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Back to School Rig

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August 6, 2007 2:19:35 PM

I've got some cash to burn so I'm looking to get a solid rig put together before I head back to school. I primarily want to do dvd ripping burning and creation. I also want to be able to game. I Already bought and Antec P180B case so thats firm but what do you think about the rest?

CPU: Intel C2D E6750
MOBO: Gigabyte P35C - DSR
GPU: XFX 8800 GTS 320mb XXX
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2gb PC2 6400
PSU: OCZ GameXStream 700w
HDD: WD Caviar SE 80GB
HDD: 2x WD Caviar SE16 500GB
OPTI: 2x Sony/NEC Optiarc
Cooling: Zalman 9500 & AS5
Monitor: Acer 2216Wbd

All in an Antec P180B

Buying it all on Newegg they absolutely rock! Also thinking of doing some TV recording so any suggestions welcomed.



I do not currently plan to overclock but I chose parts to leave that door open.

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August 6, 2007 2:20:28 PM

Oh I forgot I can't decide on OS's but I think I will just dual boot.

August 6, 2007 4:22:27 PM

I'd get Seagate drives, they seem to have better quality and run cooler. Looks good though. If you can put a little more money together for a Q6600 :) 
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August 6, 2007 5:09:30 PM

Hey hows it going. I just built myself a new rig to do the same thing as you would like to do. (im also a college student) Anyways i have a smaller case than you so i chose a micro ATX board. Ill give you my specs.

MObo =Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R
CPU =Q6600
HD =Seagate 7200.10 320 gig (2)
PSU = OCZ GXS 700 watt
RAM = OCZ DDR2 6400 5-5-5-15
GPU = 8600GTS
TV tuner= Avermedia TV tuner PCIe 1x
and a no name dvd burner

That tv is great toms did a review on it a few weeks ago. It plugs into a PCIe 1x slot so its new technology. Im running my CPU at 3.0 GHZ on the stock cooler and stock voltages its alittle loud but it works. I was lucky and got the new G0 stepping for my Q6600. If you are doing DVD editing lke AVI to DVD i really suggest getting the Quad. Its just awesome.

As for what you have i think everything will work great. I would suggest the Seagate and the quad core. The graphics card you have is very good and same with the mobo.
August 6, 2007 5:11:20 PM

If you do a lot of encoding, then a Q6600 may be a better choice.
August 6, 2007 7:06:03 PM

how is the software for the avermedia?

and any reasons why I should go with the Q6600 will the encoding utilize all four cores? I know that for most games they dont use all 4 cores but as cheap as the q6600 is now that may be the chip of choice

would stepping up to 4 gb of ram help in the encoding tasks? I know I would need a 64 bit OS and there are still issues recognizing all of it but would that help the problem without stepping up the CPU?
August 7, 2007 1:57:14 AM

i dont use the software from avermedia. I have Vista Ultimate 64 bit and it use use the built in media center. Infact if you want software you have to download it from the website. ( im guessing to cut costs)
August 7, 2007 3:21:54 AM

I second the Q6600. Also get a Hauppauge PVR-150 tuner, or a PVR-500 (that one can record two shows at the same time).
August 7, 2007 12:48:20 PM

thnx guys I'm definitely going to look into the tuners and I think you might have swayed me to the Q6600 I'll post pics sometime next week
August 7, 2007 6:46:29 PM

yeah its been decided Q6600 and OCZ Sli Ready Ram and Tuniq Tower 120
August 7, 2007 6:58:50 PM

Sounds great good luck with everything! :)