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January 22, 2007 10:20:15 PM

Hi, this is going to be my first build. I am a moderate gamer but im on a tight budget. All these prices are from newegg so if you know of any better ones please let me know. another 7900 when i get the money. I was hoping to get my e6300 up toward 2.9-3.0 Ghz. Is this realistic with my components? any suggestions would be helpful!!






COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: CAC-T05-UW
Item #: N82E16811119068

$49.99 $49.99


ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: P5N-E SLI
Item #: N82E16813131142

$149.99 -$10.00 Instant $139.99


eVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail
Model #: 256-P2-N624-AR
Item #: N82E16814130056


$175.99 $175.99

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: OCZ600GXSSLI
Item #: N82E16817341001

$114.99 $114.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6300
Item #: N82E16819115005

$187.00 $187.00

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CORSAIR XMS2 DOMINATOR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4D - Retail
Model #: TWIN2X2048-6400C4D
Item #: N82E16820145168


$302.00 $302.00


Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3250820AS
Item #: N82E16822148142


$74.99 $74.99


Hanns·G HW-191DPB Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: HW-191DPB
Item #: N82E16824254005


$199.99 -$15.00 Instant $184.99


SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBN - OEM
Model #: SH-S182M/BEBN
Item #: N82E16827151136


$32.49 $32.49


Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM
Model #: E85-04741
Item #: N82E16832116059

$139.99 $139.99

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ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #: ACFZ7-PRO
Item #: N82E16835186134

$29.99 $29.99


Subtotal: $1,432.41
January 23, 2007 12:56:19 AM

Anyone? ANY suggestions?
January 23, 2007 1:11:59 AM

680i might be a bit of an overkill, maybe drop that back to a p5b deluxe or something and then spend savings on a slightly better power supply.
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January 23, 2007 1:40:59 AM

i heard somewhere that it was going to be very good once all the bugs get worked out. And i want to leave room to upgrade individual components with out having to fork out major money for a complete overhaul. You say overkill, i say future planning. And its not like its making my system worse.
January 23, 2007 1:49:21 AM

gamer on a budget?
the 680i's probably overkill, (unless you REALLY plan on getting a physics card or something...)
I'd say go for the asus P5N-E. (though gigabyte has their 650i and 680i coming out very soon too...)



and the x8 x8 SLI performs exactly the same as the "full" x16 x16 SLI, don't worry about that.


maybe go for smaller RAIDed drives instead of the single 250gb...
January 23, 2007 2:12:45 AM

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and the x8 x8 SLI performs exactly the same as the "full" x16 x16 SLI, don't worry about that.



That's not what I read at all. The 680i reviews I read said that the double x16 PCIe slots improved SLI performance (at least with the high end cards). The 680i is fine if you want to stick with it.

You do need a new power supply. Find Mpilchfamily's signature and select a tier 2 PSU. There are some on the list that cost less than 100 dollars on Newegg. I think the OCZ GameXstream 600w is the cheapest at 95 after MIR.

Ignore the smaller raided HDD advice. You might want to look into a 320 GB HDD though, since it's a similar price (might be exactly the same).

I ordered that monitor and returned it. 1440 x 900 is a somewhat rarely native supported widescreen resolution and it has fewer pixels than it's 1280 x 1024 19" counterparts. Go with the 2 ms regular 19" by the same manufacturer. It's like 10 dollars more.
January 23, 2007 2:16:54 AM

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and the x8 x8 SLI performs exactly the same as the "full" x16 x16 SLI, don't worry about that.


That's not what I read at all. The 680i reviews I read said that the double x16 PCIe slots improved SLI performance (at least with the high end cards). The 680i is fine if you want to stick with it.


well, high end must mean better than 8800GTX...
view test at the bottom of the page
http://anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2894&p=5
January 23, 2007 3:22:26 AM

FYI, when Q2 2007 rolls around, the E6300 will be getting a 4mb L2 cache to replace the current 2mb L2 cache for the same price. Might be worth waiting. Otherwise, think about the E4300 (reportedly, current prices will be dropping 30%-40% very soon) as it's overclocking potential is outstanding.

And I agree on the advice to go for a better PSU.
January 23, 2007 3:55:50 PM

Ok guys i took some of your advice. I changed to a 650i sli board instead of the 680. I used the extra money saved to change my psu to a tier 2 (checked mpilchfamily's list). And Should i wait and get an e4XXX series or what?
January 24, 2007 9:13:24 PM

Should I?
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