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Please help me with my build (PSU and BOARD doubts)

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May 18, 2007 6:37:49 AM

I've been researching for this build since more than 1 month ago, I waited the Intel price drops, then the 8800GTS price drops (that didn't happened :? ) and now I think that I'm ready to order it, here is what I have selected at the moment:

Hardisk:
SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
$120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152052

Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
$226
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115003

Ram
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
$88
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

Board
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX
$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128042

GPU
MSI 8800GTS Overclocked Edition 320MB (GPU: 575MHz, Memory:1700MHz)
$290
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=327720

PSU
ePOWER ZU-550W ATX12V Version 2.0 / EPS12V 550W
$55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817101021

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+Shipping = $0 :D 

Total: $879


I need a overall good build that will be used for gamming and processor intensive applications.

I find the PSU a very good deal but I don't know the brand very well, what do you think about ePOWER PSUs?.

And about the board, someone highly recommended me this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But browsing newegg I found the 1.3V cheaper, there are any important difference that worth the extra $10?

I would also like to know if you find some weak parts in my build and if you thing that I can save some money changing some parts without damaging the performance very much.

Thanks for your help and sorry for my english :?

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May 18, 2007 7:46:24 AM

Seconded, it's a crappy psu. Anything on the list Gh0stDrag0n linked with over ~30a on the +12v rail will run your computer fine, and allow you to oc and upgrade.

The only other thing is the HDD. Samsung isnt the best drive maker out there, from what I've read they tend to die sooner then other brands. I've heard pretty much all good things about Seagate drives though, and they dont cost that much more then Samsung units.
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May 18, 2007 4:37:21 PM

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Will you be overclocking? If so spend a little more and get v3.3.


No, I wont be overclocking.

is this one the 3.3?

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

I really can't find anything that says 3.3 in newegg :?

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That PSU is junk, it will not run your graphics card.
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/PSU-Refrence-List-ftopict222154.html Save up a little more and get a better PSU, it will save you from problems later on.


It says that it has 38A in the 12V rails and it is a 550W PSU so in theory it should support my system. why do you say it's junk? poor components, wrong numbers (38 @ 12V, 550W) , the company is not trustable or it's just a not well known PSU?
May 18, 2007 4:42:11 PM

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The new Spinpoint got good review, maybe they cleaned up their act
Top 10 Internal Hard Drives


yeah, I also have read a lot of good reviews about this hard drive . It is the top drive in pcworld charts, it's highly recommended by THG and It won the last month Customer Choice Award in newegg.
May 18, 2007 5:16:42 PM

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That PSU is junk, it will not run your graphics card.
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/PSU-Refrence-List-ftopict222154.html Save up a little more and get a better PSU, it will save you from problems later on.


It says that it has 38A in the 12V rails and it is a 550W PSU so in theory it should support my system. why do you say it's junk? poor components, wrong numbers (38 @ 12V, 550W) , the company is not trustable or it's just a not well known PSU?

When anybody here calls a component crap, trash, junk, ect., they're usually talking about the quality of the unit. And in this case, we are.

The PSUs on that list are all high quality components, so they wont fail under heavy loads like cheaper ones will. I read a post a day or two ago about a low quality psu that blew up (not like a huge explosion, it was contained inside the unit.) one of the capacitors decided to fail explosively.
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May 18, 2007 5:32:00 PM

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It says that it has 38A in the 12V rails and it is a 550W PSU so in theory it should support my system. why do you say it's junk? poor components, wrong numbers (38 @ 12V, 550W) , the company is not trustable or it's just a not well known PSU?


The math on it doesn't add up. If you look at the picture of the rails and do the math, you don't get close to 550W. It says that the max for the 3.3 and 5V rails is 250W. (which means that the 5V rail can output ALL of the available power with none for the 3.3V.) It then says that the 12V rail can do 38A. Lets do the math now. 250W + (12V * 38A) = 706W(?!) This thing is supposed to be a 550W PSU, but they are claiming it can do 706? Try doing the math in reverse. If its 550W, and 250W are on the 3.3/5V rail, that leaves 300W for the 12V rail. This puts the amperage number closer to 25A. This is less then the 28A that a 8800GTS needs. Frankly, I don't suggest buying a PSU if they can't even get a correct label on it.

As for the harddrive, its your call. I personally would try to get a WD/Seagate. I find them to be the best, with the edge given to Seagate for their better warrenty.
May 19, 2007 4:30:18 AM

It'll work, but you should get the 500w version to be safe.
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