Building a new system, please offer suggestions

Hi, I am new to these forums, but i am building a new gaming computer and i wanted to run it by some more experinced people and see what you all thought. I build my last system in 2001 and it was working great until it exploded a few months ago :-/. So now i have saved up some money and want to put together a new gaming system... a am a little but out of date on all the new stuff, so if you have any suggestions or see anything blatently wrong, please help me out.

Case: undecied

Power Supply: OCZ / GameXStream / 700-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / SATA Ready / SLI Ready / EPS / Active PFC / Power Supply

Motherboard: EVGA nForce 680i SLI NVIDIA Socket 775 ATX Motherboard

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

CPU Cooler: ALMAN CNPS7000B-Cu LED 2 Ball Cooling Fan

Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Video Card(s): eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card

Sound Card: integrated
Raid: I was wondering if i could use my old raid card from my older computer or does it need to be a new SATA raid?

Hard Drive 1: Do you reccomend i get new SATA hdd's or can i use my old hdd since they are going through the raid controller?
Hard Drive 2: see above
Optical Drive 1: cd burner
Optical Drive 2: dvd drive
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  1. onboard raid with your board would be much better.

    system looks solid. unless your overlocking though, save a little coin and just scratch the 680i, a P5B ought to do you just fine.
  2. i was planning on trying to overclock the most that i could out of it to get the most out that i could. Then i could pump up the ram, processor, and v-card.
  3. Oh, i forgot to mention that the origonal hard drived are around 6 years old, do you think they are worth reusing or should i just get some new ones?

    Also on the topic of raid cards will they run faster with SATA drives or with IDE's? Or is the difference negligable?

    Plx help!!!
  4. honestly, the onboard raid provided would be a lot better solution.

    your HDD is 6 years old? christ man, time to replace that thing.
  5. Oh yea, time for new hard drives. Go with SATA........IDE is going the way of the dinosaur, and alot of new mobos have 1 IDE slot for opticals and no HDDs.

    2 new Seagate Barracuda's 7200.10 w/16 meg cache....250 gigs each should do very nicely for your setup, and won't break the bank.

    Other than that, if you're planning on overclocking your system a fair bit, then ditch the 7700 CPU cooler and get something better for $20 more. Zalman 9500, Tuniq Tower, Scythe will do great....pick one of those and you'll be much happier.
  6. One question that i have is with respect to the ram...

    Am i better off running the 800 ram

    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 -
    that has a 4-4-4-12 timing and Cas Latency: 4


    CORSAIR XMS2 DOMINATOR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4D -
    That has 4-4-4-12 timing, Cas Latency: 4

    Basicaly appear to be the same except the dominator has DHX (Dual-path Heat Xchange)... is this worth the extra $30?

    So this is what my price is looking at right now:
    Case: i dunno... can anyone reccomend a good one for under $150?
    Power Supply: 95.00
    MoBo W/8800GTS: 609.99
    CPU: 314.00
    CPU Cooler (Zalman 9500): 53.99
    Memory: 265.00
    Hard Drives (2x 7200.10 250GB) 79.99x2
    Total = 1497.99
  7. The Dominator RAM has EPP enabled which works with 680i chipset to get the best out of your RAM. something like auto overclocking or something...Overclocks better so I hear.

    Get a tuniq tower 120 for cooling, but make sure you get a big case because the beast is enormous. But its great.

    Replace the disks...6 years old is too old, time to replace. Theyre not too expensive either. Definately SATA though.

    Also what about replacing the CD-Burner and DVD Drive with just one DVD-Burner.

    As a case suggestion - Antec P180. Cool and Quiet.
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