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3k PC, please rate. Ordering on May 30th

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May 26, 2007 1:24:28 AM

This Sytem will be for windows XP (for now) and air cooled. SLI and extra will ram will be ordered when i decide to upgrade into vista. And i plan to overclock (to a fairly stable speed)

Case:
COOLER MASTER Stacker RC-832-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

MotherBoard:
ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS2 DOMINATOR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4D - Retail

Video Card
EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

Power Supply
Thermaltake Toughpower 850W W0131RU – NVIDIA QUAD-SLI APPROVED, FOUR +12V RAIL READY - Retail

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6700 - Retail

HD1:
Western Digital Raptor WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

HD2:
SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Soundcard:
HT OMEGA CLARO 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

Misc Case fans:
2x COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-12AK-GP 120mm Case Fan - Retail

Heatsink + fan:
ZALMAN 9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

Speaker:
Logitech Z-5500 5.1 speakers (amazon.com)

Monitor:
Dell 2407 widescreen monitor (dell.com)

So add everything together and i get somewhere around 3k. I do not want spend much more than this (a hundred or two more is ok...) I plan to order may 30 and i DO NOT want to wait any more, i've been waiting too long. Please reply as you see fit and opinions will be great, and i'd love to know if there's anything wrong about this system.
I do plan to overclock the CPU and implement SLI in the future, as well has an extra 2x1 RAM, and a good quad core processor in the future. (the quad core CPU will come many many years down the road) but SLI and the extra ram will be bought when i decide to go vista (probably when Starcraft2 gets released or when vista become more mainstrem.

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May 26, 2007 1:44:50 AM

What MB? Sounds like you want an 680i with true SLI (16 x 16) Asus make a good one.
Rest pf the parts are first rate and will build a great rig.
May 26, 2007 3:21:12 AM

yea... i forgot about to add my mobo and Ram. But now it's updated.
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May 26, 2007 4:16:03 AM

Sounds like a really nice system. I've never heard of the sound card though. I'm sure you have your reasons for picking it. Have you looked at the X-fi series from Creative?
May 26, 2007 7:00:56 PM

Your system is similar to mine.

I would like to make some recommendations if you dont mind.

Dont get the P5N32-E SLI, the performance difference between the 680i and 650i is negligeable. Just google 650i vs 680i so you can see. The P5N-E is cheaper and just as good. The only feature that I believe makes the 32 version worthwhile is the sound card but youre already getting one.

You can easily reach 3.0GHz with that MOBO and memory with an E6600, I dont think there is a point into getting the E6700, unless you want to try and push 3.8-4.0ghz. Save your money there.

Since you plan on a future SLI rig, youre making a HUGE mistake with your current PSU. That PSU only has 2 PCI-e connectors. The one I got has 4, allowing 8800 GTX SLI. Get the 850w version and youll be fine. Its SLI certified and everything so no worries there.

Youre choice in speakers is perfect. I have the Z-5300 and it sucks that I dont have digital output for my TV. With some special connections, the Z-5500 does.

I got the BenQ over the Dell because the BenQ (according to all the reviews) is a better monitor overall. Im using it and it is great. I did consulting for a company and the graphic designers there used the Dell 24", however I do not know if it was the 2407 or 2405, but the reds looked orangy or something, not good color accuracy. The Dell however is cheaper, ill give you that, but I highly recommend the BenQ FP241W.

Also, if you do decide to get the same MOBO I got, you have to change the Voltages and set the Command Rate to 2T. Its no big deal, if you know you have to do it. I didnt and have spent a great deal of time troubleshooting. Once I fixed that, everything seems to be working just swell. Memtest86 hasnt shown a single error since.

Your case is perfect for 8800 GTXs.

I am not familiar with your particular heatsink, but id recommend one from this list.
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Core2Duo-Overcl...

Your choice in HDs are very good. The samsung 500gb is IMO the best 500gb available. However, dont get the Raptor X, its said that it generates more noise than the regular drive, only difference is the little plastic window. I personally got two 74GB raptors to put in a RAID 0. Its an exageration, but then again, so is my system.
May 27, 2007 3:14:58 AM

Ok i updated the PSU from 750 to 850 as suggested, and i'm getting the raptorWD instead of X. Ill do some more research on whether the 680i is worth the extra money in the long run for me. Thx for the advice and keep posting guys!!
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May 27, 2007 3:38:19 AM

Somebody posted a message some time ago saying that he had much better luck overclocking a 650i-based P5N32-E SLI Plus than with a 680i-based P5N32-E SLI. I don't know if that's a general rule or just his luck though.
May 27, 2007 6:25:34 AM

well have a look at the p35 motherboards unless you must have sli, otherwise it looks good, I built mine just got the parts this week except the case and vid card, mine was a little under 3k, very similiar though.
I went with 4 gigs of memory and a p5k board, and the x6800.

x6800
8800gtx evga oc2
asus p5k
4x1 gig crucial ballistix pc8500
x_fi extreme gamer
antec trio 650
400 gig seagate sata 7200.10
plextar 16x dual layer dvd/rw
thermaltake 8000bws
zalman9700led
7800 inspire 7.1 speaker system
win xp pro, home, and vista ultimate, plus a few games and misc items, arctic silver etc.. mine worked out just under 3k

I like yours except like I said I think the p35 offers more, that 4 gigs of memory if you will run a 64 bit os, and I dont know abotu that particulka sound card especialy if you do run say vista or vista 64.

I wish my case and card would arrive so I can put it all together.

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May 27, 2007 6:45:01 AM

Hi,

Great build, but I would change from e6700 to e6600 and OC that chip, and with the money saved from that get a X-Fi creative sound card (excluding XtremeAudio not a real X-Fi).
May 27, 2007 5:33:46 PM

I want to update my recommendation. Dont get an Asus board. Get this one;

MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775

Im cursing this board at the moment and alot of people have been as well. Dont get Asus. Get the MSI board. People dont seem to be having as much trouble with it as the board I have, or maybe youll have better luck with the p5n32.
May 28, 2007 6:55:38 PM

if you havent ordered it yet and your on the fence about the x6700 or 6800 i posted two links earlier to a x6800 i found on eBay retail box $625, considering I paid $890 for mine last week and on newegg they were 1100.00 just a few weeks ago its a good deal if you are tinkering on the high end.

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