New Computer Setup ($1500 budget)

Getting a christmas present to myself. Any complicaitons in my set-up?

Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Full Tower Case
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=371252
$149.99

Power Supply: Antec TruePower TRIO 550 550W Power Supply
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=273506
$99.99

CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe Processor 2.4GHz, 1066FSB, LGA775, 4MB Cache Retail
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...oductCode=80860
$311.90

Motherboard: Asus P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe nForce4 SLI Intel Edition P4/ Pentium Processor Extreme Edition/ Pentium D/Celeron 1066FSB LGA775 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=247088
$199.99

Memory: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400 Xtreme Performance Memory
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...uctCode=85025-6
$274.90

Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS Sound Card
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=290238
$179.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (x 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822148140
$189.98

CD/DVD Drive: SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Samsung SH-S182D Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16827151133
$29.99

Video Card: PNY VCG7950GXPB GeForce 7950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814133181
$299.99

Total: $1736.72

Keeping: Mouse, Mousepad, Keyboard, Monitor, Headset, Speakers. Everything else must go.

I realize I went slightly over what I was hoping for. Not too sure if this setup is the best at this price. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thx.
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  1. Upgrade the psu to something more powerful (Just in case for future cards)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153033

    Downgrade the processor to the e6400.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004

    For the motherboard, get the Asus p5B deluxe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131028

    Only get this high end ram, if your are going to oc. Otherwise else its a waste of money.

    You really do not need a sound card unless you are really picky about quality. Onboard sound has come a long way.

    About the video card, consider getting a x1950 pro, excellent card for the price. Or consider getting a 8800gts.


    Alright this was the rig I was doing to build, but due to some problem I couldnt.

    ASUS P5B E, P965,1066,1394,snd,glan,D2,PCI-E +6.41 $150.99
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz Dual (2MB),1066MHz,S775,65W $218.50
    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 $239 - 40 = $199
    Antec P180 Aluminum ATX Mid w/ NO PS (11 bays), 1394 $114.99 - 20 = $94.99
    Thermaltake toughpower W0103RU ATX12V/ EPS12V 600W Power Supply $129
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) +5.99 $74.99
    eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB +6.13 $429.99 - 30 = $399.99
    NEC 3550A Dual 16x DVD+RW/-RW/CD-RW (48x/32x/48x),16x DVD $29.99
    MS Windows XP Home Edition CD (full version) +4.99 $90
    _________________________________
    $1500.97 total with s/h
    $1410.97 with rebates.

    Note that prices might have changed.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions. I did decide to upgrade the PSU to 650W (Plan on going SLI down the line). I dropped the sound card. Upgraded the motherboard so I could settle for better onboard. Upgraded the video card to the 8800GTS. And this is where it stands.

    Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Full Tower Case
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=371252
    $124.99

    PSU: Antec TruePower TRIO 650 650W Power Supply
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=273507
    $124.95

    CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe Processor 2.4GHz, 1066FSB, LGA775, 4MB Cache Retail
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...oductCode=80860
    $311.90

    Motherboard: ASUS P5N32-E SLI nVIDIA nFORCE 680I SLI CHIPSET ATX FORM FACTOR
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?sc...03&RSKU=BA23303
    $288.18

    Memory: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400 Xtreme Performance Memory
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=85025-6
    $234.90

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822148140
    $94.99

    CD/DVD Drive: SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Samsung SH-S182D Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16827151133
    $35.63

    Video Card: PNY VCG88GTSXPB GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814133188
    $402.12

    Total: $1617.66
  3. like mentioned before, drop the processor to the e6400 and change the case to the p180.

    e6400 - the e6300 and e6400 tend to overclock better then the 4mb cache e6600 and e6700
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004

    p180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129154

    If you want to cut some more money, drop the hdd to a 250gb. You can always add a new one later on.
  4. Yeah, agreed about the change of case. The Thermaltake Armour case is a lot louder than the Antec P180, but both offer more than adequate cooling for any gamer, even with some serious overclocking.
  5. Ok so the E6400 can hit what speed? The E6600 will hit 3.6GHz on air if you do it right, and that 4mb cache is good for anywhere between 2% and 12% performance over 2mb cache. I say keep the E6600.
  6. Well its his choice. Since he is over budget, I recommend getting the e6400 but if money is not obstacle; by all means get the higher end processors.
  7. Thanks for the info on the case, i'll definately look into the other options. I would've liked to be around the $1500 budget, but even now its only after the rebates. I'm sure it'll be much closer to $2000 by the time I order. Still contemplating on the sound card. :roll:

    My intentions are to overclock it to 3.6ghz as many others have. Still need to look into some aftermarket cooling as well.
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