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New Rig, Core2Duo Build, looking for some feedback.

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October 20, 2006 8:19:51 PM

Hey guys, getting ready here to put together my first custom build. I've done some research and talked to some people, and ended up putting together the following parts list as a potential final model. Any input is appreciated. I don't plan on immediately overclocking anything, unless it is really simple. :p  However, I don't want to limit myself by buying something now that would hold me back down the line. I live in Canada, so sites have to ship to Canada (so no newegg :(  ) and are in Canadian dollars. Without further ado..

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 6400
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

MoBo: Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Intel Socket 775
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Video Card: XFX GeForce 7600 GT XXX
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Ocz Gold Xtc PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220BD7505&v...

HD: Seagate 250GB 7200 8MB ATA-100
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Music 24BIT Sound Card
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11220BD8584

PSU: Ultra X-Finity 600-Watt ATX Dual 80mm Fan SATA-Ready SLI-Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Case: Power Up Black 2559 ATX Mid-Tower Case
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

DVDRW: Lite-on Super Allwrite
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


Also, if anyone knows any sites that ship to Canada that have better prices/deals/combos than tigerdirect it would be greatly appreciated.
October 20, 2006 9:31:32 PM

I was planning on waiting for a year or so to upgrade to a next gen video card. I'm looking to be able to play all new games up until Christmas or something with all the eye candy on, and then have to gradually turn it down as DX10 continues.
October 20, 2006 10:23:44 PM

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Also, if anyone knows any sites that ship to Canada that have better prices/deals/combos than tigerdirect it would be greatly appreciated.


DirectCanada and Premier Computer Canada are Canadian and may be cheaper than TigerDirect, though I have no experience will them. NCIX is also Canadian: it is more expensive, but has the best reputation and selection. There is a separate TG forum here for posting inquiries about vendors.

Fuzzy
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October 21, 2006 12:57:12 AM

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Also, if anyone knows any sites that ship to Canada that have better prices/deals/combos than tigerdirect it would be greatly appreciated.


DirectCanada and Premier Computer Canada are Canadian and may be cheaper than TigerDirect, though I have no experience will them. NCIX is also Canadian: it is more expensive, but has the best reputation and selection. There is a separate TG forum here for posting inquiries about vendors.

Fuzzy

Also look at Memory Express.

TigerDirect is horrible. AVOID them at all costs.

To comment on your build:

Downgrade to an E6400. No real reason to pay more for the 6400. Overclocking is pretty easy.

If you are not overclocking, you dont need DDR2-800 RAM.

Ultra PSUs are spotty. Look at Antec, FSP, etc..

Unless audio is a big deal, a sound card isnt a must. Look at 16MB cache drives from Seagate, 7200.10 series.
October 23, 2006 4:22:37 AM

processor is good.Cpu is good.You could just skip the soundcard as the board does support a decent onboard sound chip.I would recommend a 7900gtx or x1900xt for video though.Ram is good,but I would go with a sata hard drive as the ata100 is gettin old.All in all it looks fairly good.Where abouts are you in canada anyways???I liive in Sooke B.C.And I deal with a company called DTI COMPUTERS.Very reliable and honest.Goodluck.

Dahak

AMD X2-4400+@2.4 S-939
EVGA NF4 SLI MB
2X7800GT IN SLI
2X1GIG DDR IN DC MODE
WD300GIG HD
EXTREME 19IN.MONITOR 1280X1024
ACE 520WATT PSU
COOLERMASTER MINI R120
October 23, 2006 7:59:15 AM

Barracuda 7200.10 are leading the SATA 7.2k market right now.

Drop the sound card for now, try with onboard. Its more than enough for most users.

Stay away from Ultra PSUs. OCZ GameXstream 600W.

The rest looks good.
October 23, 2006 9:08:43 AM

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You really like those OCZ PSU's don't you? :wink:

Gimme an outperformer for the price and ill drop it like a hot potatoe :D 
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