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Hey

the following is the parts im lookin to buy for my new build, max budget is £650 but this is already over £670 so cant afford anything more. It will be used for gaming and internet use mostly. I will also be overclocking it.

Intel Q6600 or Q6700
Xigmatek S1283 cooler
Gigabyte EP45 UD3R mobo
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR 2 800hmz 4GB kit
Coasir 650TX PSU
Geforce GTX260 gfx
500GB WD black cavier HD
 
If your just going to use your pc for gaming and surfing the net, try a dual core.....

Take this E6400, move up your fsb to (9 x 400) and you have a nice simple and cool o/c of 3.6Ghz @ 1600 fsb.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-192-IN&groupid=701&catid=6&subcat=793 £151.79 inc VAT
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 LGA775 'Wolfdale' 3.00GHz (1333FSB) - Retail

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-153-GI&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1155 £120.74 inc VAT

or......

You can easily bump up this cpu to 3.5GHz @ 1333 fsb (10.5 x 333).

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-271-IN&groupid=701&catid=6&subcat=793 £113.84 inc VAT
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 LGA775 'Wolfdale' 2.80GHz (1066FSB) - Retail

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-160-GI&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1344 £97.74 inc VAT
Gigabyte GA-EP43C-DS3 Intel P43 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 & DDR3 Motherboard

That Xigmatek in your build is a great cooler, but it's about worthless without the retention bracket. Get either the Xigmatek bracket for it, or a Thermaltake Ultra 120 bolt through kit will work fine with it also. But give this Sunbeam down here a good look. It's a great cooler, and it's on the cheap right now.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-000-TQ&groupid=701&catid=57&subcat=1395 £28.74 inc VAT
Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3/LGA775)

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=TH-001-AR £4.59 inc VAT
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound

A decent 550w psu like this Corsair down here is more than enough to push that gtx 260 and leave your plenty of juice left over. 650w is over kill.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-014-CS&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat=1084 £69.99 inc VAT
Corsair VX 550W ATX Power Supply (CMPSU-550VXUK)
 

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Ok
I will also be doin some music production so I think Quads will be better for that.

I will get the bracket for the Xigmatek and if I upgrade to a GTX 295 or even full motherboard upgrade to I7 will 550W will be enough?
 


No that 550w will not push a gtx 295. i7 though doesn't make a difference on what psu you go with.
 

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ok thanks
I just hope I get a Q6600 from a batch that can OC to 3.4 at least wit the Xigmatek cooler. I know the UD3R is a very good board for OCs tho.
 

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With the right cooling, the Q6600 is a great OC'er because of its high multiplier and it will go higher than the Q8300, but once you get to a certain point, like 3.2ghz you see almost no benefit from OC'ing the CPU anymore, at that point your GPU becomes the major bottleneck in your system for gaming.
 

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hmm
I dont really wanna go for a AMD system and I might have considerd it if I saw his b4 as I just orderd the orignal spec I listed, I went with the Q6600 and spent extra on the £15 on a BFG gfx card instead of gainward GTX 260. I will be using a 22" LCD so I think I want as much power as possible as I doubt I will upgrade the gfx card for at least a year. Also I wanna go for a I7 when prices drop in a year anyway. I know it sounds werid not wanting AMD but since core 2 duos I have gone back to intel lol.

I ended up spending £690 which is quite alot over my budget inc £40 admin fee for finanace with scan. So around £730 in total. Im hoping its not a waste of money and that in 2 years time it will not be able to play new games at medium settings at least without a big budget upgrade.
 


If your going to switch over to an i7 rig next year I would keep it cheap on the parts that won't carry over to your new build such as cpu, and mobo. A cheap dual core for now, pump it up, then ebay it later on when you make your new build.
 

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The E8400 is around £2 more then a Q6600 so will not be saving much and then next dual core down E7500 is £20 cheaper but has only 3mb cache. I might try and save money on the motherboard and just get one that can OC well and thats under £100. Any suggestions?