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My first shopping list...HELP?

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October 29, 2006 5:36:00 PM

Alright, after months of browsing the net and this forum, I'm ready to take the leap and attempt a self-build. I'm posting my shopping list in hopes that any problems with compatibilty/performance/etc. can be eliminated before I start ordering.

It'll be my first, so I'm hoping for a setup which will work without a huge amount of troubleshooting or tweeking....but that still has the flexibility for future upgrades and/or OCing.

I should also mention I'm in Germany, so availabilty and pricing is a bit different from the states. Any and all criticism is welcome. Here it is....


MOBO - Asus P5W DH Deluxe,I975X,Socket-775,ATX, SATAIIx7, Dual-GbLAN, DDR2, 2xPCI-Ex16

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz Socket LGA775, 4MB, BOXED
w/ Zalman CNPS7700-Cu CPU-K├╝hler Sockel 478/775/754/939/940

RAM - Corsair TWIN2X 8500C5 DDR2, 2048MB CL5, Kit w/two 1GB Dimm's, E.P.P Technology

HD - 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM
GPU - HIS Excalibur Radeon X1900 GT 256MB
DVD - LG GSA-H22L

DISPLAY - LG 19" LCD L1970HR-BF Monitor, 2000:1, 2ms

CASE - Gigabyte Poseidon GZ-XA1CA-STS Silber Aluminium Front (ohne PSU)
PSU - Seasonic S12 Netzteil 500W, 120mm Ventilator, 4xSATA, ATX/EPS, SLI, 20/24p


....I've got keyboard/mouse/OS already. Am I missing anything? Where can I do better? Where could I save money without sacrificing performance or flexibilty? Thanks for all your input!!!

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October 29, 2006 5:51:49 PM

I can't think of anything really except that if your not planning on doing any overclocking that you don't really need the Zalman. Its just unneeded. I mean, I was given a E6400 cooler by a friend that just got a zalman and it looks like its a pretty good cooler. Of course the Zalman is going to be a lot better both in sound and temp, but its your money to spend. And for the HDD's, are you thinking of doing RAID or just seperate. If you are going to do seperate, think about getting a smaller 10k rpm drive for the system and programs, and the 320 GB barracuda for other files. It'll make your computer just that bit faster.

DDay
October 29, 2006 6:00:54 PM

As far as HD goes, I was actually thinking of 1 x WD raptor 10000 74 GB for the OS/programs, but the price just seemed like it was pretty high considering the relatively low capacity. It is still a point i'm considering though.

I am thinking that I will attempt to overclock once I get everything up at running. Noise *or lack thereof* is important to me, any suggestions for cooling that will reduce it? I don't want to get into water coolering quite yet...
October 29, 2006 6:11:23 PM

Get the 36 GB Raptor. I think its less than the 320 GB Barracuda and it'll be worth it unless you REALLY need that extra 250 GB or so.

DDay
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