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I'd love some advice on a proposed system (it's my first)

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September 22, 2006 10:49:20 PM

Hi Everyone,

If anyone could give some advice on the components I've choses, I'd REALLY appreciate it. Thanks so much!!!

-James



ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard


Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor


CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory


GIGABYTE GV-NX76T256D-RH Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Silent Pipe II, Lead Free Video Card


NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner

Pioneer 1111D: Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache ATAPI 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Read


Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI-PFC ATX12V 510W Continuous @ 50°C Power Supply 90 - 264V UL/ ULC/ TUV/ CE


MONSTER MPHTS1000MKII HTS 1000 MKII PowerCenter with Clean Power Stage 2 v.2.0

Antec Performance I P180 Silver 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis, 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


SAMSUNG 204B-BK Black 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 800:1 0.255mm Pixel Pitch 1600x1200 display


2X COOLER MASTER SLC-S41-U1 40mm Blue LED Light Chip Set Cooling Fan/Heatsink
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September 22, 2006 11:20:26 PM

I have a P5B Deluxe/WiFi too. I also have that exact same video card (it fits just fine even with the large heatsinks). Do you plan on overclocking? The reason I ask is because of your choice of memory. I suggest that you save yourself $100+ by getting DDR2-667, the DDR2-800 isn't worth the premium price at the moment. The RAM I went with is this:

Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $179.00

It works great with the P5B Deluxe. It runs at DDR2-800 speed without any voltage increase (1.8V) at 4-4-4-12 timings. I've played around with overclocking and this RAM can take it (passes memtest86 and Prime95 torture test). If your dead set on the XMS memory, it will be just fine. I just wanted to let you know that you can get more for less.
September 22, 2006 11:58:27 PM

The P5B Deluxe is the same just wihtout the WiFi so get it if you wont need the WiFi. This is a really good motherboard if you plan on going quad-core one day. Check for a BIOS update that will allow you do some more overclocking with that board.

Dont go with Corsair, but do go for DDR2 800, get anyone with 4-4-4-12 timings. This indicates that theyre using the same Micron chips as Corsair and therefore perform broadly the same.

The 7600GT is a poor card for this setup, it just doesnt add up to the rest. Unless youre planning on saving and getting a DX10 card as soon as they become avaible, get a 7900GT. The X1900XTX can be found at pretty sweet prices right now, and its top-notch performance that will last you a long while.

Take a look at the OCZ GameXstream series, IMO much better value and a better PSU overall. Quad 12v rails, high efficency, PFC etc...

I dont know about that "powercenter" youve picked but for that price you could get a voltage regulator (not just a supressor), ive been using voltage regulators since my first build and never had an overvoltage problem or something similar.

Ive never heard of Asus having trouble cooling their chipsets (much less in newer models) so idk if those extra fans are worth. You might wanna fill every avaible space for a fan in your case though.
September 23, 2006 12:39:50 AM

not sure what type of machine this is, but for all the money your putting into the mobo/cpu your skimping on the graphics card...i guess you could be waiting for dx10, but its not just going to be a done deal when it gets here..
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