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February 18, 2007 7:42:06 AM

Hi guys i am building a gaming computer and have decided on the following configuration

The Processor - Core2duo E6600

The mother board- Undecided between Asus or Gigabyte Need recommendations :?

Graphics card - Waiting for Ati launch of Dx 10 cards before taking the plunge.

Monitor- 19 inch Samsung 940BW

Cabinet- coolermaster

ram- 2 gb Corsair/ Ocz

All the other components like Dvd writer , Sound card , Speakers , Psu (5oo watt)

i already have from my old computer , this the first time i am making a gaming rig .

Also i plan on getting 2 Western Digital 74 gb 10,000 rpm and using them as raid .

please do let me know what u think i am open to suggestions
:)  thank you
February 18, 2007 9:15:47 AM

Hmm 31 views n\and no recommendations, :( 
February 18, 2007 9:44:19 AM

Well I've just ordered the following for my new rig:

core 2 due E6600
evga 680i mobo
evga 8800 GTX
corsair dominator 9165 2gb sli conf + CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans
ZALMAN 9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
VIGOR HCC-S1BK Aluminum 5.25" interior hard disk radiator
Western Digital Caviar RE WD3200YS 320GB 7200 RPM 16 MB SATA
PowerTek 750W F5-Series ATX12V 750W Power Supply
Logitech G7 Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse
MM Gear M500FL 5.1 Channel Headphone
RAZER PRO PAD Mouse Pad
Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS 7.1 Channels
Armoer TT case
Creative W5500 Gigaworks
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February 18, 2007 11:09:24 AM

Are you going to overclock it?
Any reason you didn't choose 941BW?
What's the hard disk?
What's the brand & model of the psu?

If you have the money, get ASUS P5B DELUXE which overclocks very well. Otherwise, get GIGABYTE S3 OR DS3 which overclocks easily.
February 18, 2007 11:33:21 AM

For a computer build the only things you've decided on are the cpu and the ram. Choose the ram AFTER you pick the motherboard.
Since you will be waiting to see ATI dx10 boards, this whole exercise is pointless for now. That's why so many looked and moved on without comment...
February 18, 2007 12:34:37 PM

PSU calculator
Check that out, just because your psu is 500w doesn't necessarily mean it's up to the job.
On a cost to performance basis, I don't know that 2 raptors is your best bet, and if you do go with that raid, you will likely be adding a third drive for storage. Check out DPortal13's rig. It looks like some research went into choosing it. That's what you need to do- figure out what you want it to, research the parts that will get you there, and don't believe all the hype.
Unless you have an unlimited wallet, make the best compromises you can, and live with it ( until you can afford an upgrade).
Good luck
February 18, 2007 2:20:05 PM

I'd like to elaborate on the specs I mentioned above and why I've choose most of the parts

core 2 due E6600
because it overclocks like a charm, yet it's a fantastic cpu on its stock speed, just in case things didn’t go well in oc'ing and the price is very well accepted

evga 680i mobo, the best mb you can get for around $300 certified SLI 16x link and plenty of features as well, something that well support you for at least 18 months to come (hopefully)

evga 8800 GTX the fastest now days pretty expensive though, but getting this card will give view an amazing performance now and when the prices drop down (that will take at least 4 months) you still can SLI and stay ahead for at least 18 months

corsair dominator 9165 2gb sli conf + CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans this is an amazing overclocker

ZALMAN 9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler very neat - amazing performance

VIGOR HCC-S1BK Aluminum 5.25" interior hard disk radiator - keeping things chilled is a necessity for my raid 0 setup

raid 0 setup 2 * Western Digital Caviar RE WD3200YS 320GB 7200 RPM 16 MB SATA

PowerTek 750W F5-Series ATX12V 750W Power Supply amazing price / performance

the rest is the best in it's category I assume:
Logitech G7 Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse
MM Gear M500FL 5.1 Channel Headphone
RAZER PRO PAD Mouse Pad
Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS 7.1 Channels
Armoer TT case
Creative W5500 Gigaworks

Good luck in your quest :) 

ps: thanks goes to GherkinPekul for pointing out my rig
February 18, 2007 2:45:45 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but is not the 680i kinda complicated to overclock?. I mean, I think they are good for "mild" overclocks, but not for heavy ones.
February 18, 2007 3:11:06 PM

Hi,
I'm new in overclocking but I have reviewed so many mb and read so many reviews, and I can refer you to one of them where it explains how to achieve a 3.4 stable easily with no much pain or even expensive and complicated cooling

http://pc.ign.com/articles/747/747606p1.html

I will recieve my parts that've ordered from newegg withen aweek (man I can't wait) and I will start reporting my results very soon Inshalla.
!