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July 15, 2007 4:53:00 PM

Tell me what you think. I am obviously waiting till the July 22 price drop. I already have a 19" LCD, Hitachi 250gb SATA, an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, and 2x1gb Crucial Ballistix 1066. I also have optical drives; however, they are IDE. Would you recommend scraping them and going with SATA for space conservation?

Purpose: I want to to be able to play the newest games with high settings (ie. Quake Wars, Crysis) and have good multitasking ability. I only have a 19" monitor, but will probably upgrade to a 22" within the year. I am also planning a mild overclock; I can't tell you what I'm a clocking it to yet though, as I am new to OCing and need to do some research. Lastly, I want to somewhat future proof the system. Yes, I am aware this is practically impossible, but I chose the the DS3R so I could step up to DD3 and Pentium's new chip when the price is right. I hope to keep this rig around for 3-4 years.

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Aluminum $55
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 $130
GPU: eVga GeForce 8800GTS 640MB $350
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W $140
CPU: Intel Q6600 $260
Ram: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) $165 ($85 MIR) ALREADY OWN
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB $80
Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $6
Heat sync: Artic Freezer 7 Pro $21 ALREADY OWN

Total: approx. $1,257 (-$85 after Crucial Rebate I am waiting for)

My budget is no more than $1350. I am tempted to try and squeeze a GTX in there, but I'm not sure there is room, as I really do not want to skimp on the motherboard or power supply.

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July 15, 2007 6:10:48 PM

Everything looks good. Although to tell you the truth the current dx10 cards aren't going to be able to run dx10 games well on high settings. You might want to just nab a cheap card for now or use the current one you have if it's PCIE and wait for the g90 series and new ATI cards. They should HOPEFULLY be out Q4 around the same time crysis should be coming out.
July 16, 2007 1:14:06 AM

Well I don't know that I'll be running dx10 for awhile. I am pretty happy with XP for now, and I'm guessing the new cards will be quite costly. As far as using my old card I currently have a four year old AGP, I believe it is an Ati 9600; that won't cut it.
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July 16, 2007 3:40:55 AM

In my opinion this is what you should do. DONT TOUCH THE PSU!!! Leave it just like that, you made a flawless decision (PCP&C :) ) and drop the storage HDD (You can always pick one later, they can only drop in price, and it's not going to help in performance) and squeeze that GTX into your budget.

Other than that, it's an awesome build.
July 16, 2007 3:44:31 AM

8800gts wont be able to run crisis on high sadly :( 
July 16, 2007 5:35:24 AM

yea most arn't even sure if a 8800GTX can run it on high with eye candy and filtration ...with Bioshock coming out on the 21st of August there will be a true Dx10 Benchmark since its the 1st game that has Dx10 and its not as the result of a patch or as a second thought.
July 16, 2007 7:03:47 AM

no the GTX can. i watched a video with Penryn and a single 8800 GTX and the ceo of crytek said they had all the eye candy on etc.. so imagine 2 8800 gtx cards in sli with like a conroe quad core at 3.4 Ghz. That would still gobble up penryn :p  lol

maybe
July 16, 2007 11:59:25 AM

Not sure why game designers would require you to have a 5k machine to play their games, bit overkill IMO.
July 16, 2007 2:53:11 PM

So yeah I'm gonna try to squeeze the GTX. We'll see. Any other reservations or suggestions? Should I just get SATA optical drives, or keep my IDEs around?
July 16, 2007 3:10:25 PM

maverick7 said:
no the GTX can. i watched a video with Penryn and a single 8800 GTX and the ceo of crytek said they had all the eye candy on etc.. so imagine 2 8800 gtx cards in sli with like a conroe quad core at 3.4 Ghz. That would still gobble up penryn :p  lol

maybe


Remember that they are still optimizing, they got till september :) 

And about the optical drives, unless you have money to blow, just keep them.
July 16, 2007 5:37:54 PM

So we got the eVga's GTX for $490 @ clubit.com after rebate
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A960282...

OR


The MSI GTX OC is @ newegg for $480 (with Company of Heroes)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is it worth spending the $10 extra for eVga's rep and the possibility of using the step up if something better is released in 90 days, or the OC and the Company of Heros with MSI?

My gut says eVga. How much do they give you for the step up program again?

Edit: The eVga is free shipping whereas the MSI is almost $7
July 16, 2007 6:50:26 PM

maverick7 said:
no the GTX can. i watched a video with Penryn and a single 8800 GTX and the ceo of crytek said they had all the eye candy on etc.. so imagine 2 8800 gtx cards in sli with like a conroe quad core at 3.4 Ghz. That would still gobble up penryn :p  lol

maybe


hehe thats what im doing...2 8800GTX in SLI on a Q6600 hopefuly can O/c it to 3.0Ghz...total cost is about 2,8000 with shipping..300 more then i wanted to spend but meh :\ i want it to last me 3-4years and be able to play games on medium-high with filtering and high resolution
July 17, 2007 1:53:18 AM

double bump
July 17, 2007 2:03:49 AM

double bump
July 17, 2007 4:45:46 PM

u guys think a 8800 GTS in SLI would be able to run Crysis with good settings? i mean better than decent settings?
July 17, 2007 5:14:59 PM

Yes, but if you're going for SLI GTS you might aswell just get a single GTX...
July 17, 2007 5:25:09 PM

yea if your going SLI GTS u might as well get a single GTX due to the fact SLI GTS cant beat a single GTX (they get close though)
July 17, 2007 5:53:17 PM

What do you guys think about MSI vs eVga predicament above?
July 17, 2007 7:16:44 PM

evga all the way :D 
July 17, 2007 7:23:16 PM

Its been done I ordered the eVga. Everything is now ordered but the Q6600
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