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February 5, 2008 9:05:14 PM

Hello everybody! I will be greatful if you guys can comments on my first budget gameing PC. The objective for this bulid is to creat a value for money pc for general use like watching movies, minor photo editing and to play upcoming new games in resolution 1280x1024 with 2 or 4x AA+AF. I intend to keep this system for at least 12-16 months until the new Intel Nehalem is out. When the Intel Nehalem is out I will probably replace the motherboard, cpu, ram, graphic card and keep the case, power supply and the rest. I am from UK so can't buy things from neweggs :(  The website listed are from Uk, but I have listed the price in $ as well ;) 

Here is my system:

Intel E2200 (OC to at least 3Ghz) - $114 (£58)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4YD6
I don't see why I should pay more for E6XXX, Q6XXX, E8XXX when E2200 is so much cheaper and can easily go upto 3.4Ghz

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 (H.D.T.) 120mm CPU cooler - $46 (£24)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...

MSI P35 Neo2-FR - $124.99 - $130 (£66)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu...
was thinking of GA-P35-DS3L but Neo2-FR got better cooling on the chipset

OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB(2 x 2GB) PC2 6400 - $150 (£77)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4RPG
Don't know much about ram but I think this one is good for value and good in OC?

8800GTS 512MB - $370 (£190)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4TZ4
Is this overkill for my gaming need? Should I save $45 and go down to 8800GT 512MB?

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB - $140 (£72)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4QXH

PC POWER&COOLING 750W SILENCER - $186 (£95)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4RVJ
Some say this is overkill for my system, but i was thinking I want to keep my power supply for my next bulid in 12-16 months time when i will be going SLI/Crossfire.

Samsung 20x dvd writer SATA LIGHTSCRIBE - $40 (£20)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4R65

Antec P182 - $160 (£80)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4JV3
This case should make my system nice and quiet

Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave - $100 (£50)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4NK6
Waaavveeee is gooooooddd

Creative SoundBlaster X-FI XtremeMusic - $104 (£52)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=43V7
This is my first time buying a sound card, I hope this is a good choice, good value for money and good for gaming/movie

Logitech X-540 Speakers - $110 (£55)
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4CSH
Again first time buying 5.1 speakers. Is this a good choice? Z-5500 is just way too expensive for me... :( 

Total: $1,690 (£860)

Please comments and tell me if I made a good choice for the components :)  Thank you

February 5, 2008 10:02:37 PM

you wont need a soundcard if that mobo has 5.1 onboard capability. I ahve a soundcard and I can't hear a difference from good onboard.

Highly recommend getting a modular power supply. You will never go back. Only use the cables you need so the case is less cramped and mroe air can move through. Also, a Corsair 620Watts PSU is more than enough for SLI and crossfire. Up to you though.

If you're upgrading ram with nehalem (probably to DDR3) just get 2 sticks of crucial ballistic DDR2-800 2x1gb. You won't take full advantage of 4gb, especially since you're replacing it after a year.
February 5, 2008 10:34:44 PM

If you're going to play at those resolutions, and only have the system for a year, I would go with the 3850:

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4V3W&Cat...

That should save you ~£90. All the M0 processors seem to max out at ~3.2 Ghz, so you could save some more £ by switching to this:

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4L1C&Cat...

I have that same motherboard, and I wanted a sound card too, but the Realtech audio actually isn't all that bad, so I would only recomend a sound card if you are recording music. Great choice of speakers though. If you want to game, I would go with a wired keyboard and mouse. Oh and my motherboard always reckognized my USB keyboard, so no worry there.
February 6, 2008 8:25:34 AM

if you're only keeping the system for a year, then it should be pretty good...

do not drop down to the 8800GT
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