advice on these PC components before i buy

hello, all -

i am about to drop $2K on a new system and want everyone's opinion and pointers on whether or not i chose compatible components. i know most of you could care less, but for the enthusiast guru out there who likes giving their advice on things like this i hope you can tell me if i got everything on point.

here is the list of components and their product links to newegg:

case: GIGABYTE GZ-FA1CA-ASB Black 1.0 mm Aluminum body ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
mobo: ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
vid card: XFX PVT80FSHD9 GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 XXX Version HDCP Video Card - Retail
psu: XION Supernova XON-600F14R-201 ATX 600W Power Supply - Retail
cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ - Retail
hd: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
heat sink: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail

the PSU is the component i have most questions about. i read the PSU 101 thread and learned a lot, but am still hazy on certain things.

i would also like advice on good RAM (2x 1GB sticks) and if gskill is a good brand (sold out per my link, i know). as well, i am wondering if the extra $45 to go with the 680i over the 590 chipset if worth it in performance increase.

thanks in advance.

edit: said 580, but meant 590
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  1. -Get a better brand named PSU with enough power on the 12v rails.
    -Get the e6400, oc's better then the 4mb cache processors.
  2. I would recommend Corsair or OCZ for ram: I recently orderd this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145168

    And I would recommend this psu I love mine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817139002

    If possible I would wait untill the R600 comes out, and see how it performs
  3. Quote:
    Looks good but the Xion PSU needs to be changed. Xion is a low end brand. You will want somthing with better quality. CHeck the link in the bottom of my sig and find one that offers about 36A on the combined +12v rails. The Combined +12v amperage is marked in red.


    thanks, mp. also, very good posts regarding psu's.

    i chose the xion psu bcuz it was the only psu i could find for a good price with detachable power cables (which i like) and that had an 8-pin cpu power cable. my mobo needs an 8-pin, but the hiper has only a 4-pin. i am assuming that this matters, of course. are hyper and xion the only psu's w/ detachable cables? i guess i don't really need it, but i love the look.
  4. Quote:
    I would recommend Corsair or OCZ for ram: I recently orderd this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145168

    And I would recommend this psu I love mine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817139002

    If possible I would wait untill the R600 comes out, and see how it performs


    I agree that OCZ and Corsair are good brands, but many people have had problems with OCZ due to the high voltages these sticks need.
    The Dominators are now overrated RAM since they dont use Micron chips anymore with them.

    I would go with these sticks from G Skill. ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231114 )
    They got good reviews and can be OC very nicely.
    Plus you cant beat the Timings, which is what matters most.
  5. Take a look at the M series of Seasonic. They are modular (detatchable cables), have a great reputation.

    500w has 38A on 12v
    600w has 48 (i believe) on 12 v
  6. That is what I heard that corsair is using different chips. how do these new chips matchup against the old chips?

    Quote:
    I would recommend Corsair or OCZ for ram: I recently orderd this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145168

    And I would recommend this psu I love mine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817139002

    If possible I would wait untill the R600 comes out, and see how it performs


    I agree that OCZ and Corsair are good brands, but many people have had problems with OCZ due to the high voltages these sticks need.
    The Dominators are now overrated RAM since they dont use Micron chips anymore with them.

    I would go with these sticks from G Skill. ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231114 )
    They got good reviews and can be OC very nicely.
    Plus you cant beat the Timings, which is what matters most.
  7. Quote:
    Take a look at the M series of Seasonic. They are modular (detatchable cables), have a great reputation.

    500w has 38A on 12v
    600w has 48 (i believe) on 12 v


    i've actually seen those. i guess i meant to mention "practical price tag" in my original post. i can't believe psu's are so expensive. i do want to get a larger psu, though, cuz i plan on going SLI in the future. oh well, i guess the detachable psu's aren't really all they're cracked up to be anyway.
  8. Quote:
    I would recommend Corsair or OCZ for ram: I recently orderd this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145168


    nice. i just updated my wish list and swapped the gskill with the corsair sticks. nice rebate. thx for the info.
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