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Final Build - Please review/comment (sub $1,500 gaming rig)

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April 22, 2007 3:24:58 PM

Here's what I think is my final build for gaming system for under $1,500. Not going overclock I don't think, maybe down the road. It will primarily be a gaming system.

I have one specific question; will the Rosewill 550W PSU be enough (good!) to run this rig? I saw a few NewEgg comments from people complaining it wouldn't power their 8800GTS. This PSU is certainly one of the more popular ones on NewEgg, it's around $60. I originally had a 600W uber-PSU in their (an OCZ that was over $100) but that's just too much money.

So what do you all think? Here's my parts list;

CPU / Motherboard / Memory

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600
ASUS P5B LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Patriot eXtreme Performance 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PEP21G6400LL


Video / Monitor

EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
ViewSonic VX922 Black-Silver 19" 2ms DVI LCD Monitor


Storage

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2000JS 200GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-05


Chassis / Power Supply

Rosewill RP550-2 ATX 2.01 550W Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case


Sound / Speakers

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker


Input devices

Logitech Media Elite 967559-0403 Black USB + PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard
Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical Gaming-Grade Mouse
April 22, 2007 3:36:57 PM

If you're putting up that much money, why cheap out on the ram? Get 2 gigs, and I bet you'll be happier. Heard good and bad things about that case, can't say definitively, but I think it will be alright. should fit your 8800. Looks good otherwise!
April 22, 2007 3:44:24 PM

Well, I did have 2 gigs spec'd out before, but dropped it to 1 gig just to get the price down a little. This is for my brother, and he doesn't NEED 2 gigs in it right now I don't think.... Down the road I can always pop another stick in.
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April 22, 2007 3:48:14 PM

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Here's what I think is my final build for gaming system for under $1,500. Not going overclock I don't think, maybe down the road. It will primarily be a gaming system.

I have one specific question; will the Rosewill 550W PSU be enough (good!) to run this rig? I saw a few NewEgg comments from people complaining it wouldn't power their 8800GTS. This PSU is certainly one of the more popular ones on NewEgg, it's around $60. I originally had a 600W uber-PSU in their (an OCZ that was over $100) but that's just too much money.

So what do you all think? Here's my parts list;

CPU / Motherboard / Memory

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600
ASUS P5B LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Patriot eXtreme Performance 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PEP21G6400LL


Video / Monitor

EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
ViewSonic VX922 Black-Silver 19" 2ms DVI LCD Monitor


Storage

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2000JS 200GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-05


Chassis / Power Supply

Rosewill RP550-2 ATX 2.01 550W Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case


Sound / Speakers

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker


Input devices

Logitech Media Elite 967559-0403 Black USB + PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard
Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical Gaming-Grade Mouse



A $100 Powersupply is too much?! Yeah, wait till your system fries then you'll be shelling out hundreds more to get everything replaced.

Looks good, few changes:

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

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

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

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

When these changes I selected are added in, your system will look great.

Good luck. :D 
April 22, 2007 4:11:47 PM

if you're looking to save money on the build i suggest you drop that cpu and go for the 6320. Just bump up a few option and you've saved yourself a couple hundred (aus) and can easily outperform a stock 6600. And with your left over money i strongly suggest going with 2gig of Ram, and please for the love of god put some more money into the PSU.

In the end its upto you, i just hope you make the right choices :wink:
April 22, 2007 4:18:14 PM

LOL Uncle, uncle! I won't cheap out on the PSU! I'll upgrade! :D  Knew that was gonna get picked apart!

Thx guys! Also taking a close look at that Gigabyte MB.... always thought Asus was a little better.
April 22, 2007 4:20:57 PM

gigabyte and asus seem to be pretty on par these days imo. And that damn DS3 is such a nice cheap motherboard :)  GO WITH IT !!!! :D 
April 22, 2007 4:26:35 PM

Gigabyte it is, hehe... all good choices guys! Thx!
April 22, 2007 4:32:03 PM

no worries mate. Did you decide to go with 2gig of ram ?
April 22, 2007 4:57:04 PM

Sure did! Changed to the Gigabyte MB ($5 cheaper), 2 GB of mem g-Skill ($50 more), 250 GB HD instead of 200 (only $10 more for 50 extra gig!), and did indeed upgrade the PSU as well. For the PSU, ended up choosing;

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100
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