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Old 07-15-2008, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default PC overhaul, is this ok?

Hi there, i'm looking to overhaul my pc and transform it into a high-end gaming machine so looking at upgrading mobo, processor, HDD, memory and graphics card. I've been searching these boards trying to figure out the best i can buy for less than 500 and have come up with the list below. Is there an advantage to having 2 hard drives - one with operating system and one with everything else, it would be nice to incorporate my existing hard drive if i can.

My current PSU is:
1 x Antec TruePower Trio 650W PSU - With 3x 12v Rails and 120mm Fan

I'm looking at buying the below:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Energy Efficient 95W edition Socket 775
Arctic Cooling AC-FRZ-7P Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 Processor Cooler
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 DHX Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL4(4-4-4-12)
PowerColor HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card
750GB Samsung HD753LJ SATAII HDD

Now i'm not sure what the best mobo would be and i know there are alot out there, i've been looking at:
Asus P5Q PRO P45 Socket 775 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
or ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP AiLifestyle Series P35 Socket 775 Socket eSATA 8 channel Audio

But i really don't know what i should be looking for or what would be best

Do you think the above looks ok or should i change something around? Also i'm assuming my PSU will be ok, what should i check to make sure it is?

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks
James
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:41 PM   #2
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PSU should be fine, I'd get the P5Q if it were me due to it being pretty much the most recent chipset, the board is a mad overclocker too btw.

I'm not fussed on the cooler mounting system (push pins), I would prefer my Thermaltake Ultra 120 eXtreme tbh

Unless you're running a 64bit os 4GB of memory is overkill.

Good video card.

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Old 07-15-2008, 07:03 PM   #3
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Will you be overclocking. If not, I think you might be better off with the Phenom 9850 and a 790FX board. If yes:

The P5K doesn't have full CF support, so you can't add a second HD 4870 later, so my recommendation would be with the P5Q PRO.

Is the HDD a SpinPoint F1? If yes, that's a great buy, it's the fastest 7200RPM drive available.

I also think that the 4GB of RAM is worth it, just make sure you get a 64 bit OS. I ran 2GB for while whilst I was getting my overclock sorted out, and I noticed a difference in performance going from 2GB to 4GB again.

And get the Xigmatek HDT-S963 over the Freezer 7 PRO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233001

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is this the suggested mobo?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299
and is your old HDD an IDE or a SATA?
either way it goes
that mobo above supports both
but if you want a CD optical device
an internal one
then you might have an issue
2 IDE internal devices
one port
simple math
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IDE ribbon cable = two plugs = two ide devices, simpler math

SATA optical drives are cheap as chips as well these days
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two plugs?
i guess im shafted then
i havent seen one
and dont have one
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Standard IDE cable ??

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Standard IDE cable ??

unless it's a prebuilt, the 2 device ribbon cable is pretty much standard, actually, the only time I ever see 1 device ribbon cables are in prebuilts, probably to limit the number of devices because they don't want to overload those crappy 300w psus they have running the system...
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And get the Xigmatek HDT-S963 over the Freezer 7 PRO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233001
i have it, its pretty amazing i must say
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Default Re: PC overhaul, is this ok?

unfortunately thats the only type of pcs that i have ever had
is prebuilt
well i do have a 600W PSU from my BB PC kit

and i love Radio Shack
i got an IDE cable
wish me luck
if nothing else
ill throw in that PSU
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