Please rate my new build - gaming / graphic design

Ok after some advice on the forum here is what I've come up with:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -

GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard -

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply -

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 -

SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

LG 20X DVD±R Super Multi DVD Burner Black ATAPI / E-IDE

ZALMAN 9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Not sure if I needed a CPU cooler or not if I don't overclock. Also, I'm torn between Vista and XP. I do some 3d modeling (so 64-bit would be nice), but also game, so any recommendations would be appreciated.

Also, if I go with Vista, I'd probably jump up to 4gigs of ram. Not sure about the HDD's either, is it overkill or will I notice a performance difference worth the extra cash?

If there is anything I left out or need to swap, feel free to let me know. I have never built a system from scratch, only swapped out components.

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  1. edit: also I've read that a 64-bit OS may have problems with compatability, is Vista finally patched enough yet or what?
  2. You should go for 64-bit OS (Either XP or Vista), performance wise vista has caught up with XP already (at least on games, where it matters :P) so no worries there, and 64-bit is hardly incompatible with any modern software, only shitty software doesn't work on 64-Bit OS now.

    If I were you, I'd get a 500GB HDD just because I feel that your uses requires it (As well as 4GB of ram), however it's your call. Overall you did a good job, grats.
  3. Great build
    But, if i you decide to get a 64 bit OS you will NEED at LEAST 4 gb of ram
    if you want to stay with 2 gb get a 32bit OS.
  4. Cool thanks guys. I may be leaning toward Vista since you're saying everything should be working well with it now. Also do I need the CPU cooler, or is that just for overclocking?

    Also, emp, you recommended a 500 gig HDD. Were you talking about swapping out the seagate, or just using a single drive?
  5. jasonwf said:
    ZALMAN 9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
    Not sure if I needed a CPU cooler or not if I don't overclock. Also, I'm torn between Vista and XP. I do some 3d modeling (so 64-bit would be nice), but also game, so any recommendations would be appreciated.
    Good choices in hardware.
    If you don't plan to overclock the Zalman cooler will keep the CPU cooler than the stock intel cooler and also run quieter. But with the 8800GTX and the Antec 900 case quieter wont matter much. The blue 9700 LED fan should pretty much match the case LED fans though, a bit of computer swag.

    Does your 3D modeling program support multi-threading? If so a quad core CPU might make sense. THG CPU Charts You could get the Q6600 and use the Zalman cooler to moderatly overclock to 3Ghz and not loose any gaming performance.

    Nothing wrong with starting out with 2GB RAM and a 64bit OS. Its easy to upgrade later.
    Same for the hard disk. Go with a 7200.10 now and add drives as you need them. The Raptor is faster, but not by much. The only times you're likely to notice any difference is when Vista loads on boot-up or when first loading a game or program. Thats about 1% of the time your computer is running. THG Hard Drive Charts
  6. Thanks WR2. I use Maya, so it does support multithreading. I was concerned about losing gaming performance with a quad core, but if you say I can overclock it and get the same performance that sounds like a good move.

    Now I've never overclocked before. I'm assuming it's become easier with newer tech though.
  7. This chart from a Jan '07 review shows the kind of peformance boost a Quad can give in Maya
    The E6850 (3.0Ghz) would peform a bit better than the X6800 (2.93Ghz) in the chart.
    If you overclocked the Q6600 (2.4Ghz) you can outperform the QX6700 (2.66Ghz) in the chart.

    I don't think you'd loose much gaming performance with a Q6600 vs E6850 as most games are GPU limted before they are CPU limited. Depending on what games you play and what LCD resolution you use the difference between the two CPUs you might not even need to overclock the Q6600 to get outstanding gaming performance. Check the THG CPU Charts and look at the various game & program comparisons.

    Overclocking should be easy with the GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R. It has the Gigabyte EasyTune and M.I.T (motherboard intelligent tweaker)

    And of course there is always the "old school" option to overclock through the BIOS settings.
  8. Just reconfigured everything with a single HDD to start and the Q6600. Will probably order in the next couple of days. Thanks again!
  9. I meant swapping the 320GB for a 500GB one, and Im not a Pro-Raptor guy either, I rather have a 750GB-1TB drive than a raptor any day of the week. I just had the feeling maybe you thought the raptor would help with your work, but IMO it's not worth $200.
  10. Ok, I may get a 500GB one then, looks like it has good speeds on the charts.

    One last question: Is my case too small for my card? I was reading on newegg and they say that card is huge and shouldn't be put in a mid tower. Any ideas?

    I saw this case in another thread:

    But I'd rather stick to the Antec if possible, I'd hate to have all that stuff cramped though.
  11. The 8800GTX will fit without any problem. But you will lose use of the Hard Disk cage slot directly across from the GTX card.
    In this 900 case with a GTX installed the owner has his HDs (the yellow SATA cables) below the level of the GTX across from the PSU. 900 with 8800GTX
  12. Nice, thanks! Didn't want to buy all that stuff and have it not fit. ;)
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