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November 22, 2007 12:58:13 PM

Hey all. I'm the first to admit I'm something of a noob when it comes to building, but I'd like to have a go anyway. I have about £1000 to spend, and I thought of the below after some attempted weighing up of factors.

If you could have a look and let me know where it could be improved I'd appreciate it.

Cheers in advance.

CPU: Intel Core2Quad Q6600 £164.24 from BTShop

MB: Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R £69.81 from LambdaTek

RAM: Patriot eXtreme Perfomance DDR2-800 £32.45 from Aria

Video Card: EVGA Geforce 8800GTX 768MB £324.99 from EBuyer

HD: Western Digital Raptor X 150GB £116.77 from BTShop

Sound Card: Creative Audigy SE 7.1 PCI £25.89 from BTShop

Optical Drive: Lite-On LH-20A1S-15C £19.61 from KikaTek

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower £68.40 from Amazon

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W £46.94 from Aria

Monitor: LG L196WTQ Black £141.24 from LambdaTek

Total = £1,010.34

Any thoughts/advice aprreciated. I'm pretty happy with it I think. I do however, wonder whether having a graphics cards using DDR3 and using DDR2 as my main RAM will be an issue?

I'm not worried about the price as much as being cost effective.

Thanks again. :) 

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November 22, 2007 12:59:41 PM

Forgot to mention its primarily for gaming.
November 22, 2007 1:46:25 PM

Not bad ...

You could wait till the Penryns roll out in Jan, and get an E8500 for the same price as the Q6600. If you wait, you'll probably benefit from price drops and post holiday sales, too. Unless you need the enhanced features of the DS3R (RAID and 4 more SATA ports) you could go for the DS3L. The Raptor is waaaay overpriced for its performance and capacity, you could get three WD 250GB drives for that price. I'd try out the onboard sound quality before buying a sound card.
November 22, 2007 2:22:19 PM

DDR3 on GPU & DDR2 on mobo is an issue, how? I don't think you would want DDR2 on GPU as they're slow as hell, but I would get DDR4 on GPU is it's priced competitively. The memory on GPU & CPU is always faster than the one on the mobo.

Overall a nice build. Listen to advice above.