I am hoping to build a new computer around Christmas time, and i was wondering if I could get some more opinions on what I’ve chosen. My budget is around £1000 which includes a monitor. If you think there is anything better available than what I’ve listed, please feel free to post them, as I haven’t actually bought anything yet. Bear in mind that it will mostly be used for gaming and work.
The screen will last you at least 3 years (2 graphics card generations).
While the GTX is (still a powerful card) nearing it's end of life.
The new G92 GTS is due to be released around December 13th or 14th.
Very good choices. Personally i'm using a 22 inch samsung and am very happy with it. I think 22 is the sweet spot like mentioned before. 24 is to big of a price jump and typically has the same resolutions as 22in. Try to not scimp on the monitor as you cant upgrade it without upgrading it... if you know what I mean.
Good choice for mobo too. The P35 chipset should serve you well... However if you arent builidng for a few more weeks then shoot for the 780i nvidia chipset as it will allow you to upgrade to newer penryn processors and go SLI eventually when prices subside on high end cards.
I would really never advise anyone to waist money on an 8800gtx... why would you when the 8800gt performs very close to if not exact on medium resolutions like what you would be playing on a 19-22 inch monitor... and they should be floating around more in the next week or so. The 8800gts on G92 chip will be a good gpu but only if it's around the 279 price range like current GT's.
Coolermaster... You will never go wrong with a purchase from this case manufacturer. Get the one recommended by Andrius.
Make sure that your Q6600 (great buy but watch prices as they should be subsiding) is a G0 stepping... as it will overclock much better than previous ones.
I will definatly choose a bigger monitor, I think 22" will be fine for my use but will try and get one from a better brand. After checking out some benchmarks I think i will also swap the graphics card with the gt version, also as suggested.
One final question, would you recommend that I buy vista, or should i stick with xp? has there been much improvement since the initial release?
I agree with the aformentioned about vista. If you have to buy either vista or xp then get vista. However if you already own xp then just continue to use it for a few more months if you'd like. It's all personnel preference. Vista will hamper game performance but like they said it's inevitable and cheaper with a build.