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My New System Build... Your input is appreciated.

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October 2, 2006 11:11:27 PM

I put the following components together, let me know what you think...



eVGA 512-P2-N635-AR Geforce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBNR - Retail

Thermaltake Big Typhoon CL-P0114 120mm Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail

Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM

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 - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail


Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply -

2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM


All this cost me a little over 1500 dollars... Let me know if you have any suggestions or concerns... Thanks guys!
October 3, 2006 1:35:51 AM

Looks great overall, but I'd recommend an EVGA 7600GT since they're coming out with DX10. Keep in mind however that if you don't plan on upgrading to DX10 that a 7950GT is fine for now. Overall I'm liking what you have chosen.
October 3, 2006 2:32:35 AM

Couple of suggestions.

If you are not planning on OC'ing, then the following PQI Turbo 2x1GB memory will be fine. It won't break the bank for 170 bucks compared to other memory at the moment.

Also, I did a little analysis on video cards using Anandtech benchmarks. Here you go.



Get the X1900XT 256MB. You get better FPS and it costs less than the 7950GT. Best bang for the buck. Period.
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October 3, 2006 3:11:59 AM

Thanks for the input guys.

Lets start with the ram... I am planning on overclocking, which is why I picked G-Skill. It's been reviewed to have good overclocking capabilities and is compatible with my board... Plus it's on sale on Newegg for $239. As for the video card, I read somewhere that the ATI cards dont work too well with the intel processors. Don't know how much of it is true, but I didnt want to take a chance on it... As for me going with a lower end video card and waiting for dx10 to come out, I thought about that too. I'm thinking by the time dx10 becomes a requirement or a necessity, It'll prolly be time for a new system for me.


Am I misleading myself or is there some sort of logic behind my decisions? Please let me know! Thanks again...
October 3, 2006 3:46:48 AM

Don't know where you read that ATI cards don't work well with Intel chips. Someone at Intel is feeding a load of crap because of the merger of AMD and ATI. Or as the Inquirer likes to put it DAMMIT.

Now there has been some compatibility issues with OCZ memory with C2D. Maybe this is what you read.

If you do go lower end, I do recommended a 7600GT. The eVGA at Newegg is dirt cheap with a MIR.
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