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My PC is going on 2 - 3 years old now and it showed it's age when I tested Vista. My case recently got badly damaged while moving so I thought to myself "To hell with it, I will build a new one".

I will have to do this in 2 parts. Buy the "musts" first and the "luxuries" later.

For Part 1 I have picked out the following:

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
PSU - 620W Enermax Liberty Modular Series SLi
Case - Akasa Mirage-62 V2
Harddrive - 500 Gb Seagate ST3500630AS Barracuda 7200.10 SATAII
Optical - Optiarc (Sony/NEC) AD-7170S-0B 18x
Motherboard - Asus P5N32-E SLI NF680i SLI
Mouse - Microsoft Habu Gaming Laser Mouse
Keyboard - Microsoft 9VU-00004, Reclusa
Cooling - Thermal Take Big Typhoon VX and 2x 120mm case fans

This part comes to around £710 (US$1414)

For Part 2 I have picked out the following:

Memory - 2Gb Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 Dominator, PC8500 5-5-5-15
GFX - 768MB BFG Technology 8800GTX Overclocked

This final part comes to around £540 (US$1075)

Until I can buy Part 2 I will use my old Memory and GFX (see Rig in Signature). Do you think these are the correct choices? My budget for Part 1 is £750 (US$1493) and Part 2 £550 (US$1095). I have to see if I can spare this amount of money first but thought I would put together a rig so I know what to get if I can.

Thanks .
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Can you wait approximately 2 months? in that time the E6600 will drop half in price OR for the same price, you can get a Q6600 on July 22nd.
Motherboard is a great choice, great choice with the big typhoon cooler too.
As for the power supply, that brand seems worthy, according to DavidHammoc's reviews HERE.

You can probably get some cheaper PC8500 ram, Crucial, OCZ and Mushkin make very good and inexpensive ram at that level. I just saw some Cruicial Ballistics 8500s going for 109$ after Mail in rebate on newegg. Show me a link of the stores you shop from or that you're considering, we'll findya somethin. THose dominators can go up to around 1100 as tested here and here.

Overall, you're not going wrong anywhere...
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well if you are in need of a new machine, I would suggest you build.
I personally don't see much of a need for quad core right now and infact, I know someone who owns a Q6600 and unless you have wcing, you won't be able to go high without frying the chip. With an aftermarket h/s such as the Typhoon, this guy's Q6600 idled at 38C unoverclocked
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Thank you both, if I decide to make a new rig instead of going for a laptop I will wait a month or two and see what comes out.

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well if you are in need of a new machine, I would suggest you build.
I personally don't see much of a need for quad core right now and infact, I know someone who owns a Q6600 and unless you have wcing, you won't be able to go high without frying the chip. With an aftermarket h/s such as the Typhoon, this guy's Q6600 idled at 38C unoverclocked
well... based on this new information, there should be nothing wrong with going Quad, Especially around the SAME price. If you're concerned about the heat, you can get a Thermalright Extreme 120 and strap TWO silverstone FM121 fans to it(overkill) and based on your budget, I can see you can easily afford a decent watercooling kit.(around 200$ US)

You can probably look at the higher end E6*50 series once they present the benchmarks, but since quad is GOING to be used EVENTUALLY, why not be among the perpared. Plus, with more and more and more stuff running in the background nowadays, you will see a GREAT benefit. It's just like DDR3, if you find a DDR3 board for the same price as the one you're considering, why not? eventually you will HAVE to use DDR3...

I personnally usually have about 10 controlled applications running in the background. THEN, when I start gaming, it still stresses the cpu considerably.
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Sorry I didn't get back to this thread sooner. I have decided to stick with a desktop due to value for money and I have the space.

Currently, doing multiple tasks with my Pentium 4 is a nightmare and HD Quicktime Trailers is a no go, they lag like crazy.

I will be buying a new computer within a month and I have done some digging around and I have roughly £2500 (US$4982) but the computer must last me 2 years running games at 1920x1200.

I think it would be best for me to make a new thread about suggestions seeing as I have more then doubled my budget.

Thanks for the help one this one guys.
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this guy's Q6600 idled at 38C unoverclocked

I didn't know stock had a new word.

I'll suggest a few things here: 1) Get a Corsair PSU instead. 2) If you're not going to go SLI? Get a P5K-Deluxe or P5B-Deluxe or P5B-Plus, 3 excellent overclocking boards. 3)A Tuniq Tower 120 HSF will be a better choice IMO.
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