Buying a new machine - please critique my spec

  Muzziad 22:08 29 May 08
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My five year old desktop is finally giving up the ghost so I am looking around for a new one. I have looked all over the place and am a bit confused bt pcspecialist.co.uk look pretty good.

Anyhoo.... can those of you in the know crit this spec and recommend me if it's overkill or not powerful enough.

I use it for usual web stuff plus some gaming, although my gaming tends not to be the recent resource hoggy type games (I play SWG, Champ Manager, economy management sort of games like RR Tycoon/Age of Empires etc rather than shoot em ups).

How is this spec? What should I up/downgrade? Does 64 bit Windows cause any problems with software? I chose 64 bit coz 4gb RAM won't work on 32 bit.

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q6600 (4 X 2.40GHz) 1066MHz FSB/ 8MB L2 Cache


Memory (RAM)
4GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x2GB)


Motherboard
ASUS® P5N-D: DDR2, SATAII, 2 x PCI-e x16, 2 PCI, 2 x PCI-e x1


Operating System
64 BIT WINDOWS® VISTA HOME PREM SP1 (inc CD & Licence) (£59)


USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD


Memory - 1st Hard Disk
400GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7200rpm)


2nd Hard Disk
NONE


RAID (HDD 1 & 2)
NONE


1st CD/DVD Drive
20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM


2nd CD/DVD Drive
NONE


Graphics Card
512MB GEFORCE 8800GT PCI Express (Special Offer)


2nd Graphics Card
NONE


2nd Graphics Card
NONE


Sound Card
Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio 7.1: £28


Modem
NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND


Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT


Floppy Disk Drive
NONE


Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)


Case
Stylish Black Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB


Power Supply & Case Cooling
600W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£59)


Processor Cooling
SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (£15)


Firewire & Video Editing
2 x IEEE 1394a FIREWIRE PORTS (1 onboard, 1 at back panel)


TV Card
NONE


Monitor
LG L226WTQ 22 inch Wide: HDCP/DVI/2MS/1680 x1050 (Special: £179)


2nd Monitor
NONE


DVI Cable
NONE


Keyboard & Mouse
Logitech® Deluxe 660 Cordless Keyboard & Optical Mouse(Black) (£16)


Mouse
NONE


Speakers
NONE


Printer
NONE


Surge Protection
NONE


Webcam & VoIP
NONE


Media Center Kit
NONE


Anti-Virus
NONE


Office Software
NONE


External Hard Drive
NONE


Warranty
1 Year Return-to-Base incl 1st Month Free Collect & Return


Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)


Miscellaneous
FREE Assassin's Creed DVD Game with any Intel® Core™ 2 Quad CPU!


Quantity
1

New Total Price
£987



Price is VAT included and I have speakers.

  carver 07:16 30 May 08

First thing why have you gone for a 64 bit system, if it's because of memory problems forget it, Vista 32 bit will recognize 4GB of memory with no problem.

Also why go for the quad core an Intel Duel core E 8400 would be a better chip, it's a more up to date chip that runs a 3GHZ and it runs cooler.

Also find out about the PSU, what make is it.

Graphic card, you would be better going for the 8800 GTS, it's not much dearer but a lot better card.

The warranty is a little bit dodgy, first month only paid by the firm, you could find that any savings made could be wiped out if you have to return it after that time, it can be up to £50 to return a p/c and if that happens a couple of times it soon mounts up.

This part I'm not to sure about but some games will just not work under Vista and if you have any older ones you could find they not working.

Go for Windows XP at least then you know all the other hardware you have will work with it and even XP will accept 4GB memory, I've got the same memory in my p/c and it's fine, it only shows 3.2 GB of memory but it works well.

  Muzziad 08:59 30 May 08

Thanks for the reply.

I went for the 64 bit because it is the same price, is there no advantage? Or, rather more pertinent, are there any disadvantages?

I have changed the chip as you recommend and it has made little difference to the price.

Also, as regards having XP for hardware..... all I have is a printer which I am looking to replace anyway and an external HDD recently purchased so I assume is Vista compatible anyway.

I must admit I am torn abut Vista/XP. I have read so many things about Vista and I did like XP.

Changed the warranty to 1 year return to base with free collect for an extra £5 only..... good spot!!

  al7478 15:22 30 May 08

By the by, i dont THINK any Windows 32 bit OS will recognise the whol 4 gig. I even read somewhere (tho have no idea about the truth of it) that having too much ram can cause problems.

Hopefully someone will come along with more info.

  carver 07:50 31 May 08

I'm not to well up on Vista 64 bit but from what I've read some times this can actually be slower than the 32 bit system, it all depends on what you are doing.

A Vista 32 bit system will work with 4GB of memory and it will use it.

Some sites to look at

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Hope it helps

By the way what PSU is it in that system?

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