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January 6, 2007 8:20:24 PM

Hello...

So far this is what I have for my new build.

CPU = E6600
CPU cooling = Zalman 9500
Mobo = Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
Video = EVGA 8800GTS
Memory = CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-6400C4
PS = PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V

I dont plan on OCing because I have never done it before. And with the money Im going to spend, hopefully i wont have to OC.

Im getting the zalman 9500 to make my system quiet.

Will the MOBO I have be good enough if i dont plan on OCing? Should I buy a better MOBO since im not going to OC.

Also, will 610W power supply be enough for the 8800GTS?

I have a 22 inch LCD monitor so i will be running games on 1600x1000 or whatever it was. With the games out now and the games that are planning to come out with DX10, do i need to go Sli? Or will just one 8800GTS be enough? If i need to, i would be willing to buy a 8800GTX also.

If i do buy a 8800GTX will the 610W be enough?

Thanks for the help!

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January 6, 2007 8:23:59 PM

Well first off i wouldnt expect the zalman to be all that much quieter than stock. I have the same one, and I thought it was louder. The motherboard should be fine, although if you're not OCing then you could possibly go cheaper.

I don't know that much about the 8-series cards, but you might wanna go to like a 700/750 watt psu. it would give you expansion room.
January 6, 2007 11:55:27 PM

anymore advice please?
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January 9, 2007 6:46:13 PM

I don't know what to tell you about the case. I never had Zalman's case. The CPU is good, the mobo seems to be a good one, also I think you did a good choice on the ram. Well in my opinion it's good.
January 9, 2007 7:00:33 PM

For you ps, as far as the 8800gts, or gtx, most reccommend no less than a 650W ps. I would go with a 700 or higher myself just to be on the safe side, and some cases a card can over use power and boost the wattage up, rare cases but better to be safe than sorry. For prizes you can get a 700w ps for about 20 or dollars more than what you have listed.

NOTE1: On another note, the zalman is a good choice, you can go into your bios and change the fan speed and make it super quiet if you so like to do that. As big as it is it will take the heat easy enough, I have mine set at a low speed and when it hits 63*C it goes into high speed, have yet to hit that high on my proccesser. As well I have the X6800 and GTX in my case.

NOTE2: What kind of case are you getting, mid, full, name brand? Also on your memory what are you gonna use 4gigs of memory for? Are you doing video editing, in my opinion, 2gigs is plenty of memory for anything out there game wise. I wouldnt go 4gigs, and if you feel you need to you can upgrade as well.

NOTE3: For your cooling, Id make sure you are going to have plenty of cooling and room in your tower. That video card is going to put a little bit of heat out + its a huge card. A small case might not fit, and if it does you could have heat problems. A case with a side fan would be a huge reccommendation.
January 9, 2007 8:20:53 PM

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NOTE1: On another note, the zalman is a good choice, you can go into your bios and change the fan speed and make it super quiet if you so like to do that. As big as it is it will take the heat easy enough, I have mine set at a low speed and when it hits 63*C it goes into high speed, have yet to hit that high on my proccesser. As well I have the X6800 and GTX in my case.

You beat me to it. Yes, you can change the percentage of max cpu fan speed to reduce noise. Say 80-90%. Also, Zalman comes with a fan mate 2 that can control fan speed manually.

As for case, I suggest a full tower case since it's a gaming rig with such a powerful video card. 2 120mm case fans at least. Maybe Antec P180 since you're into silent computing.

Everything else looks good. Yep 2gigs are plenty. A handful of games will make use of 2 gigs. Most games are 512mb-1gig.

But it's your money.
January 9, 2007 11:52:38 PM

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If i do buy a 8800GTX will the 610W be enough?


Yes, the PC P&C 610w PSU will be enough. The minimum recommended PSU for the 8800GTX is 450w. Even if you were to overclock the E6600 to 3.0GHz you'll still have enough power to have at least 6 hard drives / DVD drives in your system.
January 10, 2007 12:52:28 AM

drop the zalman, get either a scythe infinity/ninja, tuniq tower 120 or arctic cooling freezer 7 pro, all three out perform it by a mile (and th ac is less), I own the zalman and can say its very expensive hype for ocing
January 10, 2007 1:30:58 AM

If you are not going to overclock, then 3 things:

1) Drop the Zalman. Save yourself $60 and use the fan included with the proc. Unless you are OCing, there's no need to replace the stock CPU fan.

2) Consider some cheaper memory. The memory you specified is good for OCing. Perhaps just the 6400 (no subsequent C4 or PRO after the model number) or any other cheaper RAM that's compatible with your mobo. I would suggest Corsairs "value" RAM to get additional savings, but OCing or not, everyone says to steer clear of it.

3) Mobo is good, though you could find some cheaper mobos. However, for the money and quality, this is a great mobo.

If you think that there's a chance you may OC in the future, then stick with your original setup, except invest in a 700+W power supply. Make sure that the +12V rails have at least a combined 45A (540W).
January 10, 2007 6:18:32 PM

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If you are not going to overclock, then 3 things:

1) Drop the Zalman. Save yourself $60 and use the fan included with the proc. Unless you are OCing, there's no need to replace the stock CPU fan.

2) Consider some cheaper memory. The memory you specified is good for OCing. Perhaps just the 6400 (no subsequent C4 or PRO after the model number) or any other cheaper RAM that's compatible with your mobo. I would suggest Corsairs "value" RAM to get additional savings, but OCing or not, everyone says to steer clear of it.

3) Mobo is good, though you could find some cheaper mobos. However, for the money and quality, this is a great mobo.

If you think that there's a chance you may OC in the future, then stick with your original setup, except invest in a 700+W power supply. Make sure that the +12V rails have at least a combined 45A (540W).


Bah, the 6400c4 is okay at ocing, but I do second the 9500 thing (see my previous post) and unless the op oc's an x6800 with 2 gtx's, 700w won't be necessary
January 10, 2007 7:46:23 PM

If you're not OCing and obviously, you're not going to SLI, the 610W PSU is plenty...

The mobo is a good board whether you OC or not, anything "better" would just have more USB connectors, SLI, higher FSB, whatever (just more bells and whistles that you probably won't need)...

The e6600 runs on a 266MHz clock, which means, for DDR/DDR2 it'll run at 266*2 = 533MHz, so any memory above that speed will be a waste, if you don't OC. Save yourself a $100 and go with 533MHz valueram, it's just as good, if you don't OC.

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January 10, 2007 7:59:16 PM

true, value ram is good, but the 1066 fsb is better than the 533 fsb imo, even though 1:1 beats 2:1 usually
January 11, 2007 10:00:19 PM

DONT MISTAKEN yourself, you go with that 450w ps you are gonna have issures or are on the edge of them, do not go below a 650w ps. Not only is it my opinion but from every rating ive read and system Ive built I would not reccommend that.
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