I'm currently considering building a new computer, not sure what parts to get but I'm looking at something similar to:
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1 x Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Mid Tower Case - With 500W EarthWatts PSU 128045 Â£60.97 Â£60.97 1 x LG GSA-H54LBL 18X DVDÂ±RW/DL/RAM With Lightscribe Black Bare Drive - OEM 131763 Â£16.38 Â£16.38 1 x Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ 500GB SATAII Hard Drive 16MB Cache - OEM 130454 Â£52.99 Â£52.99 1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3GHz Socket 775 4MB Cache 1333MHz FSB Retail Boxed Processor 130483 Â£141.12 Â£141.12 1 x ASUS P5K AiLifestyle Series iP35 Socket 775 eSATA 8channel Audio ATX Motherboard 129125 Â£63.24 Â£63.24 1 x ASUS X1950 Pro 256MB GDDR3 DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card 131876 Â£69.74 Â£69.74 1 x Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL5(5-5-5-12) Heat Spreader Lifetime Warranty 98710 Â£51.06 Â£51.06 Subtotal Â£445.50 VAT Â£70.80 Order Total Â£523.46
I'm happy with most parts on there, I would of preferred a white case (TM-211 for example) but the Antec seems like absolute brilliant value, and my Antec Sonata I case has been great so I may stick with that. I'm also unsure about the graphics card, I want something good value more than anything in that department, I'll want to play games as much as possible but it's not a huge priority.
Regarding how quiet the PC will be, I think everything should be okay, but again have doubts about the graphics card. The C2Ds run very cool and quiet I believe, and the SpinPoint should be okay, the case, PSU etc are all advertised as being very quiet so that's sorted too.
A couple of questions I have are:
1) I'm not in a huge rush to get a new PC, would I really gain a lot by waiting or should I just go for it now?
2) What's the best value sub Â£100 graphics card around at the moment?
3) Q6600 or E6850?
4) My current PC is an AMD Barton 2500+, 1GB DDR400, 200GB hard drives (total), DVDRW, Antec Sonata, Antec 450W modular PSU. Any idea what it'd be worth? I know not a lot.