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Old 25-01-07, 11:42 PM
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New System Any Good?

In just over 2 weeks, I'm planning on buying my second PC to build. I have a preliminary spec below, so any thoughts/advise will be much appreciated .

I have a £1k budget for the hardware (no more!), with high power and low noise as my philosophy (without going into water cooling). My aim is to try and keep whatever I buy pretty much the same (without overclocking) for hopefully 3 years, with only a memory upgrade at some point.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - £191.40 @ Scan

Asus P5N-E SLI - £76.13 @ Scan

HiperPower 670W PSU - £79.90 @ Scan

LiteOn SATA DVD+/-RW/RAM - £23.72 @ Scan

Geil 2x1GB XMS2, DDR2 4-4-4-12 PC2-6400 - £164.49 @ Overclockers

Seagate 250 Gb ST3250620AS Barracuda 7200.10 - £52.97 @ Shop Magenta

Gainward Nvidia 8800GTX - £357.19 @ Scan

Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS - £58.74 @ Overclockers

TOTAL = £1004.54

Since I'm pretty close to my budget, I'm trying to reduce prices too, so if you know of any cheaper prices for anything suggested, let me know .

As for suggestions, I'm pretty keen to keep the 8800GTX (whether it's ASUS or not, I'm not too bothered), and the E6600, but apart from that, I'm open to suggestions, and may change my mind with the CPU and GFX if there's reason to.

As for the OS, I'm going for Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit OEM, and haven't found a better price than the one below. However, if people from the UK have been able to download Vista at the cheaper US price, then I'll go for that .

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit OEM - £120.99 @ Shop Magenta

* Does anyone know of a cheaper black/silver case that'll fit an 8800GTX?

* Is the motherboard OK?

* Can I get a cheaper PSU without blowing something up?

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Old 25-01-07, 11:48 PM
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Looking good aj.

The mobo is good so far at stock. But mine is being a c*** to overclock.

And for the 100000000th time, no. Spend as much as you can on the psu.
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Old 25-01-07, 11:51 PM
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I had good luck OCing my 6300 (easy to 3.1Ghz) So I would go with that. Good memory, my Corsair XMS2 was over 1Ghz.

Ham is right on

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Old 26-01-07, 12:03 AM
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Hes not OCing mark

I mentioned ocing cos its ing me off. But @ stock the board is doing good.
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Old 26-01-07, 12:13 AM
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It would help if I read the WHOLE OP, thanks Ham.
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Old 26-01-07, 07:43 AM
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The P5N is good @ stock as ham said Not a great clocker but you aren't so u're ok

Looks a v.nice spec Aj, will do you well
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Old 26-01-07, 12:08 PM
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Looks pretty good

Not sure why you'd buy your components from so many different companies and pay each one £5-10 postage tho

Could be a nightmare for warrenty if something goes wrong in 6months

Hopefully the 8800GTX will fit in the PC7-PLUS

No Overclocking going on
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Old 26-01-07, 12:20 PM
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Aye I think I'd hit up Specialtech or SCAN as you have free pnp at both
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Old 26-01-07, 02:30 PM
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Looks pretty good

Not sure why you'd buy your components from so many different companies and pay each one £5-10 postage tho

Could be a nightmare for warrenty if something goes wrong in 6months

Hopefully the 8800GTX will fit in the PC7-PLUS

No Overclocking going on
* I can get free shipping with scan.

* When I checked the price of the E6600 on ebuyer, there was free shipping for that item (don't know if it still is).

* The cheapest place to get vista is at shop magenta, so I'll need to buy something else with it since it's OEM.

* I can't find the PC-7 PLUS being sold anywhere else.

EDIT - the E6600 on ebuyer has dropped to £189.05, so it's at least £10 cheaper than anywhere else now .

If anyone can lower the prices in anyway, I'd be very happy .

Does anyone know for SURE that the PC7-PLUS will fit an 8800GTX?
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Old 26-01-07, 05:24 PM
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Yes it looks like it will fit (dosent look like SLI will though, unless you remove the Hdd rack)
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