Suggestions on building an uber-system for Christmas

By Diomedes1
Dec 17, 2005
  1. Hi,

    I wanna build a system that meets these needs

    ability to play games on top settings for the next 2 to 3 years.
    ability to keep within a £1000 - £1200 budget
    ability to handle windows vista when it comes out
    ability to play a role as a 'media centre' in the coming months/year

    As mentioned above, the budget is £1000 (approx $1770), £1200 (approx $2100) being the absolute maximum.

    Below is the system I have in mind, I would like advice on e.g. better choices components, better brands, or better 'bang for buck'

    A dual core athlon 64 4400+ - £377

    Abit KN8-SLI nForce4 SLi - £84

    7800GT DDR3 256MB PCI-Express - £230

    Maxtor DiamondMAX 10 250Gb SATA 16MB Buffer (buffer or catche better?) - £75
    Raptor 10000RPM 74GB 8MB SATA - £128.73

    2gig of RAM, should i go for DDR400, DDR2, what?
    Kingmax PC3200 SuperRAM 400Mhz 2GB DDR - £117

    I could do with a recommendation on a power supply, what would be the right wattage? and not for an extortionate price. Same goes with cooling, any recommendations on good fans, good cases? I would also like to keep the pc reasonably quiet, though with such hardware I don’t know If that’s possible

    Finally, I would like to get an HDTV when they come out, and would like to link it to my pc so it can be used to watch tele and use the computer – is my gfx capable of doing this? Would media centre XP be best suited, or is sticking with home/pro adequate?

    I know this is an awful lot to ask, but any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    p.s. if there is any areas I can save money on please say!
  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    hello Diomedes1 you can get a good system for that amount of mony, as for the ram i would go with 2x1gb of ocz platumim or corssair xms as they run at low CS and give great prefoumance,

    and another tip is to use high quity power supply such as antic or frotron otherwise it can lead to problems down the road

    good luck with your build

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