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Nice computer. But I need help

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October 13, 2006 1:56:20 AM

My friend doesn't really know much about computers, so I decided to help him a bit. His budget is a nice, hefty, $1,500, but he wants to save some money to buy a keyboard,mouse,monitor, which could round out to about $400. So far I came up with this which totals to around 1130ish.

1.Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply - Power Supply
2.Antec Performance I P180B - Case
3.ECS NFORCE 570 SLIT-A (V5.1) Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Motherboard
4.eVGA 512-P2-N635-AR Geforce 7950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 - GFX Card
5.LITE-ON Black - DVD DRIVE
6.OCZ Gold Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 - RAM
7.Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - CPU
8.ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler - Heatsink (Make sure it is compatible with socket LGA775/Conroe)

My friend wants a fast computer, thats a good bang for his buck. He mostly plays games. I believe this should be more than enough for Halo, and the Sim 2.

Critique this build as much as you want, but base it around the conroe (since its cool).

The only question I have is do you need a heatsink for the conroe? I hear it comes with a bad one.

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October 13, 2006 5:39:33 AM

My experience with the Lite on drives have been really hit or miss. At a place I used to work we sold 4 and they all came back within 2 weeks, and I was one of the ones who bought one. I like my NEC 3550 a lot and I've heard that LG makes really good ones too.
October 13, 2006 6:11:12 AM

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3.ECS NFORCE 570 SLIT-A (V5.1) Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Motherboard


Real bad choice if you are going to overclock (considering the ocĂ­ng potential of the 6600 it would be a crime not to). Try something based on the 965 chipset (ABIT is looking good)


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8.ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler - Heatsink (Make sure it is compatible with socket LGA775/Conroe)

The only question I have is do you need a heatsink for the conroe? I hear it comes with a bad one.


The Intel HSF are really good. Even for overclocking. If you want to squeeze the last drop of juice from that 6600 you will need a diffferent cooloing solution but Intel's HSF should manage anything not too extreme.
October 13, 2006 6:59:11 PM

Alright, I'll make some changes and then post the new plan.
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