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Yet Another Conroe Build

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September 27, 2006 1:19:16 AM

Antec TruePower TRIO 550 550W Power Supply Retail

Intel® Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe Processor 2.4GHz, 1066FSB, LGA775, 4MB Cache Retail

Asus P5B Deluxe P965 Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo/Pentium Extreme/Pentium D/P4/Celeron D 1066FSB LGA775 DDR2 ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail

MSI NX7900GT-VT2D256E HD GeForce 7900 GT PCI Express 256MB DDR3

Crucial Technology Ballistix BL2KIT6464AA804 1GB Kit DDR2-800 PC2-6400 Memory Retail

Raidmax Horizon 287 ATX287WBP Mid Tower Gaming Case (Black) Retail

Hows this build look? Am I missing anything? I wanted to go with a modular power supply but I couldn't find one with good reviews and good power, if any know of any let me know. Plan to upgrade video card in future, but the 7900GT should run fine for now. Any advice would be great.

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September 27, 2006 2:04:57 AM

Youre missing you Hard drive. I recommend the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, the 320GB and the 250GB have very good values. And theyre the fastest drives in the market right now.

The Antec NeoHE series are modular, with 3 12v rails, and very fairly priced.

I think for a few bucks more you could get a X1900XT 256mb, these card PWNS the 7900GT at everysingle thing. Check out the VGA charts (the 256mb version should be just above the x1900xt), and the "best cards for the money" on tomshardware.

The rest looks really good. How much are you paying for that memory??
If you plan on upgrading to DX10 soon you should get the 7600GT and use the difference in another gig of RAM.
September 27, 2006 2:06:54 AM

good mobo choice, i would go with e6400 (extra 2mb isn't worth the money), and with the money saved i would get 2*1gb corsair ddr2 6400.

I am not sure how good Ballistix BL2KIT6464AA804 is(at overclocking), that's why im suggesting corsair. talking from my experience corsair ddr2 6400 is very stable and fast.

Feel free to correct me on ram

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September 27, 2006 2:22:43 AM

The RAM is $148 on ZipZoomFly, and has 4-4-4-12 timings. Its the lowest priced DDR 800 memory I could find with tight timings. Theres Corsair for around the same amount(about 15 more), but the timings are 4-5-4-12. I've usually heard good things about crucial too. I'm not sure about the OCing ability of crucial, so I'll check on that. I usually don't get into OCing too much though, although I might in the future.

The vid card I still plan on waiting on, the 100 buck difference isn't worth the increase for the performance. Right now the most intensive game that will be played on this computer is world of warcraft. By the time I'm interested in anything else hopefully the DX10 cards will be out. If not then I can still wait. Other than that I already have a x1900xtx in another rig and don't really like very much else about it other than the performance, the heat, the noise, etc... not sure if the x1900xt is similiar in either of those two respects as I haven't done much research on it, but from everything I've read the 7900gt isn't too power hungry or noisy or anything.
September 27, 2006 3:04:46 AM

ANY DDR 800 with 4-4-4-12 timings is using the same Micron chips as Corsair, therefore it will perform the same. Corsair is simply overpriced compared to better products (like Crucial) that are more fairly priced.

The X1900XT 256mb is priced at around $240 in newegg, if it is true that ATI cards are hotter and louder we should also mention that they are made to support higer temperatures and actually (check a review on VGA coolers from tomshardware) have one of the best HSF out there.
But again if youre planning on upgrading to DX10 soon enough a 7600GT will do it till then.
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