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well, here goes, I have a total of only £1000 to spend.. and im stuck, first of all, this is my first time ever making my own pc so I have no clue at all what im doing, but everyone says its easy and saves a lot of money, so here goes, these are the things I have picked out so far:

Total to spend £1000

CPU = Core 2 Duo E8600 2x(3.33Ghz 6Mb Cache 1333 FSB) = £231.14
// https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?IL-E8600 //£76.86

GPU = GeForce 9800GT SLI 1GB GDDR3(600MHz Core, 1GB 1800MHz GDDR3 Memory, 112 Stream Processors) = £98.33
// https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-98GT1 //£670.53

RAM = OCZ Platinum 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2(066MHz RAM Speed, CAS 5-5-5-18 Timings, 2.1-2.2v VDIMM) = £51.74
// https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?OCZ-8500PT //£618.79

MB = Gigabyte GA-EG45M-DS2H(Intel G45 - Socket 775 - PCI-E (x16) - DDR2 1066(O.C.)/800/667 - SATA II - Micro ATX) = £104.65
// https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?GIG-EG45M //£514.14

SPU = X-FI Xtreme Gamer = £72.44
// https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?CRE-XFIXG //£441.07

HDD = Western Digital Caviar(160GB Capacity, IDE Interface, 7200RPM Spin Speed, 8.9ms Average Seek Time, 8MB Cache) = £40.08
// https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?WD-160JB //£401.62

DVD = Black 16xDVD 48xCDWrite = £9.20
// https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-DVDCD9 //£392.42

PSU = OCZ Fatal1ty 550w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 = £64.39
// https://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?OCZ-F550 //328.03

£300 left LOL what else would I need to buy to make this pc? which case do I need, is their a certain size I must get because of the MB or something? I will be OCing the CPU to 4ghz-4.5ghz, Leads... do I need to buy certain leads to connect everything together? Is there anything else I would need to buy? also, will all that hardware work together and would it work on vista64?

Thanks for helping this has been a knightmare to get round to doing -_-'''
 

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Thank you so much for your post, I have a few questions though..

1: Cant I get just 1 HDD the maximum size hdd I need is only 80gbs lol, so the lowest high perfomance one I can get the better

2: Which is the best 'cheapish' SPU I can get? I wont be playing games that loud my wife would kill me >_> and I most likely wont be using surround sound... most likely 2.1 or something xD

3: Isnt 700W psu a bit much? I read around and most people go with around 500w, correct me if im wrong or if theres more benefits

4: Is that compound thing used to stick the coolmaster to the cpu?

5: GPU... are there any that cost less which would be near enough as good? lol price is a bit of a issue
 

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Thank you so much for your post, I have a few questions though..

1: Cant I get just 1 HDD the maximum size hdd I need is only 80gbs lol, so the lowest high perfomance one I can get the better

2: Which is the best 'cheapish' SPU I can get? I wont be playing games that loud my wife would kill me >_> and I most likely wont be using surround sound... most likely 2.1 or something xD

3: Isnt 700W psu a bit much? I read around and most people go with around 500w, correct me if im wrong or if theres more benefits

4: Is that compound thing used to stick the coolmaster to the cpu?

5: GPU... are there any that cost less which would be near enough as good? lol price is a bit of a issue
ok, ok, I came up with a new build:

£800 to spend

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 LGA775 3.33GHz (1333FSB)
£241.49
Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 LGA775 'Wolfdale' "Overclocking E0 Stepping" 3.33GHz (1333FSB) - Retail
//£241.49

EVGA GeForce GTX 260 "Core 216 55nm" 896MB GDDR3
£177.09
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 "Core 216 55nm" 896MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (896-P3-1255-AR)
//£418.58

Western Digital Caviar Blue 80GB SATA-II 8MB Cache
£33.34
Western Digital Caviar Blue 80GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (WD800AAJS)
//£451.92

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
£133.39
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
//£585.31

Asus P5Q3 Deluxe @ Wifi-N
£172.49
Asus P5Q3 Deluxe @ Wifi-N Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
//£757.80

Auzentech X-Plosion 7.1 Cinema
£73.99
Auzentech X-Plosion 7.1 Cinema PCI Sound Card
//£831.70

Coolermaster Silent Pro Modular 700W
£90.99
Coolermaster Silent Pro Modular 700W Power Supply
//£922.69

Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 10666C9 1333MHz TwinX Dual Channel
£54.04
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 10666C9 1333MHz TwinX Dual Channel (TW3X4G1333C9)
//£976.73

Things left:
Case
CPU cooler

BUT!!! can I make it cheaper in anyway?
 

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Thank you so much for your post, I have a few questions though..

1: Cant I get just 1 HDD the maximum size hdd I need is only 80gbs lol, so the lowest high perfomance one I can get the better

2: Which is the best 'cheapish' SPU I can get? I wont be playing games that loud my wife would kill me >_> and I most likely wont be using surround sound... most likely 2.1 or something xD

3: Isnt 700W psu a bit much? I read around and most people go with around 500w, correct me if im wrong or if theres more benefits

4: Is that compound thing used to stick the coolmaster to the cpu?

5: GPU... are there any that cost less which would be near enough as good? lol price is a bit of a issue
1. I'd grab at least a 300gb drive, just incase. And the price difference is very very small - hdds are cheap. Grab a Western Digital Cavier Black 320GB.

2. If you're not going to be running surround sound and/or loud - you don't really need a soundcard. Onboard sound will be plenty enough.

3. 700W is considerably more than you need, but PSU efficiency is highest at approx 50% - I like to run at 50-60% usage, other people don't mind running 80-90% and that's fine - less efficient, but fine.

4. Well no, not "stick" it to the cpu, the sink's bracket holds it very tightly to the CPU - the thermal paste acts as a conduit between the surface of the cpu and the surface of the heatsink - better conductivity means more heat gets sent to the sink and thus a cooler CPU.

5. As for the GPU, really it's up to you - but since you're getting a decent CPU and will have a nice overclock on it, I thought you might want a GPU that was closer in performance.. I mean ideally with an E8600 at 4-4.5GHz you want a GTX295 but :p Personally I'd not get less than the GTX260 c216.
 

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1. I'd grab at least a 300gb drive, just incase. And the price difference is very very small - hdds are cheap. Grab a Western Digital Cavier Black 320GB.

2. If you're not going to be running surround sound and/or loud - you don't really need a soundcard. Onboard sound will be plenty enough.

3. 700W is considerably more than you need, but PSU efficiency is highest at approx 50% - I like to run at 50-60% usage, other people don't mind running 80-90% and that's fine - less efficient, but fine.

4. Well no, not "stick" it to the cpu, the sink's bracket holds it very tightly to the CPU - the thermal paste acts as a conduit between the surface of the cpu and the surface of the heatsink - better conductivity means more heat gets sent to the sink and thus a cooler CPU.

5. As for the GPU, really it's up to you - but since you're getting a decent CPU and will have a nice overclock on it, I thought you might want a GPU that was closer in performance.. I mean ideally with an E8600 at 4-4.5GHz you want a GTX295 but :p Personally I'd not get less than the GTX260 c216.
the only thing I need the gpu for is pcsx2... so are there any cheaper ones available that would get me 60fps+?
 

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Not bad per se, but it's very much last gen. And I meant restrict as in, you said you were only going to use it on PCSX2 - and there's tonnes of other stuff you can do on a PC besides emulate PS2, lol. The GTX260 is just much better at the "everything else", where the 9800 is only average.
 
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