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looking for input b4 i order componets for my 1rst build

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July 25, 2007 3:38:05 AM

i'd like to hear any input about what i've selected so far. any and all info greatly appreciated. i'm a total noob at this, so i can use all the help i can get.

i want to use the system for some gaming, primarily racing games(which i dont believe are quite a graphic intensive as many games?). i'd like to keep the build under 1k. i will be using a 22" monitor if that makes a difference in what i've selected.

also... i've been told i should be able to find the e6750 for $183, anybody know where?

CASE
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

MOB
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

VID CARD
SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP Video Card - Retail

PWR SUPPLY
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply - Retail

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6750 - Retail

MEM
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 - Retail

HD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

DVD
ASUS 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 14X DVD-RAM Write and LightScribe Black PATA Model DRW-1814BL - OEM


anything else i will need? anything i should avoid or change?

thx !




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July 25, 2007 4:10:51 AM

Not a bad build at all.

As for the E6750, try Newegg, Mwave, ZipZoomFly, if you're in the US. For Canada, try NCIX for example.
July 25, 2007 10:10:59 AM

great build!
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July 25, 2007 7:50:26 PM

Nice build, and about racing games, they are also performance hogs. Try playing Need for Speed Carbon, it really needs a good system to run well on decent settings.
July 26, 2007 8:40:00 PM

thx for the input guys, gives me some peace of mind.

fyi, if anyones looking for the corsair psu, i just ordered it today from buy.com they have it on sale for $99 + a $20 rebate, and if u use google checkout u get another $10 off. so i picked it up for $69 shipped after the rebate. will probably order the rest of the stuff in the next couple days.
July 27, 2007 3:12:37 PM

if anyone's this build ended up right around $850 w/ a few rebates and w/ shipping. i ordered everything from 2 places, newegg and buy.com.

i went w/ everything i had on the first post except ended up sub'd a samsung dvd in place of the asus(samsung was only a few dollars more), and also added a nic card and some thermal compound to the order, all included in the $850.
July 27, 2007 3:40:59 PM

Nice rig , but how about getting a 8800GTS 320 instead ?
July 27, 2007 3:50:25 PM

For gaming always go lower CPU higher GPU. I would suggest 1 of these 2 CPU's so your budget will work with a 8800GTS 320mb. While the multiplier is low for these 2 CPU's most OC'ers will only see about 3.4GHz from these and the E6750. You would need a +3 bin for the > 3.6GHz and be a pro OC'er. I wouldnt see you being board limited unless your going for > 3.4GHz.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115015
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115030

Anyways this GPU would make up for just about any dual core fallout in games. The 8800's are more future proof as well were as a quad core is the only way to future proof a CPU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130082
July 27, 2007 3:52:20 PM

Looks very good, would change DVD Burner to either one of these.


Sony NEC Optiarc 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model AD-7170S-0B - OEM $31.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827152079

ASUS 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe & 14X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model DRW-1814BLT- Retail $33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135146

And yes the 8800gts 320gb card from Evga is way to go, think it adds about 140 to 150 to the 850 price where you are at now but still under your max $1000 amount.

Hope this helps out some.
July 27, 2007 3:59:13 PM

thx for the input guys, i would have rather got the 8800, and i almost did just spend the extra and buy it. i had the 8800gts 640mb in my cart, then decided since the games i play right now supposedly run very well on the 1950xt, i figured i'd cheap out and stick w/ the 1950xt and upgrade to a 8800 or better later when i need it or prices go down. that is where i figured my first upgrade would go.
July 27, 2007 4:17:23 PM

You did know that EVGA has a 90 days StepUp program on there graphic cards. The way it works is you have to register the card at there site and the 90 days starts from day you buy it.

So if you decide to upgrade the graphic card within that 90 days, for example: from 7950 costing 174.99 all you do is pay the difference for new 8800 card from Evga site.

So found this at ZipZoomFly and this from Mwave.

EVGA 256-P2-N636-AR e-GeFore 7950 GT PCI-E 256MB DDR3 Video Card w/HDTV-Out Retail ***Free Shipping*** $194.99 Mail-In Rebate: $20.00 Expires 07/31/07 After Rebate: $174.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=322948

EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GEFORCE 7900GS KO 256MB DDR3 PCI-E DUAL DVI / HDTV Out RoHS $149.90
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=AA50770

Good Luck on your build.
July 27, 2007 4:41:11 PM

no i wasnt aware of evga's deal. thx for the info.
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