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January 24, 2007 3:13:30 AM

Hey guys I am leaning towards *attempting* to build my own computer WITH some help of a friend that has built one before, but neither of us are comp experts so I come to you! :) 

I am building a gaming computer, I have picked almost everything EXCEPT the Motherboard and the Case (tower), but I'm sure I have made some mistakes on the parts I have picked and would love some input and suggestions, but take it easy on me, I am new at this.

Anyways Here are all the parts so far: (All from Newegg.com except for Mouse/keyboard)

<b>CPU:</b> Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz/1066MHz LGA 775 Processor (1st) ($327.00)

<b>Operating System:</b> Windows Vista Premium (1st) ($240.00 not sure on price) // Maybe XP instead??

<b>RAM:</b> CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2x1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2x2048-6400C4 ($267.00)

<b>HD:</b> Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500 KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s HD x2 ($150.00 total) Raid 0 Setup

<b>Optical Drive:</b> LG 18x DVD R Super-Multi DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black x2($60.00)

<b>GPU:</b> BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card ($550.00 w/$50 mail-in rebate) ($600.00 original)

<b>Sound Card:</b> Creative Sound Blaster 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audigy 4 SE Sound Card 24-bit ($50.00)

<b>Physics Accelerator:</b> BFG Tech PhysX Processing Unit 128MB GDDR3 PCI Physics Card ($206.00)

<b>PSU:</b> Xion PowerReal XON-600F14T-201 ATX12V V.2.01 600W Power Supply ($60.00 after mail-in rebate) ($100.00 original)

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<b>Monitor:</b> Samsung 941BW Black 19” 4ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor ($180.00 w/$40 mail-in rebate) ($220.00 original)

<b>Speakers:</b> Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speakers ($87.00)

<b>Keyboard:</b> Logitech G11 Keyboard ($70.00, has backlit keys :D 

<b>Mouse:</b> Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse ($60.00)

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<b>Total w/o Motherboard and Case= ~ $2,300</b>
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**NEED** a Case and Motherboard, do not know how to pick these out to match what i have here, I am doing a raid setup, and don't some Motherboards come with raid cards built in to enable Raid 0??

What are your thoughts/suggestions to the system? Does everything match? Are any of the products I have listed cheapo or of inferior quality?

Thanks for ALL your time and help :)  It is Greatly appreciated!

Outphaze

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January 24, 2007 4:01:39 AM

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Hey guys I am leaning towards *attempting* to build my own computer WITH some help of a friend that has built one before, but neither of us are comp experts so I come to you! :) 

I am building a gaming computer, I have picked almost everything EXCEPT the Motherboard and the Case (tower), but I'm sure I have made some mistakes on the parts I have picked and would love some input and suggestions, but take it easy on me, I am new at this.

Anyways Here are all the parts so far: (All from Newegg.com except for Mouse/keyboard)

<b>CPU:</b> Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz/1066MHz LGA 775 Processor (1st) ($327.00)

<b>Operating System:</b> Windows Vista Premium (1st) ($240.00 not sure on price) // Maybe XP instead??

<b>RAM:</b> CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2x1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2x2048-6400C4 ($267.00)

<b>HD:</b> Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500 KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s HD x2 ($150.00 total) Raid 0 Setup

<b>Optical Drive:</b> LG 18x DVD R Super-Multi DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black x2($60.00)

<b>GPU:</b> BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card ($550.00 w/$50 mail-in rebate) ($600.00 original)

<b>Sound Card:</b> Creative Sound Blaster 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audigy 4 SE Sound Card 24-bit ($50.00)

<b>Physics Accelerator:</b> BFG Tech PhysX Processing Unit 128MB GDDR3 PCI Physics Card ($206.00)

<b>PSU:</b> Xion PowerReal XON-600F14T-201 ATX12V V.2.01 600W Power Supply ($60.00 after mail-in rebate) ($100.00 original)

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<b>Monitor:</b> Samsung 941BW Black 19” 4ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor ($180.00 w/$40 mail-in rebate) ($220.00 original)

<b>Speakers:</b> Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speakers ($87.00)

<b>Keyboard:</b> Logitech G11 Keyboard ($70.00, has backlit keys :D 

<b>Mouse:</b> Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse ($60.00)

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<b>Total w/o Motherboard and Case= ~ $2,300</b>
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**NEED** a Case and Motherboard, do not know how to pick these out to match what i have here, I am doing a raid setup, and don't some Motherboards come with raid cards built in to enable Raid 0??

What are your thoughts/suggestions to the system? Does everything match? Are any of the products I have listed cheapo or of inferior quality?

Thanks for ALL your time and help :)  It is Greatly appreciated!

Outphaze


U dont need the physics accelerator. Its a waste of money.

I wouldnt buy vista probably for another year, so go with xp instead.
January 24, 2007 10:24:14 AM

Agreed ^^^

IMO, you should stick with XP with a Vista theme. (best of both worlds: 100% software compatibility & good look)

Will you sli? If not, get a brand name P965 mobo. If so, get 680i or 590 or 570, depending on your budget.

The psu is no good.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=10...

Case would be Antec P180?
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January 24, 2007 11:26:21 AM

CPU... good. GPU... good.

Personally, I'll stay away from Vista until they get some of the initial bugs ironed out (including the ones they don't know about yet).

Sound Card... depending on the Mobo, lots of them have pretty good sound onboard. I havent' spent the extra cash because with my current speaker setup, I'd never be able to appreciate the difference.

PSU... do more research. This component is the heartbeat of your system and I wouldn't try and cut corners. So far I have no complaints about the OCZ and my setup.

Monitor... DUUUUUDE! A GTX8800 and a 19" monitor?? You'll hate yourself. I would say minimum 21 or 22" to get some real appreciation for the graphics. Consider the monitor an investment and something you can carry over to the next computer... I'd spend a few more $$$ here.

The rest... sure.
January 24, 2007 11:41:23 PM

Alright guys, I've found some new parts to go along (MoBo and PSU) Can anyone check out the Motherboards I have picked and tell me if they support what I want? (DONT need SLI, NEED (probably) Raid 0 setup) and if the PSU is enough watts?

(also replaced optical drive with 2x Pioneer dvd burners)

PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40degrees C Power Supply ($170.00, original $200)

and I Found 2 motherboards that look almost identical but I don't know what the difference is?

First one:

• ASUS pgB LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard: Dual Channel Supported: Yes / FSB: 1066/800MHz / Max Mem Supported: 8GB / Memory Standard: DDR2 800 / Number of Mem Slots: 4x240pin / PCI Express x1: 3 / PCI Express x16:1 / South Bridge: Intel ICH8 / Supported CPU Tech: Hyper-threading technology ($127.00)

Second one: • ECS P965T-A (V1.0) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard: SAME everything EXCEPT PCI Express x1 : 2, and PCI Express x16: 2) and the price is $78.00 which is comparably cheaper than the former.

What are the PCI slots?

Thanks again for all the help! I think I've almost acquired all the parts except for case... There is WAY to many to make up my mind lol

Outphaze
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