System building advice please.

By gingaluvin ยท 11 replies
Nov 22, 2006
  1. Allo all, 1st post here

    right, ive decided to throw caution to the wind and build my own system. I have been looking at various components and have come up with this so far

    P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe mobo
    XFX GX2 gpu, undecided to go for their overclocked models yet. future purchase of another for quad hopefully
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6700, or maybe just the E6600
    sound blaster audigy 4 pro
    Corsair TwinX 2048Mb DDR2-6400
    Thermaltake armour case
    Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 CPU Cooler (Socket 775)
    OCZ GameXStream 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Power Supply
    2 x Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 NCQ 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache

    so is the above specs any good? I am looking at about a 2k sterling limit which will include 22-24 inch monitor and gaming peripherals

    any suggestions on changes is welcome
  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Don't get a GX2. Get an 8800GTS or 8800GTX. Even a single 7900GTX beats a GX2, and an 8800GTS or 8800GTX pwns them all.
  3. gingaluvin

    gingaluvin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    whoa, ive just checked out the 8800gtx. That is gonna be the big mamma, im gonna get that instead for sure. What about my choice for mobo? is that one anygood?
  4. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    How bout this mobo the P5N32-E SLI its bassically the same except it uses the new nforce 6 chipset over nforce 4 and it has support for the new 1333mhz FSB for when the quad cores come out.
  5. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Nice system!! Your stuff looks good except for the video card, like MetalX said, and maybe a motherboard like skitzo_zac said. I'd recommend something like this for a monitor, unless you wanted to spend like $800 on a monitor :)
    PS Welcome to TechSpot!! :D :wave:
  6. gamer12

    gamer12 TS Rookie

  7. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6


    Case: Thermaltake Armor aluminum case

    Power supply: OCZ GameXStream 700W

    Motherboard: Asus P5N32-E SLI Socket LGA775 DDR2 800

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

    RAM: Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 CAS latency 5

    Video card (up to you if you wanted 2 for SLI): XFX GeForce 8800GTX 768MB PCIe x16

    This comes out to about 1,868 US dollars, which is about 967 GBP. If you wanted to do SLI, it would be about 2518 USD/1304 GBP.

    I guess you could do the E6700 CPU, but that's like $200 more than the E6600. I guess hard drives and CD/DVD drives are sort of up to you.

    hope this helps
  8. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Posts: 195

    if ya plan on upgrading the cpu to a quad in a year or 2, get the 6600
  9. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Depends on how much you really want to spend... If you want to overclock alot then get my build and just change the GPU to a 8800 ( Im getting SLi 7900s )

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x2

    Video Card
    XFX PV-T71G-UCF7 GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    Hard Disk Drive
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Power Supply
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

    DVD Burner

    Sound Card
    DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Total: $1436 with shipping
  10. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Posts: 195

    Im going with these specs:

    - Forget the mobo but its SLI ready
    - 2gb corsair ram
    - e6600(for the 4mb cache)
    - 2x Nvidia Geforce 7600GT OC graphics cards

    Including a monitor, HD, and everything else (case, etc) its gonna cost me $1300 Canadian
  11. gingaluvin

    gingaluvin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    re psu

    re the psu mentioned;

    ive heard that that can be a very noisy psu, what is your opinion re it?
  12. gingaluvin

    gingaluvin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you very much guys, you have been a great help, I think ill get the 6600 cos the quad will be too much to resist in a year or two :) the viewsonic monitor is the one for me. Only prob though is I cannot use newegg as im UK. Shame really as the prices in USA are much cheaper than in uk, bloody UK taxes.....grrrr

    oh well. Im off to price this all up now.
    ill let you all know how it goes, most probably will be posting again with a big HELLLPPP as ive never built a system before.

    cheers again :)
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