Q6600 rig need lots of help

Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: P182
Item #: N82E16811129025

ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131182

EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Model #: 640-P2-N821-AR
Item #: N82E16814130071

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Continuous @ 40°C (825W Peak) Power Supply - Retail
Model #: Silencer 750 Quad BK
Item #: N82E16817703009

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
Model #: BX80562Q6600
Item #: N82E16819115017

SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L - OEM
Model #: SH-S183L

ok my problems
case- torn between antec 182 and 900, concerned especially about my psu not reaching my mb. any other suggestions are welcomed but keep it below $200

mb- totally confused in this area, p35 or 680sli? i doubt i would go sli in the future so probably p35 and then another problem either the asus or this board..

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: IP35 Pro
Item #: N82E16813127030

ram- whichever mb i get so any suggestion would help, perfer 2x2gb ddr2 for a total of 4gb
not concerned with ddr3 ram

graphics card- 8800gts 640 mb or HD2900 512mb? im leaning towards the hd2900 more but concerned about the temps. however whichever has more power is the one im getting.

and any other suggestions are welcomed
mainly concerned about the quality and performance over the price
want to keep it around $1500 range.

also any suggestions for a 24" or bigger widescreen lcd monitor or tv?
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  1. All looks great except the mobo, I'd go for a GA-P35-DS3R (Asus mobos are severly overpriced and overrated), and since gigabyte is making the best mobos lately, there's simply no discussion. go also with 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800.

    As far as displays are concerned, probably a Samsung 226BW 22" is the best display that doesn't break the bank.
  2. more suggestions? im especially ocncern that hte psu wont fit into the case
  3. get the 8800 GTS 640MB, the HD2900 draws more power and isn't really any better. The psu will fit since all ATX power supplies are a standard size. You don't really need all that power though if your not going to do SLI or Crossfire.

    Try this Corsair unit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002

    Even the 520W model that's going for around $80 on Buy.com, they are high quality units.

    P.S. Personally I like the p182 better ;)
  4. The HD2900 can't do AA, the GTS can, if you're okay with a $400 card that simply cannot do AA then go with it. I've read way too many times how that problem is hardware based and not software based, so it cannot be fixed through drivers. I forgot to comment on that.
  5. pretty nice rig , get the 8800gts 640
  6. the only reason im getting a p35 board because i read it supports intels 45nm processors, but if theres another board thats better then im all ears
  7. 680i and 650i are good but if u need sli get them , if not then a p35 will suffice
  8. ok update
    these are fine so i dont think i'll be changing these

    case- Antec P182 Gun Metal Black
    psu- PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W
    cpu- Q6600

    still confused on

    mb ab gpu- ok its either
    p35 and 8800 gtx
    680i and 8800gts or hd2900, then sli them in a couple of years

    so far i read some ppl are having problems with the gtx either screeching or something in the hardware that nvidia mentioned.

    and if the 680i board- have no clue was looking at this
    more suggestions welcomed

    and also heard the hd2900xt crossfire outperforms the 8000gts sli
    and that the hd2900xt new drivers support AA so any confirmation on this?

    but besides that im hoping this rig last for 4-5 yrs before i build a completely new one or upgrade. So the p35 and gtx looks appealing over the sli or crossfire, but now i just totally confused :pt1cable:
  9. ok im settling with a p35 and gts instead

    forget sli since im building a completely new rig anyway in 4-5yrs
    and the $120 more for a gtx dont seem to be worth it unless i can save off some $$ from some other area.

    now i just need to know what p35 board? so far i narrow it down to abit, asus, and gigbyte?
  10. If u want Both DDR2 and DDR3 , then get ASUS P5KC or
    Gigabyte P35C DS3R

    if u want DDR2 only , then get GIGABYTE P35 DS3R
  11. Screw asus, go gigabyte all the way for single GPU mobos, GA-P35-DS3R for only DDR2 and GA-P35C-DS3R for DDR2 & DDR3 support. eVGA is the way to go for SLI solutions.
  12. update

    mb- ASUS P5K Deluxe or Gigabyte P35C DS3R
    gpu- 8800 gts 640mb
    psu-PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad
    case- antec p182

    i want to know how gigabyte is better than asus besides price

    The asus with a 8800 card i heard blocks the first 2 sata ports? would this be a problem if i just use the other ports instead since im not using more than 3 sata.

    The gigabyte i dont really need the serial or parallel ports and read that while using vista if u dont have the license for songs that it'll only play a sample of it. so any confirmation or its just wrong?
  13. As far as cases go, I got the 900 just because I like the styling better, but the 182 is a great case too.

    Check out the videos they have over at antec when you look at the cases, that will help you decide for sure.


    There's also this case modding guide for the 900 that shows pretty well how to hide all wires if you are looking for serious WM. Also some pretty wicked mods that people did with the 900 on that thread...
  14. ASUS just hasn't been working out for me for the past year, they keep putting overpriced motherboards (Striker Extreme and P5K come to mind) with a lot of annoying quirks that shouldn't happen (PSU & Ram compatibility problems just to name something), however Gigabyte has been proving themselves a lot lately, putting out quality products at very affordable prices that make them the default solution for everyone.
  15. ok i guess gigabyte but what is the difference between the
    Gigabyte P35C DS3R and Gigabyte P35 DS3R
    besides supporting DDR3 memory?
  16. Go with the HD2900XT, ATI has since fixed the AA issues with catalyst 7.7, I have the card myself and play everything at fairly high AA. Also my card hasn't gone over 62*C (havn't overclocked as of yet).
    Go with the 900 case, I have it as well, it's a tight fit but every PSU will make it in there, PSU come longer not higher.
    I agree with other people here, stick with gigabyte I have thier boards and have had only one problem regarding memory issues, but has since been resolved.
  17. mb theres two and i dont care about ddr3 at the moment but i saw this

    ht tp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128050

    Whats the difference between these two for the $40???
    i think the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P is the one im getting but would like to know how the GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R compares.

    oh and for the gpu the money i save on the mb im using to get the 8800gtx or is the money best spend else where?
  18. so does it matter if i get the DS3R or DS3P?
    this is pretty much the last thing i need to know
    other than that if its worth it to get the gtx or spend the extra money elsewhere?
  19. Get the GTX and go for the DS3R, I don't know that well the DS3P to say that it's worth saving a few bucks over it.
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