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    Another UT3 hardware thread

    Ok, yes I did make a thread recently on something completely different, hence the need for a new thread. Last time it was low budget stuff, this time I have a budget of £470 ABSOLUTE MAX. This is required to buy a processor, RAM, Mobo and graphics card.

    Here is what I plan to get at the moment;

    RAM ; Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 2048MB CL5 Kit w/two matched CM2X1024A-6400 Dimm's - £45
    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=312054

    Mobo ; Asus P5K SE, P35, Socket-775, DDR2, ATX, GbLAN, PCI-Ex16 - £70
    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=337827

    Graphics ; BFG Graphics GeForce 8800GT 512MB GDDR3 PCIE Dual DVI 625/1.8 - £187.98
    http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx...avigationKey=0

    Processor ; Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.67GHz 1333Mhz Socket LGA775, 4MB, BOXED w/fan - £115.01
    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=338082

    Power Supply ; None in mind, so I need this suggested :P


    Total - £418 (without Power supply)

    What I'm looking to do
    Build the best PC possible that's compatible with my budget of course for all my gaming needs.

    Requirements for suggestions
    Just make sure it doesn't exceed the budget I've provided, and that you use the following sites to submit your suggested product and prices;
    - http://www.komplett.co.uk
    - http://www.dabs.com
    - http://overclockers.co.uk


    I'll be looking to order the PC on Thursday at latest. Get going!

    (Thanks to those who contribute, just in case I forget to.)

    #2
    You're aware your using ram slower than both the mobo and cpu support right? 8x00 (can't remember the exact number) would be a better choice.

    Get a PSU from a good company and pick one the size you need, Hiper, Coolermaster are 2 companies I'd recommend, but there are a ton of them.

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      #3
      Originally posted by KriLL3.8™ View Post
      You're aware your using ram slower than both the mobo and cpu support right? 8x00 (can't remember the exact number) would be a better choice.
      I think the memory is fine. 6400 is DDR2 800, so unless the bus speed hits 400 Mhz he won't have any issues. The stock bus speed for that processor is about 279 Mhz. I have never heard of slower clock memory being an issue (as an aside).

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        #4
        Originally posted by KriLL3.8™ View Post
        You're aware your using ram slower than both the mobo and cpu support right? 8x00 (can't remember the exact number) would be a better choice.

        Get a PSU from a good company and pick one the size you need, Hiper, Coolermaster are 2 companies I'd recommend, but there are a ton of them.
        I have no previous hardware experience until picking parts for this computer, so I'm relying on this forum to make sure it's all good. I was unaware until you told me, so links would be mega nice if you have time

        I really am pathetic in this area of knowledge etc... I just know the parts that make up the basic computer, and that's it.

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          #5
          "Supported RAM Speed PC2-6400, PC2-5300"

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            #6
            Originally posted by [404]Cham3l3on View Post
            "Supported RAM Speed PC2-6400, PC2-5300"
            Yeah, and that doesn't matter what so ever, the FSB on the CPU is 1033, and the mobo supports that speed also. (and faster)

            PC2 8500 ram on newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=&srchInDesc=

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              #7
              This PSU is made by SeaSonic.

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                #8
                Requirements for suggestions
                Just make sure it doesn't exceed the budget I've provided, and that you use the following sites to submit your suggested product and prices;
                - http://www.komplett.co.uk
                - http://www.dabs.com
                - http://overclockers.co.uk
                I'm in the UK, it's a must. :O

                EDIT: Would this be one of those you mean by PC28500?

                Crucial DDR2 BallistiX PC8500 2048MB CL5 ,Kit w/two matched BallistiX 128Megx64 - £80
                http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=334571

                Total - £453 (without PSU, £17 left :X)

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                  #9
                  So? not hard to look under the right section on those sites.

                  http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/kl.aspx?bn=10713

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                    #10
                    so if buy the RAM you suggested, and downgrade the processor to a slower one;

                    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz 1333Mhz Socket LGA775, 4MB, BOXED w/fan - £99.95
                    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=338081

                    Would that be the best idea?

                    Total - £438 (without PSU, £32 left)

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                      #11
                      Not really, 8500 and 6400 ram costs about the same.

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                        #12
                        Now, there's some wrong information here.

                        Intel e6750 dualcore has FSB of 333mhz as default. Ram speed has to be at least minimum of 2xFSB, so in this case it would be 667mhz. When you overclock, you are going to need faster ram, though some motherboards have ways to get past this limitation by slowing down ram.

                        In other words, buy DDR2 800mhz. The kind of ram you originally proposed. It will be fast enough at least for around 3.25ghz (FSB 400mhz) overclock with that processor. Some have even reached 3.6ghz with that configuration. Faster ram is way more expensive, and in most cases useless, so just buy basic 800mhz DDR2, and you're all set. Those E6750 cpus are the best price/performance right now, and always overclock well.

                        GF8800GT 512mb is the best choice for UT3. Affordable price and great performance. That motherboard is good as well.

                        Any decent 400-450w power supply with be sufficient for that system, unless you plan to have tons of harddrives and dvdroms at the same time. Or upgrading to 2xGF8800GT SLI setup in the future.

                        I have almost similar system myself. E6750 overclocked to 3.25ghz, 2gig of 800mhz DDR2, Manli GF8800GT 512mb (overclocked to c700/m1000) and Asus p5k. In UT3 demo I have solid 60fps at 1600x1200 max detail. And with solid I mean it doesn't almost EVER get under 60fps mark. Not even in a 24 player vCTF map in middle of combat. Unless the full version is considerably more demanding on hardware, I can't see any reason to spend more money than that for a UT3 rig.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Nacher View Post
                          I have almost similar system myself. E6750 overclocked to 3.25ghz, 2gig of 800mhz DDR2, Manli GF8800GT 512mb (overclocked to c700/m1000) and Asus p5k. In UT3 demo I have solid 60fps at 1600x1200 max detail. And with solid I mean it doesn't almost EVER get under 60fps mark. Not even in a 24 player vCTF map in middle of combat. Unless the full version is considerably more demanding on hardware, I can't see any reason to spend more money than that for a UT3 rig.
                          Who do you think give me the original suggestion? Thanks once again, you do provide everything I ask for and more!! I now see what I'm definitely getting then, just had to double check and get some critics, on it being compatible and so on.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Nacher View Post
                            Now, there's some wrong information here.

                            Intel e6750 dualcore has FSB of 333mhz as default. Ram speed has to be at least minimum of 2xFSB, so in this case it would be 667mhz. When you overclock, you are going to need faster ram, though some motherboards have ways to get past this limitation by slowing down ram.

                            In other words, buy DDR2 800mhz. The kind of ram you originally proposed. It will be fast enough at least for around 3.25ghz (FSB 400mhz) overclock with that processor. Some have even reached 3.6ghz with that configuration. Faster ram is way more expensive, and in most cases useless, so just buy basic 800mhz DDR2, and you're all set. Those E6750 cpus are the best price/performance right now, and always overclock well.

                            GF8800GT 512mb is the best choice for UT3. Affordable price and great performance. That motherboard is good as well.

                            Any decent 400-450w power supply with be sufficient for that system, unless you plan to have tons of harddrives and dvdroms at the same time. Or upgrading to 2xGF8800GT SLI setup in the future.

                            I have almost similar system myself. E6750 overclocked to 3.25ghz, 2gig of 800mhz DDR2, Manli GF8800GT 512mb (overclocked to c700/m1000) and Asus p5k. In UT3 demo I have solid 60fps at 1600x1200 max detail. And with solid I mean it doesn't almost EVER get under 60fps mark. Not even in a 24 player vCTF map in middle of combat. Unless the full version is considerably more demanding on hardware, I can't see any reason to spend more money than that for a UT3 rig.
                            I agree.

                            He knows what he's talking about.

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                              #15
                              How about this as PSU?

                              OCZ StealthXStream Powersupply ATX/EPS, 600W, 120mm Fan, 4/8pin CPU, 20/24pin - £48
                              http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=336401

                              O, and I want to double check about the 8800GT, is there any specific manufacturer I should get. BFG just sounded good... :P

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