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New Build, Need Some Help With a Few Deicisions

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August 3, 2007 6:32:41 AM

Alright, so I've been designing a new build lately, and I have come up with some parts that I will definetly get. Now, I am currently undecided on which CPU/GPU option I will use, so I'd like some outside opinion.

These are the parts I've already decided on:
Case - Antec 900 Black Steel ATX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811129021
PSU - OCZ GameXStream 600w - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817341001
RAM - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2800 2GB (2 X 1GB) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820227231
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-965P - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813128012
CPU Fan - Zalman 9700 LED - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16835118019

That's pretty much the parts, I have an Audigy 2 ZS, some HDDs and DVD Drives I'm gonna be salvaging from my old PC...

Now onto the decision part... I haven't decided on these two options...

Option #1:
CPU - Core 2 Quad Q6600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115017
GPU - EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130082

Option #2:
CPU - Core 2 Duo E6600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115003
GPU - EVGA 8800GTS 640MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130071

Both options costs around $1200... but I don't know wether a better CPU is better, or a better GPU is better...

I am leaning towards the Q6600 though, as I can upgrade to an 8900GTS or something similar later on.

Any other suggestions on making this build better is also welcome, but I need the price to stay roughly the same.

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August 3, 2007 7:34:06 AM

i say the E6600 and the 8800GTS320mb, why? either way you'll need to upgrade so why not make it cost less now...
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August 3, 2007 8:16:27 AM

Well if u play @ resolutions under 1600x1200 , then 8800gts 320mb is equal to 640 in 90% of games , so i will choose option 1
if u play higher than 1600x1200 , then go with option 2
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August 3, 2007 8:42:06 AM

Go with the core2 duo and the 8800GTS 640.Reason I suggest this is that larger monitors require more memory for higher resolutions.So if you really want the most out of your system,use the card with higher memory and overclock the heck out of the c2d 6600.best way to go for now.Goodluck.

Dahak
August 3, 2007 7:42:37 PM

So it pretty much depends on the Res I will play at...?

I play at 1280 X 1024 right now, but I am also thinking of getting a 22" LCD and play with both monitors... so I guess the 640MB 8800 would be a good choice....

As it stands right now, I MIGHT be able to get both options, the Q6600 and the 640MB 8800... But if I can't, I'll get the 640MB 8800 and OC my E6600 to 3.2 Ghz or more...

Thanks for all your responses!
August 3, 2007 7:55:24 PM

Why would you get an E6600? The E6750 costs the same or maybe a little less.
August 4, 2007 3:09:51 AM

Yea, the E6750 costs a whopping TWO dollars less, but I keep hearing that's it harder to OC because of a lower multiplier. I've never really OC'ed an Intel before, as I've built an AMD rig before, and I kinda want an easier CPU to OC than the 6750...
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