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August 10, 2006 3:22:23 PM

I'm not sure if this is the right place, but I've seen other similar posts.

I'm piecing together a new build and making my current P4 setup an internal linux server for my network. I want an all around great setup. I do a lot of web developing, some graphic design, and a bit of everything else. I'm planning on playing some games, but my XBox is still my prefered console, so a gaming setup is not most important.

I'm waiting about a month or 2 when another generation of motherboards come out for C2D. I was set on the E6700, but no debating on E6600. I'm also debating on the X850XT or the X1800XT. I'm in no way made of money (21, 1 yr old daughter, buying a house next week), which is why I'm settling on the X850XT for now.

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...)

PSU:
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550W Power Supply

Processor:
E6700 - Actually debating now on this or E6600

Motherboard:
ASUS P5W DH DELUXE

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA NCQ 3Gb/s 160GB SATA
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 100106L Radeon X850XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16

Sound Card:
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels 24-bit

CPU Cooler:
ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Copper Heatsink

MISC:
Floppy (You never know, besides the case has a spot, might as well use it)
KVM Switch (to switch between this and my linux box)
Matrix Orbital MX610 LCD
DVD Burner
DVD-ROM
Wired router
Wireless AP


It's my first build and I think I pieced it together nicely. Let me know, good or bad. Thanks.

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August 10, 2006 3:43:30 PM

Do you really need that soundcard right now? Id get the E6600 and no soundcard so you can upgrade the graphics to a 7900GT
August 10, 2006 4:02:09 PM

Yeah, get the E6600, overclock it, and buy some diapers with the money saved. :wink:
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August 10, 2006 4:22:37 PM

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Yeah, get the E6600, overclock it, and buy some diapers with the money saved. :wink:

lol, yeah, thanks.

I debated the the opinions and I've decided you guys are right. Downgrade to E6600, get rid of the sound card (not sure what I was thinking), and I'll throw out the CPU cooler for now and use stock heatsink and fan. When I'm ready to OC it I'll purchase it, but for now that's another $50 saved. With the money saved I can upgrade to the 7900GT or X1800XT.

As for everything else, does it look ok? I like the case because it's a good size, inexpensive and it's not all flashy. I know 550W should be more then enough power. I've heard good things about the Corsair memory, and 2 gigs should be good as well. I like the Asus mobo, but with the bios "issues" I'm sketchy. Hopefully in about a month or 2, when I'm ready to start building, better mobo's will be out and the C2D prices will go down.
August 10, 2006 6:10:46 PM

Looks like you will have a solid system there. I too see no sense in buying an E6700 especially with the bottleneck shifting towards the video card and a healthy OC of the 6600 will put it up to 6700 and perhaps EE standards. Hell you can OC the 6400 to 6700 standards.