New PC Build Opinions

17 Nov 2004
The Republic
Im going to be putting together a new Rig over the course of the next week or so. I'm not much of an overclocker although I may dip my toes a little bit once this is built. System predominantly for gaming. Here is what I am thinking of. Any potential bottle knecks or problems with the spec below ?

  • Antec 900 Case
  • Intel 6400 "Allendale" Processor
  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound Paste
  • OCZ 600Watt GameXstream PSU
  • MSI P975C Platinum power up edition Mobo
  • 2x 1gb Gskill PC2 6400 DDR RAM with 5-5-5-15 Timings
  • 1x 74Gb Raptor
  • 2x 320gb S-ATA II Western Digital HDD's (16mb Cache)
  • Creative X-Fi 7.1 Soundcard
  • XFX 8800GTS XXX OC graphics card

I will be running Vista Ultimate edition - 64 bit and Ubuntu 64 Bit on seperate partition.

Two questions. Will the RAM Timings of 5-5-5-15 effect ssytem performance drastically compared to the lower latency 4-4-4-12. Also what would be the best HSF be for a system like this.
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Man of Honour
27 Sep 2004
I'd probably suggest something like this as better for overclocking and probably more balanced overall but I've changed a few parts, better PSU, better Ram and a better motherboard for overclocking.

Intel Core 2 DUO E4300 "LGA775 Allendale" 1.80GHz (800FSB) - Retail £95.99
(£112.79) £95.99
Asus P5N-E SLi nForce 650 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £69.99
(£82.24) £69.99
Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (CMPSU-520HXUK) £59.99
(£70.49) £59.99
GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC) £99.99
(£117.49) £99.99
OcUK GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail £163.99
(£192.69) £163.99
Western Digital Raptor 74GB WD740ADFD 10,000RPM SATA 16MB Cache - OEM £88.99
(£104.56) £88.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB ST3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM £56.99
(£66.96) £56.99
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Soundcard - OEM £21.99
(£25.84) £21.99
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case £57.99
(£68.14) £57.99
Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler £24.99
(£29.36) £24.99
Sub Total : £740.90
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £12.95
Vat : £131.92
Total : £885.77
Man of Honour
27 Sep 2004
The heatsink and fan comes with all you need to fit it, it comes with a fan controller and thermal paste. I've never tried the Tuniq Tower myself but I believe it is a little bit awkward however it is well worth the trouble for the cooling it gives you. :)
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