I'm thinking about buying a new PC, want some advice.

Have some money saved (£600!) & want a new PC. This is what I've come up with so far.

Core 2 Duo E8400 3GHz £120.10 inc VAT
Asus STRIKER EXTREME S775 NF680I-SLI £135.36 inc VAT
Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2(2 x 1GB)PC2-9600 Enhanced Latency Kit £79.02 inc VAT
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro £15.50 inc VAT
Antec P182 Advanced Super Mid Tower £86.66 inc VAT
DESKSTAR P7K500 250GB SATA-II 3.5IN 7200RPM 8MB £31.10 inc VAT
Optiarc AD-5200S DVD writer £14.56 inc VAT
Antec Quattro 850 £120 inc VAT

I'll throw my 7900GTX into it initially but hope to upgrade to a DX10 card at some point in the future (I'm not playing any games at the moment that my 7900 can't handle). I will probably overclock the E8400 to somewhere near 4Ghz if I can.

I would also like to be able to support a SLI setup, say 2x 8800GTX's, I know the Antec Quattro can handle it, it's just a litttle on the expensive side, any suggestions on a PSU that could handle this system overclocked with 2x 8800GTX's & say a 500GB Hard Drive added to it for less than the Quattro? Also could I get away with a 700W supply? Any suggestions for which one? (I'm thinking the 8800GTX's would be pulling about 300W+ & the CPU about 220W (overclocked) at full load).

Thanks in advance for any responses & if there is anything else that you notice about the the parts I have chosen for this system, please feel free.

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  1. The cpu won't pull nowhere near 220w! U also know there's new gpus coming out at the months end from amd and nvidia. Maybe wait for a proper review and then decide. The 700w psu will be enough for 2 88gtx's. The striker is also a bit overkill since the n7xx series are out.
  2. I agree. Even with 2 x 8800GTX, it won't pull more than 400W from the wall. The important thing is to get a solid, stable, PSU. Companies from Antec, PP&C, Silverstone, Corsair, BFG, Enermax, OCZ, and some others offer good PSUs.

    I have a 430W Antec Truepower running my Q6600 at 3GHz, an 8800GTS 320MB OCed to 650/1500/1000, 4x1GB of DDR2 800MHz ram, 9 x 120mm led fans, 4HDs, a sound card, along with the peripherals that goes along with it. I can run Supcom without any issues. COD4 as well. Heck, I can run Prime95 small FFT's and Supcom at once without any issues. Well, the game play is slow, but it doesn't crash.
  3. a63nt said:
    ... This is what I've come up with so far.

    Core 2 Duo E8400 3GHz

    I'd go with an e7200 -- easier to overclock because of the higher multiplier.
    a63nt said:


    I'd stay away from 680i MBs - they seem to have problems that are still unresolved, Best bet is a P35-based MB, but if you really MUST have SLI (even though there's no point to it), go 780i.
    a63nt said:

    Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2(2 x 1GB)PC2-9600 Enhanced Latency Kit

    Don't mess around with the super-overclocked stuff. Especially with an e7200, you won't need to go faster than a 1600MHz FSB, so DDR2-800 will be fast enough (in dual-channel mode, of course)
    a63nt said:

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

    Try the stock Intel cooler and see how far it will take you, at least at first. This will also avoid issues from the lack of secondary cooling of MB components near the CPU (e.g. northbridge, PWM area).

    PS - The problem with SLI is that (a) you can't use the best quality (Intel) chipsets, so you're stuck with a less-stable system and (b) a new graphics card that outperforms your SLI setup is bound to be introduced within a few months, if it's not out already.
  4. The P182 has quite a bit of fans, so I would think that issues involving the lack of cooling the surrounding motherboard components is reduced.

    Instead of the ACF7, the Xigmatek S1283 does much better for the price. But perhaps you should take on Mondoman's suggestion of OCing with the stock cooler first, seeing how high you can go without exceeding 65C for core temps.
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