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January 30, 2007 2:25:45 AM

Mostly a gaming PC.
Some music or video editing.
Built to last with no upgrades for 3 years.
Stable, reliable & compatable.
Ability to mildly overclock.
Using XP for at least 1 more year.

Everything is off of NewEgg. My choices were based on reviews both here and there.

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Comments - Easy to overclock and I discovered trick on how to get in and change memory voltage settings above 1.8V(Press CRTL-F1 b4 going into intelligent tweaker). Don't need SLI. Price $108.

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Comments - I know that the E6400 will overclock easily for $100 less but so will this one and I need it to scale out over 3 years. Price $316

Memory -CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Price - $196

GPU - eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Comments: Seems to be a good balance between needs and cost. Since no upgrade for 3 years, need the DX10. Not as good as GTX but should be more than adequate for games I play and big cost savings over GTX. Price - $369

HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Comments: I want to run as RAID 1 cause I'm tired of doing backups. I'll image it every so often instead. Later on if I run out of room, I can switch to RAID 0 and use external drive for data backups. Price for both - $150

Case - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Comments: Big question here is will the 8800 GTS fit without problems or modifications. If anyone could comment on this. Much appreciated. Price - $40

PSU - HIPER HPU-4K580-MS ATX12V v2.2 580W Power Supply 100 - 120V
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Comments: This is an item I revised based on feedback - Price $90

CD/DVD Player - LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Comments: Great price and good reviews. Price - $18

CD/DVD Burner - LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with Replaceable White Front Panel.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Comments: Decent reviews. Seems to do it all. SATA. Price - $37

FDD - NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model FD1231H-302
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
$7

Cooling:

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $6

Total Price: $1441 w/shipping and without Cooler
January 30, 2007 11:36:47 AM

If I were you, I'd get a better case than that. Look at Antec P180, P160, P150, etc.
January 30, 2007 12:59:33 PM

only thing i can say is look at dvd burners that have LiteScribe technology and you can find them on the egg for around 30$ the lite on are a bit noisy too, if your gonna OC then a better cooling may be needed the artic cooler 7 works well and isnt as big as a tunic 120
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January 30, 2007 1:16:42 PM

Drop the 6600 and get the E4300. The 4300 has the exact 9X multiplier with 6600 and also half the cache which means really REALLY minor performance difference but lower voltage and temps. It will save you hell a lot money and achieve better overclock results than 6400/6300 and equal to 6600. Add the money you saved for a 8800 GTX. It has great performance difference compared to GTS due to the more unified shaders. Really the better gpu is by FAR the best move for gaming then the shit 4mb cache of 6600. Your choice and good luck! 8)
January 30, 2007 1:23:37 PM

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Drop the 6600 and get the E4300. The 4300 has the exact 9X multiplier with 6600 and also half the cache which means really REALLY minor performance difference but lower voltage and temps. It will save you hell a lot money and achieve better overclock results than 6400/6300 and equal to 6600. Add the money you saved for a 8800 GTX. It has great performance difference compared to GTS due to the more unified shaders. Really the better gpu is by FAR the best move for gaming then the **** 4mb cache of 6600. Your choice and good luck! 8)


agreed, the E4300 will save you money, and if you get the E4300 and then buy the E6600 in Q2 when the price drops, it's almost like a free processor.
January 30, 2007 1:29:13 PM

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If I were you, I'd get a better case than that. Look at Antec P180, P160, P150, etc.

The Centurion 5 is a great case, have one myself.

Seconded!
January 30, 2007 2:24:54 PM

How about an "XCLIO 188A Black SGCC / 0.5mm thickness ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail"? The same as the cooler-master, though it has much better cooling (a 25cm side-fan).

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

I'll second the E4300 and the mobo you choose is good too.
January 30, 2007 5:13:06 PM

Looks like the airflow is predominantly from front side to back side instead of front to back. I am not sure if that circulation configuration provides the optimum cooling solution but it is interesting.

Also looks like HDDs will get cooling from the side by (I think) 2 - 80mm side fans.

Sure... y not... Case looks good... is it sturdy?
January 30, 2007 6:11:11 PM

Just a word of advice.

People are not going to flock to your thread just because you're subject is:

Buying this in 20 minutes. let me know soon if problems

20 minutes? Yeah, right.

Next time if want people to offer opinions you should give them at least a few hours.
January 30, 2007 6:42:21 PM

reviews on newegg say it isn't. I have the coolermaster case he was going to get. It's a great case, I have an 80mm in the front bottom by hard drives, a 120 in front under my dvd burner, and a 120 in back after my AC freezer pro 7. Not to mention my PSU. Since I have that much air flow, I can keep the fans at low rpm's and it is not heard but keeps my C2D E6300 @ 2.0 at 25 deg C at idle and never higher than 30 on load. I would highly recommend the Coolermaster
January 30, 2007 7:23:18 PM

I agreed on them guys who suggested on E4300 or E6400 and do some overclocking. You save up some money.
January 30, 2007 7:46:44 PM

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reviews on newegg say it isn't. I have the coolermaster case he was going to get. It's a great case, I have an 80mm in the front bottom by hard drives, a 120 in front under my dvd burner, and a 120 in back after my AC freezer pro 7. Not to mention my PSU. Since I have that much air flow, I can keep the fans at low rpm's and it is not heard but keeps my C2D E6300 @ 2.0 at 25 deg C at idle and never higher than 30 on load. I would highly recommend the Coolermaster


Again... I too would advise the Coolermaster Centurion, it was the first case I used before I had 4 additional HDDs to make it impossible to connect the 8800GTX because of cables.

Without a lot of HDDs taking up space the Coolermaster is a great case for airflow, sturdyness, design, exterior finish, & price.
January 30, 2007 8:48:17 PM

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GPU - eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Comments: Seems to be a good balance between needs and cost. Since no upgrade for 3 years, need the DX10. Not as good as GTX but should be more than adequate for games I play and big cost savings over GTX. Price - $369


That card will not last 3 years and is not a heavy DX10 competitor.

If you aren't planning on upgrading for 3 years, then I suggest you do the following:
Buy a 7600GT or a 1900GT or a X1950 Pro. A cheap card you can re-sell later, and then wait it out. Wait until Crysis ACTUALLY comes out so you can see what runs it at max settings or not and THEN make your 3 year investment.

Stop believing the hype. Trust me, there are a LOT of idiots on this board that don't know crap about API or technology generations.

The 8800 came out before Crysis or any high-end DX10 games. So far, Crysis is the biggest DX10 game we know about and the 8800GTS doesn't run it very well in DX10 code-path.

The most recent benchmark has two 8800 GTX's in SLI and the highest FPS it gets at 1280x1024 is in the high 40's. That's TWO cards that are each $150 more than yours.
January 30, 2007 9:07:36 PM

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If I were you, I'd get a better case than that. Look at Antec P180, P160, P150, etc.

The Centurion 5 is a great case, have one myself.I wholeheartedly agree with you, and I also say drop the E6600 in favor of the E6300 if you're able to mild OC.
January 30, 2007 9:50:49 PM

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If I were you, I'd get a better case than that. Look at Antec P180, P160, P150, etc.

The Centurion 5 is a great case, have one myself.I wholeheartedly agree with you, and I also say drop the E6600 in favor of the E6300 if you're able to mild OC.

Hey I love my Centurion too!!!

If you're gonna OC get an aftermarket HSF, if not, you don't need AS5, the stock cooler comes with grease applied. And if you go with the Arctic pro 7 its the same story. And if you're gonna OC you need ram with tighter timings.
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February 1, 2007 9:50:01 AM

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If I were you, I'd get a better case than that. Look at Antec P180, P160, P150, etc.

The Centurion 5 is a great case, have one myself.I wholeheartedly agree with you, and I also say drop the E6600 in favor of the E6300 if you're able to mild OC.

Hey I love my Centurion too!!!

If you're gonna OC get an aftermarket HSF, if not, you don't need AS5, the stock cooler comes with grease applied. And if you go with the Arctic pro 7 its the same story. And if you're gonna OC you need ram with tighter timings.

AS5 usually offers better temps then most thermal pastes

Better ram with tighter timings? BS, its DDR2-800 - thats plenty of headroom for an average OC
February 1, 2007 7:56:12 PM

So did you buy it? :p 
February 1, 2007 10:18:58 PM

Quote:
If I were you, I'd get a better case than that. Look at Antec P180, P160, P150, etc.

The Centurion 5 is a great case, have one myself.I wholeheartedly agree with you, and I also say drop the E6600 in favor of the E6300 if you're able to mild OC.

Hey I love my Centurion too!!!

If you're gonna OC get an aftermarket HSF, if not, you don't need AS5, the stock cooler comes with grease applied. And if you go with the Arctic pro 7 its the same story. And if you're gonna OC you need ram with tighter timings.

AS5 usually offers better temps then most thermal pastes

Better ram with tighter timings? BS, its DDR2-800 - thats plenty of headroom for an average OC

AS5 offering better temps is very debateable, I have read plenty of reviews that show AS5 giving better temps (like 1C) worse temps (like 1C) and identical temps. And I remember one review that specifically said that the stock HSF got better performance with the stock thermal paste
This doesn't seem worth the money, nor would I personally want to scrape off perfectly fine thermal paste and then re-apply my own. But this is all up to the buyer.

And tighter timings would give him more headroom and better performance for like $10 more per gig... seems worth it to me
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