Found 18th Jul 2007
I'm thinking of building a pc for the first time.

Here are the pieces I am thinking of using:

1)Xion Stacker Case
ebuyer.com/UK/…072ebuyer.com/UK/…072
2)ATX 500W Quiet PSU
microdirect.co.uk/Pro…855microdirect.co.uk/Pro…855
3)Xfx Nforce 650i Motherboard
digitalkind.co.uk/Inu…274digitalkind.co.uk/Inu…274
4)NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 512MB Graphics Card
ebuyer.com/cus…=UKebuyer.com/cus…=UK
5)Seagate 500gb 16mb Hard Drive
ebuyer.com/cus…428ebuyer.com/cus…428
6)Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 2.4GHz
7)2GB of ram
8)18x sata dvd-rw drive

Does this look like a good combination or does it need improving or is anything incompatable?

Thanks in advance...

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Looks good to me (take it your not a big gamer though?) I'd get a better graphics card if you want to play games, and if you are using Vista I'd consider getting 4GB of ram, otherwise looks good. Is it really worth buying from different places? I'd probably stick everything in at ebuyer to be honest, will probably work out cheaper and easier...

Wait till at least next week before ordering the Q6600 to take advantage of the Intel price cuts (you should be looking at getting it for something in the region of £165).

Looks good to me, but dont take my word for it, there are more techie people on here than me. Everything seems really good specs, but isnt there any nicer cases available, for a machine of that spec you want a case that oozes quality, nice one with lights or something lol, but thats just me, I like the looks of pc's these days.

Looks good, but I'd spend a few extra £ on a decent branded PSU like an Antec, Seasonic or Enermax. That is one thing you don't want to skimp on, they can take out whole systems with them when they go wrong.

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I don't really play alot of games on my pc but I will be using Vista so 4GB of Ram would be better.
Ebuyer are pretty cheap apart from the motherboard compared to digitalkind.
I have looked at other cases but I don't want anything too mad.
Another point is that the Xion only has 2 usb ports, I'm not sure if I can add any more so I may have to look at others.

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Thanks megalomaniac, I'll take a look around.

Antec Sonata (£62) is an excellent case and comes with an excellent power supply ebuyer.com/UK/…403.

Once you factor in delivery ebuyer aren't that much more for the motherboard (never used/heard of Digitalkind myself).

BTW Don't be mistaken into thinking the 8500GT is good because it has 512MB of ram - this is pretty pointless really, they stick loads of ram on an underpowered card to make it appear better than cheaper models. You really don't need 512MB ram on a graphics card unless you are pushing 1920x1200 or greater resolutions (which you will not do with a 8500GT anyway!).

Original Poster

Thanks jah128, I've just looked at the case and I'm not sure about it but it is a good idea to find a case that comes with a psu.

Speaking of cases:

]http//ww…727 - not cheap but simple and gorgeous.
]http//ww…268 - not so pretty but practical.
]http//ww…826 - a classic.
]http//ww…207 - ...well just look at it :thumbsup:.

and PSU's.....if you want 500w (I don't think you need quite that much but it can't hurt) then these are the ones to look at:

]http//ww…949 - Seasonic 80+% energy efficient.
ebuyer.com/UK/…366 - Enermax Modular
]http//ww…377 - Antec 80+% energy efficient.

Also worth noting all three companies do 3yr warranties on their PSU's.

Original Poster

OK, I've found the case I want, it's £60 delivered from ebuyer.
Here's a link with a better photo -

]http//ww…tml

Looks good - do second the comments about a good powersupply though, you don't want to get a load of quality kit and have it taken it out by a non-branded PSU.

If you are not using a 64 Bit version of Vista, the operating system will only see 3.5GB and will only actually use 3GB.

Has anyone got any experience with CoolerMaster PSU's?

dabs.com/pro…50R

That looks like a decent PSU, the review sites seem to give it good ratings (also all claim the power meter is gimmicky!) but I'd rather have an independent opinion as well as a reviews site.

Most things CoolerMaster make are good, but they are quite new to PSU's.

spladam

Has anyone got any experience with CoolerMaster … Has anyone got any experience with CoolerMaster PSU's?http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=450RThat looks like a decent PSU, the review sites seem to give it good ratings (also all claim the power meter is gimmicky!) but I'd rather have an independent opinion as well as a reviews site.Most things CoolerMaster make are good, but they are quite new to PSU's.



Coolermaster are a reputable brand, although they really specialise in cases and cooling equipment like fans etc. (hence the name :thumbsup:). I think they offer a 3yr warranty on the RealPower series so it should be a good PSU.

Although for that sort of money you could get a 80-85%+ energy efficient model like this: ]http//ww…948 or this: ]http//ww…161 or even save some money on something like this: ]http//ww…376.

Simon_G

If you are not using a 64 Bit version of Vista, the operating system will … If you are not using a 64 Bit version of Vista, the operating system will only see 3.5GB and will only actually use 3GB.



Not strictly true, 32-bit Windows can address up to 4Gb of Memory including paging files, so if you have 4Gb of RAM installed you have to disable paging to see it all.

jonnyboy2

OK, I've found the case I want, it's £60 delivered from ebuyer.Here's a … OK, I've found the case I want, it's £60 delivered from ebuyer.Here's a link with a better photo -]http://www.virtual-hideout.net/reviews/aspire_xcruiser/index.shtml



One of the coolest looking cases I have seen. Go for it

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Thanks guys!

megalomaniac

Coolermaster are a reputable brand, although they really specialise in … Coolermaster are a reputable brand, although they really specialise in cases and cooling equipment like fans etc. (hence the name :thumbsup:). I think they offer a 3yr warranty on the RealPower series so it should be a good PSU.Although for that sort of money you could get a 80-85%+ energy efficient model like this: ]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/129948 or this: ]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/115161 or even save some money on something like this: ]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/120376.


Cheers mate.

I kinda figured CM would do fairly OK CPU's, and its not the cheapest, so you would 'like to think' it would be good.

I don't like Ebuyer personally, so I tend to avoid them.

Thanks for your comments though.
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