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August 25, 2007 5:46:37 PM

I'm looking at spending right around $2k on a new system, maybe a little more or little less.

Basically I purchased my last computer when the ATI Radeon 9800 pro came out and my system (mobo, processor, gpu) is so old in order to upgrade one thing I'll have to upgrade them all so decided to go all out and overhaul a new system that should last me a couple of years and allow me to steadily upgrade as the need arises instead of having to do a new system build (although I know that is quite inevitable anyway).

What I am wanting is a powerful computer that is both compact and relatively easy to transport, b/c I am in college and I don't want to be hulking some huge monster around.

Now this will be the first machine I build, and I'm actually strongly considering doing it all myself instead of having a local vendor build it for me, as I am going into computers and feel it would be a strong learning experience (hardware and building/maintaining on the physical aspect has never been a strong suit for me as I have never had to deal with it much).

So I'm wanting some opinions as to if I'm going total overkill or if I can find better parts that what I've suggested. Also no clue about size ratios of these parts and whether or not I'll be able to fit all this into the case I've chosen so please, any and all input is greatly appreciated.

Here's what I'm looking at:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor - 2.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB, Kentsfield, Quad-Core, OEM, Socket 775, HH80562PH0568M, Processor
- $289.99

Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
- $199.99

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card - Retail
- $174.99

PC Power & Cooling / Silencer / 750-Watt / Quad PCI-Express / SATA-Ready / Black Power Supply
- $179.99

BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC2 / 768MB GDDR3 / SLI Ready / PCI Express / DL Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card
- $569.99

Corsair Dual Channel 2048MB PC14400 DDR3 1800MHz Memory (2x1024MB)
- $645.99 (will go 2gig now but will toss in another when I need or get the cash to do so)

BFG Tech BFG680i SLi LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
-$229.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-$119.99

So what do you all think?

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August 25, 2007 6:10:17 PM

First I'd recommend staying away from DDR3 just now, if you look at the tests, the difference is not noticable enough to pay $500 extra for it. Imo, you should go with Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R + a quality DDR2 800 or 1066 kit. P35C-DS3R is a stable board which supports both DDR2 and DDR3, it also has nice overclocking features.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are you planning to OC your Q6600 at all? If so, I suggest getting some alternative cooling and making sure it is the new G0 stepping, which runs cooler and overclocks better than the old B3. Tuniq 120 Tower provides great performance for the $.

http://www.xoxide.com/tuniq-t-120-hsf.html
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A193845...

And lastly, you should most definitely go with EVGA instead of BFG. EVGA exclusively offers their "Step up" program, and since 9800 GTX is suppose to come out in November, I'm sure you wouldn't mind getting a card 2.5x faster than a 8800 GTX for only about $150. More here:

http://www.evga.com/stepup/default.asp?switch=3

Good luck.


August 26, 2007 5:08:01 AM

Okay, so here's what I'm looking at now:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping Kentsfield 2.40GHz 8MB L2 LGA 775 Processor Retail BX80562Q6600 SLACR
- $288.00

Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
- $199.99

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card - Retail
- $174.99

PC Power & Cooling / Silencer / 750-Watt / Quad PCI-Express / SATA-Ready / Black Power Supply
- $179.99

EVGA 768-P2-N835-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
- $569.99

Corsair Dominator DHX 4096MB Dual Channel PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz Memory (4 x 1024MB)
- $449.99

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
-$199.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-$119.99

And yes I plan on trying to oc assuming I can figure out how to do it. I was thinking about adding water cooling, but not sure about how hard that would be to set up or if I'd have room in the case I chose to do that. Any thoughts and how do the changes look?
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August 26, 2007 7:31:12 AM

looks awesome enjoy , i have seen many in this forum who have their q6600 3.0+ with air cooling or a good cpu cooler , i say get a good cpu cooler instead ,
August 27, 2007 1:34:33 AM

Any suggestions on a good cpu cooler? And how hard is the cpu cooler going to be to setup?

Is the new mobo I chose a good one to oc?
August 27, 2007 1:41:22 AM

oh, one more thing. Dior recommended the GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard, however, I see that it only has 1 pci express x16 slot, so that would prevent me from going SLI if I wanted to later on down the road. However, from the reviews and board spec's it seems like a really strong board. Do they have a similar one that would support SLI?
August 27, 2007 2:31:12 AM

Sorry, one more question.

Which would you guys recommend me getting for my RAM? Or which would be better/faster?

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145176

Corsair Dominator DHX 4096MB Dual Channel PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz Memory (4 x 1024MB)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-detailsInactive.asp?EdpNo=3114303

Not sure how the speed for ram goes, but the 4gb has faster timings and would allow me to eventually go to 8 GB of ram.
August 27, 2007 8:13:10 AM

for a good CPU cooler , u can get TUNIQ TOWER , OCZ VINDICATOR , THERMALTAKE BIG TYPHOON and ....

for RAM , well the first one has this timing : 5-5-5-18 , and also its 2x2gb , the second one is 4x1gb but its PC8500 with 5-5-5-12 timing ,
well both are good , but if u want to have 8gb later ,then get the first one ,
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