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New Build, based on E6600. Please critique...

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July 28, 2006 1:01:08 AM
July 28, 2006 1:25:28 AM

Decent setup, have a set spending limit? Few changes need to be made. The 7600GS is a ok card, but the 7600GT isnt much more expensive, and will show a noticeable difference against the GS model. The ram, im not so sure about. It looks good, but i think you can get something a little bit better for about 10 bucks more, thing is, i forget what Corsair model it is. The combo isnt a bad deal, im considering getting that now for my conroe setup. Not sure why you need 2 DVD burners though, but whatever floats your boat man. Good luck with your new setup.
July 28, 2006 1:36:24 AM

No, I have no spending limit, just nothing outrageous. I'm looking for this thing to last around 2-3 years. Thanks for the input on the graphics & memory. I have 2 burners because the lg can do dvd-ram @ 12x with excellent quality (and just about any other format), and the lite-on is an excellent reader w/ lightscribe, and pi-pif error scanning. It's more convenient when making copies, too.
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July 28, 2006 2:03:08 AM

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No, I have no spending limit, just nothing outrageous. I'm looking for this thing to last around 2-3 years. Thanks for the input on the graphics & memory. I have 2 burners because the lg can do dvd-ram @ 12x with excellent quality (and just about any other format), and the lite-on is an excellent reader w/ lightscribe, and pi-pif error scanning. It's more convenient when making copies, too.


Well I would as the other posters said, get a 7600GT, and then upgrade to a DX10 card when Vista comes out in January. If you want it to last 2-3 with the chance of upgrading the CPU, I would also consider DDR2-800 memory.
July 28, 2006 2:08:59 AM

Yeah, the gt makes much more sense. For some reason I thought it was the other way around. I know the intel 975 supports ddr2-800 (although not officially), so how would I go about implementing it into this system? Thanks again.
July 28, 2006 2:16:32 AM

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Yeah, the gt makes much more sense. For some reason I thought it was the other way around. I know the intel 975 supports ddr2-800 (although not officially), so how would I go about implementing it into this system? Thanks again.


Just plug it in, it will clock down unless you overclock, but quad core Intel CPUs are probably going to be FSB1333 as Intel has to keep the FSB ramping up to avoid oversaturation of the bus. So the 800 memory becomes important in upgrading (you dont have to buy new RAM).
July 28, 2006 2:00:49 PM

Ok cool...I'm going to change the power supply to the OCZ 700w, video to the 256meg 7600gt, and upgrade to ddr2 800 memory. Thanks all 8)
July 28, 2006 2:30:29 PM

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Yeah, the gt makes much more sense. For some reason I thought it was the other way around. I know the intel 975 supports ddr2-800 (although not officially), so how would I go about implementing it into this system? Thanks again.


Just plug it in, it will clock down unless you overclock, but quad core Intel CPUs are probably going to be FSB1333 as Intel has to keep the FSB ramping up to avoid oversaturation of the bus. So the 800 memory becomes important in upgrading (you dont have to buy new RAM).

So unless you are going to overclock the memory or upgrade, its not worth getting DDR2-800? I'm setting up a E6600 machine too and I was ready and set to purchase the 800 memory. Will i need to make adjustments or will it run automatically at DDR2800 speeds?
July 28, 2006 4:10:45 PM

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Yeah, the gt makes much more sense. For some reason I thought it was the other way around. I know the intel 975 supports ddr2-800 (although not officially), so how would I go about implementing it into this system? Thanks again.


Just plug it in, it will clock down unless you overclock, but quad core Intel CPUs are probably going to be FSB1333 as Intel has to keep the FSB ramping up to avoid oversaturation of the bus. So the 800 memory becomes important in upgrading (you dont have to buy new RAM).

So unless you are going to overclock the memory or upgrade, its not worth getting DDR2-800? I'm setting up a E6600 machine too and I was ready and set to purchase the 800 memory. Will i need to make adjustments or will it run automatically at DDR2800 speeds?

Well, the faster the memory the better off you are, and the longer the memory will last you. Since Intel has to crank up the FSB over and over as not to saturate it, the faster memory will help to future upgrades. Conrore technically only requires DDR2-533, but I would get at least 667.
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