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July 9, 2007 3:32:38 PM

Im building a new computer, that Im wanting to be a powerful gaming platform in addition to filling requirements for my course work. Ive got a bit of a budget, and with what Ive planned out so far Im doing good as far as budget. I would like some advice on what Im thinking as this is the first time Ive attempted building a machine.

Heres what Im thinking so far.

Motherboard: GigaByte GA-P35C-DS3R Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
Graphics: GeForce 8800 GTX
Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB
Memory: Crucial 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Memory Kit

I decided on that motherboard as its the p35 chipset, and its ddr3 compatible. I didnt go for ddr3 yet as from what I read its not quite worth it yet, but probably will be in the future. 2gigs of memory might be overkill to some people but I need it for course work.

Tell me what you think, what other things you think I should get. Let me know if Ive made good judgements or whatever. Im rather new to this so lend me some advice.

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July 9, 2007 5:00:45 PM

Since you have a lot of money...

Grab a 680i sli (you may want it) mobo. (compatible with 1333 and 45nm)
Forget DDR3 even in 2 years.

Grab a big PSU (eg:1kw) that won't let you down in the future for...Quad sli!!!
A huge case to fit those things with good airflow
July 9, 2007 5:12:19 PM

Yeah I was thinking about this motherboard also

Asus Striker Extreme Motherboard

I think I might also get this harddrive instead, Im guessing the more RPMs the better.

WD Raptor X 150GB Hard Drive
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July 9, 2007 5:50:02 PM

Don't burn money on the raptor. If you want fast, just get two 320Gb barracudas in raid0.

The striker extreme is overpriced also. Get the P5N32-E SLI instead.

Let's see:

-Q6600 - ~$250 after price drop

-ASUS P5N32-E SLI - $200

-G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 X2 - $110 (more than enough to 1:1 OC)

-EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX - $506

-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS X2 640Gb - $160

-SILVERSTONE ST1000 - $249

-Thermalta ke Armor - $150


TOTAL - $1625 without CPU cooler (OC in mind) and DVD

EDIT: links were broken I don't know why, just search newegg by the names
July 9, 2007 6:01:30 PM

Thanks for your advice. Im going back and forth on overclocking, never done it before, but I would like to squeeze the nost out of my machine.
July 9, 2007 7:37:37 PM

You don't need a 1KW PSU, just get a Corsair 620HX, that should work well enough. Btw, 2GB of ram is pretty much the standard now ;) 
July 9, 2007 7:49:31 PM

emp said:
You don't need a 1KW PSU, just get a Corsair 620HX, that should work well enough. Btw, 2GB of ram is pretty much the standard now ;) 


He doesn't need a Q6600 to play games also. oh lord...when will you understand that psus are the hardware that you can in fact futureproof?? If he has the money he will save trouble when adding another 8800gtx or a pair of 8950gx2 or 8850gx2 whatever they will call it...

In fact, he doesn't need none of that.
Oc an e6300 on a ds3 with stock cooler with 2gb ddr2 533, a gtx with a good 450watt psu on an open stand without a case...
Same frame rates. Happy?
July 9, 2007 8:02:58 PM

You're an idiot... There are quite a few people running 8800GTX SLI setups with Corsair HX620, did you know that moron? It's not like im suggesting getting a cheapo PSU either
July 9, 2007 8:17:25 PM

emp said:
You're an idiot... There are quite a few people running 8800GTX SLI setups with Corsair HX620, did you know that moron? It's not like im suggesting getting a cheapo PSU either


1st - Don't insult me

2nd - OC a Q6600 to 3Ghz at 1.4V and two GTX at 650/2000 with 2Gb of ram, 2 HDD, 1 DVD, 5 or 6 usb and 4 fans ant that psu will run.........to another computer.

3rd - Don't insult me

4th - My cousin has a Fiat Uno turbo which goes at 245Km/h. Is it the best car to go at that speed? Same as your idea.
July 11, 2007 4:52:58 PM

any other suggestions regarding my possible machine?
July 11, 2007 5:48:16 PM

The P5N32-E SLI (as is the Striker which I have one) is a nice board. Easy to work with and stable. It will be awhile before quad cores are used by games, but not a totally wasted investment. What monitor are you planning on using? For a few more dollars you can buy a factory OCed 8800gtx. I would suggest at least a 750 watt quality PSU but the above Corsair 620 is a nice PSU. A little bigger now will allow for that much more expansion in the future.
July 11, 2007 11:22:33 PM

Yeah, get a classy looking Lian-Li or Silverstone instead of that windowed box.
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