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New Build - Compatibility Check - Component Choice Advice

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January 30, 2009 6:08:55 PM

Hi there. Ive pretty much decided on the components I want. I just want to make sure everything is compatible and listen to any suggetions anyone here may give me plus i need to cut down on the cost somewhere.

GPU
nVidia GeForce GTX 260 896MB PCI-E - (£185)

Memory
OCZ 4GB PC2-8500 Reaper HPC (2x2GB) - (£54)

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3R Intel P45 Express Socket 775 (£125)

Power Supply
750w Thermaltake ToughPower (Modular) - (£91)

CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.50GHz 1333FSB - (£161)

DVD Drives
LG GH22N40 22x DVDRW-RAM SATA - (£33 for two)

HardDrive
500GB Maxtor - 32MB - SATA2 - 7200RPM - (£44)

Total
£693



I really need to shave maybe £100 off of the cost somehow without comprimising performance too much. Have I overspent in any areas unneccessarily? Im looking at the motherboard and powersupply when i say that.

Im open for any suggetsions and advice anyone can give me.

Thanks,

Jake
January 30, 2009 11:19:47 PM

The motherboard is a good choice.
Save a bit if you like though:
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1284077/art/asus/p5q-pr...

The power supply is overkill.
This one will do the job:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/127861

You can save a bit with this card:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/153311

Save a bit on RAM
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/729892/art/g-skill/pc2-...
That's all you need.

How about saving a bit on the processor?
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/526053/art/intel/core-2...

Maybe that works you down to your target, not much if any sacrifices in performance.

January 31, 2009 2:40:02 AM

If you think you will upgrade in the future to 2 video cards, you can keep that psu that you have selected and then get that video card that Proximon suggested, since your board will support xfire. Otherwise if you want to stick with that card, you don't need a Mobo with 2 pciex16 slots (since there is no SLI support for P45) and you could save more money.
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January 31, 2009 8:59:34 AM

Thankyou. Thats really helped me out.
January 31, 2009 12:02:08 PM

Just to be dead certain...

the above parts and those mentioned in later posts are all compatible with eachother?
January 31, 2009 12:13:52 PM

Yep.
January 31, 2009 12:15:37 PM

Yep they're all compatible with each other. One more thing:

Change your hard drive to Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB WD6401AALS, its the fastest 7200rpm drive and more reliable than Maxtor, Or at least the WD6400AAKS, which is the same drive with a 16meg buffer instead of 32
January 31, 2009 12:48:04 PM

Thanks. Ill go for Western Digital then
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