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My System, what do you think?

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August 8, 2006 7:03:38 PM

Okay I'm trying to build a system for approximately $900 dollars. Here's the specs.

CASE: X-Cruiser Mid-Tower 420W Case W/ WINDOW, MultiMeter Display & Control

CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6300 CPU @ 1.86GHz 1066FSB 2x1MB L2 Cache

MOTHERBOARD: Intel DP965LT I965 Chipset LGA775 Supports Core 2 Duo CPU FSB1066 DDR2/800 Mainboard w/GbLAN, USB2.0, IEEE1394&7.1Audio

MEMORY: 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)

VIDEO CARD: NEW !!! NVIDIA Geforce 7600 GS 256MB PCI Express x16 Video Card

HARD DRIVE: 250GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive

Optical Drive: PIONEER DVR-111 DUAL FORMAT 16X DVD±R/±RW +

I built this using

I would have preferred building it piece by piece on newegg but I tried and the prices on newegg were more than what cyberpowerpc charged. I don't know much about the company but intel supported them on their website. (One of few places I could find the new Core 2 Duos)

Anyway what do yout think? Anything I should definitely change? or consider?

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August 8, 2006 7:29:57 PM

Thanks Prozac26,

What's the difference between the GS and the GT?

Also on the DVD burner should I go with a Lite On instead or is Pioneer as good of a brand? I got an NEC currently that is working great but I know some people who are strong supporters of Lite On and I've never seen anything bad out of them so what do you think?
August 8, 2006 7:53:19 PM

Any of those DVD drives should be fine.
Just be sure the PS is a good quality PS, with plenty of +12V current (30A if one rail, 20A/rail if dual rail).
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August 8, 2006 8:08:34 PM

Buy a case without a power supply, and buy a good brand of power supply (Antec, Fortron Source, Enermax, Mushkin).
August 8, 2006 8:36:54 PM

Thanks Prozac26,

What's the difference between the GS and the GT?

The memory type, and the clockspeeds. The 7600GS has GDDR2 memory; the 7600GT has GDDR3 memory. The 7600GS is clocked at 400/800MHz core/mem. The 7600GT is clocked at 500/1400MHz core/mem. GDDR3 memory runs cooler, and can reach much higher speeds than GDDR2; you'll never be able to overclock a 7600GS to 7600GT speeds. The 7600GS with 512MB VRAM doesn't come close to a 7600GT; the extra memory makes absolutely no difference in its performance.

The 7600GT is only a couple bucks more than the 7600GS, and it's money well spent.
August 9, 2006 4:54:03 PM

Thanks a lot for the dvd information.

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about the power supply but the case comes with one. If I start having problems with the PS I'm definitely going to buy a new one at 500W instead of 420W. Which leads me to another question? Is 420 enough or should I go ahead and buy a 500W?

Thanks a lot man. That's a major difference. Like you said Money Well Spent.

Also if I decide to go with another brand besides geforce... what's good in the other brands? Any I should stay away from?

Thanks again.