need help building a system

I'm not sure what I need for my new system.
But I want to play games on best settings.
I need a good CPU: core 2 duo 6600 ? or some AMD stuff ?
and a 7950 gx2 (no I don't want to wait till DX10 :p), but i have no idea about the rest of my system.

(Max budget € 1700)
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  1. Not sure what the little symbols mean, I'm guessing Canadian currency?
    Either way, here is a decent build you might look at.

    Case depends on you, lots of good ones out there.
    (TT Shark, Gigabyte Aurora, NZXT Lexa, Aspire/Apeviz X-Pleasure, Sunbeamtech Transformer, many more)

    OCZ 700W GamXStream for PSU. Neigh undebatable.
    Core 2 Duo e6600
    Asus P5B-DH Deluxe
    Corsair XMS DDR2 PC6400C4 or equivalent (depends on price, changes too much these days)
    ATI Radeon X1950XTX (more versatile than the 7950GX2, save you a bit of money)
    2*320 gig HDD in Raid 0
    NEC ND-3550 DVD-Burner

    That should be it. Cooling is up to you, I recomment a Scythe Ninja, Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 pro... many different things out there. Don't forget Arctic Silver 5 either.

    Good luck man.
  2. Quote:
    Not sure what the little symbols mean, I'm guessing Canadian currency?

    lol heres what the symbol for canadian currency $ (weird it looks just like a dollar sign)

    thats the symbol for a euro hes got there

    as for the build i agree with the 1950xtx, great preformance for a better price

    as for cooling if yer OCing then definetly get somethin along the lines of what doughboy recommended...if yer not OCing then stock cooler should do you fine (and keep the budget down too)
  3. Thanks for the reply. Looks good :)
    I'm not sure of the graphics card yet, the 7950 gx2 has 1GB of memory and I think this card will last for a long while. First I had a nvidia card and i liked those, when i switched to ATI I found several problems (there drivers just suck :( ) that's why I was thinking of sticking to Nvidia.

    And btw euro's € are from europe ;)
  4. The thing about the 1 gig of textures on the 7950GX2 is that textures don't really amount to much better performance. The main limitations on performance for video cards relate to core and memory speeds, pipelines, and such. The amount of memory for textures will maybe make a 1-2% difference, but it should never be a deciding factor. Tom's has a good article on Video Cards that go more into depth (I think it's Tom's, I read so many review sites they're all merging together...)

    With ATI, you can also run AA with HDR, which some people find important. Also, its arguable that ATI has better image quality, but I haven't really seen that for myself. Crossfire is more complicated than SLI, but I doubt you'll be going that route...

    Another thing is, with the 7950GX2, you need driver support for games. Not all games support SLI, so if NVidia doesn't have support for those games, than basically all you have is a 7900GT. There are a good number of games with SLI support, but just another warning about the 7950GX2.
  5. Then I think I might go with the x1950XTX, but does that motherboard support this card ?
  6. This is what I got in mind for the moment :)

    CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (S775, 2,4GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 4MB Boxed)

    RAM - 1GB x 2 (2GB) PC6400 DDR2 CL5 (Corsair, TWIN2X2048-6400)

    power supply - Hiper PS580B-MK PSU 580W Typer-R Blue modulair

    Case - Xion II Black Pearl

    HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS, 320GB (7200rpm, SATA II, 16MB)

    All I need now is a motherboard. Is the Asus P5B-DH Deluxe good enough ? Or are there other/better mobo's
  7. Quote:
    Not sure what the little symbols mean, I'm guessing Canadian currency?

    Every day, my hope for humanity erodes.
  8. I still need a motherboard.

    |----ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
    |----ASUS P5B Deluxe
    |----ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP
    |----ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe

    These are the best ones i could find, wich one should I take and why ?
  9. Anyone? I could use some help there :)
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