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Hi guys,

I'm trying to put together the best possible rig for a friend with a budget of £950 (all-in including shipping/cabling/etc).

He already has Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers and a Retail copy of XP Home 32bit to install.

All components could be swapped out for others, however I'm fairly set on building it around an E8400, and he has a preference for Seagate HDD's (which I won't challenge unless theres room for a veloci/raptor).

This is the first quote I've just put together. My friend is only interested in gaming, and may add a second HD48x0 in the next 3-4 months. (With a view to building an entirely new system in 12-18 months)



CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo, E8400, Wolfdale Core, S775, 3.0 GHz, 1333MHz, 6MB Cache
£114.90

CPU COOLING:
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 120mm Heat Sink Fan for AMD/Intel CPU (bare sink no fan)
£34.89
Thermalright Ultra120A & Ultra120 eXtreme 120mm fan wire Clips
£2.34
120mm Noctua NF-P12 Vortex-Control Quiet Case Fan (Using Vortex-Control Notches)
£13.97

CASE:
Antec 900 - Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case with 200m Top Fan w/o PSU
£72.84

PSU:
620W Corsair HX Series Modular SLi PSU, ATX, EPS 12V, whisper quiet, 5 year warranty
£85.41

GPU:
512MB Sapphire HD4870, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 750MHz, 800 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I/ HDTV, HDCP
£186.83

GPU COOLING:
Thermalright HR-03-GT 6 H-pipe Heat sink for nVidia 8800GT, ATI 3850/70 VGA Cards (fan not Inc) 92mm
£32.89
Noctua NF-B9-1600 Vortex-Control 92mm Quiet Case Fan
£11.74

MOBO:
Asus P5Q Deluxe, iP45, S775, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR2 1200/1066/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX
£121.95


SOUND:
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Sound Card 24Bit 7.1Ch OEM
£26.97

RAM:
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15, EPP, DHX
£80.90

HDD:
500 GB Seagate ST3500320NS Barracuda ES.2, SATA 300, 7200 rpm, 32MB Cache, 8 ms, NCQ
£66.96

OPTICAL:
Pioneer DVR-215DBK 20x DVD±R, 10x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM
£16.43

Cost of above including delivery/TIM/misc cables etc: £~880


Potential issues with the above:

- While a single card solution is much preferred, this system will be paired with a 24" LCD at 1920x1200. Would 2 x 3870's (or 2 of anything else) potentially provide better frames at this resolution?
- GTX260/280 worthwhile?
- PSU overhead for adding a second 48x0.
- Would like to fit in a Velociraptor if possible.
- Overkill with fans if the system runs at stock.
- Happy to run with on-board sound if it makes/breaks the budget to include more expensive components.
- Better HDD performance with a different Seagate 750GB or 1TB drive?

Will be buying parts from any or all of the following:

www.aria.co.uk
www.dabs.com
www.novatech.co.uk
www.scan.co.uk
www.overclockers.co.uk

or anywhere else with better prices

Input thoroughly appreciated (or entirely new build suggestions if you have the time)
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Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.01GHz [1.18v] HT on Asus P6T Deluxe v2 X58 2x XFX HD 4890 XXX 1GB 3x Corsair Dominator 2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x WD Caviar Black 640GB RAID0 Pioneer DVR-217DBK 22x DVD±RW SATA Prolimatech Megahalems w/ OCZ Freeze & Noctua N... Windows 7 Professional SP1 64Bit 
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27" Dell Ultrasharp 2707FPW Das Keyboard Model S Professional Corsair HX850 Antec 1200 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G9 Everglide Titan 
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Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.01GHz [1.18v] HT on Asus P6T Deluxe v2 X58 2x XFX HD 4890 XXX 1GB 3x Corsair Dominator 2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x WD Caviar Black 640GB RAID0 Pioneer DVR-217DBK 22x DVD±RW SATA Prolimatech Megahalems w/ OCZ Freeze & Noctua N... Windows 7 Professional SP1 64Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
27" Dell Ultrasharp 2707FPW Das Keyboard Model S Professional Corsair HX850 Antec 1200 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G9 Everglide Titan 
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post #2 of 5

Still one video card, but some cash left, and close to be able to go Crossfire with two 4870's.
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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post #3 of 5
I'm not skilled with high resolutions, but I'd assume the HD3870X2 would struggle at 1080.
    
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66ghz Asus Striker II Formula nForce 780i Nvidia eVGA Superclocked 8800GT SLI 4 x 1GB OCZ PC8500 1066mhz SLI READY 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 x WD 250GB SATA RAID 0 + 2 x SG 320GB Storage 2 x DVD-RW SATA+IDE Windows Vista™ Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1 Samsung Syncmaster 2032BW 
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Logitech EX110 Keyboard OCZ 600W StealthXStream Antec P182 Logitech EX110 Cordless Mouse 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 x WD 250GB SATA RAID 0 + 2 x SG 320GB Storage 2 x DVD-RW SATA+IDE Windows Vista™ Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1 Samsung Syncmaster 2032BW 
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post #4 of 5
A pair of 4850's is the second best option of course.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
Mouse Pad
N/A 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
Mouse Pad
N/A 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your great suggestions Chozart. Taking them onboard, the total comes to £978.94 + delivery. I'll hunt around for the lowest prices and see if the budget can be stretched another £~50. Hopefully I can put together some 4870 Crossfire goodness this weekend

EDIT: Been wondering about going with a single 4870 now, and picking up a 4870X2 in Aug/Sept for Tri-Fire? The benchmarks I've seen at 1920x1200 with Crossfire 4870's are rather uninspiring, sometimes the single card fares better.
Edited by Arch@ngel - 7/3/08 at 6:48am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.01GHz [1.18v] HT on Asus P6T Deluxe v2 X58 2x XFX HD 4890 XXX 1GB 3x Corsair Dominator 2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x WD Caviar Black 640GB RAID0 Pioneer DVR-217DBK 22x DVD±RW SATA Prolimatech Megahalems w/ OCZ Freeze & Noctua N... Windows 7 Professional SP1 64Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
27" Dell Ultrasharp 2707FPW Das Keyboard Model S Professional Corsair HX850 Antec 1200 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G9 Everglide Titan 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.01GHz [1.18v] HT on Asus P6T Deluxe v2 X58 2x XFX HD 4890 XXX 1GB 3x Corsair Dominator 2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x WD Caviar Black 640GB RAID0 Pioneer DVR-217DBK 22x DVD±RW SATA Prolimatech Megahalems w/ OCZ Freeze & Noctua N... Windows 7 Professional SP1 64Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
27" Dell Ultrasharp 2707FPW Das Keyboard Model S Professional Corsair HX850 Antec 1200 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G9 Everglide Titan 
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