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September 7, 2006 12:50:43 PM

Alright so my current computer is 5 or so years old, though I have replaced the sound card, graphics card, speakers, keyboard/mouse, and memory. I finally convinced my mom to get a new one and here's what I've come up with.

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink
(2) Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 204B-BK Black 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 800:1 0.255mm Pixel Pitch
ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz
eVGA 512-P2-N572-AR Geforce 7900GTX 512MB
Hiper Modular Type-R 580W Power Supply - SLI Ready

All that for about $2000. I'm going to put the 80 GB drives in Raid 0 and use the 320 GB for storage. I'll install Win XP and all programs and drivers on the 80's and keep all my music and videos and stuff on the 320 so I won't have to backup all that stuff everytime I reformat. I'll transfer my current DVD burners, X-Fi Music soundcard, Z-5500's, and keyboard/mouse from my computer to this next one. I'm also planning on overclocking the processor to about 2.6 Ghz.

So any recommendations or does it sound good?
September 7, 2006 1:14:44 PM

nice build

i personaly would get a x1900xt/xtx or x1950xtx card(if available wen u buy)the x1900xtx 256(if available) would be nice. but its your choise.

I would also get Corsair RAM/Antec PSU

just personal preferences though. wat u have is good.
September 7, 2006 1:24:31 PM

Normally I would get Corsair memory (which is in my current comp), but the G.Skill had better timings for lower money and it had good ratings so why not. And I was looking at a 550W Antec PSU until I found that Hiper modular PSU. It's sexy and since it's modular it reduces cable clutter, I also read reviews that it's extremely stable.
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September 7, 2006 1:50:48 PM

Screw modular, go with a GameXStream. That'll last you for another 5 years...

Do you really need such a big and expensive case? I would recommend a mid-tower at most. Unless your going to invest in 10 more HDD's in the future, it would just be a waste of space.

Also, are you going SLI? I guess you are probably thinking about it, but then I would suggest looking at the X1950XT and Xfire, since it has lots of potential, much better than 7900GTX SLI. What I'm getting at here is you could get the P5W-DH which is the best Conroe mobo out there.

Get the E6300, no need to get the E6400. You can OC the E6300 just as easily as the 6400.
September 7, 2006 5:08:31 PM

Suggested Changes:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300

CPU Cooler: Unless you're going to be overclocking your Core 2 chip by more than 800Mhz, drop the Zalman Cooler. The stock will do just fine.

Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 <--- Grab 3 of these, RAID 0 two of them and use the other one for storage.

Motherboard: SLI is a waste of time and money, especially right now with DX 10 so close. Grab a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 instead.

Video Card: On my note about DX 10 being so close, wasting $430 on a video card you're probably going to use for no more than 3-4 months is just stupid. Get a 7600GT for now and when the DX10 cards arrive, go for a high end card then.

Power Supply: Since (I hope) you aren't going SLI, a 580W PSU is now overkill for this system. Drop to an Antec NeoHE 500W

Case: Antec P180
September 7, 2006 5:46:21 PM

Quote:

CPU Cooler: Unless you're going to be overclocking your Core 2 chip by more than 800Mhz, drop the Zalman Cooler. The stock will do just fine.


he said he was gonna overclock to 2.6ghz, a 500mhz overclock, but with the e6300 you suggested overclocking to 2.6ghz means a 800mhz overclock and therefore he would be needing better than stock cooling .
however get the freezer 7 pro i think its half the price for about or better the same performance of the zalman :) 
September 7, 2006 5:50:54 PM

oh dont get the 7900gtx, you can get a better card, i think you can find 7950gx2s for around the same price as a gtx, sli on a single board for the same price. then i fyou wish to go quad sli in future hopefully the drivers will be sorted out (although sli isnt really that good as the card youll be able to buy in around a years time will probably be able to do better than two 7950gx2s) :lol:  . well at least in (where i live :p  ) england you can find the 7900gtx and 7950gx2 for around the same price :wink:
September 7, 2006 5:53:42 PM

Great... lets encourage people to waste hundreds of dollars (or pounds in your case godman) on a video card they are going to use for 5 months tops.
September 7, 2006 6:00:11 PM

oh sorry i meant that if you can get it around the same price :oops: 

eg here i know its an oem and it was the original 7900gx2 used in oem systems but this was what i was talking about

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Compare.asp?CPID=15849&C...

well all it was is like when i thought back and had seen it before at that price and i thought well if your paying around the same price then go for the gx2

otherwise id suggest going for a 7900gt or ati x1950 (although i dont know the price of it) or a 1900xt/xtx
September 8, 2006 3:05:20 AM

My point still stands..... Why waste $300 or more (depending on the card you get) on a video card you're only going to use for 3-4 months? The DX 10 cards should be out within that timeframe, and you're going to be kicking yourself in the ass for blowing so much money on a high end card now.
September 8, 2006 4:11:21 AM

Well, I popped for the 7900GT last week for my new build as I figure I'll wait a bit after the Dx10 cards come out for the prices to settle out and see where the performance/value spots are. Kinda steak today, steak tomorrow as it was £160 for my card now, and I'll probably spend the same again next year, but I reckon I can get some of it back on the 7900GT reselling or it will make a nice upgrade for TheWife(tm)'s machine.

But If I was upgrading soonest for Dx10 and going single monitor, the X850PRO is nice and cheap for good rating now, or the 7600GT (depends if you want full 9.0c compatability). But if you aren't bothered about the Dx10 and want to go SLI down the line, the 7900GT is a nice card for the money with a good future that way. It all depends on what the OP wants.

Case is a matter of taste as much as anything but I would step up to the e6600 though.
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