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Hi guys,

As much as I would love to build my own PC I just don't have the time to or patience to sit down and figure it all out!

Whilst searching around on the net I stumbled upon PCspecialist.co.uk. After building a custom pc on their site I came up with the following:

(CPU) Intel® Core™2 Quad Q6700 (4 X 2.66GHz) 1066MHz FSB/8MB L2
4GB CORSAIR DDR2 667MHz (4x1GB)
ASUS® P5N32-E SLI+: Quad-core CPU Ready, NVIDIA® Dual X16 SLI
2 x 500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7200rpm)
20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM
1st GPU: 768MB GEFORCE 8800GTX PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
2nd GPU: 768MB GEFORCE 8800GTX PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
Sound Blaster® X-Fi Platinum - Fatal1ty Champion Series:
PSU:1010W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan
ASUS SILENT KNIGHT II PURE COPPER ULTRA COOLER
CREATIVE GIGAWORKS® G550W Ultimate THX® Certified 5.1

The cost for the above rig is: £2034 (Incl VAT).

As I'm pretty new to all this could someone please let me know if the above is a half decent rig? Also does anyone have any experience with PCSpecialist.co.uk?

Thanks for all the help guys!
 

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The only changes i would consider is moving up to the 680i chipset

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard


Also move up to DDR2 800 over the 667

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Also make sure the power supply is a decent brand, cheaper brands do not deliver what they promise.

SILVERSTONE OP1000 ATX12V / EPS12V 1000W Power Supply

or

Thermaltake Toughpower W0155RU ATX12V / EPS12V 1000W Power Supply

or

PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR EPS12V 1000W Continuous @ 50°C Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, TUV, RoHS
 

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Thats a very nice machine, on the other hand I have never heard of the dealer. Make sure if thats what you've settled on it comes with a good case, because unfortunately a lot of custom build places seem to give you nice hardware and some car boot sale plastic case. Any idea what brand the PSU is, and i would make sure with a rig like that you have plenty of cooling as its basically a microwave without it!
 

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IMHO dual 8800 GTX's is pure overkill like using a shotgun to kill a mouse


one of those cards is plenty ; but is your $$$$$$$$$



I agree with all comments & suggestions by Blackduck
 

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IMHO dual 8800 GTX's is pure overkill like using a shotgun to kill a mouse


one of those cards is plenty ; but is your $$$$$$$$$



I agree with all comments & suggestions by Blackduck
We are actually getting to the age were we may need more then one (my friend has one and laggs when he maxs crysis :4-dontkno
 

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I'm quite surprised he lags on max, that begins to become a rather expensive game because every purchase needs an upgrade. As Linderman said there must be something holding his system back?
 

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One thing is for certain: you need bleeding edge horsepower to get the most out of DX10 hardware. If you are in the market for a high end card, you'd do best with an entirely new system.



http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/11/29/geforce_8800_needs_the_fastest_cpu/page10.html


there is still alot of discussion from the professional "testing" entities that the E6850 nor the Q6600 have yet to unleash the full ability of the 8800GTX ?????? there are so many considerations to be addressed, a big one being monitor capability.
 

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If the 8800 GTX is the bottleneck in the ultimate gaming system / they why does this faster processor even turn out better gaming scores ?

http://techgage.com/print/intel_core_2_extreme_qx6850_quad-core



The 8800 GTX is not the weak sister in your buddies system / not by far


therefore, as I dont see how adding another GTX can help your scores if you cant use all that you have with one card ?
 

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This roughly applies as such. (I know this isn't a perfect example, but you get the idea.) If someone has a processor that can handle 70fps, ram that can handle 80fps, and a video card that can handle 120fps, then the game will run at 70fps. Even if that person gets a video card that can handle 200+ fps like the 8800, the game will still run at 70fps. Thus the processor is the bottleneck.
 

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try this


http://www.croftssoftware.com/Downloads.html



and let me know / I didnt put the wings on fly's either :laugh:


I just want them to work good :laugh::wave:



http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4243.html


this tool will allow you to verify how much CPU your buddy is using during intense gaming sessions >>>>> if he uses it ALL then you will know where the real 'bottleneck" is

same with memory and bandwidth ??


ORIGINAL POSTER we are not hijackign yoru thread, but rather trying to deliver more information which may help you make good decisions without wasting $$$$$$$$$$$$
 
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