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May 25, 2007 2:43:27 PM

Hey everyone. I have been looking for the past few months at building a new gaming computer and its finally time to get it done. I really need some help on just finalizing some of these things, and input would be really great. Cause with a lot of this I’m really lost.

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Nvidia® nForce 680i SLI 3xPCIe 16x DDR2 800 to 1200-2x1Gb Ethernet-6xSATA3Gb-RAID 0/1/5-Firewire1394-8CH Digital Audio

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (How hard is it to overclock? Is it a good idea or no?)

2048MB DDR2 800MHz PC2-6400 2x1024

Asus P5N-E SLi nForce 650 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

nVidia® GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB DDR3 XXX/Superclock Version
or
XFX NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB 16X PCI Express

500GB 7200RPM SATAII 300MB/s 16MB Cache

850W OCZ GameXStream™ Quiet 12cm BB Fan PowerWhisper™ UL (Should I go with the 1000w or is that too much?)

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And my final two questions would just be is it smarted to customize a gaming pc online or build it completely yourself? And how much would it be worth it to get a quad over a duo? Thanks alot for the input!

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May 25, 2007 2:49:28 PM

I would take the Asus MB over the INtel.
For 1 8800 850W is overkill. Look at a PP&C 610.
Depends on everything you want your PC to do, mostly gaming, an e6600 is fine, alomost overkill.
Build it yourself, save money and learn something. There is plenty of help here for the asking.
May 25, 2007 3:50:46 PM

I can see that you're a little lost.

1) The first thing you mention is a chipset, the 680i, which is a good choice but you will have to determine which board and by which manufacturer.
2) no it's not hard to achieve a mild to moderate overclock, anything more will take a little know how but can be done.
3) Good choice for RAM speed, something like this for $82.99 would be a great choice.
4) A specific item, not a bad board but if I were to go with the 650i chipset I would choose this
5) A little confusion, Nvidia doesn't make their own cards. Superclock is a trademark of Evga so I'm assuming that the first card there is an Evga. You might want to get a card and overclock yourself but if not you can get this factory overclocked for $529.99 after rebate.
6) This is the HDD that I am using and it's great.
7) Both of those PSU's are more power than you need, a quality 600-650w will be more than enough
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May 25, 2007 5:10:50 PM

Is Newegg one of the top places to order parts? Any other really good ones?
May 25, 2007 5:13:36 PM

Newegg has great service and support fast shipping and prices are about the best. Zip Zoom Fly is good aswell from what I have read but I have never used them.
May 25, 2007 5:23:23 PM

How easy is overclocking the Cpu. For instance like the Duo 6600? Is it easier then overclocking the video card?
May 25, 2007 5:26:07 PM

And just wondering, for gaming, would it be a significant increase going with 4GB Ram instead of 2?
May 25, 2007 5:29:59 PM

2 GB is plenty under XP for gaming right now.
May 25, 2007 5:31:33 PM

What if I have Vista Installed? And if you could pick a good motherboard, with slots for SLI, 7.1 audio, and such, which would it be?
May 25, 2007 5:55:39 PM

This or this. It really depends how much you want to spend.
May 26, 2007 5:26:12 PM

Anyone else know if its worth it to go withthe 64bit version of Vista? I heard that dvd burning drivers and most of the audio drivers aren't 64 bit so you'll be left without burning or sound?
May 26, 2007 5:58:02 PM

And how useful are these WD Raptor drives? Having that as your main and then just adding on like a secondary drive?
May 27, 2007 7:14:34 AM

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raptors are all hype and waste of money imo


I totally agree although I have yet to see someone else share my point of view.
May 29, 2007 12:18:06 PM

Hey All, I've updated my list and am almost at a final list for July 22nd! And I am looking to overclock so any ideas that will help the overclocking please let me know! Here is what I have:

Intel Q6600 ($266!!!)

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda ES ST3500630NS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Chennel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card
May 29, 2007 10:53:35 PM

the rig looks good now, what about the board though, are you going to run sli?
if not why not look at a p35 chipset instead?
you can find some reviews on the net and even here at toms by users who are building with these, it has an improved memory controller for one and shoudl be a fast machine, new chipsets are always hot or mos but I think this is the current favorite for new rigs, as it will support 1333 and they come in ddr2 or ddr3 and a few are both.

Lump
May 30, 2007 1:49:50 AM

The reason Iw as going to get the q6600 is because its two e6600's for $266, and i'm figuring I can Overclock to 3ghz. That sounded pretty good to me. I mean it is going to pull a little farther in the future seeing as how Half Life: Ep. 2 is already going to use the multicore supposedly. So I dont know.

Motherboard wise I was reading on the Gigabyte one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And supposidly there is some heatsink think attatched that people are ending up cutting off? Doesnt sound too hott Lol.
And I Wanted to ask if the one you put on there is SLi compatible? I want a good Motherboard for OCing but dont want it to be too cheap, let me know what you think. And that has the ability for SLI.

Lastly both Ram choices of mine are 1.8v and above

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

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

I'm going to stick with one of these, so I need it to be compatible with the OCZ brand. These are pricey sticks too! So I need to make sure the Motherboard is compatible. Thanks again!
May 30, 2007 4:23:02 AM

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I'm going to be straight with you that the asus board you picked is crap for overclocking


I have to disagree here is a review of the P5N32-E SLI and they were able to get the board to FSB1700 with a E6600 and that was about 4 BIOS's ago. The only reason mine is running so slow is because I'm still using the stock cooler (see sig).
May 30, 2007 5:20:26 AM

To the OP, what monitor are you using and what resolution will you be playing games at? If you are purchasing the highest end video card and only playing on a 19-22" monitor, it is not worth worrying about SLI. It is just a better idea to replace your current card with another top end in a year or two with the money you'd be using to buy a second one now. Plus, then you are not limited to SLI mother boards and can venture over to better (IMO) Intel P35 chipsets. Look at some of the new Gigabyte P35 mother boards coming out. They will support the new 1333 FSB Core 2 Duo/Quads coming out, along with DDR3 memory if you choose.

For your cpu cooler, look into Thermo-Electric cooling. It is nearly as good as water cooling without the water mess and hassle.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 30, 2007 6:02:00 AM

In the reviews I've read that Vigor is not quite as good as the Tuniq and 3x the price.
May 30, 2007 4:21:33 PM

true, I was trying to find the Ultra TEC cooler which got better reviews, but they didn't have it. TEC is definitely better than air cooling, but also much more expensive. I was just throwing it out there as an option for the quad cooling.
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