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Check out my custom computer..core 2 duo e6600...need advice

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November 28, 2006 9:13:48 PM

Here are the specs for my new custom built computer. Its my first time doing this, and I want someone to please look over the specs and see if its okay. (before i order the parts)

My main objectives were to build a stable system for about ~$1500 U.S, (trying to get the 'best bang for the buck') and for it to be very quiet, as I will be recording on it (as well as mixing/audio production). I plan on using this as a DAW (digital audio workstation)


Please feel free to drop some advice/suggestions. oh yeah, there is a strong possibility I will be overclocking on this system (i changed my mind, haha), so please let me know if these specs are okay to OC as well.

The specs


Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Motherboard
ASUS P5B Deluxe

Memory
2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-667mhz Dual-Channel (1GB x 2) (is there a big difference in performance gain between 667 mhz RAM and 800 mhz?) worth the extra $40?

Harddrives
2x 320GB 7200rpm SATA-II Seagate Barracuda 10 w/16mb Cache

Case
Antec Sonata II w/ 450w SmartPower 2.0 PSU

CPU Cooler
Zalman CNPS7700-CU 120mm Fan w/ Copper Heatsink

DVD/CD Writer
Pioneer dvr-710

Audio Interface
M-audio firewire 410

I will also have a MIDI/USB keyboard connected.

graphics card - pci-express (not sure which one yet...suggestions for a cheap one? i wont be playing any games...)
November 28, 2006 9:39:35 PM

Looks pretty good to me.

DDR2 800 will be good if you do end up overclocking, especially with the high FSBs that Core 2 Duo can reach.

Pretty much any PCI-E card will work just fine, maybe a 7100 or 7300 gs/gt.
November 28, 2006 9:52:23 PM

get the 9500 or the 9700 zalman for cooling. drop the 7700 - that's like so last year :D  .
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