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February 8, 2007 1:44:58 AM

Hello, people,
I am purchasing a new computer this weekend, and before that, I wanted to just post all the components on here for review for some third-party thoughts. I'll keep it short; here's what I'm planning on buying:

E6600 Conroe Intel LGA 775 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

eVGA 8800GTS no OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Western Digital 250GB 16MB Cache SATA HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Enermax 550W Single-rail PSU, with +12v@36A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...

SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Thank you for your time.

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February 8, 2007 2:05:05 AM

Looks like a nice system IMO - for gaming and all around. How will you use it?

What case are you going to use? Frys.com has a sale on the Antec P180 - my preferred case - right now.

Are you going to use Vista? Which version?
February 8, 2007 2:12:30 AM

Quote:
Hello, people,
I am purchasing a new computer this weekend, and before that, I wanted to just post all the components on here for review for some third-party thoughts. I'll keep it short; here's what I'm planning on buying:

E6600 Conroe Intel LGA 775 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

eVGA 8800GTS no OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Western Digital 250GB 16MB Cache SATA HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Enermax 550W Single-rail PSU, with +12v@36A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...

SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Thank you for your time.


First I would go with a more powerful PSU, the new 8800 cards suck alot of juice. Also I have the EVGA motherboard and it is awesome. The stock cooling does fine with my e6600 I have it at 3.2 1.4v and stable temps with no problems. Everything else looks good. I have the 8800 GTX and it is sooooo awesome!!! But your rig will rock!
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February 8, 2007 2:39:04 AM

I would say go with at least a nice 600-650 watt psu so as you can upgrade your graphics card, add more hard drives, optical drives down the line without having to go out and blow another hundred and some odd dollars down the road, as for antec cases, I am done buying antec cases because of their poor customer support, I send in a $50 rebate and they send me back some gay little card saying "we cannot honor your rebate cus it was not in the specified time period" when in fact I had receipts to prove that it was right in the goddamn middle of their rebate offering period, so I would just like to give a nice shout out to Antec and say FUCK YOU for not honoring your rebates you bastards.
February 8, 2007 4:21:36 AM

I plan on using this computer mainly for games, but also for some video and photo editing and such. I am probably getting Vista after SP1, some home version --- the best will be most likely. Thanks for the case offer --- I already have one though, and since I will be a little low on budget after this, I'm gonna wait a bit before getting a better one.

I was originally planning on getting a 600+ watt power supply for my 8800GTS, but changed my mind to the Enermax 550W after seeing the thread below. This power supply is a single 12V rail power supply, which means that instead of having two plus 12V rails, in which one gets sent to sent to specific components and sets of components in the system. However, this can waste amps if your CPU or motherboard doesn't use all of the power sent to it. So all of this single-rail gets used, wherever it's needed. A builder on this site has an overclocked 8800GTX and 50% overclocked CPU on this PSU, seen in the below thread.

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/eVGA-8800GTS-Po...

It still doesn't seem huge to me, but according to them, it should be fine. I don't know. Tell me what you think. I was also thinking aobut the OCZ 700W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

That sounds better actually since more people use it with 8800s.
February 8, 2007 5:00:04 AM

Which EVGA motherboard?
February 8, 2007 10:27:51 PM

You can also try the OCZ gamexstream 700W - stable as a rock
February 8, 2007 11:09:27 PM

The 8800 GTS does NOT pull a ton of juice. I run one oc'ed, with an E6600 oc'd, with 2gig of ddr2 800 (guess what, oc'ed.) My 450 watt psu runs everything very well, and for that matter, the unit rarely pulls close to 400 overall (even when running two copies of prime 95). If you want to upgrade in the future, get the big honking psu, but you DO NOT have to.
February 9, 2007 1:01:52 AM

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The 8800 GTS does NOT pull a ton of juice. I run one oc'ed, with an E6600 oc'd, with 2gig of ddr2 800 (guess what, oc'ed.) My 450 watt psu runs everything very well, and for that matter, the unit rarely pulls close to 400 overall (even when running two copies of prime 95). If you want to upgrade in the future, get the big honking psu, but you DO NOT have to.


Okay, thank you. I'll probably purchase the Gamexstream 700W, though --- it's on sale now, and I'd like to have one less component to have to upgrade when I get outdated.

In response to DesuEx --- that's the PSU I am now planning on getting, thanks anyway.

That EVGA motherboard that someone mentioned is a pretty awesome one and I would love to get it --- the only problem is that it costs over one hundred more than the Gigabyte DS3 and I'm already a bit overpriced. I chose the DS3 because it seems to have some nice moderate to lower-high-end overclocking ability, which is all I'm really looking for, coupled with fewer "DOA" reviews than some other LGA 775 motherboards.

The Dominator RAM is also a bit more expensive and doesn't really seem to have any huge performance or enjoyment boosts for me, otherwise I might consider it. It sure looks awesome though.

So, this build now, with power supply changed --- sound good?

E6600 Conroe Intel LGA 775 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

eVGA 8800GTS no OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Western Digital 250GB 16MB Cache SATA HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

OCZ GameXStream 700W with quad 18V rails
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...

SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
February 9, 2007 9:56:04 AM

You're building an almost identical rig to mine. I have the DS3 also, and it overclocks soooooooo easily. But, judging by the psu you want, you're planning on upgrading in the future, so this board may not be what you want. It has only one pcie slot. As much as I've loved the board, I'm not sure I would do it again. :cry: 
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