New Gaming PC

  Rob_101 14:58 28 Oct 07
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Hi,

I am wanting to get a new PC for gaming and have decided on buying one from Cougar Extreme.

This is the system I think I am going to order.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz 8Mb Cach,
2GB Kingston DDR 667,
500GB SATA Hard Drive,
X-Cruiser Black,
Atrix 650Watt Transparent + Blue LED,
320Mb Nvidia 8800GTS graphics card DX10,
QC - ASUS P5N-ESLI 1333fsb-DDR800x4 SLI motherboard (Dual graphics),
18X DVD+/-RW (Samsung),
Floppy Drive - SILVER,
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 PCI 7.1, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premiem (OEM),
No Additional Software,
Free Carriage,
13 Month Warranty.

766.96

Is this a good system? I will be playing the racing sims such as Race 07 and GTR2 etc. Will it play these games ok?

Also, is Windows Vista the operating system to go for means I will be gaming? I've heard reports that it isnt that reliable yet.

Sorry for such beginners questions! It's just I don't want to pay £800 for a PC that won't play the games I want to play properly.

Thanks in advance.

Rob

  citadel 16:00 28 Oct 07

I don't like the look of the psu as it is cheap, also I would have liked to see faster memory.

  RobCharles1981 16:11 28 Oct 07

The Memory To me looks ok, I would get the Corsair Make, the PSU is a bit week - Coolermaster 850watt Pro gets my vote, maybe you could go a bit higher on the graphics spec.

  Rob_101 16:22 28 Oct 07

On the Cougar Extreme website, it doesnt't have the coolermaster 850W pro. It has an Atrix 800Watt Silent Dual Fan 2x 12v Dual Rail and a Colors 550Watt Silent. Which one should I go for?

I have a limited budget so should I downgrade to the Core 2 Duo E6750 and have instead, faster memory and a better PSU?

Will I notice much of a difference from a Dual core to Quad core?

I'm hoping once I get the PC to save up a bit and get a second 8800gts 320mb and run them in SLI. So i'm not too worried about the graphics card.

  Rob_101 16:26 28 Oct 07

Sorry should have added.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz 4Mb Cache,
2Gb Corsair Memory DDR 800,
500GB SATA Hard Drive,
X-Cruiser Black,
Atrix 800Watt Silent Dual Fan,
320Mb Nvidia 8800GTS graphics card DX10,
QC - ASUS P5N-ESLI 1333fsb-DDR800x4 SLI motherboard (Dual graphics),
18X DVD+/-RW (Samsung),
Floppy Drive - SILVER,
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 PCI 7.1, Intergrated Monitor Speakers,
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premiem (OEM),
No Additional Software,
Free Carriage,
13 Month Warranty

£758.53

Would this be better?

  warlord12345 17:50 04 Nov 07

i am buying a pc from cougar extreme for gaming and i have came up with the following specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0 GHz 4Mb Cache
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR 800,
300GB SATA Hard Drive, ,
Impress Case ,
Atrix 650Watt Transparent + Blue LED,
640Mb Nvidia 8800GTS graphics card DX10,
QC - ASUS P5N-ESLI 1333fsb-DDR800x4 SLI motherboard (Dual graphics),
18X DVD+/-RW (Samsung),
Creative Sound Blaster Live 7.1 Sound Card,
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premiem
Free Carriage, 13 Month Warranty

i would recommend the duo core 3.0Ghz processor as there wont be any games designed to use the four cores and for the near future you would benifit from the extra Mhz on each core. Of cource the quad core is more future proof, but u wont see a benifit for probably a year or two in my opinion

  warlord12345 17:52 04 Nov 07

meant to add price £833.52

  Marko797 19:10 04 Nov 07

IMHO, I think you could do with better graphics card if ur buying from new, unless budget doesn't permit. To run the newer games such as Crysis, for example, you'll need high end I think. See thread on Crysis.

  Mike D 12:59 05 Nov 07

Rob101

I've just had a system from Cougar-Extreme, with E6850 processor, 2Gb Crucial ballistix 800 RAM, Atrix 800w PSU (Looks fine to me),2 x 250GB SATA HDDs, Radeon X1950 graphics card and WIndows XP Pro. Everything is hunky dory. Graphics card works well with the PSU, so no probs there. The Creative Sound card was a minor disappointment as I cannot use headphones without unplugging speakers, so I may have to replace it with my old Hercules one which had sockets for both.

Cost £759.59 Not bad!

Mike

  Mike D 13:00 05 Nov 07

Rob101

I've just had a system from Cougar-Extreme, with E6850 processor, 2Gb Crucial ballistix 800 RAM, Atrix 800w PSU (Looks fine to me),2 x 250GB SATA HDDs, Radeon X1950 graphics card and WIndows XP Pro. Everything is hunky dory. Graphics card works well with the PSU, so no probs there. The Creative Sound card was a minor disappointment as I cannot use headphones without unplugging speakers, so I may have to replace it with my old Hercules one which had sockets for both.

Cost £759.59 Not bad!

Mike

  Mike D 13:00 05 Nov 07

Oh Bum!

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