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April 1, 2007 5:40:28 AM

trying to build a very nice gaming rig thats gonna last for a while. I have around a 2.5k budget for all this. I want to OC it at 3.2+. so yeah i was hoping that i could get yalls suggestions for this, cause this is my first time building a pc.

all help would be really appreciated.

these are all the parts that i picked out so far


CASE Antec Performance One P180B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4 x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


MONITOR SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail


VIDEO CARD EVGA 768-P2-N835-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED HDCP Video Card - Retail


RAM Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK - Retail


CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail


COOLER Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail


POWER SUPPLY COOLMAX CUG-700B ATX 12V( V.2.2) 700W Power Supply - Retail


MOTHERBOARD GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


FAN SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Fan - Retail

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April 1, 2007 6:42:21 AM

If you've got mouse and keyboard, speakers and/or headset, sounds like your set to go...

Those components should do very well for you. You'll be able to squeeze a few miles out of them by OC'ing.

It's all in the research and preference; "measure twice, cut once!", to find the best performance and quality that suits your budget!

If you do decide to get it... Enjoy!
April 1, 2007 7:17:02 AM

go for a 24in monitor , you've got plenty of cash and there twice as good as 20-22 inch ones.
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April 1, 2007 8:50:21 AM

if you can afford it yes, because you can use the same monitor over many computers over time, but you can't say that for much else.
April 1, 2007 3:17:38 PM

Quote:
trying to build a very nice gaming rig thats gonna last for a while. I have around a 2.5k budget for all this. I want to OC it at 3.2+. so yeah i was hoping that i could get yalls suggestions for this, cause this is my first time building a pc.

all help would be really appreciated.

these are all the parts that i picked out so far


CASE Antec Performance One P180B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4 x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


MONITOR SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail


VIDEO CARD EVGA 768-P2-N835-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED HDCP Video Card - Retail


RAM Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK - Retail


CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail


COOLER Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail


POWER SUPPLY COOLMAX CUG-700B ATX 12V( V.2.2) 700W Power Supply - Retail


MOTHERBOARD GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


FAN SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Fan - Retail


Step it up to a 24' Acer monitor from Newegg.
Chuck the powersupply for this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink/Fan:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And if you wait until April 22nd, the price on the E6600 and other Core2Duo processors alone will drop significantly. I believe the price is 213.00 during the price drops. I would definitely take advantage of it then.

Other than that, nice setup.

Have fun :) 
April 1, 2007 3:34:47 PM

Don't waste money on the Superclocked card. Just get a regular one and OC it yourself.
April 1, 2007 10:09:51 PM

i changed the ram to the g skill one, but whats wrong with the psu?
April 1, 2007 10:21:01 PM

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go for a 24in monitor , you've got plenty of cash and there twice as good as 20-22 inch ones.


Any recommendations for a good 24"? From what I've been able to find, I'll probably still stay with 22" on my system (24" seems to be double or more the price).
April 1, 2007 10:22:56 PM

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i changed the ram to the g skill one, but whats wrong with the psu?


See this list. Your PSU is Tier 5 - Tier 1, Z, or 2 is highly recommended. Personally, I'd recommend the Seasonic S12 Energy+ 650W (unless you're planning to SLI two 8800GTX in which case it probably doesn't provide enough power).
April 2, 2007 12:22:42 AM

im also thinking about changing the cooler, i gotten some mixed reviews about it. not sure if it would give me problems if i have oc it above 3+
April 2, 2007 5:09:04 AM

how about this for a psu

Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
April 2, 2007 5:54:32 AM

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how about this for a psu

Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail


I think that will work fine with your setup. Definitely not enough to run SLI 8800GTX but you're getting a DS3 mobo anyway (which doesn't support SLI).
April 2, 2007 6:28:25 AM

i would recommend sticking with that monitor cause it is a great monitor. i just built a new computer myself and got the 20'inch one and these are the best new monitors out there let me tell you and the 2ms responce time is very nice. nice setup btw and i would just go with the regular non OC video card. also you planning to use onboard audo? if not, i would recommend gettting sound blaster x-fi's.
April 2, 2007 10:26:52 PM

For a psu go with a Corsair HX620W.

For a monitor just suck it up get the dell if you can. If you have a budget of 2.5K where is all the money going? I just don't see it.

Drop the superclocked version of the EVGA like the other guy said.

Also i'm not sure if the P180B will fit the 8800GTX, i would recommend getting something a little bigger. You might get a brand new case and have to mod it, something you may not want to do.
April 3, 2007 3:26:44 AM

Nice setup, personally Id skip over the p180 though, My boss has the P180 so I know it first hand (I build PC's) My current personal build is a 226BW S panel with a ThermalTake Aguila(Ill include a pic)..

Someone here mentioned the Acer 24" I have two co-workers with that one, Personally I think its crap, besides the viewing angle the picture on my 226 eats it alive, even though its a TN.

If you want your setup to really look nice and be functional at the same time Take the Aguila SECC black windowed version to go with the 226bw. I've got it setup runnin HD demos behind the counter at work and nearly every person who comes through our shop leans right over the counter admiring the setup. It's truely pimp.

Happy building!



Don't they just look made for each other? ;P