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Just about ready to order. Few decisions left, though...

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August 3, 2007 4:31:37 AM

Hey guys, my first post here, thanks for advice in advance. Here's what I'm thinking:

Motherboard: Asus P5K, $140 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131180

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750, $220
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115029

Memory:
Pick from three choices (Which is better/which is compatible with my motherboard? The QVL on Asus' website is pretty bare.)

Choice 1: Patriot eXtreme Performance 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800, $215 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820220227

Choice 2: OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800, $200 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820227195

Choice 3: OCZ 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800, $230 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820227248

PSU:
Three choices again. FYI when I put this system through a psu calculator it recommended 500W.

Choice 1: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX, $115 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817139001

Choice 2: Corsair CMPSU-620HX, $108 http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A6200027 (it costs less than the 520, is there any reason I should get the 520 over the 620, or is this just my lucky day?)

Choice 3: Antec True Power Trio TP3-650W, $130 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817371001

Video Card:
Three choices again (last time, I promise):

Choice 1: EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB, $260 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130082

Choice 2: PNY XLR8 VCG88GTS32XPB GeForce 8800GTS 320MB, $260 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133193

Choice 3: XFX PVT80GGHF4 GeForce 8800GTS 320MB, $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150171

There were other cards, slightly more expensive, that are factory overclocked, but I figured I could do that myself and save a few bucks if necesssary.

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit for System Builders, $115 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16832116204

That's all that I'm buying... I'm using an Antec Sonata tower, a couple of old harddrives & a cd/dvd burner... I have a SB Audigy 2 card... will that still provide better sound than onboard sound? I also have all the peripherals I want, with one exception... I'm gonna order a new monitor to replace my 17" samsung that's served me well for so long:

BenQ FP222WH Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen HDMI LCD Monitor, $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16824014139

So, what do you think? Which is the best memory/psu/gfx card to choose? Any other recommendations?

Final price:
$935 - $995 without monitor
$1185 - $1245 with monitor

More about : ready order decisions left

August 3, 2007 12:55:46 PM

Patriot eXtreme Performance 4GB(2 x 2GB)

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX

EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB

I'd get that. Also if you aren't partial to ASUS get the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R motherboard.

Also I can get you the CPU for 206. And the PSU is cheaper at buy.com :) 

AIM/Yahoo Maximus9102 if you wanna ask anything
August 3, 2007 1:13:02 PM

for ram , all four are good :D 
for PSU , i would get 620 one
for vga , evga
August 3, 2007 1:17:48 PM


Motherboard: Asus P5K, $140 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131180
Good mobo, but check out GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $158.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128048


Memory:
OCZ is best choice of what you have listed, but if you want cutting edge. Then my suggestion would be the Black Dragon from Geil would be my choice. It is only in 4x1gb sticks, but it is quad channel instead of dual channel.
GeIL Black Dragon 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144072

Choice 3: OCZ 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800, $230 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820227248

PSU:
More Wattage is better, specially for future upgrades to computer.

Choice 2: Corsair CMPSU-620HX, $108 http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A6200027 (it costs less than the 520, is there any reason I should get the 520 over the 620, or is this just my lucky day?)

Video Card:
Either the EVGA or XFX is solid choice for graphic cards.

Choice 1: EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB, $260 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130082
Number 1 choice, mainly due to to EVGA 90 days StepUp program ( pay only the difference between card being traded in for better card).

Choice 3: XFX PVT80GGHF4 GeForce 8800GTS 320MB, $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150171
Double Lifetime Warranty.

Those would be my picks and suggestions.
August 3, 2007 2:12:28 PM

I'd go with 620HX, GA-P35-DS3R, eVGA video, and a Q6600.
August 3, 2007 3:27:58 PM

I had read that Anandtech article and made the decision to go with the E6750 because
1. It's cheaper
2. The things Dual Core is better at so far are the things I do: general use and gaming.

Solariscs: where is the E6750 for 206? Sweet deal...

So far I think I still prefer the Asus P5K, if only because it's a little cheaper and has 6 USB ports on the back. Never can get enough of those. The GA-P35C-DS3R does have the 4 slots for DDR2 and 2 for DDR3, though. Before I pick I'm waiting on a reply to a question I asked on the OCZ tech forum about whether the OCZ 4gb kits would be compatible with either of those motherboards. We'll see...

From the rest of your feedback, I'm gonna pick the 620HX PSU and the eVGA 8800 gts.

Thanks for the replies so far, the more input the better!
August 3, 2007 3:31:13 PM

It's the price at one of my distributors. If you like I could order it for you and have it shipped to your house, let me know.
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