the 8800 gt really does cost a lot more but its obviously worth it... is there anywhere in my current budget where i should spend less... i've already replaced the MOBO and PSU and by swapping my 8600 for a 8800 i've put my costs up to 790£... I don't really want to pay that much, plus I have to pay my friend who has done the research and will be building / over clocking / and fixing my PC in future 50£ which i think is fair so that brings the PC cost up to 837
The psu is a no no. Click the link I posted above.
You can still cut corners on the cpu. You don't need quad for the old games & macromedia (a pentium can still run it). An e6750 if it's to be run at stock. Or even an e2180 for MUCH less & can be overclocked to over 3ghz with a good cooler.
Use the savings to buy a QUALITY psu. Or it won't last very long.
Looks good. I would still upgrade the PSU from the 500w Arctic Power. Make sure you check the amps the GPU needs against the amps the PSU supplys. You could save a bit of money with the HD3850 or HD3870 GPU's over the 8800GT. They are a little slower than the 8800gt. If your going with a 32bit OS, I would recommend XP over Vista. You could also save some money on RAM by going with 2gig now. And last but not least, with such a nice CPU. I would get a better Cooler for it.
Ok i've upgraded my PSU to this : Corsair VX 550W PSU - 120mm Fan, 5 Year Warranty, I don't really want to get 2gb instead of 4gb ram, anyone think I should get Vista 64bit????
Any comments about the case?? other people have said its flimsy
i build a pc few weeks ago for a friend.with the exact same CPU and mobo.but with 8800gts 512MB along with 2gb OCZ 800mhz ram.with some other bits came up to about 850.play crysis about 30fps @1600x1200.so you have a general idea now?
if you buy vista 32-bit it will recognize 3.5 gb out of 4 because your gpu has 512mb ram. still you will get 1.5gb more than if you only buy 2 gb. so there is no real need for 64-bit if you are worried old software wont be supported.