first build in years

ok, so the last time i needed a computer i broke tradition and bought a prebuilt. (alienware) now that i return to the homebuild scene, i find myself a little lost... but after a while i feel like i'm pretty close to having something put together.

the goal i set was to make a strong gaming/multimedia system that could take a couple of decent upgrades in the following year. here's a look at what i have so far:

(reused parts from old rig: dvd, 24-inch dell widescreen, logitech speakers/keyboard/mouse, 120gig backup internal drive, 500 gig external backup drive)


EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130072

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130072

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115003

CORSAIR XMS2 DOMINATOR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4D - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145168

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148108

Arctic Silver CMQ-22G The high-density, ceramic-based thermal compound - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835100012

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835118003


i'm hoping this collection of components is good, but please let me know if one of the above seems out of place. but, what i don't have picked out is a good case and psu. bearing in mind the fact that i will get a quad core when they become necessary, and i'll add a second 8800gtx at some point, what power supply and case would make a good fit for my components?

(oh and as it's been a while since i built a comp, lemme know if i forgot something obvious, heh.)

thanks folks!
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  1. You know the Zalman CNPS9500 requires a minor modification for it to fit the eVga 122-CK-NF68-AR. You'll have to cut off a few pieces of the backplate with a utility knife or dremel in order for it to fit properly. The same goes for the 9700 version.
  2. ouch, well perhaps i should find a less-bulky version. thanks!
  3. The Tuniq Tower or Scythe Ninja/Infinity are on par if not better than the Zalmans.
  4. according to newegg, the tuniq specifically has problems with the evga mobo, so that is out. perhaps one of the scythes will fit the bill... if not, then i'll just get one of the thermaltakes.

    but i'm still unsure about the power supply and case above all else. i guess i could go a little overboard since i plan on making further upgrades in the near future.
  5. ok changes and additions:

    Thermaltake CL-P0370 92mm Enter CPU Cooler - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835106085

    (instead of the zalman)

    and i used the wattage calculator found in the psu101 post to find out what psu i'd need a year from now... it gave me a number around 650, so i thought this power supply would do:

    Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817153039

    and to round out the thermaltake group, here's a case that seems to fit the 8800 cards just fine:

    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811133021

    so, that (if it's good enough) is a system that should last me a while for just under $2k. thoughts?
  6. You may want to check the evga motherboard forums before buying that board. There are big RAM issues. I know it fried my corsair RAM.
  7. Quote:
    ...
    CORSAIR XMS2 DOMINATOR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4D - Retail

    Remember that even DDR2-800 represents a 400MHz FSB, or a 50% CPU overclock from the standard 266MHz FSB. You can get good DDR2-800 RAM for less.

    Quote:
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    1) This drive doesn't have the normal 5 year Seagate warranty
    2) This isn't one of the newer "perpendicular recording" Seagates
    3) A fast hard drive will make your system seem much snappier.
    Thus, I'd suggest going for 2 drives: (A) A smaller Raptor like this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136033) for your OS and programs and (B) a bigger Seagate perpendicular drive, such as this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140


    Also consider that actually using two video boards in SLI mode is relatively rare, because (A) it's usually hard to find another copy of the same board model some months later and (B) it's usually more cost effective just to buy a newer-model graphics card that takes advantage of then-current technology advances.
  8. well i do already have a 150gig sata drive, i suppose that could fill in as the os drive. as for the other one you listed, i must say that i don't know what this perpendicular recording business is, heh. i'll have to research that a bit, because i was simply picking hard drives out of a hat anyway :)
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