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Ordering Parts Tonight, Please Review and Advise...

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August 2, 2007 7:28:54 PM

Alrighty, Amigos, I have been waiting far too long and I will finally be completing the aquiring of parts tonight and I want your opinions. Here we go...

I already have the following:
(1) Lian Li Case
(2) 20x DVD+-RW drives
(1) G11 Keyboard
(1) G5 Mouse
(1) WD 150gb 10k drive
(1) WD 400gb 7.2k drive (
(2) gigs of DDR2 800 RAM,
(1) Samsung BW226 22" widescreen monitor
(1) Corsair 620w PS

I'm ordering the big three tonight (processor, motherboard, video card) and have chosen the Q6700, P5K Deluxe WiFi/AP and Sapphire HD 2900 XT to complete the system (I'll wait on soundcard for now.)

Questions: Is the price difference for the Q6700 worth the performance increase from the Q6600? Do you see any shortcomings with this set up? [#0038c6]Looking forward to your comments.

Dufus
August 2, 2007 9:45:22 PM

It's definitely not worth it to spend $280 extra on a CPU faster by 266Mhz... you can overclock Q6600 to that speed with a stock cooler without any real increase in temperatures. If you want to go higher than that you can spend $20 dollars on Freezer 7 Pro, it will be enough to oc your Q6600 to 3.0Ghz.

Motherboard: Unless you really need Wi-Fi, you can save $100 and go with Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R, it's a great, stable board with all the features you need, except for wi-fi. You can put $100 you saved towards your video card and get MSI 8800 GTX instead, a very noticeable jump in performance from 2900XT or 8800 GTS 640MB.

Good luck.
August 2, 2007 10:44:07 PM

I would definitely go with the 8800 GTS 640 MB over the 2900.

My only comment on the above post is the overclock. If you don't know what you are doing/and or have a lot of experience in overclocking, do not attempt to overclock. If you really need the higher clock speed, pay the extra $280.

If you know how to overclock, then go with the Q6600.
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August 2, 2007 11:53:03 PM

Quad cores are tricky to overclock as they generate alot of heat. As The Hegemon said, unless you've overclocked before stay away from this processor. Try overclocking something like an E4400 first.
August 3, 2007 12:21:28 AM

However, if you do get lucky, you can find the Q6700 for 350$, due to pricing errors.
August 3, 2007 12:26:48 AM

Who is making such pricing errors? Point me in the right direction...
August 3, 2007 12:28:52 AM

PCconnection had it yesterday, but they fixed it. - I'll let you know if there's such an error again.
August 3, 2007 12:30:07 AM

I have not overclocked before, wasn't really looking to overclock now. Roughly $1 per MHz is not a good return for the $$ so it looks like the Q6600 it is unless DeusEx shares some worthy info!
August 3, 2007 12:30:29 AM

Thanx!
August 3, 2007 1:27:52 AM

Dior said:
It's definitely not worth it to spend $280 extra on a CPU faster by 266Mhz... you can overclock Q6600 to that speed with a stock cooler without any real increase in temperatures. If you want to go higher than that you can spend $20 dollars on Freezer 7 Pro, it will be enough to oc your Q6600 to 3.0Ghz.

Motherboard: Unless you really need Wi-Fi, you can save $100 and go with Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R, it's a great, stable board with all the features you need, except for wi-fi. You can put $100 you saved towards your video card and get MSI 8800 GTX instead, a very noticeable jump in performance from 2900XT or 8800 GTS 640MB.

Good luck.


Agreed 100%
August 3, 2007 11:57:51 PM

Went with the Asus board, the Q6600 and the HD 2900 XT. Asus board had WiFi and ddr2/ddr3 support (upgrade path) and I am a long time ATI user (never disappointed.) I'll either post back with a build assistance request or just a results of the build post. Thanks for your time and opions!
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