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January 15, 2007 12:57:54 AM

Overclockable Gaming Machine
Motherboard: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail
Price: $249.99
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Link: Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor – Retail
Price: $221.00
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Ram: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail
Price: $289.99
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N636-AR GeForce 7950GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Price: $214.99
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream OCZ850GXSSLI ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 850Watts Power Supply - Retail
Price: $214.99
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Total Price: $1189.97

I have a 19 inch LCD, DVD/CD RW, A lanboy case with lights and a 150gig hard drive already from a previously built machine. When I decide to upgrade I will buy the hard drive listed below and use that as the main HD with the 150gig as the secondary drive.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Price: $159.99

Was looking for thoughts, suggestions or changes you would make. All comments are welcomed... ways to lower price without hurting the performace or future upgradability are encouraged. The price will drop about 50 to 100 dollars with rebates.
January 15, 2007 1:32:23 AM

While the 680i's are supposed to be really good OC'ing motherboards with tons of nice features for high end PC's....but you really do pay for it, paying more for your MB than you are for your graphics card in a gaming PC might not be the best idea when at least 90% or your gaming performance if purely based on your graphics card

My suggestion would be go for a cheaper MB (there are plenty out there that OC well for a lot less) and spend the spare cash on upgrading the graphics card...or save the cash if your happy with the card as is ^_^
January 15, 2007 1:50:16 AM

even if you dont' take ChaoticLusts advice, instead of that video card get a Radeon X1950 XT, it outperforms the shit out of that card.

But yeah i would spend about 150ish on your mobo, and use that extra hundred to get a gts.
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January 15, 2007 1:59:44 AM

Is it just me, or is that PSU that is 850w OVERKILL!? LOL. For the mobo, go with the P5B Deluxe. I agree, for a gaming rig, it's kidna stupid for a mobo to cost more than the graphics card IMO.

Just my 2 cents.
January 15, 2007 2:50:18 AM

No its not just you qwazzy... that is one serious PSU... you could certainly go lower... but good choice as far as quality is concerned.

Chaotic is also correct... unless you feel you will go SLI down the road, use more than 4 harddrives, and want to achieve greater than 1600 bus speed... even the 650i will do you nicely.

After all is said and done... you can trade off dollar for dollar on the mobo to up it to the 8800GTS at no price diference.

Sounds good to me..
January 15, 2007 3:51:31 AM

I rarely do this, but I have to agree with every single poster above me.

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Chaotic is also correct... unless you feel you will go SLI down the road, use more than 4 harddrives, and want to achieve greater than 1600 bus speed... even the 650i will do you nicely.


Agreed.

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Is it just me, or is that PSU that is 850w OVERKILL!? LOL. For the mobo, go with the P5B Deluxe. I agree, for a gaming rig, it's kidna stupid for a mobo to cost more than the graphics card IMO.


Also agreed. A 700 OCZ GSX will do fine. And the P5B at almost $100 cheaper will also do fine. You could even get an S3 or a P5L and save more.

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even if you dont' take ChaoticLusts advice, instead of that video card get a Radeon X1950 XT, it outperforms the **** out of that card


110% agreed. The 7950GT, while even contemplated by myself, is just not a strong competitor. Not only does it get beat out by the X1950XT (Only 35$ more expensive) in every benchmark, it also gets hammered by a cheaper card (1900XT 256 @ $214) and is competed against by a much cheaper card (1950 Pro @ 180$).

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My suggestion would be go for a cheaper MB (there are plenty out there that OC well for a lot less) and spend the spare cash on upgrading the graphics card...or save the cash if your happy with the card as is ^_^


Also agreed. You don't need a 680i for a modest gaming machine unless you plan on winning the lottery in a few months and are going to throw in 4 hard drives in an SATA raid configuration and you plan on dumping another $200+ into another GPU to run SLI. You could drop 75-100 from the motherboard spending and either put that toward buying a 1950XT or even get a 1900XT (Which performs better), add to the amount you're saving and spend the rest toward something else.
January 19, 2007 1:28:45 PM

Thank you for the advice im currently looking at lower price mother boards because I dont need all the features of 680i. I want sli capabilities so 1 or 2 years from now I can throw another card in there. Im looking for a mother board in the 150-200 dollar range with SLI x16 support for both cards, DDR 800 4 gig capacity minimum, overclockable, and quadcore/dual core support.

Ive been unable to find this and ive been looking at tons and tons of motherboards. If someone could point me in the right direction or are there any motherboards that are coming out in the relatively new future that fit these specificiations?

Im gonna go with the OCZ 700w power supply, and tune down the motherboard a bit and see if I can go 8800gts.
January 19, 2007 2:49:24 PM

Motherboard: ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Price: 149.99

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor – Retail

Price: $221.00

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Ram: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail

Price: $289.99

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive: Already have if I get anything will be a 10,000 RPM Raptor

Video Card: Looking between the X1950 Pro or 7950gt

Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail

Price: 164.99

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
January 19, 2007 3:30:29 PM

You might consider some of the options I've put together for another person who's looking for a gaming rig with the same budget. I managed to get a 8800 GTS into the system, though I'm using cheaper RAM.


See this thread.
January 19, 2007 5:29:08 PM

How about something like this for gaming. Put the money where it counts.

$222 E6400 retail
$149 GA-965-DS3
$205 2x1gb DDR2-667
$515 XFX 8800GTX (after $75 rebate)
$140 OCZ 700 PSU (after $25 rebate)

$1231 total before shipping


That system will get your fps on! With 8800GTX, you don't need SLI. If in 1.5 years you want better performance and start thinking about a second 7950GT, you'll be kicking yourself for not having DX10 support. 8800GTX already has SLI or better performance in a single card and is ready for the future. Any new game in development this year is being tailored to the 8800 series cards. Since ATI is late to the game with their new card, everything will be optimized for 8800. Unless ATI releases something soon, Nvidia's interpretation of the DX10 spec will become the law.

If you want 4 GB later for Vista, just get a single 2GB stick for now and get a second stick later. DDR2-667 allows for a 25% CPU overclock without stressing the RAM.
January 19, 2007 5:43:27 PM

If you are on budget you will never get two high-end card when they are popular so get the 8800 gtx don't pay much for mobo. If you don't need fireware etc. get a Asus p5b vanilla.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
It overclocks like hell just lucks the extra stuff that you most probably don't need
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