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December 2, 2006 9:46:06 PM

I need some help with my new build, im pretty sure about every component, except the mobo, ill be ordering about half the parts today or tomorrow, and the rest in about 2 weeks once i scrap together the rest of the cash.

I was fairly sure that i wanted the MSI P965 Platinum for a while, but now im not so sure, the Intel Bad Axe 2 looks pretty nice, but its a little pricey, ive got around $200-250 max for the mobo.

This is a gaming/heavy duty oc-ing rig, im hoping to get an E6300 to about 2.4ghz. The way it stands now my build is at around $1500, i can go up to about $1600 if necessary.

here are the spec's. open to any suggestions, especially for the mobo.

E6300 - $180
MSI P965 Platinum - $135
Super Talent 2gb - $280
Evga 8800gts - $450
Thermaltake Armor case - $155
OCZ GameXStream 700w psu - $150
Scythe Infinity - $58
Western Digital 250gb HDD - $70
NEC 3550A CD/DVD drive - $30

Total - $1508

and some other stuff like case fans and AS5.

thanks in advance.

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December 2, 2006 11:01:45 PM

Well not being a fan of MSI mobo's and one who is reluctant to be first into the water I would look for a different mobo (s**t hot OC'er) and a cheaper card (7900GT/GTX or GTO), being an AMD user I have no suggestions on which mobo to go for though.
December 2, 2006 11:10:13 PM

hello,
first of all i would like to reccomend another mb go for an asus P5W DH or if you like a gigabyte s3 or Ds3

for your power supply i would reccomend the Corsair HX620W it is much more stable than the ocz. it also supports crossfire and sli and is modular.

and be sur to get the zalman cnps9700 as your cpu cooler i have it myself and
also had the scythe ninja but the zalman is much better at cooling.

the termaltake armor is the same case i have, i have the silver one with the 25 cm fan. ( be sure to take the silver one because it is in aluminium , 8kg
the black one is made from 1 mm secc steel and weighs 16 kg!!! your choise ofcourse)
hope this helps
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December 2, 2006 11:33:39 PM

i also looked at the P5W a while back, its a good board and im still considering getting it, i just have to do some more searching to see how it stacks up against other boards when oc-ing.

i kinda like the look of the scythe infinity, so i think ill stay with that.

I like steel cases and i like black, so that case was basiclly made for me.
December 2, 2006 11:40:30 PM

yes i also think the infinity gets the job done.
if you like what you say that case is deffinately for you.
i am also very happy with it, great airflow!!!!
also let us know what you are going to choose as youre mainboard,since you are also oc'ing i would like to know :D 
December 2, 2006 11:47:19 PM

I think ill either go with the P5W Deluxe, the P5B Deluxe, or the Abit AB9 pro.

I'd like to water cool, but i dont think i have the budget for it right now.
December 2, 2006 11:50:09 PM

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Well not being a fan of MSI mobo's and one who is reluctant to be first into the water I would look for a different mobo (s**t hot OC'er) and a cheaper card (7900GT/GTX or GTO), being an AMD user I have no suggestions on which mobo to go for though.



I have had MSI mother boards in my last five builds. And out of those, two were bad.My borther's K8N Neo4 x16(7100-030) was shot from the start, so he RMA'd it back to xxxxx. They sent him a different board(7100-030) and now he is done with MSI and went with Asus. Anyway i got that board from him and went from an 3500 calwhammer, to a 4600x2 and it would not reconize the other core.
So i had to go back to my old K8N Neo4 single PCIx16 slot(7125-000)and it fixed it. So to make a long post short, yes i agree with you about MSI mobo's. :wink:
December 3, 2006 12:02:28 AM

Will i have any problems with the ram i picked? It runs at 2.2v's and ive heard the p965 chipset only accepts 1.8v ram.
December 3, 2006 12:13:30 AM

Sweet. Alright, i think ill get the P5B deluxe. Now i just have to figure out what to order right now, ive got $700 to spend right now, and ill be getting another $800 within the next 2 weeks. (I love that my birthday and xmas are within 2 days of each other! The logic that getting the cash now so i have the rig up and running by xmas may be a little flawed, but im not complaining.) what do you guys think i should get right now?

edit: besides the wifi capability, is there any difference between the P5B Deluxe and the ASUS P5B Deluxe/Wifi-AP?
December 3, 2006 12:48:43 AM

Which version of the armor are you getting the black or the silver? I have the black version and I saw the other at a local computer store and it was much lighter than the black version. I just thought I should throw that fact out and maybe it might matter or not.

Just my two cents
December 3, 2006 12:49:26 AM

im getting the black version.
December 3, 2006 12:57:51 AM

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Will i have any problems with the ram i picked? It runs at 2.2v's and ive heard the p965 chipset only accepts 1.8v ram.


Shouldn't be a problem. Just adjust it in the BIOS
December 3, 2006 1:21:19 AM

The P5B Deluxe and the E6300 are made for each other.
the only problem is with the soundmax drivers but with a little tinkering youll be able to get rid of most of the issues.
the super talent ram will run pc1000 @ 5 4 4 12 with 2.2 volts (mine run 4 4 4 10)that should give you some crazy clocks.
December 3, 2006 1:26:15 AM

cool, im ordering the P5B, E6300, super talent ram, and an ultra ata100 drive for a sawtooth g4 (things a peice of crap right now, but with a new proc, some ram and an hdd it'll rock) tonight or tomorrow. im still debating where or not i should get an anti static wrist band, i dont really need it, but i wont have to worry as much about frying componets during the build stage.

i think ill get an x-fi sound blaster and another pair of sennhieser headphones (headphones rock! theve completly replaced all my speakers) within the next couple of months, so the sound thing probably wont be a problem.
December 3, 2006 1:29:50 AM

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im still debating where or not i should get an anti static wrist band, i dont really need it, but i wont have to worry as much about frying componets during the build stage.


I have a drawer full of them.
you know
I dont recall ever useing one :lol: 
December 3, 2006 1:34:30 AM

wana send me one? :D  lol, jk.

does newegg take paypal?
December 3, 2006 1:36:01 AM

frys has them in stock :) 
December 3, 2006 1:53:14 AM

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Will i have any problems with the ram i picked? It runs at 2.2v's and ive heard the p965 chipset only accepts 1.8v ram.


Install DIMM 1, cold-boot set to 2.2 V in BIOS, save & power down.
Then add 2nd DIMM after setting to 2.2 V.

This is why people think it does not work (It won't always boot 1st time if you install both 2.2 V DIMMs before setting voltage above 1.8 V).

Frankly I'd go for 2.0 V DIMMs, and maybe run them at 2.05 - 2.10 V then overclock some / timings boost, etc (Prime95 and MemTest86+ all the way).

December 3, 2006 2:05:39 AM

Well done...very nice clocks!!!
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