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November 24, 2006 1:37:21 AM

Final Build - Last minute thoughts? - let me know what you think. Going to place order today. upgraded to 680i mobo. Going to use optical drive from old comp. decided on on 160 gb drive as i don't wanna deal with raid 0 as i have never done it before. Let me know if you have any recommendations that'll keep me in the same price range.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $44.99

SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM $7.99

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JSRTL 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail $59.99

SCEPTRE X20WG-Naga Black 20.1" 5ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $249.99

GIGABYTE GV-NX88X768H-RH GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail $659.99

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail $134.99

ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Copper Heatsink - Retail $39.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $5.99

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail
$280.00

eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $249.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail $308.00

Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2b 1pk w/Upgrade Coupon for Vista - OEM $139.99


Total = $2226.12

Let me know if you can see any dire things I need to change. Thanks and happy Thanksgiving!!
November 24, 2006 1:43:24 AM

If you want a Zalman, get a 9500. Most people here won't even suggest a Zalman because they're overpriced....they'll probably suggest a Scythe, Tuniq, or something of the sort.

Only thing I could see is given the capability of your system....no offense, but you're really cheaping out on the monitor. With all that horsepower and the 8800 GTX, buying a Sceptre is...well....cheap. Get a Samsung or something comparable.......it's not that much more when you look at how much you're paying for the whole system.
November 24, 2006 1:53:39 AM

Hey, Thanks. Do you think the image quality will be poor on the sceptre? its 1000:1 contrast ratio and 5 ms. Thought that was pretty good?
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November 24, 2006 2:03:40 AM

First off, spend an extra $15 and get this hard drive.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording)
More GB, perp. recording for faster access. Well worth the extra $15. With the money you're spending, why skimp here?

That monitor seems a tad on the expensive side with some of the deals floating out there today/tomorrow. I'd look around a bit.

Can't complain about the vid card. Planning to OC? If not, do you really need the A/M HSF? Some will disagree, but oh well. Not that your PSU is a bad choice, but I bet with a little looking, you can save some money there with a different name brand, and still give yourself plenty of power.

Corsair is good memory, but your paying for the name. Can probably save enough there to make up for the extra cash on the HDD.
November 24, 2006 2:07:11 AM

True about the monitor, but response time and contrast isn't everything.....they have nothing to do with "image quality" per se. Sceptre is a "low-end" manufacturer. Color rendition may or may not be important to you, it's less so in games, more so in photographs, etc.

BTW, Tigerdirect has that monitor alot cheaper here (with rebate tho):
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Again, for the rebate price, this is much better, and for the price you've shown already in your list:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

As for memory, Corsair is overpriced. OCZ Platinum DDR2-800 is quite a bit cheaper. Some people here have gotten great overclocks on even much cheaper memory. Depends if you're gonna OC.

I agree about the HDD, get a Seagate Barracuda.

As for the PSU, that one is well reviewed, I agree that you can probably find better prices though. As for an alternate, I'm not sure what would work in that price range? OCZ GXS is good bang for the buck to begin with.
November 24, 2006 2:13:47 AM

why spend so little on a case that houses $2000 worth of stuff. Get a p180 or antec 900 or something
November 24, 2006 2:25:00 AM

No way in hell that case is gonna hold that 8800. Look into a Thermaltake armor, or something along the lines of a Full ATX Tower.
November 24, 2006 2:26:58 AM

Do you think ill notice any difference with that samsung when playing games? Thanks.
November 24, 2006 2:31:59 AM

Bigger case....
Better monitor....

YES you will notice a difference when playing games. What you're doing is like getting a PS3 then playing it on a non HD 24" tube.
November 24, 2006 2:35:53 AM

think the 8800 will fit in a P180 case? thanks.
November 25, 2006 2:37:59 AM

If you pull out the one HDD cage and use the bottom ones instead, you should be fine.

Someone with a 180 may want to confirm, but from what I read it should fit that way.
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