Second system in 2 months? I've been bitten by the bug!

Well, a few months ago, I built a new system, based off a e6600, a gigabyte 650i, a XFX 8800 320. I love it, but I have this bug, I want to build a newer, better, bigger machine, and one I can do a little modding to also (the case). I am in the process of selling what I have, and getting this: Please note, I put the E6600 in, but will be going Quad Core when the prices drop:

I want high air flow, I want it to light up like a Christmas Tree also. I am going to mod the back side, to make a window there also and mabye a bottom blow hole and feet for it. I am also going to paint the inside with reflective paint.

Let me know what everyone thinks about this, i tried to cover all my bases and do my homework.

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

NZXT Zero Black/Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811146029
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3400620AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148138
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy


CHIMEI CMV 221D-NBC Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824252008
Return Policy: [LCD] Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

-$30.00 Instant

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130072
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

$30.00 Mail-in Rebate

SILVERSTONE ST75F ATX12V / EPS12V 750W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817256009
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$20.00 Instant

Microsoft BX2-00004 OEM Silver & Black PS/2 RF Wireless Ergonomics Optical Desktop 4000 Mouse Included - OEM
Item #: N82E16823109034
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model T800UX2GC4 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820609026
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate

Item #: N82E16800888082
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

GIGABYTE GA-N650SLI-DS4 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128044
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy


Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115003
Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy


Microsoft Windows XP Home Upgrade with SP2 - Retail
Item #: N82E16837116194
Return Policy: Software Return Policy

Thermaltake A1926 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16811999127
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$0.50 Sale
($9.49 each)

Thermaltake A1927 120mm Red LED Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16811999138
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
($7.69 each)

Thermaltake Thunderblade A1928 120mm Green LED Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16811999139
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
($9.99 each)

VANTEC TD8038H 80mm Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16811999612
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Rosewill RFA120L-W 120mm 4 White LEDs LED Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16835200008
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
($3.99 each)

Tuniq T-120-LFB 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835154002
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Subtotal: $1,977.10
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  1. Your either single or don't have the school debt I have.
    Congratulation I wish I could build that often/at those prices.

    You could probably get a cheaper board/psu as you won't be using SLI or 720W of power(to my knowledge), however always good to have a forwards compatible good quality psu.

    Personally I'd go with the new P35, haven't checked up on all of them but this one is only $100

    non-oc board though so if you want to oc perhaps...

    Has 2 ddr2 and 2 ddr3 slots. If you plan on upgrading your ram later might be good, isn't much more. You have cheap ram spec'd now so not like it would hurt too much to replace it in a year or 18 months.

    Also your fans seem to be all different colors might be best to stick to one color although that's your call not mine.
  2. Fan Colors are by design, I like it crazy.

    The PSU is there for forward thinking,and the Gigabyte 650i because I love this MB (this is what I have currently and love it)

    Forgot to add my dern sound card and DVD drive. I can not build this until I sell my current system though. Not rich, just have the itch.
  3. This late in the game, I'd go ahead and get Vista... DX10 is right around the corner anyway.
  4. I am a gamer, pure and simple. Is it even worth me starting with Vista now?
  5. -Ditch the Tuniq. Get a smaller, better Thermalright 120 Ultra (or Extreme if you can find one). Put an LED fan on it ;)

    -Not so sure about the NZXT Zero case.....with all those side fans, I'm not convinced you're gonna see the nice's not a clear window, so you may end up spending all this time trying to pimp your case, only to have it never been seen because of those 4 side fans blocking the view. Not good. So either mod the side panel or pick another case.

    -That thunderblade fan is NOWHERE near quiet. Keep it in mind. Instead, I highly recommend the Coolermaster fans.....come in just about any color, and are surprisingly quiet, with good airflow. Probably one of the best kept secrets out there. Here's a link to a Canadian site, just look for the similar products in the States:

    -Just go with Vista, I have both XP and Vista. It's not as bad as the fearmongers make you believe. Yes it has some annoyances and inefficiencies, but for a brand new OS it's pretty darn good. It'll get there, might as well move now unless you don't mind doing a format and reinstalling everything, settings, etc, etc again later.

    -Consider a P35 board. You already have a 650i, and you said you wanted to go bigger and better. Then move to a P35. But stay with DDR2......right now DDR3 CANNOT BE JUSTIFIED given the price. The performance differences are nowhere near worth the cost difference, not even close. Maybe in a year or 2, but for now. So go with P35 and DDR2.

    Other than that, looks good. Consider those changes, I think it'll really help. Besides, I didn't steer ya wrong on your last build, did I?

  6. Noise will not bother me, maybe because I live sort of close to a Master Jet Base, I grew up accustomed to it.

    Your right about the case, I am some what torn. I want top notch air flow, because I dread and fear water cooling. I want a full tower so I can cut and mod and have tons of space. Apevia has a brand new case coming out this weekend, full tower called the X-Telstar. I have a Cruiser right now, and I love their cases and removable mother board trays. They really make a great case for the money.

    The MB change is a good idea, I should think DDR3 for the future.
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