Optimizing my build. Help me please :-D

Hey guys. I am in the process of finalizing my build. But i am really look at lowering the price, its on the high side. And the only thing im hesitating is the power supply (very expensive to my liking but apparently exelent) and the RAM and maybe the videocard.

Heres the current system, i am looking to purchase it at the end of this week.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB


Video Card:
ASUS EN8600GTS SILENT/HTDP/256M GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS

Corsair XMS2 1024GB 667mhz x2

Thermaltake Bach Vx Case

Power Supply:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W EPS12V ATX V2.2 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC 80MM

CPU Heatsing+Fan:
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

I am choosing quadcore because i will be 3d modeling most of the time for school, gaming comes second. multitasking is more important.

I am going to overclock the components for shure, cpu, ram and maybe videocard. but i am not decided on the final ram and videocard setup.

*****Looking to reduce the price of the built!! Very important.
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  1. Well I would loose the SLI board unless you plan to go sli later on and get yourself a nice P35 chipset board. Also the 8600 is not a good graphics card. I would get the X1950Pro, you can find it for around 136 on newegg.

    The psu, you can get the Corsair 520W for $80 on buy.com and save some money.

    If you place to overclock, get some DDR2-800 RAM, 667 wont cut it.

    Last but not least, good job on the case :D I have the same one and love it.

    (I pmed you by the way :) )
  2. What would be the best price/quality ratio p35 chipset board? with 1333/1066
  3. thx alot man. :-)

    Is there a better videocard in the 200$ range?

    And 2 gigs of DDR-800 in the 130$ range or should i juts spend more on Ram now and upgrade my video card later? But i still need a good one for now though
  4. This $99 kit is really good, great timings:

    As for the video card, if you can't afford the 8800 GTS for $260, get the $150 X1950XT, it will easily outperform all 8600 series.


    Oh and I also second Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R and Corsair 520HX.

    Good luck.
  5. agreed ^^^^
  6. Why the quad-core?
  7. http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18581&vpn=TWIN2X2048-6400&man ufacture=CORSAIR

    Is this corsair any good? or is it overpriced (its canadian$ btw)

    I took your suggestion for the videocard, but i can`t find the super talent ram in any canadian store, because im basing my budget on canadian prices :-)
  8. Most corsair that isn't value ram is good for your needs. Perhaps super talent doesn't sell in Canada or just that store?
  9. well, i will start my shopping arround soon. Cuz i was basing my prices on one canadian site, but shipping here costs$$$, so im gunna go arround several stores arround my area, and fill a table, so they can actually look at other store`s prices, to match or make a bette offer and blah blah, lol.

    I wil put the Supper Talent on my list, see if they can get it, if its cheaper, im getting it for shure.

    My final List:

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB

    GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35
    Video Card:
    Sapphire Radeon X1950XT 625MHZ PCI-E 256MB GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out VIVO
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS

    Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory

    SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
    Thermaltake Bach Vx Case
    Power Supply:
    Corsair HX520 CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX Triple 12V 40A Continuous 24PIN ATX Modular 120MM

    ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

    Zalman VF900-CU Copper Dual Heatpipe 1350-2400RPM 18.5-25.0DBA VGA Cooler

    The two fans and heatsinks will be bought a bit later, but i put emon my list to price them in the stores.
  10. looks like a good list! good luck with your build :)
  11. thx alot guys! Im really surprised with the people on this forum! Seriously, i came from sysopt.com... cuz they actually weren`t really helpfull, they sugested me the 8600GTS, i was sceptical because i knew it wasnt a good videocard, but they knew more than me.

    Thx lot guys, you are the best :-), i will post pics of the new build :P
  12. looks very nice ,enjoy it
  13. i found a canadian site with specials, and there is some interesting stuff to lower my total price, which is still on the high side.

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220BD7037&vpn=OCZ2RPR80 02GK&manufacture=OCZ
  14. hey guys, iv read that corsair uses cheap memory to build their xms2..

    What are te better brands, iv seen some nice onces like the OCZ, are they any good
  15. I recommand OCZ , CRUCIAL , GEIL ....
  16. Kingston HyperX is on the official list for GA-P35C-DS3R and it's one of the cheapest DDR2-800 flavours I could find. Not 100% sure about GA-P35-DS3R but I think it's the same board minus the DDR3 part so it should also work.

    The Corsair HX520 is great, but PC P&C is an even better brand and the 610W gives you more room for upgrades. I hope you can find the money and go with the PC P&C after all...

    Good luck!!!

    Edit: we have a few people here who would recommend the 8600 cards too. Maybe that forum is not that bad and you just happened to find their village idiot :lol:

    Edit: OCZ Reaper is also a cheaper than average brand that works with the DS3R. I've just read a review last week where they used that type.
  17. well, im tried to reduce the price, dad isn't happy with the current price, i found a Great deal on a Saphrire X1950 PRo


    It is only 30$ cheaper, on that site, but i found a place near my house, they sell it for 159.11!!! This is great, im saving 60$! Is it much worse than the XT? I am panning on buying a new card, much better, a year from now. So will it do for now?

    P.S Are the SeaGates any better than westerndigital, i saw a chart were they outbeat WD by quite much, its on tomshardware main page, with comparisons charts. Am i better off with seagate than WD?
    I decided to go with corsaire, can't beat the price, found em for 98$ for 2 gigs, which is awsome good, they are on special.
  18. The x1950Pro is less powerful than the x1950xt but still a very decent toy and it will serve you well for a year. Go for it!

    Seagate and WD are about the same as quality and price go. That is, a $100 Seagate and a $100 WD will usually have very similar size and speed. Were those charts fair, or did they compare $300 Seagates with $100 WDs? I'd just get the cheapest 500 GB model, who cares if it's Seagate or WD.
  19. thx a lot guys. Iv got my final lists, prices, and it comes up to 992.57 without taxes, wich is pretty amazing considering my 1st list was at 1250$ haha.

    Thanks alot guys, you are the best.
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