Sanity check my build, and a couple of questions

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Hi all,

Could you take a few to sanity-check my spec?

Samsung SH-183LBEBN 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer Serial ATA Lightscribe ReWriter (Black) - OEM
Sapphire X1650 Pro Ultimate 256MB GDDR3 DVI TVO PCI-E
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 775)
Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Case - EarthWatts 500W PSU
Samsung SpinPoint T HD501LJ 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Western Digital Raptor 150GB WD1500ADFD 10,000RPM SATA 16MB Cache - OEM
GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC)
Abit AB9 Pro (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail
Now the questions:
1) What do you think of the selected RAM?
2) What advantages does a P35 motherboard give me - do I need one for a little future-proofing (is it worth it at the current price)?

Cheers :)
 
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good ram choice there,

as for the gfx card, id ditch that in favour for a 8600gt.

also you may want to reconsider the hard drive, do you really need a raptor or would you be better off with a 500gig seagate for 75 quid?
 
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Cyber-Mav said:
good ram choice there,

as for the gfx card, id ditch that in favour for a 8600gt.

also you may want to reconsider the hard drive, do you really need a raptor or would you be better off with a 500gig seagate for 75 quid?
I find that the speed of my hard drive bottle-necks all of my apps (lots of them) from loading into RAM, especially on start-up. I think I'll benefit from it as I use a lot that accesses the drive frequently (Outlook, Photoshop, many messengers etc.)

The GFX card I picked is silently cooled, which is why I have opted for it. I can't see a silent 8600gt.

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ahh cool then, also if your after a silent setup that raptor will make you cry, when its seaking my raptor can be heard over all the fans in my system, and thats a 20cm fan, 8cm fan exhaust, and 5 x 12cm fans and the psu. although all the fans i have are very quiet ones but the raptor can be heard over all other parts in the pc.
 
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Have you got the Raptor-X? That one is windowed and makes a serious amount of noise. However, this is closed in heavy steel.

I heard the audio tests @ silentpcreview.com and it didn't seem that bad. I'm not after a silent PC, but I do want a fairly quiet one (hence the Sonata). I was hoping the Sonata (with thick rolled steel sides) would turn the Raptor's seek noise into an average-sounding hard drive noise.

Do let me know if I'm incorrect though, I am one to be annoyed by little things like that.
 
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Cyber-Mav said:
good ram choice there,

as for the gfx card, id ditch that in favour for a 8600gt.

also you may want to reconsider the hard drive, do you really need a raptor or would you be better off with a 500gig seagate for 75 quid?

As far as I have heard, the 8600s are really disappointing.
 
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Benjarghmin said:
As far as I have heard, the 8600s are really disappointing.


depends what they are compared to, if you compare it to a 2900 or a 8800gtx then yea its crap.

but if you compare it to anything else in its price range (65-70 quid) then it just can;t be beat.
 
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Mm, I guess so. I personally was planning on taking the 8600, but decided to shuffle my spec around and buy the 7950GT. Couldn't have made a better move, methinks.

I didn't realise the 8600 was so cheap, now knowing that I'd agree it's the best card in that price range.
 
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I have updated my specification to reflect my new wants;
1) Overclock my Q6600
2) Add more memory

Questions;
1) Will the graphics card be able to run Vista and Aero with bells and whistles?

Why a fairly high-spec system;
1) I am an impatient sod
2) I want to run some intensive applications concurrently - lots of them, and possibly VMs

Hard Drive #1 Western Digital Raptor 10,000RPM 74GB 88.95
Hard Drive #2 Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 66.98
Motherboard Asus P5KC Combo Intel P35 (Socket 775) 99.86
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 170
Memory x2 (4GB) OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400C4 133.92
Case Antec Sonata III Piano + 500W Earthwatts 76.36
Graphics Leadtek WinFast GeForce 7600 GS 256MB 49.33
 
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SS-89 said:
i honestly dont think youll see much of a difference between a raptor and the AAKS or Seagate 7200.10 HDDs.
The Seagate is quite noisy and not much less noisy than the Raptor 74ADFD. Seek times are what is important to me for snappy application loading, file loading etc. with a lot going in simultaneously. I think the seek time of the AAKS is 8.9ms where the Raptor is around half that?
 
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I think I have made my mind up :)

Thoughts?

Hard Drive RAID0 x2 Western Digital Caviar SE16 400GB 4000AAKS x2 115.12
Motherboard Asus P5KC Combo 99.86
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 187.99
Memory x2 (4GB) GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400C4 800MHz 141
Case Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Aluminium 48.97
Graphics Sapphire X1650 XT 256MB GDDR3 45.81
PSU Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular 64.61
Cooler Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler 31.71
Lian Li C-01B Aluminium CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Bezel 9.39
Acousti Ultra-Soft Arrowhead Fan Mounts 3.51
 
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