Custom Gaming PC

  iNVADER84 18:27 09 Mar 2010
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I've been out of touch with the whole PC Gamg scene for a little while but the time has come for a new PC.

I currently have an Intel E6600 OCed to 3.4Ghz, 4Gb DDR2 and a GeForce 8800GTS 512mb.

I'd like to set aside £1000 ish and would like an i7 based system with a Geforce GFX card.

overclockers have some good systems but are all Ati cards and I've always liked my nvidias.

Any suggestions for where I could buy such a system, it seems building from scratch isn't as cheap as it used to be.

  OTT_B 20:08 09 Mar 2010

Until the nvidia gf100 series is released (soon) ATI are producing the only sensible DX11 compatible cards, hence most gaming machines are sold with them. The pricing for the GF100 cards isn't looking too promising either.

There are plenty of places to buy. Here's a few for starters:

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Once you get a feel for what's availalbe post back with the spec!

  OTT_B 20:09 09 Mar 2010

Corrected Mesh URL:

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  MAT ALAN 20:57 09 Mar 2010

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if it was my money i'd go here

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PCA like em to...

  AL47 23:04 09 Mar 2010

with 1000 you would be able to build what i have

ATI are better atm than nvidia [i will never have another nvidia card btw for 'other' reasons

i7-920 [£200] [can easily reach 3.8GHZ even 4GHz]

ATI radeon 5850 1GB DX11 [£210]

Asus p6t [£140]

850W corsair PSU [£90]

6GB g.skill ripjaw low CAS ram [140]

samsung f3 1TB HDD [£60][i went with a faster one]

Random case mine was [£80]

=[£920] i had a few extras and a better heatsink, i can advise noctua for that, seems one of the coolest and def quietest

  iNVADER84 12:21 10 Mar 2010

I've taken a look around and have priced up the rig below from click here

It's a cop out maybe, but I'd like to get a finace deal with it to lessen the blow - As long as it lasts me 3 years (upgradability covered) I'll get a new one at the end of it.

Here goes:

-Intel i7 920 | £220.99
-Asus P6T | £149.99
-Asus Radeon 5850 1Gb
-Corsair 650Watt PSU | £78.99
-6 Gb Corsair XMS3 Tri-Channel DDR3 | £135.99
-1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 32Meg Cache SATA | £72.99
-Thermaltake Case | £49.98
-Zalman CNPS9900 CPU Cooler | £36.99
-Samsung Bluray/DVD-RW Drive | £77.98

Total Cost: £1069.89

What do you think? Overclockable enough with this setup? I never did too much, was nice and easy with the E6600. Any ideas on temperature increases on the i7? If 880watt is the way then the Corsair on the OC site was very pricey in comparison, but I'm sure I can make a brand sacrifice if needed.

I'd like to offset the cost of it by selling my old PC, do they go for much second hand these days?

Thansk for your help though :)

  AL47 19:02 11 Mar 2010

looks good, but i think the samsung hdd is meant to be better

the CPU is easily overclockable to 3.3GHz, most achieve 3.8GHz, thats what im after for 24/7 use

at 3.3GHz i get 40-50C under FULL load

the 650W is fine for what you have there i went 850 just for future use as theres a 5yr warranty on them! persoanlly id keep a good brand over more power.

i can help with mild overclocks

  ICF 19:56 11 Mar 2010

Have a look at this CPU cooler Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ it gets some good reviews click here

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  minikayslay 17:20 16 Mar 2010

Go with Arbico you cant go wrong Great Customer service. Great build too.

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