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Elegy
07-18-07, 07:38 PM
If all goes well, I'll be ordering a system for university with the following specifications in mid-August:

CPU: Q6600
Memory: 2Gb 667MHz
GPU: 768Mb 8800GTX
Hard drive: 500GB, 7200rpm, 16Mb cache
Motherboard: MSI 650i chipset
Power supply: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W (http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Power/ToughPower/W0131/w0131.asp)
Monitor: 19" Iiyama ProLite H481S-6BS (2ms response time, 700:1 contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness) (http://www.iiyama.co.uk/default.asp?SID=&LNG=EN&NAV=236&PROD=7186) (I realize this is a bit small for this spec but it can't be any bigger otherwise it'll be too difficult to transport)
Sound card: Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
Speakers: Creative Gigaworks T20 2.0 (http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=28&product=14299&nav=0)
Case: Chenbro PC61161 (http://www.chenbro.com/corporatesite/products_02spec.php?serno=8)
OS: Windows XP Media Centre Edition (I'm not going to Vista until SP1 is released)

All this will cost 1478.95 from Evesham (complete with three years onsite warranty).

Any comments or suggestions on how to optimize the spec are much appreciated, bearing in mind that my budget is around 1550. I plan to use this computer for rendering, gaming (at 1280x1024 with 8xAA, maximum ingame settings, maximum quality at the control panel, 16xAF and prefer to have my minimum fps above 40fps) and university work and this PC is probably going to have to last me about 5 years minimum seeing as I'm paying a small fortune for it.

DRen72
07-19-07, 08:54 AM
Nice. That 650 board will allow for SLI if you need a boost down the road too.

nV`andrew
07-19-07, 10:05 AM
Looks good, and you will still have room to go SLi and 4GB of RAM. Definitely not needed now, but I'm sure it will become the new standard (4gb) soon.

jcrox
07-19-07, 10:24 AM
Great system. If you don't plan on going SLI I would get an intel chipset though. If you want to keep SLI as an option I would recommend going with at least the 680i LT instead of 650, I think it's only about $10 more and you get 2 - 16x lanes in SLI instead of 2 8x lanes.

Elegy
07-19-07, 11:35 AM
Great system. If you don't plan on going SLI I would get an intel chipset though. If you want to keep SLI as an option I would recommend going with at least the 680i LT instead of 650, I think it's only about $10 more and you get 2 - 16x lanes in SLI instead of 2 8x lanes.

Don't forget I'm in the UK where prices are far more than they should be. Evesham charge 80 (~$150) to upgrade to the 680i and the only other option I've seen for single PCIe x16 is the P965 intel chipset. I haven't done much research into this so I don't know how good a motherboard it is. Does anyone know if the P965 chipset is better than the 650i?

Mr_LoL
07-19-07, 12:31 PM
Don't forget I'm in the UK where prices are far more than they should be. Evesham charge 80 (~$150) to upgrade to the 680i and the only other option I've seen for single PCIe x16 is the P965 intel chipset. I haven't done much research into this so I don't know how good a motherboard it is. Does anyone know if the P965 chipset is better than the 650i?
Screw Evesham and build it yourself. The money you save can be put towards a better monitor or motherboard like the Asus P5K. TBH I would go for at least a 22" monitor. Have a look here
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?&groupid=17&catid=510&sortby=priceAsc
Buy all your stuff from Ocuk or www.scan.co.uk and build it yourself. You'll save a ton of money :)

Elegy
07-19-07, 01:00 PM
I know I'll save a tonne of money, it would cost around 1100 to build this computer myself but I really do need the warranty. Although I'm quite knowledgeable about computers, I don't want to risk not having my computer for too long at university as a lot of my work will be on it.

My last desktop was bought from Evesham and their onsite support is excellent - if something's wrong, they pretty much just come over within a few days and replace the defective component(s) with something equal or better.

Also, I can't get a bigger monitor than 19" - it'll be too big to transport to and from university and it will undoubtedly be heavier.

qube
07-22-07, 10:17 PM
or try komplett
http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/k.aspx
they are great they sel prebuildsys and you can build your self fast delivery
and cheap


i buy allmost all my hardware from them in sweden