I want it for gaming, but particularly for chess analysis, so a good processor is the most important thing, followed by graphics card. HD space not hugely important (1/4-1/2Tb plenty), but a fast HDD is a definite plus. I rekon I need 3-4Gb memory, how does that sound?
I'm in the UK. Can someone point me in the right direction?
Excellent prices and service - and I'm not affiliated with them either, just a customer.
Intel Quad Q6600 processor
ASUS P5N-D Motherboard
4GB Crucial DDR2 800MHz RAM
GeForce 9600GT 512MB
500GB Serial ATA HD
Antec Sonata III Black Mirror Case
650W Power Supply
Basic Keyboard, basic mouse, 6-plug surve protector.
Total £572 delivered.
> Is it hard to build a PC yourself out of components?
Have a look here:
You only need a very thin layer of thermal paste though, just put a thin line on the middle of the top of your CPU and let your heat sink spread it. See here
I think I should probably wait a month (by which time I will have moved back to the SW for uni, and the hardware I'm looking at may be outdated for the price) to build it so I don't need to transport it down to Exeter. But I want it now!
It's too much? Arg. I can't find anything cheaper. Maybe I should build this thing myself? I'm just not that confident at doing (pretty much anything) with my hands!
(1) a 750gb disk though (they are so cheap) to replace the 500gb
(2) a better-than-stock cooler, something like a Thermalright Ultra-120
(3) and a 120mm fan for the cooler
(4) Perhaps most importantly is to get a better case. You can lower temps a lot by getting something like a Coolermaster Praetorian, it makes a big difference to overall stability to have good air flow within the case.
Then you should be able to hit 3.4ghz 24/7 on air.
away anything that is being mentioned here. But it probably won't be cheap either :)
1) Purchase a kit with all the necessary parts included
2) Custom build a liquid cooling setup by purchasing separate parts
Alternative 2 tends to yield the best cooling results, since you can pick the best parts from different manufacturers. However, this approach also tend to cost more and it takes a bit of extra effort to find the best components for your system and budget. Incorrect installation can cause (fatal) problems (such as leakage), so it's important that the installation is done in a careful and proper manner.
Alternative 1 also tends to be easier to setup and install, because these kits are often aimed at newcomers and 'first-timers' (who aren't familiar with liquid cooling). Some of these kits perform very well, and provide more than decent cooling for most setups. Kits usually cost from $100 and up (the high-end kits can cost up to 3-4 times as much), depending on their cooling efficiency.
EDIT: You asked if it was 'easy' to install: I'd say that if you're familiar with assembling/building PCs yourself from the ground up, you should have little or no problem installing a liquid cooling system as long as you keep certain precautions in mind.
Make sure you watch the static electricity and esd (electrostatic discharge). You don't want to fry your parts. :)
Ansari recommended the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX, but tests indicate that the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme is even more effective. The noise level is also very good. The price is about $50-60 (a fan must be purchased separately).
If you don't intend to overclock you'll do fine with a lower-end HSF (strictly speaking), although you'll still benefit from a high-end HSF since they tend to cool better at lower fan speeds (less noise).
Here's a link to a review of Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme (they've tested it with a Scythe S-Flex fan):
> Top air-cooler performance solidly belongs to the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme (coupled with an S-Flex SFF21F fan) at 3.94GHz. Right behind and tied at 3.90 GHz are the Tuniq Tower 120, the regular Thermalright Ultra-120, the Scythe Ninja B Plus with SilenX fan, the OCZ Vindicator with SilenX, and the Scythe Infinity with dual push-pull Scythe fans. All of these coolers outperform the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX and every other down-facing cooler in overclocking and cooling efficiency on a standard Core 2 Duo test bed. Most are also quieter than the Big Typhoon VX.
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Review at AnandTech
EDIT: Here's the official product page with more technical data as well as links to several tests (make sure that the cooler is compatible with your mobo; it's rather big and heavy):
Official page for Ultra-120 eXtreme
You can find both here
Here in Paris, several friends have Noctua
I am impressed by the resulting efficiency and silence!
AnandTech has written a review of the Noctua NH-U12P, and it combines excellent cooling capabilities at stock speeds with very low noise, albeit at a relatively high price:
> For those who don't care about overclocking, the Noctua NH-U12P is still a great choice. It cools as well as the best so far with one fan - at idle and under load at stock speeds. Add a second fan and the stock temperatures are all new records. We haven't tested a cooler that does a better job of cooling at stock speeds. However, the Noctua cooler with two fans at $90 is not cheap, and the Alpine coolers we recently tested do almost as well at about 1/6 the price. For most who won't overclock the Alpines are fine, but if you want the best stock air-cooling you can buy the Noctua NH-U12P with an extra NF-P12 fan is the ultimate.
> These test results for the Noctua are truly impressive, but they do not dethrone the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme - at least not yet. The superb component here is the Noctua NF-P12 fan, which is a brilliant piece of engineering. We doubt our Thermalright or any air-cooler will top the 3.94GHz that seems to be the limit of our test bed Core 2 Duo. However, we suspect the Thermalright combined with the NF-P12 could match or even exceed the results with the Noctua heatsink. ...
Noctua review at AnandTech
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