Gaming PC

  Nedley 14:26 17 Aug 2007

Hi all,
This is my first post, so bear with me.

I'm putting together, as I want a good gaming spec which isnt going to cost me an arm and a leg!

I have a budget of 800, and have come up with the following so far, but i would greatly appreciate any input you have on improvements I could make to this system.

250GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus21 7200rpm 8mb cache ATA100 Hard Drive (HAR250MAX325... (More) £40.00

Geil Ultra DDR2 2.0GB PC6400 Dual Channel memory kit (2 x 1GB) 800MHz (4-4-4-12)... (More) £58.10

Asus Motherboard P5N32-E SLI NF680i SLI Intel Quad core / Core 2 Extreme / Core... (More) £107.45

Intel CPU Core 2 Quad Core Q6600 2.40GHz 1066FSB LGA775 8MB cache (4x2MB) (CPUI... (More) £147.15

INNO3D GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB DDR3 PCI-E (VIDINN8800GTS) £219.20

Benz Black Super Midi 400W silent PSU +USB ATX +UK power lead 8011 £23.95


VAT @ 17.5%

Total Price Including VAT


Many Thanks!!!

  Coltch 14:52 17 Aug 2007

There are 2 items I would change, unfortunately it would take you over your £800.

PSU - you should look towards 500W min (more if you want SLI), make sure it is a decent branded one with good 12V rails (Coolermaster, Seasonic, OCZ).

HDD - I would personally go for a SATA II drive with 16MB of cache (500GB drives are fairly cheap, or maybe 2 x 250GB drives in RAID 0).

CPU - do you really need a Core2Quad?, they are quite cheap but a Core2Duo would probably work out cheaper and most games are not yet Multi Core aware.

Other than that not too bad a system.

  Coltch 14:53 17 Aug 2007

Sorry meant to say 3 items (were is the edit button!!!)

  Nedley 15:09 17 Aug 2007

Cheers, i'll take a look around and see what I can find.

Dosn't the Core 2 Quad CPU just generally run faster? If i'm building a gaming PC to last, is the extra cash a worth-while investment? Or do the Duo's do just as good-a-job?

  Totally-braindead 15:43 17 Aug 2007

I can't comment on the quad core issue but I would agree that a heftier branded power supply as well as a SATA II drive with a 16mb cache would be on my list for a gaming machine, also the 640 mb graphics card is good but a 320mb one would also be good and might be cheaper, and if you choose an SLI motherboard you could in 6 months time add another 320mb card. And in 6 months time the card might be down to a more reasonable price.
Have a read of this page click here it does of course depend on price, is the 320mb card significantly cheaper than the 640mb version?

  Nedley 16:14 17 Aug 2007

There's a budget 320 mb card for £183

click here(17153)XpertVision-GeForce-8800-GTS-320MB-DDR3-PCIE.aspx

But for 40 quid is it worth the loss in memory and 100Mhz of clock speed on the cheaper card?

  citadel 19:04 17 Aug 2007

I would get an enermax infinity 650, psu this will take you over the 800 but will see you through any futue upgrades.

  Nedley 10:44 20 Aug 2007

Sorry to sound like a complete novice, but what is a V.12 rail?
Does it make any difference? I have found a nice budget case with PSU (600W), but no idea if it has V.12 rails or needs them?
Can someone shed a little light on this issue?

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