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New Gaming Rig - $1500 budget -- A Few Questions

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August 25, 2007 1:44:55 AM

Hi, I'm an amateur building a new rig with a few questions. I plan on using this computer for gaming, movies, music, etc. (for work as well, but those don't push the specs).

My current specs are:

Intel Q6600
EVGA nVidia 8800GTS 320MB
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
2 GB Crucial DDR2 800 4-4-4-12
Cooler Master Centurion 5
Thermaltake 500W W0100RU


1) Is my power supply sufficient to run this system? I looked up all the max wattage loads and there seems to be plenty of overhead, but other people buying similar machines are getting better PSU's. I'd really like to spend no more than $100 on a PSU, but I will spend more if I should.

2) I plan on buying decent speakers (Logitech Z-2300) but I'm not sure if the mobo's integrated audio will be sufficient. If I should buy a sound card, could you recommend one for under $50?

3) There is RAM at DDR2 667 for $90. Is this a better deal (given that quad cores need fast ram)? Can my motherboard even run DDR2 667? (It reads DDR2 800 on the specs)

Thanks for your help.

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August 25, 2007 2:00:04 AM

CPU:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
MOBO:GigaByte GA-P35-DS3R
RAM:Corsair XMS2 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Memory Kit
POWER:o CZ Technology StealthXStream 600W Power Supply
HDD:Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB Hard Drive
GPU:XFX GeForce 8800GTS Video Card
Case:Centurion 534
Cooler:Thermalright Ultima 90 paired with Scythe S-Flex Fan

This I my rig Look Familiar? :D