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March 9, 2007 12:51:11 AM

Hi

Need a bit of help here.

Building a new system to replace a 2 yr old rig, but have fallen a bit behind on current tech.

Have the following components in mind, but I feel that my current specs could be better or may not be 'balanced' right, so would appreciate some constructive criticism.

CPU - Core2Duo E6600
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

RAM - Corsair Twin2X2048MB 6400C4 2048Mb (2X1024MB)
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

MB - Asus P5N32-E-SLI-Plus
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

PSU - SilverStone ST60F
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

Video - XFX GeForce 8800GTX
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

Already have Monitor

Case, HDD, and DVD drive, Mouse & Keyboard and other things I would like to reuse until I have got more money. ( 8800GTX should just manage in current case)

My uses for this machine will include
Gaming - Not hardcore but frequent.
Studies - IT related
Media - General watching to dabbling with editing

Would like to Overclock but is not necessary and if I did would be minor.

Don't have any immediate plans for SLI but if it became feasible later on would consider it

Still need at least one IDE port.

Have a PCI TV Tuner Card capable of Hi-Def recording.

Would Like at least 6 SATAII ports.

Thats about it but have 2 minor questions.

1. with most Motherboards carrying Hi-def 8 channel Audio these days is it still worth it to put in a separate audio card.

2. When I do get a new Mouse is the MX revolution a good gaming mouse or is the G7 More for Gaming.

Added Tue, March 13th 1pm (Aus timezone)

Heard previously that more is to be expected from ATI (AMD) & nVidia in Q2
But now I have heard a little more and thought about it.
Now I'm thinking even if I don't get newer card (8900 or ATI equivalent) price's for 8800's will likely drop.
My question is does anyone know with a little more accuracy when the newer cards will arrive and possibly when prices will drop on the current 8800's.

(EG late April, Early May time frame)

Thanks
March 9, 2007 1:09:19 AM

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2. When I do get a new Mouse is the MX revolution a good gaming mouse or is the G7 More for Gaming.


I use a Logitech VX Revolution with my MacBook Pro and find it quite suitable for gaming, I'm sure that the MX revolution would be even better. I haven't tried the G7 though.
March 9, 2007 2:51:50 AM

The onboard sound would be just fine for your gaming.

OCing the E6600 to 3 ghz should be no problem, even if its a light OC.

I have the G3 Mouse and I love it, I guess it would depend on what you comfortable with.
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March 10, 2007 3:43:31 AM

Currently I'm using the following HDD's & Optical Drives

A SATAII 320Gb Western Digital - Would like to keep using

A SATA 250Gb Seagate - Would Like to keep using for a While

A IDE 160Gb Western Digital - Will most likely leave this in older PC

2 IDE Optical Drives - LG DL DVD Writer - Like to Keep for now
LG DVD-ROM - May not keep in long run

No eSATA & I dont plan on more IDE drives
Cheers for contributions & help so far

PS. Does any one know if the Asus P5W DH Deluxe supports nVidia SLI (with both cards running @ x16). As I said not the most important thing but would like know future options.
March 10, 2007 4:38:56 AM

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Does any one know if the Asus P5W DH Deluxe supports nVidia SLI (with both cards running @ x16). As I said not the most important thing but would like know future options.

No, to get SLI you need to use a P5N motherboard
March 10, 2007 6:30:27 AM

Still many choices in that price range. Hey Beer Man which one you got?
Cases $25-$50
March 10, 2007 11:19:19 AM

Right, one IDE minimal. So the P5N is exactly what you want. P5WDH doesn't sli.
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