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post #1 of 14
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Basically I have been waiting for around 2 years to build a new PC and after waiting and waiting I am finally going to start tomorrow by ordering some of the parts (Waited for Vista, Waited for C2D, Then waited for price cuts on C2D etc.). This is going to be my new setup, and I would like any criticism or suggestions please! I have a budget of around £1800 - $3600

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X1950XT - Graphics Card (No need for anything better at the moment, Will upgrade next year to 2nd gen DX10 Cards)

Q6600 - Processor (Was gonna get a E6750 but have decided on this instead)

GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R - Motherboard

320GB Western Digital or Barracuda + 500GB WD My Book - Hard Drives. Need suggestion for good 320GB HD please

Corsair 620WT HX Series PSU - Power Supply

Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2 RAM 8500 - RAM

Thermaltake Kandalf - Case

X-fi Music - Sound card

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That is my hardware for the PC. I am going to use £200 watercooling to cool the CPU as I will overclock that and the RAM to extreme lengths. I am not watercooling the GPU as I will not overclock it until I get a new one.

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These are my software, accessories etc (I already have a good mouse);

Samsung 22" 226BW Syncmaster - Monitor (Gonna next year buy a 40" 1080P Amblight TV to connect my PC to though )

Microsoft Ultimate 8000 Keyboard - Will buy upon release date

Logitech Z-5500 - Speakers (I love em)

Vista Home Premium 32bit OEM

Microsoft Office Home And Student Edition 2007 - Word, Excel etc.

Artic Silver 5 - CPU Thermal Paste

Mouse Pad - (Unsure what to get)

£200 worth of Watercooling - Already know its correct.

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I am basically using this computer for surfing the net, watching a TON of videos and listening to a lot of music. Also playing games quite a lot, doing some office work (Once every two weeks or so) and thats it. No video editing etc. therefore I don't want a quad core at the moment.

I have basically been using the same old PC for around 3-4 years and it's terrible. It's slow, full of adware, spyware etc. and it looks horrible. Thats why I'm getting such a good PC so theres no need to upgrade anything except the GPU for about 2 - 3 years.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks
    
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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I would get two 160Gb drives instead of one 320Gb so you can do RAID 0 for increased performance. What kind of X-fi are you goin to get?
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looks like a good build..I dont know how much the gigabyte mobo is..but the asus P5K is going for 149$ now..might save you a few.

Oh...the crucials are off the list if its newegg..they ran out of stock this morning. I already tried to order some for a build I am doing for a customer.
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I would get two 160Gb drives instead of one 320Gb so you can do RAID 0 for increased performance. What kind of X-fi are you goin to get?
X-fi Extreme Music. Best value to quality ratio out of them all I've found.

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Also to CL3P20 I am from the UK but thanks for trying to help! So everything here is more expensive although I'm getting the Crucial Ballistix off eBay.
    
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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post #5 of 14
Yes, I'd be better to get two 160GB drives and RAID them, the ICH9-R is a great chip for RAID.

Everything else is looking great........that'd be a considerable upgrade from what you currently have, I'd say wear a diaper for when you start the C2D, you'd be amazed. JJK.
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Yes, I'd be better to get two 160GB drives and RAID them, the ICH9-R is a great chip for RAID.

Everything else is looking great........that'd be a considerable upgrade from what you currently have, I'd say wear a diaper for when you start the C2D, you'd be amazed. JJK.
lol

I'm kinda undecided now whether to get a E6750 or Q6600 now. It all depends on how well the Q6600 overclocks...
    
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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post #7 of 14
Highest so far was 3.2ghz..but im still ironing out the 'kinks'..3ghz is nice though
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Highest so far was 3.2ghz..but im still ironing out the 'kinks'..3ghz is nice though
Nice. I'll hope for 3.5Ghz thanks to water cooling and 1066mhz RAM!
Infact I'm gonna get a Q6600 now just so I won't need to change it for around 3 years hopefully!
It just better bloody overclock well for me!!
Also it won't be $266 for a long while, probably be bloody expensive at first as so many people will want it, and as I'm in the UK and the prices are always higher that won't help much either.
    
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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post #9 of 14
I saw 3.6ghz on Air. Didn't bother trying to stabilize it because of the temperatures and never thought to Validate it. Honestly? Because it's a weak overclock. =P

3.2 is the on-air average, with 3.0 being the common, 3.4 rearing it's head every so often.

With mid-range to top-of-the-line water, you should see 3.6Ghz stable even with a bad week.
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post #10 of 14
get two of these bad boys:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148136

and put that on raid 0

definitely go with th E6750, unless you do anusloads of video encoding. But if you just game alot go with th E6750.
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