Dear Santa for Christmas I want...Overclock3Ds Christmas wish list Page: 1
It's that time again!

Yes that's right, we're getting close to Yuletide cheer and for a lot of people that means a darn good excuse to build yourself a new PC for Christmas!

xmas

On the forums people are always asking what to get and what not to get so we are going to pick a set of PC components that we would put into a PC build and recommend them for you. I'll spec up a DDR2 rig as this is currently the best bet until Penryn really takes off and give a few options as far as pricing goes.. Where conflicts emerge from the OC3D krew I will put both our choices down.

I'm just going to run through a PC build picking one component from each category, maybe giving a couple of options on pricing. I will take cost, performance, stability, looks and overclockability into consideration. Of course, click the pictures for a nice price and great service from one of Overclock3D's preferred e-tailers!

Build me a Christmas PC!!

Now lets use that Christmas cheer to build you a gaming rig!

Processor

Processor of choice right now on the forums seems to be the:

Intel Q6600 SLACR stepping
Intel Quad 6600


Overclocking potential galore and cool as a cucumber! Certainly worth stretching that budget at the "steal price" of around £165.

Motherboard

We just couldn't decide after a good argument in the OC3D virtual office, so we've got two top tips for your motherboard!

XMS's Choice

Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition
asus maximus

"Not only does the Maximus have all the best features of every Asus "Republic of Gamers" board before it, but it also adds a plethora of extra BIOS options and insane voltage selections that will have even the most hardened of overclocker trembling with fear."

Kempez's choice

Abit IP35 Pro
IP35 pro

"The board is incredibly stable and I feel confident that Abit are onto a winner with this one. Overclocking is excellent, due mainly to the boards solid stability. 520FSB is a very good figure for a board with stock cooling and no volt-mods. I would not hesitate to recommend this board to anyone who is looking to build an Intel based PC right now."

Graphics Card

As I do all the GPU reviews for Overclock3D I am going to give a couple of choices for this one. First up at around the £200 mark:

XFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog Edition
XFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog Edition

"The 8800 GT is a very good move by Nvidia. Closing up the mid- to high-range market by introducing the 8800 GT means that there is currently next to no choice at all when choosing a card in this price bracket...it has to be the 8800 GT."

Second we have the ~£100 contender:

HD3850

"
The HD3850 kept pace with cards ranging from just about twice the price to those almost four times as expensive." Note: only in stock at OCUK.

Memory

For memory we thought we'd pick a clocking bargain:

Crucial Ballistix PC2 6400
Ballistix PC6400

"I can honestly say that the Crucial Ballistix kit has blown me away"

For the bigger budget:

OCZ FlexXLC PC9200 2GB Kit
OCZ FlexTC

"To top things off, the FlexXLC modules have recently taken quite a price hit, and can be found on many sites for an almost "five fingered discount" price of £160. This is only a few quid more than many of the other PC2-9000+ kits available from other manufacturers - and as the results and pictures have shown, the FlexXLC modules are worth every penny."

CPU Cooling - Air

For CPU cooling I have to pick the best of the bunch air cooler:

Noctua NH-U12P

"I was initially impressed with build quality and then once it was in use I was highly impressed with it's cooling ability, as well as the performance of the excellent NF-P12 fans. Add in the fact that Noctua include some top-end thermal paste and we're onto a winner."

This should be available soon from QuietPC. Still, whilst your waiting, we think you should perhaps pick up:

Scythe Infinity (now Mugen) CPU Cooler
scythe mugen

"I am giving the Scythe Infinity an Editors Choice Award for absolute top quality and awesome cooling. Highly recommended."

CPU Cooling - Water

I'm going to go for the excellent D-Tek FuZion CPU block. High-flow and awesome performance:

D-Tek FuZion CPU Block
d-tek fuzion

Found at a lot of Water-cooling stores, here's some links from our Recommended Retailers: WatercoolingUK , Aqua-PC's, Tekheads.

Power Supply

One of the most important aspects of any PC, the PSU is something that you should really be putting "up there" in importance on your list.

Seasonic X900 SS-900HP 900w PSU
seasonic
 
"...extremely impressive efficiency figures of almost 85% and minimal voltage fluctuation across each of the X900's rails shows Seasonic's dedication to not only manufacturing power supplies with excellent performance, but consideration for the environment and of course your energy bills too!"

Hard Drives

For me hard drives are all much of a muchness, but I don't think you can go wrong with a

seagate 7200.10

 
"The drive is simply HUGE. 750GB is 250GB more than the closest competitor at present. Put two of these together in one PC and you have well over a terabyte of hard drive space. This is a must for those who constantly deal with huge amounts of data in such application as home server use or HTPC/Media PC applications."

Remember, it's also available in smaller sizes!

Case

For the top-end case I am going to have to plump for the awesome

Silverstone TJ09
silverstone tj09

"In a highly competitive world of PC chassis, the Silverstone TJ09 has proven itself to be a great performing and incredibly well made case. With very high attention to detail and build quality rivaling that of Lian Li, Silverstone have surpassed even their high level of craftmanship.". Available at SCAN.

Or why not try the:

Lian Li V1000B Plus
lian li pc2000b plus

"The looks, I think, are particularly striking - but in a subtle and tasteful way, just like the similar Apple G5 case, many people will adore it, while others will avoid it with vigor. Down to the power switch, I cannot fault a single piece of aluminium or its engineering."

Sound

A tricky one that we disagree on here at OC3D. Personally I will quite happily put up with the excellent stock sound on the Abit IP35Pro, but PV5150 likes his:

Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 Sound Card
auzentech x-fi prelude

"Well after toying around with the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 sound card I really have to say that I am impressed by the experience". Available at various UK e-tailers at around £120.

Mouse

A mouse is very personal, but general consensus of opinion is that you should get the:

Razer DeathAdder 1800dpi Gaming Mouse
razor deathadder

"The DeathAdder serves up all the right ingredients. It’s silky smooth to touch, has great button feel, looks fantastic, glides effortlessly and is really a joy to use."

Keyboard

Personal taste again taking over, I have to say that the Saitek Eclipse II is the king of the keyboards!

Saitek Eclipse II
saiteck eclipse II

"The Eclipse original was a great keyboard and the Eclipse II is even better. This puts the Eclipse II up there with the more expensive Logitech G15."

So now we have a whole PC on your list, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and buy it!

Have an Overclock3D Christmas!!

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