Hi, I am planning on building my first pc for gaming and general usage (such as music, movies, photos, burning etc) and would to be able to play games such as Crysis. A primary concern is ensuring that the system will be easily upgraded in future and last for a few years as I am not a hardcore gamer. I have a £1000 budget and this is the current system I am thinking of building:
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping (2.4GHz 1066MHz) Socket 775 L2 8MB Cache (2x4MB (4MB per core pair) Retail Boxed Processor
Motherboard - Asus STRIKER EXTREME 680I SLI Socket 775 onboard Audio ATX
RAM - Crucial Ballistix GB Kit (4x1GB) DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 CL3 2.1 V unbuffered non-ECC
Graphics - XFX 8800GT XXX Edition 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card
HD - 1x Raptor 74GB and 1x Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM
Case - Antec P182 Gunmetal Grey Super Mid Tower Case - No PSU
PSU - Coolermaster RealPower 700W Modular PSU - SLI Ready
op system - window vista 64 bit
Just a few questions:
1. do you think the Hard drive, being 1 raptor for the operating system, and one 500gb SATA drive purely for storage, is a good idea? any problems with this set up?
2. is the Q6600 quad a better choice than the e6850 for my uses?
3. would the 8800gts be better than the 8800gt? having looked at reviews it seems the price-performance is better in the 8800gt.
And just any general suggestions or views on the system.
1. Works good for me... most people here will talk you out of raptor in favor of seagate 7200.11 as a better price/performance ratio.
2. music/movie WATCHING, or ENCODING? quad's better for encoding... e6850 probably more suited for WATCHING. Crysis in particular supposedly is optimized for quad core, however (but I've seen conflicting reports -- you may want to research this more).
3. I believe the option is really gt or ultra... GTS seems like you're not really gaining much for the dollar increase.
As for PSU, I've heard that the P&P 750 is an optimal PSU. I just got the ThermalTake 1200w (pricey) & LOVE it.
I'm not familiar with that case; just got the Antec 900, and air flow is fantastic. Really, the airflow is in a league of 1. I'd weight other veterans' advice higher than mine on these forums. Enjoy your build!