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January 27, 2007 4:14:45 PM

Thank you for all your help so far.

Please provide any comments or suggestions before I place the order in the next day or two.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115005
$187.00

Chose over E4300 because of price – E4300 currently not cost effective

CPU Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835186134
$29.99 (Will probably wait on this one until I am ready to OC.)

MoBo:GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128012
$125.99

Should I go for the GA-965P-S3 instead?

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119094
$44.99 (After $5 instant rebate)

Chose primarily due to price and ports being on top for ease of access when tower is sitting on the floor.

Case Fan: COOLER MASTER SAF-S12-E1 120mm Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16811999072
$7.99

GPU: XFX PVT73GUGD3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150182
$115.99 (After $30.00 Mail-in Rebate)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148144
$79.99

Still deciding if I should get 2 and RAID 0 them.

PSU: FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN, 12cm FAN, version 2.2, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 450W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817104954
$53.99

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145034
$224.00 (After $40.00 Mail-in Rebate)

Any suggestions on any other memory that would work with the Gigabyte DS3 would be appreciated. Looked at the Patriot and OCZ. Not sure if compatible with mobo. Do I need to worry about voltages?

Floppy/Card Reader: MITSUMI Beige 2.0MB 3.5" Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader and Floppy Drive ,Black Bezel Replacement Included Model FA404M BG - Retail
Item #: N82E16821104108
$19.99

DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBN - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151136
$29.99

DVD ROM: SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
Item #: N82E16827101131
$18.99

1394: SYBA IEEE 1394a FireWire PCI Card with Internal 9-pin Header Model SD-VIA-FW1E1H - Retail
Item #: N82E16815124034
$9.99

To bring the FireWire port to the front of the case.

For now I have a 19” Dell CRT, keyboard, mouse and OS that I will reuse from existing system. Any suggestions on an LCD monitor (20” ?) that would be compatible with GPU would be appreciated. Wide-screen or not?


This PC will be used primarily for office applications, internet and light movie/picture editing. Budget $1200-$1400. I have never OC'd before, but would like to do some moderate OCing with this set-up.

Again, thanks for the help in the past and I am looking forward to your excellent suggestions now.

David
January 27, 2007 5:43:16 PM

Somebody's got to have something to say!!!!
January 27, 2007 5:51:21 PM

Take a look at the post i've made of my build and the video card i'm getting, its on newegg, its a 7600 GT and its only 89 i believe after the mail in rebate, save ya a few bucks there. Looks like we ahve pretty similar setups actually.
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January 27, 2007 6:22:33 PM

Thanks LabaR. Yes it is quite similar.

Other thoughts, anyone?
January 27, 2007 6:34:25 PM

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Quote:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115005
$187.00

Chose over E4300 because of price – E4300 currently not cost effective


The E4300 is currently $179 at newegg.com.

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

Quote:

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119094
$44.99 (After $5 instant rebate)


Nice case, I have this one.

Quote:

GPU: XFX PVT73GUGD3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150182
$115.99 (After $30.00 Mail-in Rebate)


BFG 7600GT for $89.99 + shipping after $50 rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
January 27, 2007 9:24:23 PM

Thanks rquinn19.

Anyone has any other comments on the build and my questions?

Thanks, David
January 28, 2007 1:36:34 AM

Bump!

Could someone else please review my original post and answer my questions re:CPU, mobo, RAM, HDD and LCD? Thanks.
January 28, 2007 2:13:05 AM

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The E4300 is currently $179 at newegg.com.

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



That's only $8 less than the E6300. Is it worth going to the E4300 for just $8?

Most people say so because u can get cheaper slower ram and still overcloack just as high. If thats true i just might need ot go with the E4300. I have read that the processors are identicle with the exception of one thing that "doesnt even matter" as the article said i was reading.
January 28, 2007 3:39:04 AM

Well, the extra L2 cache on the 6300 will make a difference in certain applications. However, it's the 9x multiplier that is VERY enticing for overclockers, plus the 800FSB to run lower/slower RAM. Those 2 things may very well far outweigh the loss of some L2 cache. This will let the chips hit higher speeds without stressing the mobos and RAM. Now THAT is a very enticing thing lemme tell ya ;) 

It's basically an overclock monster setup on the cheap. Don't need badA$$ mobos or high end 800 RAM. Gotta love that.
January 28, 2007 12:33:36 PM

Quote:
Well, the extra L2 cache on the 6300 will make a difference in certain applications. However, it's the 9x multiplier that is VERY enticing for overclockers, plus the 800FSB to run lower/slower RAM. Those 2 things may very well far outweigh the loss of some L2 cache. This will let the chips hit higher speeds without stressing the mobos and RAM. Now THAT is a very enticing thing lemme tell ya ;) 

It's basically an overclock monster setup on the cheap. Don't need badA$$ mobos or high end 800 RAM. Gotta love that.


If that is the case, what RAM do you recommend with the E4300? Do I go down to 677? If so, what's your recommendation?

Should I also go with other mobo? Right now I picked the Gigabyte DS3. Do I go to S3 or another one?
January 28, 2007 3:51:47 PM

Final bump before purchase for any last minutes comments/answers/suggestions.
January 28, 2007 4:29:01 PM

Looks good all around. I've been reasonably happy with my DS3. It's a solid few-frills performer.
January 28, 2007 4:32:55 PM

Thanks jonrem - good to know.

Any final comments on the E4300 w/667 RAM vs. E6300 w/800 RAM?

I am a total noob on overclocking, but I do want to give it a shot.
January 28, 2007 6:17:04 PM

4300 w/ 667 RAM will overclock very well and it will be cheaper than the 6300/800 setup.

So if you're a beginner and are not pushing for really high OC speeds, then the 4300/667 is better for you. The only real disadvantage to that combo is that the 4300 pricing will be hit and miss....might drop in price in the next while, probably not much though. So if you get it now, it *might* be a bit cheaper later, just fyi.
January 28, 2007 8:10:13 PM

Thanks Skyguy. I wish there was a real price difference between the E4300 and the E6300. Right now the tiny difference doesn't really make it easy to decide. Also, the 667 RAM doesn't seem all that much cheaper than the 800 RAM.

If I go with the E4300/667 RAM combo, would you recommend a different mobo than that Gigabyte DS3?
January 28, 2007 8:44:11 PM

Quote:
The S3 is a awesome board for $108. Only gripe I had was 1 ide slot. Overclocks very well and north/south bridges ice cold compared to my AM2 system.


Just slightly confused - my original idea was to get the E6300, DDR2-800 and the DS3 board. Are you saying that I should go to the S3 and drop the DS3?
January 28, 2007 9:06:46 PM

The DS3 has different, supposedly more durable solid capacitors. ( which is the only difference between the two, I believe) If you're planning on keeping this rig for an extended period it might give you some piece of mind knowing that the DS3 is intended to last longer than the S3. The jury is still out as to how much of a difference the capacitors make in the case of the S3 and DS3. Listen to those much wiser than myself if you're planning on making a decision between the two based on the capacitors b/c I'm definitely no electrical engineer.
January 28, 2007 10:22:37 PM

OK, unless someone has additional ideas, this is what I am going with:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
$187.00

CPU Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835186134
$29.99 (Will buy this one when I am ready to OC.)

MoBo:GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128012
$125.99

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119094
$44.99 (After $5 instant rebate)

Case Fan: COOLER MASTER SAF-S12-E1 120mm Case Fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811999072
$7.99

GPU: XFX PVT73GUGD3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150182
$115.99 (After $30.00 Mail-in Rebate)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148144
$79.99

PSU: FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN, 12cm FAN, version 2.2, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 450W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104954
$53.99

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145034
$224.00 (After $40.00 Mail-in Rebate)

Floppy/Card Reader: MITSUMI Beige 2.0MB 3.5" Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader and Floppy Drive ,Black Bezel Replacement Included Model FA404M BG - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821104108
$19.99

DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBN - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827151136
$29.99

DVD ROM: SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827101131
$18.99

1394: SYBA IEEE 1394a FireWire PCI Card with Internal 9-pin Header Model SD-VIA-FW1E1H - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815124034
$9.99

Was going to get no later than tomorrow, but I just found out that I will be out of town on business all of next week. I will buy at the end of next week. Let's see what happens to the price of C2D in the next week.

If anyone has any further comments or suggestions, they would be much appreciated.
January 28, 2007 11:32:44 PM

Looks great! Well done.
January 28, 2007 11:41:59 PM

Thanks Skyguy! Appreciate your comments.
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