My "new"PC - is it over kill???

  graphixDESIGN* 17:35 25 Oct 2006
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hi all this is my very first post!... ever!
any way... I’m buying a new pc from pcspecialist and i don’t want to start another MESH vs Pcspecialist slander filled debate! I just want to know what i will need for to task at hand.
I'm going to need it for both X-gen gaming (quake4 , doom3 etc...) and hi end 3d graphics work as well as 2d in Photoshop and all the rest + general use (internet , music word processing)

Processor (CPU)
INTEL® Core 2 Duo E6700 (2 X 2.66GHz) 1066MHz FSB/4MB L2 Cache

Memory (RAM)
4096 MB CORSAIR DDR2 667MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (4x1GB)

Motherboard
ECS P965T-A: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, x16 VGA, 3 PCI/3 PCI-EX

Operating System
MICROSOFT WINDOWS® XP HOME (inc. Genuine CD & license) (£59)

USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
250GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

1st CD/DVD Drive
16x +/- DVD WRITER (8x +/- Dual Lyr) (5x DVD-RAM) (40x CD-RW) (£18)

2nd CD/DVD Drive
NONE

Graphics Card
1024MB GEFORCE 7950GX2 (DUAL GPU) PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Sound Card
Sound Blaster® Audigy® 4 with 7.1 Surround Sound: £34

Modem
NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (ETHERNET)

Floppy Disk Drive
NONE

Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 57 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD FORMAT)

Case
Stylish Black X-Plode Case + 2 Front USB

Power Supply & cooling
500W (Peak) Super Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm fan & CPU Cooler (£39)

Firewire & Video Editing
NONE

TV Card
NONE

Monitor
NONE

Keyboard & Mouse
NONE

Speakers
NONE

Printer
NONE

Surge Protection
Belkin 4 Socket 2M Surge Protector with Phone Protection! (£7)

Webcam & VoIP
NONE

Anti-Virus
NONE

Office Software
NONE

Warranty
1 Year Return-to-Base Warranty + 1 Month Free Collect & Return

Delivery
Next Working Day Insured Delivery on Completion of Order (Free)

£1448 inc VAT and Delivery.

Now there’s is two things i would be grateful for if they were answered.
1) Duo core e6600 & e6700 - is there a difference apart from price ?

2) nVIDIA SLi - is it worth it, and does it make a difference. someone once told me it is more efficient just to have 1 card instead of 2 in SLi.

also if theres anything that stands out or is not neccercery or wont work please tell me!

(pcspecialist > if something does go wrong with the pc i only live in the next village on from where they supply from!)

any help would be much appreciated. thx

  GaT7 18:04 25 Oct 2006

Duo core e6600 & e6700 - is there a difference apart from price? - you decide: see this 18-page review with benchmarks click here. I'd go for the E6600 as I don't think the E6700's inflated price is worth the relatively small performance increase.

nVIDIA SLi - is it worth it? I'd say no, especially when you're already getting a good enough card. You can always upgrade to SLI if you want/need to in the future - the same card will be less dear too. Check if the motherboard is SLI-enabled.

Add another DVD-rw drive as a backup drive & for multitasking(?). They're inexpensive nowadays, even the new 18x models.

I'd go in for another hard drive (external if you can afford it) for backup/archiving purposes, & also a 'better' power supply - Tagan, OCZ, Antec are some good brands. Good luck with it all : )), G

  roger45 18:27 25 Oct 2006

4Gb Ram sounds like overkill to me.

  seedie 18:31 25 Oct 2006

There is no such thing as PC overkill. Wish I could afford it.

Good luck with it

CD

  season8 18:32 25 Oct 2006

You may have a problem with 4GB of RAM, I think XP can only see up to 2.5 to 3GB? 4GB is designed more for when Vista comes out as a full O/S(Operating System)

  graphixDESIGN* 18:44 25 Oct 2006

Thanks for your input and I had a look through that review for benchmark times
There is a difference in clock speed and with a 200+ price difference it must do something better !

As for SLi you answer got me thinking and i want to know why we use 2 graphic cards to do a job that a single card can already do?

I could under stand if graphic cards only went up too 512mb on there own and to get 1024mb u needed two cards together (nVIDIA SLi) but we don’t ! there is already a card capable of producing 1024bm of graphics on its own so why do we have a more expensive 2 card grapics unit to do a job a cheaper single card already does?

  GaT7 19:02 25 Oct 2006

I'd still go for the E6600 & get another hard disk, optical drive & better PSU instead. But I'd keep the E6700 if I can afford the additional/better bits too.

Exactly, the 7950GX2 already has a DUAL GPU with whopping 1Gb memory. Adding another will increase performance but to what extent, & is it worth it for the price? I'd say no to the latter (for now at least).

I may also consider cutting ram down to 3Gb to get WinXP Pro - I read somewhere it performs slightly better than Home in games & applications. G

Guys, about the 4Gb ram issue, read this click here & scroll down to read the replies (do NOT click on the 'View Solution' buttons).

  961 19:11 25 Oct 2006

Too much RAM in my book but each to his own

You may not need it today, or ever, but a firewire card is cheap and can come in useful if you ever get into video

Can you not get on site service, even if only for the first 6 months? Return to base and collect and return are guaranteed to get you up tight. After the first month, the hardware is likely to work till you are sick of it, and any problems will be software user caused. 3 weeks while the new job goes away to be fixed (and hurled around by the carrier) is a mind numbing experience, especially if the Christmas holiday extends the time by a fortnight

  citadel 19:15 25 Oct 2006

dx 10 cards are out in november. if you want one you will need a better psu.

  graphixDESIGN* 19:24 25 Oct 2006

so aswell as having to make shure my main board has slots that can handle 1gb each and support the 4gb collectivly i also need to upgrade to xp pro ? - however and i'm sorry if this brings the topic of track a bit but i'm currentally in the middle of downloading Windows Vista RC2 Build 5744 x64 even though its a test build for feed back until its final reliese as a full OS would i be able to use that and if so would it be practical? becouse ive heard a lot of bad things about vista's BETA & RC builds.

  GaT7 19:39 25 Oct 2006

Yes, no harm in trying it out to see how it performs. To test, load it on a separate partition or 2nd hard drive (this guide may come in useful 'How to install Vista the safe, easy free way' click here).

Final release or not, it'll still have issues, like every Windows OS released before it. If you like it, & it performs up to expectations on your new PC, purchase the final release. G

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