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Building Rig, got any thoughts?

By Stuki
Aug 6, 2007
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  1. Here's what I'm thinking of buying:

    Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-S3 110.00 €
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 259.00 €
    Graphics: Club 3D Radeon HD 2900 XT 384.00 €
    RAM: 2G Kit(2x1G) Generic 800MHz 93.00 €
    Hard Drive: Seagate SATA 500G 105.00 €
    Optical Drive: Pioneer 16x IDE DVD+/-RW Dual Layer 45.00 €
    Case: Antec Ninehundred 119.90 €
    Power Supply: OCZ stealthxstream 600W 80.00 €
    Monitor: HP Pavilion W2207V 313.00 €
    OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Eng Professional Edition OEM 135.00 €
    Headphones: Icemat Siberia White 52.00 €
    Keyboard: Logitech G15 73.00 €
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 45.00 €

    TOTAL: 1813,90 €

    I live in Finland FYI
     
  2. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    You're spending ALOT of money, on very high end equipment, and you're gonna get Generic RAM?

    Also, the 8800gts would be a better buy than the HD2900XT. The 2900 is considered a flop, since its being outperformed by the 8800gts, exept in power consumption, where the 2900 wins by sucking more electricity (I'm joking, thats NOT a good thing).

    Also, you might be more interested in the Q6600 instead. Something to think about.

    I'd suggest a bigger power supply as well, 600W may be JUST adequate to power the system. Having a little more leeway just to be safe would be a good idea.
     
  3. Stuki

    Stuki TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is there big diffrence between generic RAM and brand name RAM?

    The reviews I've read said the 2900 hasn't reached it's full potential yet, because of the drivers. But if I would get the 8800GTS (or the GTX) would the current powersupply manage it?

    I will be using this PC for gaming, almost no editing of some sort, and the reviews I've read said that the Q6600 was average in gaming and best used for video and image editing, when the dual core ones was way better for games. And I will also almost only play games like IL-2 Sturmovik and Morrowind and such, therefore I do not think I would be using the Q6600's full potential. I will also not overclock at all, because I feel that those new C2D don't need it, but maybe in a couple of years, when the games will be more demanding, then I might consider OC'ing.
     
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    I'd say given the price of the Quad Cores these days, it wouldn't be too long before games start utilizing all 4 cores.

    If the power supply can power the 2900XT, it can power the 8800gts, since the 2900xt takes up much more power.

    As for generic RAM, performance difference might not be much different, but I'd be so much more comfortable with something branded. I suppose if the chips used in generic RAM is identical to the branded ones, I'd be much happier, but if your computer is unstable, I'd blame the RAM first with this configuration.
     
  5. Stuki

    Stuki TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok how about:

    Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-S3 110.00 €
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 259.00 €
    Graphics: Zotac GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb 335.00 €
    RAM: G.Skill 2GB DDR2-800 103.00 €
    Hard Drive: Seagate SATA 500G 105.00 €
    Optical Drive: Pioneer 16x IDE DVD+/-RW Dual Layer 45.00 €
    Case: Antec Ninehundred 119.90 €
    Power Supply: OCZ GAMEXSTREAM 700W 125.00 €
    Monitor: HP Pavilion W2207V 313.00 €
    OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Eng Professional Edition OEM 135.00 €
    Headphones: Icemat Siberia White 52.00 €
    Keyboard: Logitech G15 73.00 €
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 45.00 €

    TOTAL: 1,819.90 €
     
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    Looks a lot better now.

    Although the mouse would probably be a very personal preference thing, I found that the Logitech designs were much more comfortable. Also, the true shine of these high end mice lies in the mousepad. Getting a high end mouse, and then using it on sandpaper (or surfaces that feel like sandpaper) will wear out the feet on your mouse very fast, which makes it not much better than a cheap mouse in the long run.

    I personally use the eXactmat, but with the G5, I found that the Steelpad works a lot better, but I don't really have the money for a new mousepad these days....
     
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