New PC time

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by FAST6191, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. FAST6191
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    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Wow so many replies, thanks guys. Apologies for the essay that is my initial post.

    @fischju Thanks for the calculator although hand building is what I plan on doing (if only because it has been a while since my last high end machine).

    @mcbey No mac thanks, I have used ones on various occasions and it just seems completely pointless for what I want to do (I have never played WOW either and do not intend to start).

    @Mchart thanks for that, you have just shaved a good chunk of change from my build. As for the HDD, I am seriously tempted by the raptors but my RAID0 experience means I will probably use a level with parity data.

    @nintendofreak I had always intended this build to be a hand build.

    @rambozotheclown I have dealt with bad sound cards for most of the time I have played around with computers and while my hearing is less than impressive I do intend to have a nice one this time.

    @RockingDude I will look into those, I have no desire for DX10 as nothing of interest to me will use it for a while yet.

    @cenotaph I did mention power in my post but I agree entirely: bad/cheap PSUs are not a good area to try and save money in. Overclocking really is not overrated though, I have seen performance leap a good 30% from a moderate overclock and longevity is not something I especially care about for a high(er) end machine which for the sort of price I am dealing with will be all but useless (or given to a family member) in a year and a half or so.

    @Psyfira Thanks for the link, some things seem pretty good there.

    Anyways some more money has appeared for this build so I will probably consider SLI/crossfire now as well as a far more decent mboard, at this rate I should have a machine next monday morning.

    It seems a GeForce 7900 GSx2
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/413336/art...#fichetechnique
    This mboard (Asus P5N32-E SLI, NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI):
    http://www.xtsit.com/browse/product_detail...p?id=11524&sr=2
    E6600:
    http://www.memory-express.co.uk/index.aspx...r=2007-0119-603
    And whatever else I decided to put in there RAM and power wise and all overclocked nicely. Done properly that should set me back less than £1K which would be so nice (less ram, HDD, drives, case and PSU that comes to £700 I have not even looked around yet).
     
  2. Phrostay

    Phrostay Advanced Member

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    Macs are more expensive? thats a big myth that was solved a long time ago. Sure you could build a PCee for less but the parts will not last as long. The lifespan of a macintosh system is far greater than a PCee and you don't have to worry about specific driver software either. I will agree that gaming isn't really what the mac was designed for but it can do quite well now that many games are native or can be ran using bootcamp. I'd go with a macpro but they are pricey however I don't need to defend such a grand computer as it speaks for itself.

    BTW my Dad received a version of Vista for corporate use and it's exactly the same as WinXP but just dressed up in drag. Same MS-DOS cmd line, same DLL Hell.
     
  3. Mchart

    Mchart GBAtemp Fan

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    The lifespan of a mac is far greater, or greater at all then a PC?

    Hah, thats funny.
     
  4. Sick Wario

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    with directx 10, vista, crysis and new directx 10 ati cards coming i would say hold off for a bit longer. by then core 2s will be cheaper mabye as well
     
  5. FAST6191
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    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    @Sick Wario
    I pretty much need a new machine right now not to mention Vista and dx10 will not entice me with anything for about a year/year and a half (and if Vista is as nasty I have been hearing then linux it is).

    As for the actual machine after a nice conversation with the fraud department of the bank (they evidently do not like £1200 internet purchases on relatively inactive cards) I ordered this from http://www.overclockers.co.uk/ (they are a bit more expensive than some other sites but not by much and they have what I need and are still cheaper than high street)

    I will build it, OC it and set up software and then post back but I do wish to personally thank everyone for their replies.

    Asus P5N32-E SLi nForce 680 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard:@£152.74
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....rodid=MB-209-AS
    Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail @£205.61
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....rodid=CP-128-IN
    Gainward BLISS GeForce 7900 GS SILENT 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail x2@£340.72
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....rodid=GX-041-GW
    Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator PC2-6400C4 TwinX (2x1GB) @£199.74
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....rodid=MY-124-CS
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB ST3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM @£66.96
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....rodid=HD-078-SE
    Sony AW-G170AB2 18x DVD±RW x12 Ram Dual Layer DVD-Writer - (Black) OEM x2@£39.92
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....rodid=CD-054-SO
    Akasa Ultra Quiet 650W Power+ iQ Active PFC ATX2.01 PSU - Black Nickel 1 @£93.99
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....rodid=CA-023-AK
    Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gaming case 1 @£70.49
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct....rodid=CA-065-AN
    Sub Total : £995.90
    Shipping (next day): £12.95
    Vat : £176.55
    Total : £1,185.40
     
  6. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

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    dude, theres not enough room on this server to tell you stooopid Mac lovers what their missing! just cause they go boost up their computer so that they can use XP and stuff, just makes them rotten little snakes!!!!!!! [​IMG] they basically have a crappy hunk of junk machine that runs XP and stuff!!!! I think their little thiefs!!!!!

    [​IMG]
     
  7. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

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    pwned!
     
  8. Mr.Curlynose1

    Mr.Curlynose1 HI ASL PLS

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    Those videos don't prove anything. Those types of issues are almost entirely long gone. They are funny, however.

    And it seems Fast wanted a PC desktop anyway and not a Mac.
     
  9. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

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    read the quote!!! :gosh!!!:
     
  10. kernelPANIC

    kernelPANIC GBAtemp Fan

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    I love it when people can't get over the fact that other people have different tastes and for those people, liking/choosing other things equals being stupid.
    I have both a Mac (running Tiger) and a PC (running XP SP2, will soon upgrade to Vista) and I enjoy using both of them.
    I'M RICH BIATCH!!
     
  11. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

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    [​IMG] ...NOT!!!
    Rich people use food stamps?!?!?! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  12. Azimuth

    Azimuth Chicken Teriyaki Boy!

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    macs are great, they are greatly built the software is spot on and easy to use. But the price is just too much for me, to keep a mac you gotta have money with the constant OSX updates. Overall iv considered getting a mac but why should i when i can get a pc with better specs for far less.
     
  13. Dirtie

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    A little bit similar to what I built about a month ago FAST, except mine was a little less expensive:

    GA-965P-S3 motherboard
    2GB of 5-5-5-15 G.skill ram
    Only one 7900GS
    Cheaper PSU

    Otherwise it's all pretty much the same [​IMG]
     
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