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August 9, 2007 6:58:23 PM


CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not changing on this one


Motherboard
ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Was looking at the Gigabytes... but they don't (from what I could tell) have wifi; that was a dealbreaker for me


Ram
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (x 2 for a total of 4 gig)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I understand a 32 bit OS isn't going to utilize all 4 gigs, but I'm eventually going to upgrade to vista 64 once MS figures out the one billion issues they are having....


Graphics Card
EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thinking about the 640, but is it worth the extra 100 or so bucks? I've read it is and isn't...


Hard Drive
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not changing here, but possible noise issues are a bit of a worry


Case
Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still going with the 180, still a bit worried about the fit of the GTS, anyone know for sure if this will fit right?


Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Read abiyt so many problems with Vista (including a LOT of driver issues), decided to wait on it for awhile... like I said above, going to go with 64


Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Adde d it, b/c I think I'll get one eventually, and this seems like the best bang for the buck card


Power Supply
SILVERSTONE OP650 ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply 100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Decided to go with a well respected brand, reviews were good on newegg... too


CD/DVD LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#1 customer chosen optical drive on newegg, can't be bad for 30 bucks or so

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August 9, 2007 7:14:42 PM

Wi fi is a deal breaker? You know you the Gigabyte is cheaper and you could just get yourself a much better Wi Fi card or Wi Fi usb card with the money saved. The Wifi with the Asus is probably a cheap unit, I would rather get something from a better brand :) . That's just a suggestion though.

If you're gaming and have the extra money, get the GTS 640MB you wont be sorry and it'll last longer before loosing performance in newer games.

PSU the Corsair 620W would be better than the SilverStone 650W I think. Silverstone makes great psu's, but the Corsair is better in my opinion.

As for vista... well... all I can say is I've had Vista 64 since it came out and I have had absolutely zero problems with the OS. Some of the headaches were from manufactures that failed to bring out vista/vista 64 drivers, but that's not MS's fault. Now, however there are plenty of drivers for almost all programs to run them on 64bit.

Good luck with your build though ;) . If you have questions msg me, AIM/Yahoo Maximus9102.

P.S. That Raptor will get loud, mine does.
August 9, 2007 7:30:01 PM

Not going to nit pick alternatives, of course there are some. Looks like a solid build.
I think the 320 is a good choice. By the time you need more, chances are better, faster, cheaper DX10 cards will be out there.

If you prefer Gigabyte, you can get PCI wireless. Should it ever fail, you won't need to replace the entire mobo (or buy a wireless card).
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August 9, 2007 7:42:01 PM

looks nice , few suggestions ,
that ddr2 board looks good , but u may want ddr2 and ddr3 , then get asus p5kc

8800gts 320 is equal to a 8800gts 640 in most of the games in resolutions up tp 1600x1200 , if u play higher than that resoltuion then get the 640one
August 9, 2007 7:53:15 PM

I've been using Vista for a few months now, 32 bit, and I haven't had ANY driver or program problems. Everything works for me.
August 9, 2007 7:56:46 PM

I built a computer with a 8800GTS 320MB in an Apevia X-Cruiser with room to spare, so you are fine in the P180. I think that the P180 also has re-configurable hard drive bays so you should have no problem. That computer also had Vista Home Premium and the only issue was a game not working (FPS Creator). Otherwise, it's a very nice OS in terms of looks, functionality, and ease of use. As the others said, onboard Wi-Fi doesn't have to be a deal breaker, PCI cards are the cheapest and you can extend their range with hi-gain antennas if you need to (the onboard Asus wi-fi may or may not have a standard connection). The rest of your computer sounds solid, good luck!
August 9, 2007 9:27:37 PM

decided to go with a gigabyte after all

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't really feel that I'm ever going to get DDR3, before I upgrade my PC all together... and if I feel I need more than 4gig of ram, I'll get more (and cheaper) DDR2 ram

Gonna use a wireless USB adapter from a friend'

Also, I'm gonna try the...
Bluegears b-Enspirer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail $94.99

reviews sound real solid

anyone wanna chime in on the Corsair vs SilverStone PSU debate? : )






August 9, 2007 9:42:32 PM

Just to add to what has been said:
PSU: Corsair's are really great; quality wise and they're quiet! Got the best reviews at silentpcforum as well (it's important to me since I've lived with a quality Sparkle Power for the past 5 years, but I'm going deaf at this point). Not to add to the confusion, but the 520HX will be enough for a few future upgrades as well.

As Maziar said, get the OC'ed 320 if you game under 1600x1200, otherwise its not worth it. Better save the $100 and upgrade a bit sooner.

I hear to stay away from DDR2 and DDR3 combo motherboards, but since I can't back that up I'd just wait for someone else to explain it better.

EDIT: Meh, you beat me to the reply button regarding the Mobo issue :) 
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