new build - opinions please

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  1. lisbonlion

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    Looking for opinions on this new build, all comments welcome

    Lian-Li PC-7 Plus Black

    580W HiperPower Type-R Modular Black PSU Quiet Dbl Fan aPFC ATX2.2 20/24 Pin (RoHS)

    Gigabyte GA 965P-DS3 iP965

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 S775
    ARCTIC COOLING FREEZER 7 PRO

    GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 800MHz

    256Mb XFX 7600GT XXX Edition PCI-E 590MHz, 1.6GHz Clock GDDR3 Dual DVI

    250 Gb Western Digital WD2500KS Caviar SE16, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms

    Pioneer DVR-111DBK Black 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer DVD Writer (Reduced Length) OEM
     
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    From reviews I've read on Custom Pc mag, the Akasa Zen case didn't do too well. There was no gap for the front fan to work effectively, was one of the comments.
    I would spend a little more on a better case for better cooling. Lian-Li have good cases as an example.
    Your other products seem fine to me, maybe ATI X1800 cards over the 7600?
     
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    Don't know too much about the case, but the rest of the system seems fine. Just to make you aware the 6300 chips that are available now aren't hitting 3Ghz as easily as the first ones. I have had to put quite a bit of additional volts into mine to achive just 2.7 :). This in mind a 6600 may be a better starting point.

    On the GPU front don't pay more than £75 + VAT for a 7600, any more than that and an 1800 GTO or cheap 7900 GT makes more sense.
     
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    imnot sure about your PSU choice, ive not heard great thingd about HiperPower

    you can trust enermax or Tagan as they are quality PSU meaning you will get the most juice out of those babies at full load :)

    gfx not too sure about as these days your better off with more ram onboard the gfx card. Again i dont know what your budget is but perhaps you should consider the ATI cards as theres a few good ones on sale at the moment.

    ive not researched into pc hardware much as i only seem to do so when i need to upgrade my pc, but i do know whats the best stuff out there ;]
     
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    The Hiper Power type Rs are alright PSUs. I would choose a Seasonic or a Tagan over them any day though. 256MB Ram is fine for a mid range card as it will not see the benefit of 512MB not being able to fill it fast enough. The DDR3 speeds will definatly help the overall kick
     
  6. lisbonlion

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    is the 6600 worth the extra £100 though over the 6300, also was planning on a 7600gt untill dx10 cards are available a reasonable price, hence wanting to find a decent performer at a cheap price just now
     
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    well balanced, but if you want to be playing games the 7600gt is certainly the weak link. its by no means bad though.
     
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    is is worth upgrading the motherboard to the ds4 and the processor to the e6400?
     
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    for what reason? what you going to do with it
     
  10. lisbonlion

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    not going to be a hardcore gaming machine, hence the graphic card, will probably never use sli. Music and video encoding / ripping, occasional video editing and audio work using reason etc. Will also be using an audiophile 2496 soundcard.
    Do i stick with a 6300 and upgrade that at a later date if needed.
     
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    Anyone else experiencing this? Why would this happen? (given that early E6300 chips can't just be rebadged higher spec chips like the E6600 - or else they'd have 4Mb cache!)

    Dez
     

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