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My 2nd PC Build Revision 2 ~ Please Critique

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February 18, 2007 3:44:22 AM

This will be used mainly for gaming (Crysis/ BF2), home office use, and music recording (will be OC CPU/Memory). I will be keeping my Case (Full Aluminum Tower), CD Burner, and 250GB HD (see sig for details). Additions are as follows:

1. MB: EVGA nForce 680i SLI
2. CPU: Intel e6700
3. VGA: EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX
4. Mem: 2GB OCZ PC2-8000 DDR2 Titanium ALPHA VX2 Dual Channel
5. Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
6. HD 1 (Aps & OS): Western Digital Raptor 150GB
7. HD 2 (Gen Storage): Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB
8. DVD/CD Burner: Plextor Premium PX-760A
9. Keyboard: Microsoft BX
10. Mouse: Logitech MX Revolution Laser 5000
11. RAID Array: 0
12. Cooling: Undecided
13. PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W

Any and all opinions are welcome as I will be waiting until Q2 (May 1st) to start buying because of price drops. Future proofing as much as possible, we all know how that goes! lol Also, as for Tacos comment, Im not rich... but have a bro in law who can get me a mad discount from Circuit City! Thats why I want the best MB, VGA, and memory that CC carries. Great products at prices NewEgg cant beat after my bros employee discount! (at cost) ;)  I wont be building again probably for another 3-5 yrs. Thanks!
February 18, 2007 11:29:48 AM

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A 450W PCI Express-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 30A or more*

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

Can power the space shuttle. :)  62A combined on +12v's.

By Q2, the C2D chip prices will have dropped. & the war between the top DX10 cards will have ended.
February 18, 2007 3:29:26 PM

I just can see you're rich :D 
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February 18, 2007 4:46:18 PM

sux.
February 18, 2007 5:22:43 PM

-->[in reply to: Jeepn]

and i was joking of course. it's an awsome rig. although, i would wait for the r600 card, if it'll fit in your case.
February 18, 2007 6:36:49 PM

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sux.

Yeah, I totally agree with you :lol: 
February 18, 2007 8:29:32 PM

As you will be using this for a LONG time, future-proof as much as possible.

Go for the Quad Core processor, whatever you do.

Do Water Cooling, then you will be able to really Overclock that CPU!

All else looks OK.

Good Luck :D 
February 18, 2007 9:30:20 PM

If youre trying to future proo as much as possible then do NOT buy an 8800 wait until end of Q2 or mid Q3 to determine how these cards actually work with DX10 theres no proof that performance will be any good with the new cards, also by that time ATI will have released and the 89X0 range will be out too
February 18, 2007 10:24:51 PM

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then do something to help improve it

even more?
February 18, 2007 11:05:11 PM

with the X2900XTX u prob want a psu with the 8pin PCI-E so you an use the Overclocking ablity that will come with it (you have to have the 8 PIN PCI-E power connector to do it though)
February 18, 2007 11:21:22 PM

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I think the cpu should be the bigger decision on future proofing, either waiting on barcelona or getting the x68000, that's the decision I'd say is biggest

true, but tbh i uture proofing quad core is definately enough for the moment, i think our consensus for future proofing is dont build a PC now, wait 6 months?
February 18, 2007 11:31:54 PM

i agree, too hot and too expensive, but for a future proof 3 year PC i think it may be the right choice unless the OP is willing to wait several months?
February 19, 2007 2:08:24 AM

Heres the deal... my Bro Inlaw can get me his employee discount from Circuit City. Thats why I chose the 680i, 8800 GTX, Memory, and Keyboard. Even NewEgg cant beat his discount (cost). Im with you guys on the VGA, curious to see how well that r600 stacks up against the 8800. I wanted to take advantage of the rebates at CC ($30.00 off both the MB and the GTX... rebate expires on the 25th of this month). That would save me $60.00 plus his discount. Also, waiting for the r600 for sake of it being a better card then the 8800 GTX is like chasing a ghost in our pc enthusiest world... there is always something better coming out! lol I did make some changes to my list... stuff that CC doesnt carry anyway... Although I kind of wanted to get a keyboard and mouse from them for sake of the discount. Im trying to get as much stuff as I can from CC for the discount! lol As long as its the best stuff. Thanks for the advice Taco, I also changed my choice on the PSU, do you think that 750w will power everything even if I added an extra 800 down the line? I will be using my old case, not sure of the brand... It looks alot like the Ultra Aluminus ATX; its a silver aluminum full tower with window. As far as the CPU, i want the most future proof but with awesome OC ability. Does the e6700 OC better then just the e6600 if I chose to go with the e series? Right now, I really have no need for the quad, but would hate to have to replace later on down the line because games and the like might migrate to it... another example of chasing ghosts! lol
March 2, 2007 1:29:13 AM

Is the x6800 a good overclocker? Would it be better to go with the e6600? Also, will that 750w PSU run everything including the 8800gtx? I have no need for an sli set up right now, so one 8800gtx will do me. I like the features of the Nvidia 680i but also like the Abit IN9 32X-Max, as I am most familiar with the Abit BIOs, also my Abit IC-7g is an awesome board and Ive had no problems with it ever.
March 2, 2007 9:13:50 PM

Thanks for the reply. I agree that the 1K is too much, Ill go with the e6700 and that 750 you recommended. I thought the MB over too, and dcided to go with the Nvidia 680i since it will run nicely with the 8800GTX. Also, for Sh(ts and giggles... what would be the best water cooling set up?
March 3, 2007 6:12:18 PM

i would say whole shebang... Or a good fan for the cpu?
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