Sorry its been such a long time since I replied, I have been busy selling my items on ebay!!
Thank you soooooooooooo much Dryfter for your input.... its priceless, I didnt know EVGA had such a scheme, and it is defintley worth buying that companies card.
However I am wondering: Say I buy the 8800 GTS for say £200- then I return it for a better card within 3 months for lets pretend an 8900 GTS. Then would I et another 3 months on the 8900 GTS or is this scheme only once for 1 card?
Oh and of course thank you Samm very much as yes I know it is important to check that I buy a good motherboard however I was thinking of sticking with gigabyte models.
However I recently spoke to this guy who owns a computer shop, he is very knowledgable and he told me the following:
I said: I plan on buying Vista with the new parts I am buying mainly because of DX10
Jamie (the computer store owner): Nah, its defintley not worth it there are currently too many bugs in it, as it is perfomance is far worse on Vista then XP (note by myself: he gets the latest parts for like 80% of the price we pay so he has 2 8800 GTX's on the most expensive Core 2 Duo available and of course he has tried Vista).
As for DX10, there isnt that big a diffrence between DX10 and DX9 and you wont realise the diffrences unless you look hard and have a large screen; at the resolution you will be gaming at (1280 x 1024) you wont notice anyhting spectacularly different. Even when Crysis gets released which by the way is post-poned till the end of the year as Vista has so many problems that the developers are waiting for Microsoft to iron out the bugs; following on, even when Crysis gets released you wont notice the diffrence between running it on DX10 and DX9 hardware and opwerating systems etc.
However I would still advise you to buy the 8800 GTS you told me you are planning to buy because firstly its a h-e-ll of a lot more efficient, it is as powerful as the X1950XTX, and mainly its future proof.
I said: I read on a forum on which I post that the RAM and motherboard should be chosen carefully
Jamie: Yes that is true, the best thing to do is go to the manufacturers website (of the RAM that is) (I would recommend you buy Corsiar RAM as they are of a very high quality) and on the website there will be a table containing info on all the mobo's it has been tested with. Pick your mobo from there- Asus make some of the best mobo's in my experience.
I said: Will I still get Shader Model 4.0 in XP
Jamie: Yes, DX10 and Shader Model 4.0 are two different things.. I have a customer I have to go now.....
So Samm and Dryfter, would you agree on everything he said?
Also I am confused about the following:
1) Is Shader Model 4.0 actually seperate from DX10 and if so will I get it on XP if I get a game that is DX10 and has Shader Model 4.0 such as Crysis?
2) We all know that the FSB of the CPU, is relevant to the speed of the RAM.
Now this is where I get confused:
-I am going to buy the E6600 which has a FSB of 1066MHz, so if I buy 2 1GB sticks of 533MHz RAM that would be the perfect match right? Also do they have to run in Dual Channel mode for the speed to match the FSB?>>>>>
-Ok now lets say if I bought only 1 stick of RAM 2GB and it was rated at 533MHz then would that work or in that case would it have to be 1066MHz?
-Is dual channel mode required for the FSB and speed of RAM to match?
-If this is all the case then why do manufacturers sell faster RAM when the CPU would just throtlle the speed back down to 1066MHz anyway?
-What latency timings are good? I found RAM with the following latency timings for 2 GB of DDR2-PC4200 (Because they run at 533MHz) and they have 4-4-4-12. Here check it out: http://www.overclock.......8&subid=697
- - 4th One Down. I was rather hoping to get RAM with heatspreaders again simply for eye candy - if not its no biggy.
3)Which chipset should I go with? What is this Nvidia Nforce chipset and how is it any diffrent to say the 965P or the 975X chipsets- which one is better.
Does buying an Nforce mobo mean that i would not be able to use ATI cards, or would that simply diasable the ability to crossfire? If I buy say the 965P chipset does that mean I can run any cards in SLI mode (not that I will I probably wont as I wont be able to afford it in the near future")?
Are the Abit Fatalty boards any good?
Can you please recommend a mobo within £80 and it must support the hardware I intend to use (the main reason I dont like Asus boards is because they look so dam boring they are brown in colour and I have a see through window so......).
Right now on to ebay!
I have put my items as follows:
Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro motherboard, Socket 775
£20.00 0 bids -- 1- watcher - 2d 02h 09m (remaining time)
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 3.0 GHz HT Socket 775 530J
£15.00 0 bids-- 2- watchers - 2d 02h 43m
Hauppauge Win-TV HVR 1100 Hybrid Video Recorder
£25.00 1 bid - 3 watchers - 1d 03h 03m
1GB PC3200 Corsair Value Select DDR with AKASA heatsink
£25.00 0 bids - 4 watchers - 2d 03h 06m
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950XTX 512MB GDDR 4 VIVO
£90.00 1 bid - 12 watchers (!!!!!) - 2d 03h 36m
Now there seem to be people trying to pull off scams: please go here scroll down and read the email some benharrington sent me:http://cgi.ebay.co.u...e...p;rd=1&rd=1
Here's the guys info (benharringtin):http://myworld.ebay....k/benharrington
Notice how he has only bought or sold (not sure) 1 item? And he is registered in America on a UK website?
Now even some other guy told me that it sounds like some scam from africa (read above that email).
He didnt reply by the way.
I also received another email which I forgot to put up as follows:
Will you take £110 for the whole package?
Notice how he says Good Afternoon?
'The whole package? You mean the motherboard, the RAM and the processor or do you mean the hauppage TV Tuner card as well? I am prepared to sell you the mobo the ram and the procesor for that price however if you want the tv tuner card then add £10 to that price as it is practically brand new if you read the advert.
The graphics card which I have yet to advertise WIL NOT COME UNDER your price.
It is the X1950XTX which is worth £260 it is BRAND NEW. I got it as a warranty replacement.
Please can you call me on the following number as I am at a friends house replying as I do not have the internet: 07xxxxxxxxx (dont want everone here to know my no.!)
Please do not email me as it will be some time before I will be able to check the email.
Call me anytime.. ASAP please. '
No reply again.
So I think hes a scammer as well heres his details notice how alll the stuff he has bought or sold is al weird and of VERY low value, also he has only been registered for 3 months: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/fishbone-mad
What do you think?
I cannot understand how someone can use my paypal account in a way which would be negative for me.
Also since im not buying anything on Ebay do I need to register a credit/debit card (becasue I have) if not shalll I remove it?
Well in terms of the graphics card as you can see I heeded Drfter's advie and put it at £90. Check out the no. of watchers! However I reckon they will all only bid in increments of like £1-2 or so.
I am now very hungry and tired of typing so I am going back home (at friends using net) to eat; then if I can get back I will add more info.
Many thanks in advance.