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August 26, 2007 6:08:47 PM

Hey guys, setting up a new gaming pc with a look to overclocking, most likely going for SLi in the future, I'd appriciate it if you could take a look over the parts see if I've missed anything, any compatibility problems or have any suggestions, thanks.

I'm excluding the obvious like DVD drives and the like, I've also got a monitor so that's not a problem.

Case: ThermalTake Armour VA8003BWS
Processor: Intel E6850 Core2Duo
Mobo: Asus Striker Exteme NF680i SLI, S 775
Mem: G.Skill 2GB DDR2 HK PC2-6400C4 F2-6400CL4D-2GBHK
GPU: 768Mb BFG Technology 8800GTX OC2
Cooler: Thermalright Ultra-120 Socket 775
Sound: Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
PSU: Enermax 850 Watt Galaxy
HD1: 74 Gb Western Digital WD740ADFD Raptor
HD2: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500gb
Scythe S-FLEX 1200RPM 120mm Fan (For the Ultra-120)

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August 26, 2007 7:09:49 PM

Why not get a Q6600 for that build?

Other than that not sure, it looks good to me.
August 26, 2007 7:15:21 PM

ah dont get the quad, the e6850 will be amazing for gaming. a 4ghz e6850 will kick the *** of a 3-3.2ghz quad core. will get a huge fps increase, so stick with the e6850. as most games dont even use 2 cores let alone 4
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August 26, 2007 7:30:22 PM

I'll go with q6600. It is not only good for games but also a good investment for the future, it has a longer period of life, because 4 cores are better than 2 in the future. That' how i think.
August 26, 2007 8:26:26 PM

Go with the Q6600. I'm sure you'd be interested in playing the upcoming games like Crysis, UT3, Alan Wake, they all utilize 4 cores fully. Make sure you get the G0 stepping, they run a lot cooler and OC better. With superb cooling like you have, you shouldn't expect anything below 3.2Ghz.

http://clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A1938452

While Striker is a great board, it is still overpriced in my opinion, $300 is just too much. You can get Abit IP35 Pro for nearly half that price, and get very similar productivity. Exceptional board.

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

Go with the G.Skill which overclocks a little better, this kit right here is amazing:

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

Go with EVGA instead of BFG. EVGA exclusively offers "step up" program which allows you to exchange your "old" card for a new one and only pay the difference (3 months limit). 9800 GTX is suppose to come out in November, it is expected to be 2.5x-3x faster than the stock 8800 GTX, which is insane. I'm sure you wouldn't mind getting it for about $150 :)  More here:

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

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

Your system will never utilize 850W fully, you should go with a higher tier brand with less watts. In reality, Corsair 620HX would be more than enough, but with the future potential upgrades in mind you can get PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad, one of the best PSU's ever made. Truly great unit.

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

And lastly, throw in some quality paste for your Ultra 120, MX-2 is superb.

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

Rest looks fine,
Good luck.
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