First ever PC build - any advice please?

    I'm aiming to build a nice solid PC that will last a good while and perform well as an all-rounder. I don't really play games but will be editing/rendering video as well as graphic and audio tasks.

    I've spent quite some time trying to research all this stuff but I'm a little wary as I've never built a PC before so I'm hoping some of you in the know could advise me on my selection of components and let me know if you spot any compatibility issues or if there's any room for improvement.

    My budget is around £500/£550 (It was less until I saw the price of the Quad cores are coming down )

    [* Motherboard: ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Digital Home Series - ATX - i975X…951 [U £100.17
    [* Case & PSU: Sonata III (EarthWatts 500w PSU)…045 [U £79.99
    [* Extra Case Fan: AKASA 120mm Amber series 3pin Ultra quiet…858 [U £7.76
    [* CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Around…869 [U £165 after Sunday maybe?)

    [* CPU fan: ZALMAN CNPS 9500 AT Socket 775 CPU Cooler…413 [U £27.98
    [* RAM: Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Performance TwinX Matched 2 GB (2x1GB) DIMM 240-pin - DDR II…439 [U £83.39
    [* Graphics:

    [* Asus Nvidia 7300GS 256MB DVI VGA TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card…197 [U £34.67
    [* ASUS EAX1550TD X1550 256MB DDR2 Hypermemory supporting 1GB DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card…034 [U £31.00
    [* Hard Drive: Seagate ST3250820AS 250GB 7200RPM SATA300 8MB Cache…515 [U £40.00 I'm not 100% set on overclocking - I thought I'd see what temps this set up would run at and then take it from there.
    I'm not certain about the graphics card I've selected - not really sure what I should be looking for!
    I also have a SkyStar2 PCI satellite card and a Sigma Hollywood+ MPEG2 decoder card to slot in.
    For the moment I'll be recycling the DVD writer, monitor and speakers from my current PC. I'll be running XP for the time being but may upgrade in the future.

    Thanks for reading... all suggestions are welcome


    I take it you don't plan o playing games much, given your choice of graphics card? Personally I'd be tempted to spend a little more on the graphics and either a Radeon 1650, a GeForce 7600 or perhaps something DirectX 10 (Radeon 2600 or Geforce 8600).

    It *might* be worth waiting to make sure the aftermarket cooler will fit fine (can't see it being a problem but it is a very large cooler); remember the CPU comes with an adequate cooler for running at stock speeds as is.

    Also, the hard drive seems really small for the other components? Seagate make great drives but surely a 320/400/500GB model would be more futureproof...

    There is also cheaper ram with the same timings available - OCZ have a pair for £75 (…55). Also, for you extra case fan, you could get a cheapo (99p) fan and run it at 7V, or alternatively spend a few pence more and get a genuine Antec fan.

    Why bump a nearly 9 yr old thread? Computer specs have come along a bit since then


    Why bump a nearly 9 yr old thread? Computer specs have come along a bit … Why bump a nearly 9 yr old thread? Computer specs have come along a bit since then

    Hmmm is someone talking to themself in this tomb...


    Hmmm is someone talking to themself in this tomb...

    There was a post before mine that said "bump" IIRC so that's why I said that Must have been deleted now.
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