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About to order my new PC parts...what do you guys think?

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October 19, 2006 1:24:39 PM

I am looking for a PC that will last at least a good couple of years and be able to accept the new DX-10 cards when that technology is available. Please take a look and let me know if you see any potential problems or bottlenecks I missed.
I did quite a bit of research trying to find the best combination withough going overboard on the price. Thanks in advance to any replies and critiques!

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor

Motherboard: One of two options I've yet to decide on...
1. Intel BOXDG965WHMKR Socket T (LGA 775) Intel G965 Express

2. GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express

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

HD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card

Power Supply
RAIDMAX RX-630A ATX12V/ EPS12V 630W Power Supply

Case
LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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October 19, 2006 1:53:18 PM

Nice build but i recommend toning down to the bfg 7600gt if your waiting for the dx10 cards to come out. You will hardly notice much of a difference between the two cards for now. E6600 just seems like a dead deal to me, E6400 is the best price for the bargain and can easily be oc'ed to 6600 core speeds.

As for the mobo, the ds3 is a nice choice and if your willing to spend a few bucks then go for the ABIT AB9 Pro. Tomshardware had a really successful OC with this mobo+conroe procs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

PSU is fine and future proof for dx10 and your ram may be ripping you off a little with the name brand but whatever suits your needs. Look at this one and you may save some money. It also OC's well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
October 19, 2006 2:03:33 PM

That particular drive has had problems reported with it while running an OS on it. Likely cause is because of the perpendicular recording tech that it employs. many errors. Works really well as a storage solution though. Thats what I am using it for. Better off getting a non perpendicular drive for your OS.
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October 19, 2006 2:09:32 PM

That drive is supposed to be the fastest and the most quiet today, which OS was it giving problems with?
October 19, 2006 2:15:09 PM

Would it be a good idea to get a separate drive just for the OS then? If so, what would you recomend as being a stable and fast choice for quick boot-up?
October 19, 2006 2:49:24 PM

I would go for the 74GB WD Raptor for the OS and use your Seagate for other files. It is a little more expensive but worth the performance bost.
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