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August 6, 2007 5:44:13 AM

Hi I'm looking to buy computers parts and put them together mostly from newegg and would like anyone's opinions on the items I have chosen so far :) 

Basically my questions/concerns are:
1) Is my case adequate?
2) I plan to OC ATLEAST the CPU so also need to know if my cpu cooler is good enough
3) Feel free to give your opinions on any of the other items listed as I put these together somewhat quickly

Current items below come out to $1,572.12 (that includes 3-day shipping) $1,386.82 without the monitor

AddedMonitor- SCEPTRE X9g-Naga V Black 19" 8ms DVI LCD Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16824112177

Case- LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811112099

ChangedMotherboard- GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813128050

CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6750 - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115029

ChangedCPU Cooler- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16835186134

ChangedPSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817139001

GPU- EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130071

Memory- OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820227191

Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822148140

Optical Drive- SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827151141

OS- Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16832116056

Thanks everyone and glad to join the forums

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August 6, 2007 6:59:23 AM

I say save some money on the Power Supply a 500W should be more then enough because what most peaple don't know is that there Power Supply only puts out power as needed so more power is not always better especially when it's never needed so wy the big Power Supply in the first place and most never use the "Max"of there Power. If you look in a factory built PC like a 4GHZ Pentium you will see that most don't even have a Power Supply over 350w. I have a AMD64 4800 at home and over clocked as well and it only has a 500w PSU in it and it works just fine so I see no reason for a larg Power Supply like a 750 PSU.
August 6, 2007 1:21:14 PM

Yeah ditch the Rosewill PSU they aren't good units. Get a Corsair 520W and you'll be set for a long time to come with power to spare. Its one of the best PSU's out there.

The rest looks really good though.
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August 6, 2007 3:44:03 PM

Thanks alot for the replies your suggestions were helpful and I will pick up the Corsair 520W :) 

That'll shave off some cost
August 6, 2007 11:24:31 PM

Well the DVD+/-R Burner that I was going to get went out of stock but I found this one and had a question (though it also applies to the drive I WAS going to get)
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-202B/BEBN
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827151153

SATA will mean it can work in the Sata 3gb/s connectors that are in on the motherboard I am getting right? Just curious cause I also saw it offered a combo deal with pci SATA controller or something and wasn't sure if I needed that or not
August 7, 2007 12:16:26 AM

although you did say you plan on OCing the cpu, if you could cut back on the CPU HS+F cost (almost $50), youll have enough to invest in a quad core (at almost no additional cost then), and thatll more than make up for the difference in a dual core OC in the long run for games and most everything else processor intensive, as quad cores become more common and coded for more and more), a quad core was mentioned also, i do agree that that would be the way to go, especially since they can get a decent OC also, even with stock cooling.

edit: i guess newegg bumped their prices up some, a Q6600 (non G0 stepping) is $309... other places, such as frys.com, are cheaper @ $289 http://shop1.outpost.com/%7ByAOuyT-qV6n9XCs+CABT8Q**.node2%7D/product/5101696;js essionid=yAOuyT-qV6n9XCs+CABT8Q**.node2?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG (dont know stepping)
August 7, 2007 12:25:51 AM

For the DVD RW, you just hook it up like a hard drive. Same cables and everything. It's really the way to go, so much easier than IDE and plus you don't have to worry about setting it as master or slave, since SATA works without it.

You don't need that SATA controller.
August 7, 2007 1:21:57 AM

Solariscs: Thanks again

choirbass/maziar: I looked up the quad q6600 and it looked good will think about picking it up though some concerns..

Will the 520W Corsair PSU be enough to power a quad processor? Also choirbass what did you mean by cutting back on the HS+fan? The CPU cooler? So are you saying I shouldn't pick up a CPU cooler and use the heatsink/fan that comes with the processor? I wasn't really sure since most of the computer buying guides (that included overclocking) usually had them buying a separate cooler. Would stock cooling be enough? Some of hte consumer reviews on newegg seem to describe the q6600 as pretty hot

Edit: Just read your edit choirbass will consider ordering the CPU from the website listed thanks :) 
August 7, 2007 1:38:53 AM

I second the Q6600 idea. If you do that get XP Pro or XP Media Center. (XP Home will only use 2 cores.)
Very nice build...
August 7, 2007 8:02:01 PM

Ahh thanks alot for the info aevm

Not sure if I can fit both media center xp and the quad processor in my budget though cause I think I may get a new LCD monitor to replace this small CRT

I'm not a big fan of widescreen (i guess i'm not used to it, as I also prefer full screen DVDs as opposed to widescreen :p )

would this monitor be any good

SCEPTRE X9g-Naga V Black 19" 8ms DVI LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 800:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16824112177
August 7, 2007 8:38:37 PM

The 520w Corsair can run anything you want short of SLI with top-end cards.

In fact, Johnny Guru reviewed the 450w Corsair PSU and even it could run anything thanks to its amazing 33amps on the 12v rail. Needless to say the Guru was amazed at this little wonder in the review. I'm not suggesting a downgrade, just pointing out that your are very safe since it's a quality PSU.
August 7, 2007 10:06:08 PM

Ooo nice thanks for the sites Gh0st I'll check them out and compare
August 8, 2007 1:25:13 AM

$15 bucks savings..definitely nothing to sneeze at

Thanks alot

Edit: hmm I looked up the recommend memory modules and mine wasn't on there

The 1GB version of that memory was so I would assume it'd be ok? hmm
August 8, 2007 1:53:28 AM

with such a small monitor do you really need the 640mb version?
August 8, 2007 2:19:31 AM

I agree with YahooAolComcast. With a monitor that only supports 1280 X 1024 you could save a couple of bucks and go with a GTS 320. You wouldn't notice any performance decrease, and you would save a good bit that could be put towards a quad with good cooling. Since you are ordering from newegg I would suggest this cooler. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It's a good cooler and in some tests has outperformed the thermalright ultra 120 extreme. (The king of air cooling) Also look into getting a quad else where. Also if you get the quad else where you might also want to look and see if the same sight has xp for cheaper.
August 8, 2007 2:56:39 AM


doghills that cooler looks really good if I do decide to go for the quad I'll seeinto picking it up
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