First PC built myself

rlyons

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Ok, this will be the first time I will be building my own machine from scratch. I think I've done enough homework, and to my knowledge, it is all compatible.

Motherboard: Asus P6T (the normal one, not "delux" or anything") £200.09
PSU:750W Thermaltake Toughpower £80.69
CPU:Intel i7 (2.66 GHz, I can't afford any higher) £233.65
CPU Cooler:Coolmaster V8 (it looks awsome aswell) £53.99
RAM:12GB DDR3 1333MHz £245.52
Graphics Card's:2x nVidia 1GB PCI-E 2.0 9800 GTX+ £297.82
Hard Drives:2x Samsung HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM Sata £153.98
Optical Drives:Samsung 22x Dual Layer SATA £31

I've allready bought the case, I got the "Coolmaster Cosmos RC-1000" for £133 including shipping.

I've not bought anything else yet, but I've worked out that, at the prices stated above, it comes to £1297.74...

Any help with anything would be greatly appreciated, along with any suggestions or anything else :)

Oh, I'll also be setting up my hard drives to use RAID.
 
I'd cut it down to 3GB of RAM and without any aftermarket cooler.

Also, there's really no point in buying two 9800GTX cards when there are so many better cards available. Get a GTX 295 or HD 4870 X2 (and that's it), or a GTX 285 or HD 4870 1GB (and add another one later if needed).

 
Agreed theres no need to get 12 gig of ram .

How much you get depends on which version of windows you will use . If you are getting 64 bit Vista then a 6 gig triple channel kit is the best option .
If you have a 32 bit OS its a complete waste buying more than 3 gig because windows will never see it and never use it .

Also if this is a gaming machine then i7 is not the best choice . You'd probably be better off with C2D , C2Q or Phenom ll all of which are cheaper and faster
 

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Tri-channel offers very little performance benefit.
 

I'm aware of that, but still wouldn't want to run dual channel on a tri-channel capable machine. It's like running single channel on a dual channel system. There may not be a huge performance hit, but there is one.
 

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I'd rather have the extra 1GB of RAM than the unnoticeable speed difference.
 

rlyons

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Ok, granted. I don't need 12 GB of RAM, but I will be needing a lot, so ima stick to 6 GB.

But now I'm bent on buying the GTX 295, thanks to aevm, who pointed out that it's probably a better option. I will probably end up putting in a second card eventually anyway!

For whoevers interested, I'll be running 64 bit Vista, because I thought, XP could only see up to 4 GB anyway :eek: (that's what I was told anyway)

But other than that, price wise, do we think it's a reasonable price for what I'm getting??

And does anyone know how to set up RAID, as I have no clue.


Thanks for everyones input up to now though, 'tis appreciated :)
 

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XP 32-bit will only see around 3.25GB depending on your video card's memory. On the other hand, XP 64-bit will see way more.

Whoever told you that XP could only see up to 4GB max was not precise enough.
 

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XP can see up to 4GB when you add the /PAE extension to the boot.ini

So yes, XP can see 4GB. We've used this switch a lot when working with some of our older servers at work running server 2003. I've tested it in XP. If you do not know how to modify your boot.ini, right click on my computer go to advanced, click settings under startup and recovery, click edit. This is my work computer but will work for the example:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /PAE
 

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750W wouldn't be enough? :eek: I thought that was pretty high myself, shows what I know.
 
Well, nVidia recommends 3 PSUs for GTX 295 dual SLI, and all 3 are rated 1200W. Scary, isn't it?

They allow about 270W or so for each card, plus 100W or whatever for the CPU, plus something for all the rest, and then they size the PSU so that it's used at 75% of max or less because that's where it's most efficient.


 

rlyons

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yes that is actually pretty scary lol.. I didn't think I would have needed a high PSU. Ah well, cant win everything :p

I'll have to shop around again lol. Thanks for your help up to now guys, I'll keep yall posted :)
 

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The /PAE extension is used to address more than 4GB, and is of no use for XP which is limited to 4GB.