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Well basically the above, got £1000 to mess around with over my aging computer. I need pretty much everything bar monitor(19" but will be replacing it in a few months or when i've got the cash to do it) and keyboard/mouse/speakers are sorted aswell.

I play quite a few games, so will mainly be used as a gaming machine.

My current spec's are letting me down a fair bit, 2500+ barton clocked to 3200+ speeds, 1gig ram, rad 9800 pro etc so need a big upgrade which will last me a few years.
 
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This spec should play all games at high quality and last quite a while. You might want to change the graphics to a 8800GTX, this will put it slightly over budget.
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Truthfully though is a quad the way to go? I know they are dropping in price, maybe not as cheap as the e6600 but would it be worth it over a duo considering that im mainly gaming would the other cores actually be usefull to me? Also i'd need a good heatsink.
 
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Just stick an arctic cooling freezer pro on there then, still be under £1000 :) Are you gonna wait for the intel price drops as it may well be worth going with the quad as the Q6600 is coming down to around £150 i believe (don't quote me on that though lol)
 
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Yeah i know the quad is dropping in price, don't get me wrong but won't the other cores not be used at all? Which will be a waste, hence me asking on here for helping choosing a spec.

I was all set for a e6600 a few weeks to a month back, still am actually but with the quads coming down quite a bit it changes things. Im just thinking that a quad will be wasted for what i use it for. Maybe if i did programming or designing other cores would be more usefull but i don't really.
 
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Personally, I would go with something like this...




This way, you'll be able to get a 8800GTX in there. You'll also have two WD 320GB drives in RAID0, which will be very fast indeed. A decent sound card, and also a Noctua will provide you with very good sound and cooling. The rest is all very high quality stuff.
 
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Alex UK said:
Personally, I would go with something like this...




This way, you'll be able to get a 8800GTX in there. You'll also have two WD 320GB drives in RAID0, which will be very fast indeed. A decent sound card, and also a Noctua will provide you with very good sound and cooling. The rest is all very high quality stuff.

Now that is something im looking for. I'd be interested in the quad's but to be honest, i think a duo would be better as a quad wouldn't be used as well.

Don't know about the gtx though - i heard it was only a little clocked up compared to the one below and the price is pretty hefty considering the little difference, may downgrade to the version below it.
 
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail
Gigabyte GA_P35_DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-5300C3 667MHz Dual Channel Kit
BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC 768MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 5000AAKS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music 7.1 Soundcard - OEM
Samsung SH-183LBEBN 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer Serial ATA Lightscribe
Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU
Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Aluminium Midi-Tower Case

Total : £999.75

Their you go.
 
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Now that is something im looking for. I'd be interested in the quad's but to be honest, i think a duo would be better as a quad wouldn't be used as well.

Don't know about the gtx though - i heard it was only a little clocked up compared to the one below and the price is pretty hefty considering the little difference, may downgrade to the version below it.

What will you be doing on your pc, just playing games? If so no need for a Quad,.

Who told you that? Depending on what Res you play at the GTX is above any GPU out their, and is not just clocked a little above the GTS. :D
 
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stickroad said:
What will you be doing on your pc, just playing games? If so no need for a Quad,.

Who told you that? Depending on what Res you play at the GTX is above any GPU out their, and is not just clocked a little above the GTS. :D

Yeah pretty much playing games, surfing the net a bit of web page designing etc. Nothing major enough to make use of quad cores. Is it worth waiting until the 22nd still for the e6600 or maybe e6700 or get it now?

I might be thinking of the ultra lol. Well im sticking with my samsung 19" atm, in the future will upgrade it but my pc needs more of an upgrade than my screen atm.

Do you think it would be an idea to get 4gig ram, or stick with the 2 gig?
 
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What will you be doing on your pc, just playing games? If so no need for a Quad,.

Who told you that? Depending on what Res you play at the GTX is above any GPU out their, and is not just clocked a little above the GTS. :D

He's talking about the ultra that Paul_64L posted, which has been widely panned for only being clocked a tiny bit higher than the GTX.
 
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stickroad said:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail
Gigabyte GA_P35_DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-5300C3 667MHz Dual Channel Kit
BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC 768MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 5000AAKS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music 7.1 Soundcard - OEM
Samsung SH-183LBEBN 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer Serial ATA Lightscribe
Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU
Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Aluminium Midi-Tower Case

Total : £999.75

Their you go.

That's pretty much the same as my spec, albeit without RAID0 and a Noctua.
 
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paul_64l said:
4gb is only good for vista 64 really

I suppose i could upgrade in the future at a smaller price aswell then :).

Well i think i'll go with the spec that stickroad suggested then. Is the noctua a good heatsink then or would something else be better?
 
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