Helping a friend design a computer

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My friend is planning to build his own computer but he doesn't really know much, and neither do I so I'd like some help designing a spec for a gaming pc for about £750. It needs to include a wireless card, XP(we don't like Vista) and two hard drives.
 
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Yes monitor, keyboard and mouse need to be included in the 750.

Overclocking is most likely a no, neither he or I have the guts. :p

People who's opinions I respect keep saying Vista is awful and a lot of what I've heard about it sounds bad. Plus XP is cheaper and Vista has no actual advantages over it bar DX10 which is being reverse engineered for XP anyway.
 
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Yes monitor, keyboard and mouse need to be included in the 750.

Overclocking is most likely a no, neither he or I have the guts. :p

People who's opinions I respect keep saying Vista is awful and a lot of what I've heard about it sounds bad. Plus XP is cheaper and Vista has no actual advantages over it bar DX10 which is being reverse engineered for XP anyway.


What do you mean by that?
 
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I really would advise overclocking as you can get a cheap c2s cpu and make it run at a much higher speed. The same speed as a 150 pound chip.

Abd from what i hear clocking the c2d's can be easy, and if you need help you can ask here :D

EDIT: And why 2 HDDs? Save money and get 1 big one?
 
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What do you mean by that?
Quite, because it's rubbish. Dx10 is very closely integrated with the Vista Kernel. To get it to work with XP would require any of this stuff to be emulated in software, which would yield absolutely terrible performance.

Useable DX10 on XP will never happen.
 
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Quite, because it's rubbish. Dx10 is very closely integrated with the Vista Kernel. To get it to work with XP would require any of this stuff to be emulated in software, which would yield absolutely terrible performance.

Useable DX10 on XP will never happen.

Correct, i thought that was what he meant.
 
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Thank you very much Alex and Megahurtz.

As for the Vista discussion I seem to have accidentally started :p , I was referring to this, which from what I've heard sounds very promising, but I may be wrong. :)
 
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