Hi, nub building for the first time here. I was planning to build a gaming rig for under $1100. My computer savvyness is rather low, I've only swapped video cards and ram before. I already have a 20" acer and kb/mouse. I've been reading the forums and following Sharky Extreme's guide http://www.sharkyextreme.com/guides/MVGSBG/article.php/3678701 and was told/planning to upgrade the video card to a 8800 gts 320, the cpu to an e6600, the motherboard from p965 to p35, and I guess, subsequently the case (450W not enough?). I plan to overclock the gts and the e6600, but I don't know if or how that affects power consumption. Could someone help modify the list with recommended parts (newegg, zipzoom, whatever) - when I look at something like http://www.pricewatch.com/motherboards/intel_p35.htm, I have no idea which part to choose. Any recommendations on the upgrades or flaws in the design also welcome. Thanks much!
Not bad, but I would switch the CPU to an e6420 (OCs very well), or if you arent oCing, a e6850 for around $275
I wouldnt choose a P35 mobo, as they are rather new, and pricey and dont offer the best bang for the buck. For that price I would get a ASUS P5W DH Deluxe or an Intel BadAxe 2.
Lower-priced choices are the MSI P6N SLI, and the Gigabyte GA965PDS3, as well as other Gigabyte and ASUS P965 and 650i SLI boards.
Cases are a personal preference, but the CM Centurion 5 is a little weak in terms of airflow for that setup. I would go for a case w/ at least two 120mm fans. A budget option is the CM Centurion 534 for the same price.
If he is running a 20" LCD, he might want to go for a 320mb GTS, as that res is borderline. The HSF, PSU, and HD are very very good choices...
Dont forget a SATA DVD Burner. SONY or SAMSUNG will do, but my personal preference is Lite-On.
Thanks for your responses! I don't think I'll need to go with a quad core at this point...I know about the price drop, but it still doesn't seem necessary for a value gaming system.
I have read the only difference between the e6420 and e6600 is the mulitplier (for overclocking?) and getting the 6420 to reach 3.X area just produces more heat. Will I still need a 3rd party cooler (such as Artic Freezer) for the cpu if I plan to overclock it this way? Or will a case with better airflow (such as the recommended Centurion 534 w/2 fans) and intel's factory fan/heatsink be sufficient?
Another question, if I chose the GA-P35-DS3R board instead of the GA-965-PDS3, will I be achieving any noticeable improvement in performance either in gaming or applications? Again, thanks for your help.