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July 26, 2007 4:53:31 AM

I know you guys get this question a lot, so sorry in advance.

I'm building my first PC in the next two weeks and I have some questions.

First Here is my setup:

Case: LIAN LI PC-61 USB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811112025

Motherboard: EVGA 122-CK-NF63-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813188019

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115029

Video Card: GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814133193

Memory: Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820220144

Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion Series 500W
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817182044

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250gb
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148144

Total price with Arctic Sliver heat Sink, DL DVD Buner and 52-1 card reader which I did not list is $1,078.94 with Shipping.

So thats my setup, how is it?

Other Question:

Since I'm not going to overclocking is the stock fan ok?

Is the 680i board a good choice or should I go with a 650i? I hear good and bad about 680i

have a upgrade copy of Windows vista that came with my laptop I have not used. Can I use it with my new build? If I can do I have to install Windows XP before I install Vista or can I just do a Fresh install with Vista?

Also what are some things I need to worry about with my first build? Is there a video I can watch or a write up that can inform me with the ins and outs. I don't to mess up a $1xxx project.

Thanks, Guys

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July 26, 2007 6:50:37 AM

Good news, building a computer is easy if read the included manuals. Anyway,

Nice case
Nice Hard disk

Other than that i am hopelessly out of date with this stuff. I can say however that your stock fan will do a fine job if you dont OC, core2 runs nice an cool. The power supply looks ok to, i have an old 400 watt rosewill in a 5 year old computer and it still works great (or as a great as a PSU can be expected to).
July 26, 2007 6:55:04 AM

i wouldn't go with that power supply, don't like rosewil, silverstone, antec, corsaire, seasonic, fsp, pc power and cooling are preferable

also it doesn't look like you need an sli board, look into the p35 chipset or wait for x38 if you need sli

without overclocking the stock fan is fine

i think bios revesions have fixed most of the problems that the 680i chipset started with

yes generally you need to have xp installed to use and upgrade version of vista, i hear there are work arounds though

this is a decent guide on building a computer for the first time http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/11/20/how_to_build_part_1/
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July 26, 2007 6:55:18 AM

i wouldn't go with that power supply, don't like rosewil, silverstone, antec, corsaire, seasonic, fsp, pc power and cooling are preferable

also it doesn't look like you need an sli board, look into the p35 chipset or wait for x38 if you need sli

without overclocking the stock fan is fine

i think bios revesions have fixed most of the problems that the 680i chipset started with

yes generally you need to have xp installed to use and upgrade version of vista, i hear there are work arounds though

this is a decent guide on building a computer for the first time http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/11/20/how_to_build_part_1/
July 26, 2007 4:35:57 PM

gators1223 said:
i wouldn't go with that power supply, don't like rosewil, silverstone, antec, corsaire, seasonic, fsp, pc power and cooling are preferable

also it doesn't look like you need an sli board, look into the p35 chipset or wait for x38 if you need sli

without overclocking the stock fan is fine

i think bios revesions have fixed most of the problems that the 680i chipset started with

yes generally you need to have xp installed to use and upgrade version of vista, i hear there are work arounds though

this is a decent guide on building a computer for the first time http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/11/20/how_to_build_part_1/


Is there really that much of a differnce in gaming if you go with 1 vid card instead of two? If so in the future i wanted to get another card that why I went with the sli board.
July 26, 2007 4:42:06 PM

Alot of times it is a better value to replace your old card with a newer one than just add in a second old one.
July 27, 2007 5:02:46 AM

no, people only get 20% to 50% increase in performance from sli, and 50% only under the best cercumstances, so you pay for a full card but only get one fifth to one half of its value
July 28, 2007 2:57:51 AM

gators1223 said:
no, people only get 20% to 50% increase in performance from sli, and 50% only under the best cercumstances, so you pay for a full card but only get one fifth to one half of its value


Are there any Non-Sli boards that have similar spec's as the MB that I'm going with, for a good price?
July 28, 2007 5:10:13 AM

Jeaurod said:
Are there any Non-Sli boards that have similar spec's as the MB that I'm going with, for a good price?


Gigabyte Ga-P35-Ds3r or Gigabyte Ga-P35C-Ds3r (depends if you want DDR3 support or not)
ABIT IP35 Pro

$130, $160, $180, in that order.

All 3 are great choices.

July 28, 2007 6:13:43 AM

Spend $40.- more and get a better PC case, the one you chose has an 80mm for the rear fan thats to small. Go for an Antec 900 for $139.99. With a great build like that don't skimp on the PC case.
July 28, 2007 6:34:01 AM

me personally i love the gigabyte m series boards, (m55sli,m55sli,57 e.t.c) and id just get a real good 512mb card. newegg also got the amd x2 6000+ for 164.00 shipped for a heads up also
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