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.
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.
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 $.
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:
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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?
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?
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 ,