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July 28, 2006 2:24:00 AM

OK so I have an E6600 on its way and I am about to buy all the additional parts for my new machine. This is my first build in a long time so I'm hoping you can provide feedback / make sure all my components will work together.

CPU = E6600

MB = Asus p5W Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Case = Antec P180B
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Power Supply = Antec Truepower II 550W
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Graphics Card = X1800XT
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Memory = 2 x 1 Gb mushkin extremem performance
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

HD = Western Digital 250Gb x 3 (for raid 5)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

DVD = BenQ dvd writer
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Cooler = Zalman
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1683...

While this runs a little over my original budget (looking to spend $1500 but will go as high as $1700), i think this is one of the best setups i can get for right now. I'll probably upgrade to a DX10 board next year. I plan on using the system for video editing and gaming.

What are you thoughts? Any changes / major issues?

Thanks for you help!

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July 28, 2006 2:31:16 AM

If you're buying a Retail E6600, it will come with its own stock heatsink & fan. So, if you're not planning to overclock, you could save nearly $50 by cutting the ZALMAN cooler.
July 28, 2006 2:32:43 AM

Sorry - E6600 OEM is already on order

Also, I do not plan to overclock so maybe there are some other suggestions for a cooler / memory?
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July 28, 2006 2:42:02 AM

As for a cooler, someone in another thread who has on order an OEM E6600 is planning to get this cooler to accompany it: here ($28.99)


Your RAM looks good as its relatively low latency.
Motherboard looks great, although it's out of stock at Newegg.
Power Supply is great.
Video card looks great.
Anandtech did a review of the Western Digital vs. Seagate hard-drives (320GB) ... and the Seagate was declared the winner. If you're interested, you can read the review here.
The Seagate Barracuda 320GB is $99.99 on Newegg, page here.
Your case should fit your needs.
Optical drive should work fine.

Looks like a good build! Good luck!
July 28, 2006 2:47:57 AM

Could you guys help me with the cable accessories and thermal pads / other accessories i'll need?
July 28, 2006 7:28:02 AM

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Swap the motherboard for the Abit AB9 Pro. With the money saved there, move up to a Sapphire Radeon X1900XT


I couldn't agree more. Even if you don't use the saved money to upgrade your GPU, It will bring you closer to your target cost. You're not running dual video cards, so why pay that much for a board that won't do much more than one that costs around $150-$170?
July 28, 2006 2:23:41 PM

Is there really no reason to go with the asus board if I dont have 2 graphics cards?

I dont mind spending a little more than my original budget but i want to make sure i have a stable and reliable machine for 4 yrs
July 28, 2006 3:38:45 PM

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Is there really no reason to go with the asus board if I dont have 2 graphics cards?

I dont mind spending a little more than my original budget but i want to make sure i have a stable and reliable machine for 4 yrs


You'll have an extra PCI-E x16 slot with the ASUS motherboard.
If ever, down the road, you feel like overclocking ... the ASUS' chipset is better suited for that and will let you get higher speeds.
July 30, 2006 1:29:14 AM

Question before I order my memory... Do I really need the DDR2 800 if I am not planning to overclock? Will my motherboard auto configure itself to run at this speed or will i have to tweak?
July 30, 2006 6:17:12 AM

The P5W DH board supports DDR2-800 natively. You won't need to do anything except install the RAM.
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