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Re: New Build comments

Jaimie Vandenbergh

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      Oct 7th, 08, 5:43 PM
On Tue, 7 Oct 2008 16:57:59 +0100, "catman"
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>Hi All,
>I am looking to put a new system together shortly and would like a few
>comments on what I have some ideas on.
>M/B..... Asus P5K Premium/WiFi-AP Intel P35 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2
>CPU..... Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 "LGA775 Core 2" 2.50GHz (800FSB)
>Video card.......Gainward ATI Radeon HD 3850 Pro 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual
>DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express)
>Memory........ 2g of ram probably crucial
>DVD.........Asus DRW-2014S1T 20x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer Rewriter
>HDDs... I will be fitting two older 250g West Dig IDE drives as they have
>quite a bit of data on them.
>plus 1 sata 80g WD for OS and programmes.
>ANTEC 300 or 900 CASE (900 has fittings for floppy drive) .If I needed a
>floppy to flash BIOS I could temp borrow one from older pc. Otherwise dont I
>use one now.
>PSU CORSAIR 520 PSU OR 620.. not sure yet as dont know about PSUs

You won't need more than 350W with the above kit.

>I will not be overclocking but will do a bit of gaming.

Good choice of CPU - no need to get a faster expensive one, games are
very much GPU limited these days.

Since you're going with 800MHz fsb it's worth getting the RAM to match

>I dont know about pentium heatsink and fan so I include Arctic Freezer 7.

If your CPU comes with heatsink+fan, just use those to start with -
they're pretty good. Go aftermarket if you need to after.

>Main problem is the operating system. I have read many horror stories about
>Vista and wondering if would be safer to stay with XP for now.

Assuming XP is more familiar, do that. Vista will run okay on this kit
though it'll still be annoying, it just can't help it.

The only other suggestion I'd make is to get a 750gig drive instead of
an 80gig and the two 250s - you'll appreciate the extra speed of a
large modern drive, and the lower noise of having a single drive in
the chassis is excellent. The price difference isn't huge, and
changing the PSU down will probably give you that for free.

Cheers - Jaimie
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