New Build, Best Bang for Buck?

Well I have been planning on building a new gaming PC for a while and I think I've decided on the best bang for buck gaming PC for around €1000/$1600/£800. Here is what I've come up with (with a lot of help of course!):

Case: Antec Solo
PSU: Corsair HX620W
Monitor: Samsung 226CW
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R
CPU: Core 2 Quad Q6600 Boxed
Graphics Card: HIS HD 4850, GDDR3 512MB, ATI Radeon HD4850
Memory: 4096MB-Kit GEIL Black Dragon PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL4
Hard Drive: WD Caviar 640GB
Disk Drive: LG GH22LP20
OS: Microsoft Vista 64 Home Premium
Cooler: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro


I am planning on ordering this today, so if I need to change something, can you please let me know? I have been shopping around for a while now, trying to get the best bang for buck rig, constantly changing parts.

So if anyone has any advice, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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  1. That is a solid build. The only nit worth picking is that if you buy an OEM optical drive, you won't get software with it, including a decoder needed to watch movies. A Retail version won't cost much more ($5-$7?) but will include the software.
  2. If you ever want to crossfire, you might want to spend a few extra bucks and get an X38 mobo. X38 = 2-16X PCIe.

    Otherwise good build. Fine for single video card.
  3. I would suggest that if this is strictly a gaming rig you consider the E7200. This is the current budget OCing champ and rivals E8400 and E8500s OCing performance. the smaller cache doesn't hurt gaming performance.
  4. You might want a certified PSU:

    ATI Radeon HD 4850 System Requirements

    450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
    Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products.
  5. If you do decide to stay with the q6600, (or actually this applies to any processor you get) try to get a OEM version. When you say "boxed" I'm assuming that means your looking a buying it retail.

    The reason you should try to get a OEM CPU is that they normally have lower VID's compared to ones bought boxed. Thus this makes the OEM's overclock better and stay cooler when overclocked.
  6. I have an E8400 and would definitely recommend it over the q6600, there aren't many programs out that are optimized for quad core much less games that are.
  7. good
  8. nah i'm running Vista Ultimate 64 with 4Gb of G.Skill Pi series and have had no issues with it. Really it all comes down to preference though
  9. Onus said:
    That is a solid build. The only nit worth picking is that if you buy an OEM optical drive, you won't get software with it, including a decoder needed to watch movies. A Retail version won't cost much more ($5-$7?) but will include the software.


    Well I checked the retail version, and for some reason it's cheaper. Go figure...

    And regarding certified PSU's, the one I have is certified if I'm not mistaken....

    And whats this about Crossfire anyways? I know it's two graphics cards and all that, but is it really that much better? And will my computer not be able to support it?

    Thanks.
  10. If you want Crossfire you should get a X38 or X48 motherboard.
  11. Yeah you'll be able to run Crossfire with a p35 but you won't run the cards at full 16x, you'll be limited to 8x. For crossfire I would recomend an x38/x48 board
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