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Hi everyone,

I am planning to build my own gaming system for the first time After researching loads of reviews fo the last few weeks I have come up with the following list of hardware:

Case: Antec 1200
PSU: OCZ GameXStream 600w
Motherboard: Asus P5N-D nForce 750i SLi
CPU: Intel Q6600
CPU Cooler: TT 120-LFB (Tuniq Tower)
Memory: (2x1GB) Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400C4 800 MHz
GPU: 2x Zotac 8800GTS 512 AMP! (G92) in SLi
OS: Vista Business 32-bit
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB
Monitor: LG L227WT 22" or Samsung SM-226BW 22"

Im hoping to overclock the Q6600 to around 3.00GHz or a maximum of 3.4GHz, what do you guys think of these parts, should I consider a higher wattage PSU? This is my first ever build and I would grealty appreciate any advice for alternative hardware and overclocking tips, I'm also planning to buy the parts from http://www.overclockers.co.uk any other reccomended sites would be welcome, many thanks
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Let me know how the Antec 1200 works out for you if you get it.
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Hi everyone,

I am planning to build my own gaming system for the first time After researching loads of reviews fo the last few weeks I have come up with the following list of hardware:

Case: Antec 1200
PSU: OCZ GameXStream 600w
Motherboard: Asus P5N-D nForce 750i SLi
CPU: Intel Q6600
CPU Cooler: TT 120-LFB (Tuniq Tower)
Memory: (2x1GB) Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400C4 800 MHz
GPU: 2x Zotac 8800GTS 512 AMP! (G92) in SLi
OS: Vista Business 32-bit
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB
Monitor: LG L227WT 22" or Samsung SM-226BW 22"

Im hoping to overclock the Q6600 to around 3.00GHz or a maximum of 3.4GHz, what do you guys think of these parts, should I consider a higher wattage PSU? This is my first ever build and I would grealty appreciate any advice for alternative hardware and overclocking tips, many thanks

hi, well Ok system sounds good. I just built my first one too. Can I suggest that the antect 1200 is good but expensive and for less you could (only suggestion) get this http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/8879...html?srcid=867

I have been told by a good source(someone on OCN) that the Q6600's are not OC'ing well and some are struggling to get to 3.2 and such. may I suggest a Q6700? if so get the SLACQ 95W because it OC's better I hear.

For gaming my personal preference is for 64bit OS's (used to have XP 64bit which I upgraded from 32XP.) A HUGE difference in performance IMO.

the 8800GTS * 2 will do amazing IMO and will pwn any game of the moment.
2GB of ram, why not get 4? vista 32-bit (even if you dont want 64) will address 4GB...
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sorry forgot to mention that www.scan.co.uk is amazing service and you can choose delivery date and they can deliver to you by the next day. both my orders arrived next day!
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Hi RedHammer thanks for the reply

I know the Antec 1200 is rather expensive however its larger size should offer better cooling IMO. The reason for the 2GB of RAM is because I have read that 32bit OS's only utilise up to 3GB? however I just found this article: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Feed-...ta-50924.shtml which may allow the 4GB to work, although not sure how stable it would be I have also considered 64bit but I've heard that not many programs support it and that there is a lack of drivers? Is this the case, how are you finding it atm?
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I suggest you go for 64 bit. There really aren't any problems with 64 bit anymore, and it'll allow you to probably have 4gb of ram if you decide to upgrade.
And if you're looking to overclock you'll need some better cooling, might I suggest the Tuniq tower? http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduc...odid=HS-001-SB
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"Some good choices there, except the PSU."

"It might be worth it to upgrade that to something a bit more powerful, and from a different brand. I am a huge fan of Corsair, but OCZ definatly works. These cards that are coming out now are hogs, like for example the GX 270 needs a 6pin and a 8pin. Yea... It sucks it back like booze at an open bar."

"I would reccomend THIS 750W PSU from Corsair, Also I would reccomend holding off for a month or so for these next-gen cards to come out."

"I also second the RAM increase, RAM is so cheap right now you might as well get 4GB of nice RAM, maybe even at a speed higher then 800MHz, such as 1066MHz."

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"Some good choices there, except the PSU."

"It might be worth it to upgrade that to something a bit more powerful, and from a different brand. I am a huge fan of Corsair, but OCZ definatly works. These cards that are coming out now are hogs, like for example the GX 270 needs a 6pin and a 8pin. Yea... It sucks it back like booze at an open bar."

"I would reccomend THIS 750W PSU from Corsair, Also I would reccomend holding off for a month or so for these next-gen cards to come out."

"I also second the RAM increase, RAM is so cheap right now you might as well get 4GB of nice RAM, maybe even at a speed higher then 800MHz, such as 1066MHz."

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Here's an ocuk link to that PSU: http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduc...odid=CA-011-CS

And if you wanted to get 4gb of ram, you could get the same g.skill kit I have: http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduc...odid=MY-019-GS
They overclock great, and they've come down in price by about £10 since I got them in december.
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Hi RedHammer thanks for the reply

I know the Antec 1200 is rather expensive however its larger size should offer better cooling IMO. The reason for the 2GB of RAM is because I have read that 32bit OS's only utilise up to 3GB? however I just found this article: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Feed-...ta-50924.shtml which may allow the 4GB to work, although not sure how stable it would be I have also considered 64bit but I've heard that not many programs support it and that there is a lack of drivers? Is this the case, how are you finding it atm?
ok well size wise I think you'd find the antec 1200 the same size inside. anyway with the ram thing, vista 32-bit OS's with vista SP1 CAN support 4GB of ram. However 64-bit does offer ALOT of performance increase.

Generally since your a gamer like myself I play more recent games (if this is not the case for you then ignore this bit) all future and present games are 64-bit compatable e.g. cod4, UT3, crysis. only compatability issues I have encountered with 64-bit was with XP-pro 64 with my printer(epson 830 photo) crappy old thing but that was all. SOME older games may have problems however I know that their is several methods to getting old games to work on vista.

Driver wise 64-bit vista is definaetley the way to go. I have had NO problems with it. but ovcourse it is all upto you. Good luck

If I can help ya with anything else PM me, will try to get back to you within 24hours.
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Here is one more vote from an old timer, using Vista x-64 since it came out, and with absolutely no problem. (exept i can get rid of damn Windows Media player 11. I WANT 10 BACK!!!!)

anyways, I also agree with Gillos. It's not that the OCZ psu is bad, it's just that with stuff that is coming out, if you're going to buy a power supply, why not buy one "already" equipped with the 4 pin mobo connector aswell as the 6 and 8 pin connectors for the GPUs? ALso, I think it was Chozart (remember, guy with the big noze?) who reported that the OCZ 600 has very small fluctuations at high output.

As for the CPU, the Q6600 is very powerfull, even if you only get a B3, it will still clock as high as around 3.2ghz, with good cooling (big typhoon, tuniq tower.) and the GOs will clock around 3.6
Problem is, it gets really hot at those speeds, so consider wehter you want raw power for gaming etc.. or if you can do without that extra "kick" at the top and you can get an E8400 (i think) and oc it to around 3.5, which will remain very cool. (at 4.0ghz, its around 50 degrees)
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