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August 8, 2007 1:38:41 AM

Hello everyone,

I am currently in need of building my self a new computer, i am kinda of in a budget between 1000-2000

I have a Compaq X tower with the following specs:
P4 3.2GHZ
2GB PC-3200
Geforce FX5950 Ultra
(i forgot what motherboard)


Anyways i am looking for an upgrade on everything. This is what i have in mind so far and i need your advice and expertise on what needs to be changed.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 - $288
e-GeForce 8800GTS 320MB KO ACS3 - $337
OCZ 2GB - PC2-8500 1066MHz - $140
2 WD Caviar SE16 250GB - $170
ThermalTake 850W Power-Supply W0131RU - $224
Motherboard (looking for the best motherboard, i dont know which one) ?

Oh i almost forgot, i will be using this computer everyday, sometimes for gaming (as for the video card im not looking for anything hardcore since im patiently waiting for something better to come out ending 2007 or begining 2008.)

Anyways, your replies and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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August 8, 2007 1:57:23 AM

Hey there, good rid, but for the future, I would get a Q6600 and a nice corsair 620W PSU it'll be better than the thermaltake you don't really need that much power.

As far as motherboard, do need DDR3 support? if not get the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R.

Ram, well if you aren't planing to OC, I wouldn't get the 1066, cuz you wont be using all that speed. It will run at the speed of your CPU fsb and that's about it. Get some nice DDR2-800 sticks and same some money.

That's about it though. If you want to hold off on gaming try the X1950Pro or XT card, they should work well and keep you on a budget :) .
August 8, 2007 2:40:21 AM

Solariscs said:
Hey there, good rid, but for the future, I would get a Q6600 and a nice corsair 620W PSU it'll be better than the thermaltake you don't really need that much power.

As far as motherboard, do need DDR3 support? if not get the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R.

Ram, well if you aren't planing to OC, I wouldn't get the 1066, cuz you wont be using all that speed. It will run at the speed of your CPU fsb and that's about it. Get some nice DDR2-800 sticks and same some money.

That's about it though. If you want to hold off on gaming try the X1950Pro or XT card, they should work well and keep you on a budget :) .


Well i am looking for the BEST motherboard out there (something with technology that i can use down the road like DDR3) (SLI) ect.

And im alittle confused as to why i wont be using 1066MHz for RAM ? i thought the more the better (im NOT into overclocking at all)

as for the power supply why should i go with corsair PSU ? what makes it better than thermaltake ?
also i was looking for 800-850W PSU because begining next year i will be buying myself the best video card (maybe SLI) and i think if i were to go SLI it require more PSU power ?
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August 8, 2007 3:51:04 AM

well if you want the latest Motherboard then you wont have sli. The p35 chipset only supports crossfire and not SLI. Plus SLI isn't all its cracked up to be.

So either you can get an ATI graphics card and then add another, or just get a motherboard with just one PCI-E x16 slot for cheaper.

The GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R would be the best for you if you want to do nvidia graphics, since it has DDR3 support.

The speed of the ram only works to a certain point. Once it reaches the speed of the CPU if wont run any faster unless you overclock your CPU to increase the FSB. I believe the E6850 runs at around 333 FSB and the 800 ram runs at 400FSB, so you still have room to increase. Your Ram runs at 1:1 ratio, meaning it will run at 333 just like the CPU. so getting you'll have to hit around 533 FSB to even run at the 1066 speed.

For ram focus more on latency, like CAS4, meaning the time it takes the ram to get data and pass it on would be decreased, think of it like lower resistance.

Corsair PSU's are build by Seasonic, which makes some of the most highest quality PSUs on the market. The Thermaltake is good too, but not as good as the Corsair. Also that card you got uses a lot less energy, even if you go SLI with those 620W would be more than enough.

Now, if you go with 2 GTX cards then it would be a great idea to have that 850W PSU.

Hope I helped you out :) . If not msg me.
August 8, 2007 4:40:46 AM

dont get the 8800 gts over clocked thing, its almost 80 dollars more and you will MAYBE get 1-2 fps better in games
if you plan on upgrading soon get a 880 gts 320, ive seen them go for as low as 260 on newegg
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