|02-13-2008, 10:47 AM||#1|
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Join Date: Feb 2008
First Build - Good all-rounder ~$1500 - Any Advice/critique?? Thanks
I'm looking to build a new rig for roughly £750 ($1500). I am English so have done most of my research on English websites (which seem to be on average ~30% more expensive than newegg...wot a gip!)Ideally I would like it to be good at multitasking as well as being able to play most new games on max settings. I do have a 32" 1080p LCD screen and so I'd like a graphics card that could supply me with a high enough resolution and refresh rate to do it justice! I already have a wireless card as well as keyboard , mouse, speakers etc. so basically I only need the essential components. I would be very grateful of any help/criticism with my build so far. I have checked and double checked the compatibility of the components but it would be ace if some1 could give me a second opinion(just to ease my mind more
than anythin!) Also if you can help me make it any cheaper or better your help would be greatly appreciated.
CPU: Intel CPU Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 1333FSB LGA775 6MB cache Retail inc.Fan
Out of stock most places so not able to post a link sorry! (Sure you're all aware of it anyway!!)
MOBO: Asus Motherboard P5K Intel P35 LGA775 ? £71
RAM: 2x Kingston 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ecc CL5 Unbuffered 1.8V £65
GPU : Sapphire HD 3870 XT 512MB GDDR4 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card -
HARD DRIVE: Samsung 500GB SATA II,16MB cache 7200rpm - £60
DVD DRIVE: Optiarc AD-7191S 20X DVD±RW/DL/RAM LightScribe ? £18
CASE: Antec Sonata III with 500W EarthWatts PSU ? £72
CPU COOLING: Arctic Cooling AC-FRZ-7P Freezer 7 Pro ? £16
SOUND CARD: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Soundcard - Retail Boxed -
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Professional Series Soundcard - INCLUDES FREE CREATIVE FATAL1TY PRO HEADSET
Is it worth the extra £30 for a headset and 64MB of x-ram?!?
OS: Windows Vista 64-bit - £58
Total: ~ £750 ($1500)
Any advice is welcome, especially on whether the graphics card will b sufficient to give a max resolution on my TV and if the upgrade from the "Gamer" soundcard to "Professional" edition is worthwhile. Also I'm always up for stripping a few pounds off the total so if any1 has seen these parts or equivalent cheaper anywhere I would be very grateful of any info. Finally a cheap Blu-ray player may come in handy , does any1 have any recommendations? Cheers in advance for any help...
|02-13-2008, 12:01 PM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Kaneohe, Hawaii
If you need a good multitasker, you may want to look at the Quad-Core Intel processors.
The motherboard you selected is fine.
Don't use Kingston RAM...quality control issues...look at Crucial, Corsair or Mushkin instead.
I wouldn't use a Samsung hard drive too...reliability issues...look at Seagate or Western Digital instead.
That Antec case and power supply are fine.
You don't need a third party heatsink cooler if you get a retail processor. The boxed processor comes with a approved heatsink and you get a 3 year warranty. If you use a third party heatsink on a retail processor, you void the 3 year warranty.
I would pass on a 64bit OS.
|02-13-2008, 01:38 PM||#3|
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Join Date: May 2007
I agree with everything Cricket said.
I'll also add that G.Skill is also good with ram.
Check out lite-on dvd drives. Highly recommended here. Get a retail one.
It's coming....just you wait.
|02-13-2008, 05:08 PM||#4|
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Wll add my support for the changes Cricket and Shadow posted, fix those little points and build looks good.
Persoanlly I always tell people to try on-board sound and then add a sound card if you want one. They are easy to add and on-board sound has really improved. But if you have a fantastic set of speakers go for it, I do most my gaming strapped into a set of headphones so maybe I am missing the boat.
ANTEC 900 / ASUS P5K / C2D E6750 / SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6750 1 GB/ CORSAIR 620 HX / CORSAIR XMS 4GB DDR2 800 / SEAGATE 320 GB / LITE-ON 20X DVD BURNER / WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL / LOGITECH MX 518 MOUSE / SAITEK ECLIPSE KEYBOARD / ACER 22” WS LCD
|02-14-2008, 04:58 AM||#5|
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Join Date: Feb 2008
Cheers Guys, your posts have been loads of help. I have just revised my build, Im gonna go for the:
corsair RAM 4GB pack
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130429 - £80
500 GB Seagate ST3500320AS Barracuda 7200.11, SATA II, 7200 rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.5 ms, NCQ
Im also goin with the OEM version of the Gamer sound card as its cheap at £45.
Again thanks for your help, if there are any rep points I can give on this forum just let me no.
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