I'm looking to replace my aging S939 AGP system with a mid to high end gaming rig. This will be my first full build, although I have done simple upgrades such as memory, graphics cards and hard drives before.
I am hoping to keep the price below £700, but will go up to £750 if needed. However I cannot go a penny over £750.
I am fairly sensitive to system noise, so while I am hoping to do a small overclock I will not take it very far so the fans can still run relatively slowly.
The rig will be multibooting between XP-32, Vista-64 and PCLinuxOS. I know a 32-bit OS will not be able to address the full 4GB memory.
Could someone please review my spec and give any suggestions?
Q6000 OEM - £151.99
(I do not feel I will need the extra single threaded speed of the E8*** in the short term, and longer term the quad core will become more useful) http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131823
Samsung Spinpoint 500GB - £59.99
(Cannot afford to be buying a raptor and would prefer to use a single 500GB instead of 2x250 in RAID0 as I will likely get another couple of 500GB to run RAID5 later) http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130454
I will probably be looking at things like UT3, C&C3, Medieval 2: Total War, Bioshock, Oblivion, World in Conflict etc. Might give Crysis another go, but I was pretty unimpressed last time I played it. (I know I wont be able to play Crysis on max settings or anything in DX10 mode!)
Q6600 from Ebuyer is guaranteed G0, so that shouldn't be a problem.
1: you are still better bugget with the p31
2: IF you on a low res display better go with 8800gt instead (and well maybe 3850s)
3: http://www.eclipsecomputers.com sells 800mhz ddr2 1GB at £11 (my lappy got a 667 cas5 qorks quite well, dont know about this 1 through..)
4: would you actually need 500GB? i suggest raid 3 of 120s (SATA2 ofcorse)
5: 64bit is junked for now. i heard there's a way you can get 4gb on the 32bit (why would you buy 2 copies of windows when you only get 8%+ performance and didnt use for generial purposes)