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June 18, 2007 8:02:31 PM

Hi everyone,
I plan to be building a Vista based gaming computer, and am working with about an $1800US budget. I've picked out some components, but would really appreciate some advice on any compatibility issues or anything else. I'm especially not sure about my chosen RAM or the PSU/case combo. I have a 24" Dell monitor, so a priority is playing all games at 1920x1200.

Here are the specs:

-EVGA nForce 680i SE SLI mobo
-Intel Core 2 duo e6600
-Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
-Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case w/ Ultra 700-watt XVS PSU
-EVGA Geforce 8800GTS 500MHZ 320MB
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB

Thanks in advance for any help you have

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June 18, 2007 8:09:54 PM

I think most people here would agree that any PSU that comes with a case is not worth it. You can buy the case, just don't use the PSU. Research in the PSU forum, lots of good info in the stickies.
June 18, 2007 8:44:48 PM

i'm not so sure that a 8800gts 320 will be able to handle 1920x1200, but that also depends on what settings you turn up in your games. i think the 640mb version should do it, but see what others have to say.
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June 18, 2007 8:49:14 PM

i'm not so sure that a 8800gts 320 will be able to handle 1920x1200, but that also depends on what settings you turn up in your games. i think the 640mb version should do it, but see what others have to say.

Whoops, missed that.

Yeah, you will want the 8800GTS 640 Mb at a minimum for that resolution. Unless you don't mind turning down all the settings to get playable frame rates. What games will you play?
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June 18, 2007 8:52:07 PM

Correct. If you need to game that high, you need more RAM on the GPU. Some people like the Ultra brand, I'm still iffy on them. I'd try to stick with PCP&C, Seasonic, OCZ (though I'm starting to read a lot of not so good things about them...), Antec Neo/TruPower, etc. Whatever you choose, remember that this PSU will be providing the power for your expensive system, don't cheap out on it.

If moving to the 640MB card and better PSU will cost you to much, cut back on the CPU. You can get the 6320 for less then $200, and it still has the same 4MB L2 cache that the 6600 has.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 18, 2007 8:56:24 PM

1. That GTS card will suffer at 1920x1200, at least in some games. Get an 8800 GTX if you can.

2. Wait until July 22 (price cuts) and get an E6850 or a Q6600.

3. You need 4 GB for a good Vista experience, but 2 GB will be fine for now if your budget doesn't allow more. It's much more important to upgrade the video card. eVGA has a step-up program which may help you, if you expect to save more money 3 months after you get the PC. Get a GTS on Aug 1 and then send it back and get a GTX (paying the difference) before Nov 1.

4. I'd get a P182 case with a Seasonic 700W PSU, but that's mostly because I want a quiet PC.
June 18, 2007 9:19:35 PM

As the before said get a 8800gtx or 2900xt 1gig if you can, I think you should have plenty of money left over with those parts.

You likely wont need a 700watt PSU for all that a 600watt would do fine and you could get a much higher quality one.
June 18, 2007 9:48:19 PM

Get a P3 mobo for the 1333 FSB and Penryn compatibilty. The Gigabyte is supposed to be a good overclocker if you're considering that. Also, a single card is better than SLI - get one GTX. And get a case *without* doors. They are simply a pain in the ass. As stated before, wait until after July 22 when you can get an E6750 for $186.

Finally, I'd avoid VISTA like the plague.
June 18, 2007 11:44:25 PM

Well, that is a large budget we have to play with now isn't it? :p 

I recommend the p35 chipset mobo over the 680i so it is compatible with the future processors and what not.

@nhobo. Get a case with doors if you want it to have them. They are only a pain if you open it every five minutes. and I believe with the case you picked, that front door is simple to remove.

I agree with the others, wait until that price drop and get yourself a better processor for less.
Good Luck and more importantly, have fun!