New Gaming Rig - Any Suggestions?

  bmc85 19:26 06 Oct 2008
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Hi, i've just started looking to build a new gaming rig, my current pc is a bit of a dinosaur.

First of all, the config I had in mind :

Coolermaster CM690 Case
Asus P5KC Motherboard
Core 2 Duo E8600
Zalman CNPS9700-NT Heatsink
MSI GTX280 650Mhz/2.3Ghz
Coolermaster 620W Modular PSU
2x Pioneer DVDRW Drives
2x Western Digital 2500AAKS HDD (250Gb, 7200RPM)
4Gb Corsair PC-5300 DDR2
Vista Home Basic

I've managed to hunt around and get that for around £950, i'm willing to be flexible on price (up to another £50 or so) the main thing im unsure about is the processor.

I was considering perhaps getting a Q8200, it's a similar price, just not sure if it's going to make a huge difference, other than being a bit more future-proof.

I'm aware that the memory may be a bit basic, but i'm just not willing to fork out on DDR3 yet, although the motherboard supports it and I do plan to eventually upgrade.

I'm confident in being able to build and maintain the PC myself, which is why I haven't opted for a pre-built system from someone like chillblast (haven't even considered if they'd be more sensible to be honest). Any advice is much appreciated!

  GaT7 21:27 06 Oct 2008

If you don't mind me asking, where are those components from, & their individual prices?

CPU cooler looks good, but is very expensive I feel. Are you going to be overclocking the CPU?

Btw, I have the same motherboard, but I only know what it's like from reviews (arrived today - got it secondhand). G

  Joe R 21:46 06 Oct 2008
  bmc85 01:47 07 Oct 2008

Coolermaster CM690 Case - £59.32 (Dabs)
Asus P5KC Motherboard - £76.98 (Dabs)
Core 2 Duo E8600 - £177.47 (Dabs)
Zalman CNPS9700-NT Heatsink - £48.16 (Overclockers)
MSI GTX280 650Mhz/2.3Ghz - £326.99 (Dabs)
Coolermaster 620W Modular PSU - £75.89 (Dabs)
2x Pioneer DVDRW Drives - £35.22 (Dabs)
2x Western Digital 2500AAKS HDD (250Gb, 7200RPM) - £69.98 (Dabs)
4Gb Corsair Value PC-5300 667MHz DDR2 - £43.04
Vista Home Basic - £57.70 (Dabs)

The prices have changed and are a little higher than when I first put it all together, now comes out at £970.75

I will be overclocking so wanted a hefty heatsink.

As for the premade ones Joe posted, they seem good, not so keen on the first 2 as i really had my eyes set on a GTX280.

The third seems fine, fantastic reviews, and with better ram its very tempting, only grudge is that it's a single hard drive, and I planned to run raid-0, other than that, i'm gonna have to think about this one, cheers :)

  bmc85 03:13 07 Oct 2008

I've done a little searching, and decided to push the boat out, it's the first time i've decided to build from scratch since 1998, i've always just upgraded, my final setup will be as follows.

Coolermaster CM690 Case - £59.32
Asus P5QC Motherboard - £89.14
Core 2 Quad Q9450 - £202.24
MSI GTX280 650Mhz/2.3Ghz - £326.99
Coolermaster 620W Modular PSU - £75.89
2x Pioneer DVDRW Drives - £35.22
2x Western Digital 2500AAKS HDD (250Gb, 7200RPM) - £69.98
4Gb Corsair Value PC-5300 667MHz DDR2 - £43.04
Vista Home Basic - £57.70

All from Dabs, i've scrapped the heatsink for now, i'll use the stock one until i've saved enough for DDR3, then i'll get some extra case fans, load it all out, and overclock.

  GaT7 22:33 07 Oct 2008

The reason I asked the prices is because you may get some of the items for less from elsewhere - e.g. there's a GTX280 at Scan for £242 click here - scroll lower down & click on the 'Buy' link there. G

  bmc85 00:39 08 Oct 2008

nice, so i see, although the core clock is 602 compared to 650 on the MSI

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