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August 8, 2006 8:39:19 PM

First post, however I have lurked on here a while reading reviews. I decided I needed to upgrade my AMD comp last year, but put it off for Conroes' release. I don't have a firm budget, but would like to stay under $2,000. This is for gaming, FPS / Oblivion / MMPORGs.

E6600 for chip..
http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php?masterid...[]=page,5,13&op[]=page,9,90&op[]=page,13,2&op[]=topcat,1,99

First off, I wasn't sure what to go with for tower. I was considering Lian or Antec, and a fellow gamer suggested the Lanboy series..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...


Power Supply, I wasn't sure about this one, if it could handle a E6600 and if I go with a SLI/Crossfire build. Antec TruePower II TPII-550 Atx12v 550w

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

For mobo, I was thinking of Gigabyte, although after reading some of the threads, I'm considering waiting for the Nforce 590 to come out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Corsair memory, 2gig DDR2 800

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Although I did see it cheaper on Zip..

3d Card, I went w/ the X1900 Xtx MTI 512mb, which if I get the Nforce 590 instead, I will probably switch a Nvidia (Suggestions?)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

For a monitor, even though I have a nice CRT, I wanted to upgrade to a LCD, I found this nice ViewSonic Monitor but I am worried about which one to get to use for gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Thanks.

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August 8, 2006 9:14:08 PM

Unless you plan on SLI with an Nvidia board, I'd stick with the X1900XT.
August 8, 2006 9:49:06 PM

Zipzoomfly has the E6600 for 339.00 Video card wise, just get 1 x1900xt. Doing that, get a C2D compatible motherboard with 1 PCI-e slot. The Asus P5D will do nicely.
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August 9, 2006 6:15:09 AM

I just check price and says $399 and back-ordered with no date. I ordered from outpost last week to deliver 8/14 next day air for ~$375 total.
August 9, 2006 7:55:38 AM

If your getting the nForce board are u planning the to SLI? If not, go with the Sapphire x1900XT not the MSI XTX since the they are both the same cards with just a little overclocking. Oh, they're going to be dropping prices of the x1900 this month because of the new x1950 with gddr4 coming out at the new of the month. So, I would out a little bit for the price out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102025

As for the monitor depends on what size you want but get something with 2ms response time but that all depends on the monitor

As for DX10, I never buy technologies like that when they first come out. But that's just me.

And everything else looks fine. IMO
August 9, 2006 1:11:05 PM

Sorry about the delay in my response, was busy with work earlier. I checked email this morning, and by the time I got to Zip they were already backordered again on e6600s. :oops: 

I was rethinking my build slightly, If I were to go with the Nforce 590 I could instead switch to the 7950 gx2, while being slightly more expensive I would atleast be hopefully able to see a gain vs 1900xtx later on, specially if I can find a good 20.1 2ms Wide screen LCD.

Would the PSU / Case / Memory still be fine with either setup? I'm still not sure about this case, I'm not sure if such a large 3d card will be able to fit with all the other things I"m trying to cram in..
August 9, 2006 1:30:17 PM

If you don't want to wait for price drops on the x1900's, this one appears to be cheaper after rebate than the even the price drops will be. Expires soon though so better grab it now if you want one. I just ordered mine yesterday...
August 9, 2006 2:27:01 PM

Yea I actually put the MSI in my orginal build, think the price discount of the MSI 1900xtx > The increased cost of a 7950 gx2 w/ NForce 590?

Just wondering if I waited this long, what would a week or two longer hurt.. Wish I had some specifics on when 590 was going to be released.
August 9, 2006 3:03:26 PM

I would say at least 2 weeks before we see any new nForce 590 mobos for Conroe, and thats just seeing them in reviews or pre-production models. I would say probably a month before we have a chance to get our hands on them, but these are all just guesses...

I would say that your case is... mediocre... you basically get what you paid for. If you want a great case that will take you places, you might want to look at the Gigabyte Aurora, TT Shark, NZXT Lexa, Sunbeamtech Transformer, or Apevia X-Pleasure. These cases all have good ratings, and aren't too expensive, except for maybe the Aurora and Shark.

PSU, if your not going SLI/Crossfire, then the 550W is enough. If your going SLI/Crossfire, get at least the GameXStream 700W. It's a general rule of thumb not to run your power supply over 70% of its total wattage for an extended period of time no matter how good it is, and you should never skimp on PSU. Memory seems fine, if you go with the gigabyte mobo, then you can get OCZ PC6400 DDR2 Gold edition for about 135 at outpost right now. Original price is 185, so its a pretty good deal.
August 9, 2006 3:59:57 PM

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I would say at least 2 weeks before we see any new nForce 590 mobos for Conroe, and thats just seeing them in reviews or pre-production models. I would say probably a month before we have a chance to get our hands on them, but these are all just guesses...

I would say that your case is... mediocre... you basically get what you paid for. If you want a great case that will take you places, you might want to look at the Gigabyte Aurora, TT Shark, NZXT Lexa, Sunbeamtech Transformer, or Apevia X-Pleasure. These cases all have good ratings, and aren't too expensive, except for maybe the Aurora and Shark.

PSU, if your not going SLI/Crossfire, then the 550W is enough. If your going SLI/Crossfire, get at least the GameXStream 700W. It's a general rule of thumb not to run your power supply over 70% of its total wattage for an extended period of time no matter how good it is, and you should never skimp on PSU. Memory seems fine, if you go with the gigabyte mobo, then you can get OCZ PC6400 DDR2 Gold edition for about 135 at outpost right now. Original price is 185, so its a pretty good deal.


Suppostedly the X1950 xtx is going to be released August 23rd @ Germany Games Convention, mmmm GDDR 4 memoruy :o 

Goin to have to go lurk in the Monitor forum, differences in LCD manufact's are out of my usual range of interest. :oops: 
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