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September 19, 2006 11:13:25 PM

Hey Guys & Gals Wanted Some Input on my system build.

CPU - E6600 Conroe
Mobo- Asus P5W Deluxe
Ram - GSkill 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
GPU - XFX 7900GS
HDD - 3 x Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in Raid 0
PS - Antec 650 Watt
Case - Antec Performance I
CPU Cooler - Tuniq Tower
DVD - LG H10A
Monitor - 2 x BenQ 20.1 Widescreen

Looking to overclock to about 3.6GHZ.

Should I wait for DX10 GPU's or buy a more powerful card now?
Should I go for 4GB of Ram or is 2GB plenty?

Any other suggestions?

Thanks

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September 19, 2006 11:42:17 PM

Will the 7900GS cope with Widescreen at decent frames?

Buy a set of ATX extension cables, it'll make the P180 a lot easier and for the couple of quid it is worth it, even if you end up not needing them.
September 20, 2006 1:00:44 PM

I would wait for DDR2 prices to drop, they've almost doubled over the last couple of months.

As for DX10, will you upgrade to Vista when it comes out? As I understand it DX10 is only available with Vista.
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September 20, 2006 2:07:49 PM

Where are you buying the Tuniq Tower? Maybe you should get the Scythe Infinity instead, thats the cooler I'm looking at... /shrug

Any reason you want two monitors? I'm pretty sure you won't be able to game on both monitors with a 7900GS... shrug... if its for movies, then its probably fine, although the break in the middle would be annoying as hell... if its for multitasking... shrug, still don't think you need it unless you do lots of editing...

3 HDD's in raid offer very marginal performance benefits over 2 in raid, might as well get two 320 gig PMR drives in raid...
September 20, 2006 2:33:58 PM

I'm looking at buying the Tuniq Tower at Xoxide. It's 46.99 which is pretty competitvely priced. The only other cooler I would consider is the Titan Amanda, but thats hard to find it the US.

Scythe offers good products, but for the price the Tuniq Tower is just more unique.

I currently have a Laptop and a 17" 1600 x 1200 Res Trinitron. Just using 1 monitor at work, shows how spoiled I have gotten. I highly reccomend two monitors for multitasking, etc. The reason for two monitors is that 2 20" cost about $600, but a 24" costs $800 and there is much less screen space. Thoughts?

The 7900GS is just a bridge, I don't know if I should buy a 7950GX2 now or wait for the DX10 cards in a couple of months.

Thanks for the HDD comments, I've never ran a RAID array before.

I have about $3,000 to spend so any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks
September 20, 2006 2:41:03 PM

If i was you id get the 7900GS....no point spending that extra cash on a 7950GX2 if yer gonna grab a DX10 card when they come out

as for 2 monitors.....definetly the way to go...especially if you save $ over a 24"
September 20, 2006 3:11:29 PM

If it's true and the R600 isn't due out until next year, that's going to be around a minimum of 4 months.

Here's my suggestion. Wait until Monday to see if Newegg gets more of the MSI X1900XTX for $284 after MIR and S&H: X1900XTX
This is the best bang for the buck from the high end single cards.

Otherwise, the XFX 7900GS that you mentioned for $202 after MIR and S&H looks like a good choice to have while waiting for a DX10 card.

You can always sell the above cards to recoup some of your cost.
September 20, 2006 3:20:52 PM

Quote:
Hey Guys & Gals Wanted Some Input on my system build.

CPU - E6600 Conroe
Mobo- Asus P5W Deluxe
Ram - GSkill 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
GPU - XFX 7900GS
HDD - 3 x Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in Raid 0
PS - Antec 650 Watt
Case - Antec Performance I
CPU Cooler - Tuniq Tower
DVD - LG H10A
Monitor - 2 x BenQ 20.1 Widescreen

Looking to overclock to about 3.6GHZ.

Should I wait for DX10 GPU's or buy a more powerful card now?
Should I go for 4GB of Ram or is 2GB plenty?

Any other suggestions?

Thanks


Ditch the 7900GS and pick up a X1900XT 256 for around $230 which smokes the GS. 2GB of RAM is fine for now. 4GB won't be important into a few years into Vista.
September 20, 2006 3:31:26 PM

Another thing about the Tower... will it fit? Might want to do some math and double check, because I was looking to get a Titan Amanda, but I went ahead and emailed NZXT (I want the Lexa) to see how much room they have and if it would fit... shrug... just a word of caution. It would suck to not be able to put your side on...

Another thing about RAID 0, its good for data throughput, but for gaming, minimal performance. Its your choice on that matter, if you do lots of hardcore read/writes (move files around, video editing) then it'll definitly be of some use, otherwise performance gain is marginal at best...

The PSU... any reason you want that one? I like the GameXStream series a lot more, a 600W GameXStream would be perfect, 700W even better.

Again, about the monitor, what do you need 2 monitors for...? Watching movies on 2 monitors is a pain, because then its ultra wide and the middle has a gap... gaming is near impossible without lots of tweaking... shrug...

Imma probably get the Acer AL2216WBD, a 22" for $300
September 20, 2006 3:51:56 PM

As for the HDD/RAID Array I've gone with some Maxtor 300GB's for 95 a piece. Good price I feel, and 600GB should be plenty for now. Is there any reason not to go to a RAID 0 setup. Is data loss a big risk?

The main reason I was looking at the 7900GS was the overclockability and the low price.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/945/xfx_geforce_7900gs...

Is this overclock good enough to stay even with the X1900XTX, I really don't mind either card setup.

Someone mentioned RAM prices dropping, any estimate as to how long I should wait?

According to: http://www.amdboard.com/tuniq_tower_120.html
The Tuniq Tower needs 19cm, and the case is 20.54 cm so that seems to be okay.

I'll be running Klipsch 2.1 speakers and was wondering if integrated sound will be okay, if not any recommendations?

Two monitors again, I don't plan to split video games/movies over two screens but use the added real estate for windows. When video editing this helps a lot.

As far as Power Supplies, I choose the Antec because it's an Antec case. How about the Thermaltake 750Watt, only a couple of bucks more.

Any other suggestions/thoughts?

Thanks
September 20, 2006 4:14:06 PM

You will be needing ATX extension cables for the aux ATX 4xconnector.

I'd hate for you to have it built and then have to order cables online, pay extra shipping and wait longer. The socket is in the same place as mine, and unless your cables are significantly longer than the S12-600 you'll have trouble.

Technically it looks ok. Does the asus support QST like the gigabyte DS3? quiet system technology. It allow for the stopping of the fan I believe, which if you have a large pipe / sink setup you may not need the fan most of the time. The HSF fan is the only real noise in my system as it comes directly through the vents on top and back.
September 20, 2006 4:27:04 PM

Without having to deal with the MIR for the X1900XTX, the X1900XT for $246 definitely is worth paying around $40 more than the 7900GS. Sapphire X1900XT. The X1900XT beat the 7900GS by around 66% in Oblivion at 1280x1024 with no AA. Benchmarks
September 20, 2006 5:14:53 PM

I've only lost one HDD in the last 5 years, and that was a Maxtor. All the HDD's I have running now have been fine, so loss isin't a big deal. It's just that you never know when it hits. For me, my important stuff, I keep 2 copies of it anyways, but work is work, and home is home, therefore I don't need huge backup storage for my house. You shouldn't have to worry about HDD's dieing and losing all your data too much, but thats your call.

RAM prices... one month and I would estimate they would drop ~40-50 bucks. But if I could tell the future, I wouldn't be posting on Tom's and I would be in wallstreet. I do know that Outpost has nice memory deals... oh yeah, and I doubt memory will increase in price anymore, so the longer you wait, the cheaper it'll be...

Integrated sound is fine, unless you really want the best of the best in sound quality, but thats if you want to pay an extra 70 bucks or so. A X-Fi will also net you 1-2 fps increase in some games, but is it worth 70 bucks? Your call again.

The TT Toughpower is a decent power supply, better than the Antec at least. Go for it.

Your case depth is 20.54 cm right? Did you factor in mobo standoff, mobo itself, width of case? is 20.54 cm the width inside the case, or total width of whole case... Better be sure =)
September 20, 2006 5:31:00 PM

Tower should be good. It's 15.5cm tall, and the 19cm figures includes standoff, mobo, etc.

I'll probably wait the month or so for RAM to go done, and get 4GB.

The GameXstream 700watt is well priced at 154.99 so I've changed to that.

Running total is now 2,450. I have about $3,000. Should I just sit on this and wait to upgrade with GeForce 8 or R600?

Updated Sheet

Asus P5W Deluxe
Intel E6600
GSkill PC800 4-4-4-12 4GB
Sapphire X1900XT
2 x Maxtor 300GB
GameXstrem 700Watt
Antec Performance One
Tuniq Tower
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
LG H10A
2 x BenQ 20.1" Wide

Thanks
September 25, 2006 10:38:44 PM

About to put in the order, final thoughts?

Asus P5W Deluxe
Intel 6600
Gskill PC800 4-4-4-12 (2GB)
Sapphire X1900XT
2 x Seagate 320GB Perpendicular
GameXstream 700Watt
Antec P180
Tuniq Tower
Logitech 2.1 Speakers
LG H10A DVD-RW
2 x Acer 22" Wide Screen

Thanls
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