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Finalising C2D Build For Gaming - Need review/suggestions

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September 21, 2006 4:51:54 PM

Hi, i have been reading these boards for a while to get all the info i could to build a new computer.

I have come up with this list of component:

Intel core 2 duo e6600
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
Mushkin XP2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL 4-4-3-10
Antec Sonata II Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case
Evga E-GEFORCE 7900 Gs Ko
Thermaltake CL-P0114 Big Typhoon
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB
Antec TriCool 120MM DBB Case Fan 3-SPEED

Would this be a good setup? This was around the budget i could afford , which is around 1500$ can.

I would like to overclock, and was wondering if the cooling/fans are enough, or i should add some extra fans.

Any suggestions to optimize the computer better for a better price/performance would also be very appreciated.

I also would like to get a dx10 card, but maybe a while after they are released. Should i stick with the 7900 gs, or would downgrading to a 7600 gt be a better choice? I think the 7600 gt is about 50$ cheaper then the 7900 gs

another choice would be to get patriot signature memory @ 667 and run it at 800, it would be 100$ cheaper, would it give a nearly equivalent performance as the mushkin?

Thanks,

Reap
September 22, 2006 3:07:01 AM

Ok, i have thought about it some more, and here is what i think would be my final build, unless someone can enlighten me about tweaks possible.

-Intel core 2 duo e6600

-Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3

-OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-5-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

-Coolermaster Centurion 534 ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT SILVER/BLACK No PS

-Evga E-GEFORCE 7900 Gs Ko

-Thermaltake CL-P0114 Big Typhoon

-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB

-Antec TriCool 120MM DBB Case Fan 3-SPEED

-ANTEC TRUE POWER 2.0 TPII-480 480W ATX12V V2.0 24PIN 120MM FAN SILVER POWER SUPPLY
September 22, 2006 3:44:55 AM

Seems like a really good setup.
But I think you would be better off with any DDR2 800 with 4-4-4-12 timings seens these indicates that theyre using Micron chips, wich are really good for overclocking.
Also, idk if its within your budget but you should take a look at the OCZ GameXstream 600W OCZ600GXSSLI this is one of the best PSUs ive seen in a long time, Quad 12v rails, PFC, high efficency and it looks good in your case.
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September 22, 2006 3:37:45 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.

I wanted the 4-4-4-12 rams, but couldn't find any that were at a reasonable price. The mushkin was 4-4-3-10 i think, but before i had the chance to order them, they jumped like 70$ in price :( 

Would the rams have such a big difference that it would warrant a 100$ incease?

I also checked that power supply, and I think i could get it, its 30$ more.
September 23, 2006 2:50:34 AM

Hmm, here this Crucial Technology Ballistix 2GB kit DDR2-800 is the lowest price in the entire internet I believe.
In these days it wont get any better than that so better hurry up, and dont let anyone know this little secret ssh!! lol

If you can, ild recommend you to upgrade to the MSI 7900GT, I think its really worth the ~$40 more.
With these two extra toys youll have a very overclockable enviable system!
September 23, 2006 5:34:18 PM

Those rams are great, but the store won't ship to Canada :( 

Thanks for your suggestions, it really helped!
September 24, 2006 5:39:25 AM

this was a good read, i'm looking to build a similar system and i liked your guys input. thanks :D 
September 24, 2006 5:43:26 AM

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I would get a x1900gt over the 7900gs and the x1900xt over a 7900gt. both are faster than their Nvidia counterparts and around the same price.


I agree, a x1900GT is probably the better deal. But you want the KO, so its really punch for punch. I would go with whatever is cheaper. Good Luck :D 
September 24, 2006 6:19:54 AM

I dont think you'll need that other fan that goes behind the HDD's. I just have the one on the back and the psu venting out. This 6300 doesn't really run hot. Tha sonata case came w/ some kinda black duct thingy. I think it hurts cooling more than helping so i left it out. The case is pretty quiet too. I recommend it. Takes a bit of getting used to, with the door covering the disk drives.
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