New e6300 setup - 2 days from buying

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB Hard Drive OEM $79.99+$6.20=$86.19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148144&ATT=22-148-144&CMP=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 4 7.1 OEM $42.00+$6.46=$48.46
http://www.directron.com/30sb061000000.html
GWC AD3300 Serial ATA to IDE Converter - Retail $11.99+$0.87+$4.99=$17.85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16812107112
XFX GeForce 7600GT 256MB PCI Express x16 Video Card $160.86 (bought)
Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model PDC22G5300LLK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820220095
$179.99+$13.05+$4.99=$198.03 - ($20.00 Mail-In Rebate)=$178.03
GigaByte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard $151.99+$6.87=$158.86
http://www.directron.com/ga965pds3.html
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Dual Core Processor $195.00+$16.09=$211.09
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80858&prodlist=pricegrabber
XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail $48.99+$3.55+$7.64=$60.18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817189005

Total: $945.12

This system will also include 1 floppy, 1 Pioneer DVD drive, 1 Lite-on CD writer, and 1 Western Digital 120GB IDE ATA hard drive.

Do you have other recommendations? Or other places to buy PC parts cheaper?

Thanks!
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  1. case? :P

    i would reccomend DDR2-800, but not for any particular reason, other than that it seems that it might be faster

    i would reccomend that you send it to me, but people always seem to think im joking when i say that
  2. For the case, I will keep my CHIEFTEC Server Chasis (Aluminum Workstation Tower with Plastic Front Cover) Silver w/acrylic window.
  3. Quote:
    [...]
    Total: $945.12

    This system will also include 1 floppy, 1 Pioneer DVD drive, 1 Lite-on CD writer, and 1 Western Digital 120GB IDE ATA hard drive.

    Do you have other recommendations? Or other places to buy PC parts cheaper?

    Thanks!


    You should get a better power supply. I know you don't want to hear that, but the supply is the heart of your system, not the cpu.

    I recommend a Seasonic S12 600W or good OCZ or good Thermaltake or good PC Power and Cooling (PC P&C are really expensive, though).

    If you get a GOOD supply and fast RAM you will be able to push your little E6300 to speeds rivalling or exceeding the E6800 Extreme a $1200 cpu.

    These little Allendales are screamers. They are the new celeron 300A for those of you that remember.

    But you need GOOD power to NOT have problems. I don't mean maybe.

    Good luck!
  4. I would have to disagree with getting a 600W PSU. While the Seasonic S12 is a quality PSU, 600W is more than likely total overkill.

    Real power requirements [silentpcreview.com]

    What I mean to say is that if you buy a quality PSU, you don't have to overrate it compared to real power consumption. Also you should't because it hurts efficiency. Even if you would run SLI sometime soon, 600W is still overkill.

    <edit>
    Oh, and also the hard drive, I would recommend a Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C because it's a good performer and cheaper too.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152025

    The 8MB / 16MB cache hardly makes up for the price difference since the drive cache size doesn't seem to make much of a difference in real world performance. (There is a MUCH larger cache in the OS anyway)

    </edit>
  5. i agree with the above posters, if you intend to OC then you will need a better power supply and mem.
    I suggest:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231073(cheaper and MUCH better than the me you have in your list)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103937(better and same price as on in your list)
  6. Quote:
    Wait for Nforce5. Dont let Intel rob you on one of their inferior chipsets just because they know you dont have a choice.

    Based on my results with an Intel Bad Axe and a highly overclocked E6300 I think you don't know what you're talking about.

    If you wait long enough something will always be better, but this is a good time to go for the gusto. These little Allendale's are screamers.
  7. Any other comments? I think I will start ordering tomorrow.

    Thanks for all comments!
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    Any other comments? I think I will start ordering tomorrow.

    Thanks for all comments!


    Get a beefy, quality PSU and you won't regret it.

    Have fun!
  9. I second that motion :D
  10. OC newb - your first link doesnt work, brings up a selection of RAM options.
    ---------------
    Thoughts - I agree that 600W is overkill for your system. If you truly intended to overclock, you would not be using the stock heatsink (assumption here, since no special heatsink is shown for purchase).

    For PSUs, suggest you start here:
    http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=136602
    Very good advice on power consumption and what power you will need. A 600W+ PSU does you no good if you only consume 350W on average. In fact, running a PSU at such a low rate is worse for the PSU. Optimal is getting a PSU you will push at 70%, with room for spikes when you need it.

    Nforce 5 - I am waiting for this b/c I have the time. Otherwise, I would recommend the Gygabyte you have or the Asus P5B basic.

    HDD - Raptor had a killer rebate recently on the 150GB 10K for $50. Not sure if it is still available, but worth a look if you have the extra $100.
  11. How about ENERMAX Whisper II EG565P-VE FMA(24P) ATX12V 535W Power Supply 90V~135V or 90V~265V UL, cUL, TUV, CB - Retail?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103512&ATT=17-103-512&CMP=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r

    Thanks!
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