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5th June 2008, 11:13 AM #1
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Home PC Spec
I'm buying a new home computer. Any thoughts?
Intel Core 2 Quad (Q9300) Processor FSB1333MHZ
Asus P5K Premium/WiFi-AP Motherboard
Corsair Dominator 4GB Memory Kit 1066 DDR2
CCL Value GeForce 8800GT 512MB
2 x 500GB Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KS
OCZ 700 Watt Game X Stream PSU
2 x Samsung SH-S203 SATA Dual Layer DVD Writer
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio OEM 7.1 Channels
5th June 2008, 11:24 AM #2
Go for a slower quad core and over clock or buy the new version with 12megs of cache.
Prices always slip in July too, so wait till the end of the month. Rest seems fair, but your PSU is expensive for a job that could be done by a unit half the price. Put the money saved towards a better cpu. £219 today 2.66ghz 12megs of cache.
dabs.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz 12M Cache S775 1333MHZ (BX80569Q9450)
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5th June 2008, 11:37 AM #3
THats a good setup. I'll agree with ICT_NUT that the PSU is pricey, but OCZ is extremely well built. Also good if you look at SLi ing the GPU's later on.
5th June 2008, 11:53 AM #4
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I will just say to get the Seagate hard drives instead, I just had a bad experience with the 500GB Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KS, they came with the Buffalo terastation and after a few months, one drive populated with bad sectors, so if you need the hard drive for constant reads and writes, avoid the Caviar SE16 or the Samsung ones.
5th June 2008, 12:01 PM #5
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was gonna mention that aswell, ive also heard issues about those versions of WD. Granted mine have been fine but its still something to consider. For a similar amount of cash you could have a 1tb HDD on its own and still have space for a smaller faster one for say programs etc.
Originally Posted by MyDejaVu
25th July 2008, 02:36 PM #6
PSU is actually quite reasonable, most people overlook that a PSU is one of the most important things in the rig, and the more expensive ones have more rails, stable voltages etc...
Originally Posted by ninjabeaver
I spent £155 on an Antec TRUEPower Quattro 850W earlier last year, modular, 4x12V rails.
Looks like a solid rig.
Intel C2D E6850 @ 3.00Ghz
OCZ 4Gb 1066Mhz SLI Ram
EVGA nForce 680i SLI
WD Raptors 150Gb @ 10krpm in Raid 0
Antec TRUEPower Quattro 850W
Antec NineHundred Case
EVGA 8800GTX 768Mb nVidia Card
2 x Samsung Dual Layer RW drives (SATA)
X-Fi Fatal1ty Gamers Sound Card
Logitech Z4 2.1
Creative Fatal1ty Headset
2 x 22" Samsung Pebble 2232BW Monitors
26th July 2008, 07:57 PM #7
Intel Q6600 Quad Core cpu
Abit IP35 Pro motherboard
4gb Geil ULL RAM
1x 150gb Raptor X HDD (system) and 1tb Seagate (data)
OCUK Nvidia 8800 GTX
22 " Samsung 226CW
26th July 2008, 08:30 PM #8
26th July 2008, 10:00 PM #9
If it's any help, there's a whole section on eBay for processor & motherboard bundles, often including RAM too. I bought a motherboard, quad-core processor (Q6600, I think it was) and 4GB of RAM for £200-odd the other week.
Originally Posted by vunsev
Are you buying a case as well?
OCZ 700 Watt Game X Stream PSU £75.21
Why two? Personally, I like LightScribe capable ones.
2 x Samsung SH-S203 SATA Dual Layer DVD Writer £31.56
Depends on what exactly you intend to do with it, but I've found an external USB sound card picks up less interference on the microphone in line.
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio OEM 7.1 Channels £26.84
28th July 2008, 10:48 PM #10
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As someone has said, a good quality PSU is vital. Wattage isn't everything! Someone has broken down all the popular PSU brands in to tiers.
Go have a read....
Official XS Tiered PSU Manufacturer Brand Listing Phase IV Beta - XtremeSystems Forums
29th July 2008, 01:04 AM #11
And Jeff Attwood, over on Coding Horror, has just said it again:
Originally Posted by m1ddy
Coding Horror: Understanding The Hardware
30th July 2008, 11:32 AM #12
The thread is a bit old and the gent (I'm presuming this) has likely bought and made his machine, but here's another good PSU:
Antec EarthWatts EA 650 | PSUs | PSUs | Labs Tests | Custom PC
I've always stuck by Antec for PSU's, and havent had a machine blow up on me ['cept one, but the person's electrics have always looked dodgy to me hehe].
I have a Antec 550W NeoHE modular PSU... paid about £50 for it approx Nov last year... not looked back since, plus no needless cables
Shame the EarthWatts PSU isn't modular but u get yer money's worth I'd say and a stable machine
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