Dvd-RW: Asus DRW-1814BLT Black Sata DVD+RW 18X8X18 DVD-RW 18X6X18 Dl 8X Lightscribe Retail Box 38$ CND
Near future purchase:
Cpu : Quad core Q6600 after price drop and G0 stepping revision (Mid August)
Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 700W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black 118$ CND
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 Atx 9 Drive Bay No Ps Top USB2.0 1394 Audio (108$ CND) Will the tunic fit in this case?
+ Windows Vista 64 bit + floppy drive + Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 oem (28$ CND).
Which leads to my questions:
- Video card: I’m a casual gamer who plays a lot of Civilization and MTW 2, nothing too heavy (but I don’t mind the occasional RTS or FPS at times) so I have 2 options.
1. Either I go best value for money now (Evga E-GEFORCE 8800GTS 576MHZ 320MB 1.7GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I Hdtv Hdcp DIRECTX10 Video Card 327$) and upgrade or step-up later.
2. I could go future proof and buy something quite a bit more expensive like BFG GeForce 8800GTX OC 600MHZ 768MB 1.8GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card (539$) or even the new 2900xt 825mhz 1 gig ddr4 core Extreme PC Exclusive SI Diamond Radeon HD2900XT 825 (574$)
I do have a Diamond pro 2060u monitor which has a native 16x12 res (that I may or may not change to LCD)
- I’ve looked into the whole Q6660 vs e6850 (or 6750) question and I do think that the quad core is a better option for the long term. It can overclock to same stock speed, multitask as well even if all the cores are not used for gaming (anti virus, ripping music…), but I still am open for arguments.
- 600W or 700W power supply. Is OCZ a good choice for that build?
- Will there be any compatibility problems between board and memory?
- Second optical drive: Is it advisable in order to preserve burner from overuse?
- Raptor or no raptor: Is it better to purchase a drive for OS + applications and another for storage? If yes, would Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS Ncq Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Warranty do instead?
- Sound card or no sound card? I listen to a lot of classical music (Cds and FLAC rips from CDs)
- Speakers’ recommendations?
Sorry for the long post, second computer only. Thanks in advance
at the rate computers are changing, theres no such thing as future proofing. you'll need the 700w power source. get a sound card. nobody really knows about compatibility. and i would get a raptor for windows and another drive for storage. i trust western digitals drives. a sound card is a good idea. logitech makes good computer speakers.
I wouldn't bother with a Raptor, especially because it's noise would interfere with the music listening.
I wouldn't mix Seagate and WD disks, why have two sets of drivers loaded...
700W gives you more room than 600W to add disks or overclock. Seasonic might be a better choice than OCZ.
Second optical drive: only if you copy disk to disk very often. Even then, it's safer to have a hard disk image. No, I wouldn't buy two optical drives.
Sound card: normally not necessary with that motherboard. If you really like music and your ears and speakers are better than average then go for it, get an X-Fi ExtremeMusic (avoid ExtremeGamer, some quality issues there).
If you want a quiet case then Antec P182 is better than Antec 900. The 900 is better for overclocking though.
Love the Q6600, long-term it's definitely the smarter choice.
Speakers: sorry, no idea. I've got an Altec Lansing set and a Logitech set, forgot the model numbers and I'm not at home right now. They're both excellent but if you have $300 or more for this I'm sure you can get something better these days.
excellent setup. id go with the fastest dual core and 8800gtx or 2900xt.the quad cores dont have much use for the moment and when they will have, the q6600 and faster quadcores will be cheap (i expect 2 years or more for some adoption of quad core technology just ike dual core adoption in games is pretty slow)
thanks guys for all you input. I actually wanted to purchase the
Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS Ncq Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Warranty
instead, was cheaper too at 108$ but I my order was already processed . Oh well you live and learn I guess...
So you are suggesting not to mix hard drive brands because of drivers?
In your opinion shoud i just go with the 8880 gtx 320 for now and step-up later (if I can) or buy a gtx now?