new build spec -a ny comments??

  Admiral Allstar 23:38 13 Jul 2006

any comments on this spec welcome:

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe/Wireless Edition

Crucial CT2KIT12864AA667 - 2 GB DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2.00GHz (Socket AM2) - Retail (CP-166-AM)

Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS Edition - Retail (SC-032-CL)

Creative GigaWorks 5.1 G500 thanks® Pro Gamer Speakers - Retail (SP-067-CL)

Graphics Card
Asus GeForce 7900 GTX/2DHT 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-097-AS)

Seasonic S12 Series 600W SLI Certified ATX2.0 PSU

CPU thermal compound
Akasa AK-TC5022 Thermal Compound (TH-000-AK)

Heatsink & Fan
Zalman CNPS9500-AM2 Aero Flower (Socket AM2/939/754) CPU Cooler (HS-021-ZA)

Hard Disk
Maxtor MaxLine III NCQ 250GB 7V250F0 SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-094-MD)

Antec P160W - Mid tower - ATX ( ATX12V )

Razer Copperhead SK Edition 2000dpi High Precision Gaming Mouse - Retail (KB-020-RA)

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (KB-055-MS)

Cable tidy
Akasa AK-TK-01 Cable Tidy Kit (CM-003-AK)

Akasa AK174CB-4BLB 120mm Blue LED Fan (FG-008-AK)

Case Lights
Akasa Dual Blue Cold Cathodes 1 Inverter (CA-007-AK)

usb2 hub
Belkin 5-Port USB 2.0 PCI Card (F5U220) (CC-000-BE)

  De Marcus™ 23:55 13 Jul 2006


Sounds like a decent pc.

However, what do you intend using it for?

  sean-278262 00:02 14 Jul 2006

As this is a gaming system guessing that by the high end mouse and specs overall. Would it not make sense to add another few quid to get a fast and smaller hard drive to load the OS to. The larger drive then being used to run all the various other software that wont need the speed ie videos and music files. Alternatively what about a RAID setup with 2 120/160gb drives gives you better speeds overall and may even be cheaper as 120 and 160gb drives are dirt cheap these days. Picked up an 80 for like under 30quid a few days ago.

On another point Im not so sure on is the maxtor drives. They have always died on me. I swear by seagate.

Another thing is where are the optical drives?

Also why are you paying like 10quid for a few cable ties? I can get 100 for a quid in a pound shop and paint em whatever colour for very little some can even be gotten in the colour you want.

My 2 cents, however looks to be a smashing system. Should post the price and places you are buying from too so people can make sure it will all run smoothly as it isnt exactly easy to be sure the items we search for are the ones you are actually getting.

Oh and dont forget to get cables, OEM drives come without the things as I learned to my horror.

  Giggle n' Bits 00:43 14 Jul 2006

for the Asus as it has a NForce chipset and your using a Maxtor HDD. Seagate & Maxtor SATA II HHD's have a Firmware error that effect NCQ in SATA II. You will also possibly have to update the firmware on the Maxtor. Check the FAQ's for your Motherboard and SATA especially.

Otherwise all looks ok.

  Admiral Allstar 01:07 15 Jul 2006

thanks for the input. would anybody suggest a more appropriate hard disk?? especially as seagate and maxtor appear to have compatibility issues from Big Bytes post.

  sean-278262 02:13 15 Jul 2006

Well any other if you wish to avoid what BB pointed out. Fujitsu, Western Digital, Hitachi, Toshiba, Samsung.

  Giggle n' Bits 02:02 01 Aug 2006

Samsung HDD, I would recomend.

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