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December 6, 2006 5:49:08 PM

Hello,

I thought I would take my first foray into building, as I have had Dell's nearly my whole life and and simply tired of the crappy parts etc. Plus I want to overclock. Also, I eventually plan on going SLI (though perhaps not with the 7950 GX2) Here is my build so far, but I need some help keeping the cost down, to at most 2K or less. I tend to go with top of the line parts, but this has put a strain on my budget:


Case:LIAN LI PC-65B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - R


Mobo: ASUS P5N32-E SLI Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX


GPU: Albatron 7950GX2 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - OEM

PSU: COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-850-EMBA ATX12V/ EPS12V 850W

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model

MEM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000)

HD: 2xSeagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS in Raid0


LCD: SAMSUNG 204B-BK Black 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor - Retail

DVD/CD: Pioneer 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Read Beige ATAPI M


SC:Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels PCI Interface

Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail


Is the LCD going to far? I have heard the Hyundai one is good, but with that GPU it seems a waste not to get a big screen. This puts me at about 2500, all from Newegg, so I can probably get it down to 2400/2300 if I look around. Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks much.

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December 6, 2006 5:53:29 PM

the GX2 is a waste of money, for the same or a little more you can get an 8800gts, and that'll run circles around the GX2. I dont really like cooler master psu's either, but other then those two things your build looks pretty good.
December 6, 2006 5:55:10 PM

Agreed. Also with the monitor, I own the exact model. I bought it in store though, payed almost 420 including warranty. Overall, its good, but theres better for cheaper these days.
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December 7, 2006 2:54:15 AM

Thanks for the tips. They were very helpful. I have made some modifications and this is what I have come up with:


Case: LIAN LI PC-65B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -

Mobo: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

GPu: eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI

PSU: HIPER HPU-4S730-MS ATX12V v2.2 730W \

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4

HD: (2) Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS at RAID1

LCD: Acer AL2016W Silver & Black 20" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor -

Optical: ASUS 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Silver

Cooling: Tuniq

Looking better?
December 7, 2006 6:11:03 AM

Quote:
LCD: Acer AL2016W Silver & Black 20" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

Don't know if it matters to you, but I don't believe this monitor supports DVI, only a D-sub VGA connection. Going by the price on newegg, it seems like a lot to pay and not get DVI. But that's just my relatively uninformed impression.

-john
December 7, 2006 6:31:17 AM

you said your getting a tuniq for the cpu cooler, do you mean the tuniq tower 120? if so thats a pretty good cooler, you might want to switch the ram for this instead, and dont forget the AS5. other then that your build looks good.

im no good with choosing monitors btw, so i dont have any comments there.
December 7, 2006 11:10:48 AM

hey great pick in system i have near the same thing and it runs PERFECT when OC'd no issues

Case : Cooler master CM stacker

Motherboard: eVGA 680i (this board runs awesomely, no reason to waste money on Asus, eVGA has a Lifetime warranty and GREAT tech support

CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600 OC'd to 3.3 GHz i got a Dud of a CPU wont go any faster but the board most certainly will

CPU Fan: Zalman CNPS 9500

Video card: eVGA 8800GTX

RAM: 2 Gigabytes DDR2 800 4-4-4-12

HDD: 2 Raptor 150 gigz in RAID 0 runs perfectly, no data corruption on mainboard controller

Viewsonic 1280x1024 monitor 19 inches
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