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Another new system build - going to buy - need help please!

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August 28, 2007 3:59:20 PM

Hi guys,

ANOTHER one of these thread, so I will try to keep it short and sweet. Going to pull the trigger on this one probably this evening. I'd like to make sure I'm not getting anything majorly wrong and that I'm on the right track. I do plan to OC this. Anyway, here goes:

- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600, G0 stepping

- HS: Thermalright Ultra-120 (will lap this, and possibly the cpu)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Motherboard: Asus P5N32-E SLi nForce 680i
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

- Memory: OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-8500 1066MHz SLI-Ready Edition Dual Channel DDR2 (2 or 4GB depending on OS)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

- HardDrives: 2x 500GB Samsung Spinpoint, Raid 0 (or 1x Raptor X & 1x 500GB Samsung Spinpoint, not sure, I do like the quietness of the Samsung's.)

- Graphics: EVGA 8800GTX KO AC3
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

- PSU: Corsair HX 620W Modular (or Zalman ZM600 HP 600W :(  )

- Case: Antec P182

- Other: Soundcard/Lightscribe DVDRW etc.



Thanks for taking the time to read this!

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August 28, 2007 4:34:18 PM

I personally wouldn't do RAID-0, but that's just me.
If you get the Retail version of your DVD drive, it will include all the software you need, including a decoder to watch movies with it.
The idea of lapping a CPU makes me really nervous. But, to stick to your question, there's nothing wrong with this build. You could probably get cheaper RAM, but it might not oc as high as it appears you may be planning to go.
August 29, 2007 1:09:01 PM

Thanks JTT.

I was playing with the idea of RAID0 as it's cheaper than the Raptor-X + 1 Samsung combo. Ideally I'd like something like a RAID5 setup, but have to draw the line somewhere!

Oh, and definately picking the retail version as the price is practically the same and comes with everything to set it up ;) 
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August 29, 2007 1:45:16 PM

You probably don't need a sound card, that mobo has good onboard audio.

If you get 4GB make sure it's 2x2GB and not 4x1GB, it's better for future upgrades and you also avoid some problems that seem to happen often with Asus 680i boards when you use 4x1GB sticks.

The P182 is a great case, just not sure if it's got the room and airflow to handle an overclocked CPU and an overclocked 8800 GTX. The card will fit but it will be tight and that restricts airflow. Maybe an Antec 900 or Thermaltake Armor?

August 29, 2007 2:02:15 PM

I've just received my P182 and according to Antec an 8800GTX will fit if you remove the upper harddrive cage. That is also the same space you have to fit an extra 120mm fan that will be blowing straight at the GPU(s), so I think it should stay nice and cool (as far as a GTX can ever be considered "cool")

The PSU doesn't contribute any heat since it's in it's own compartment and the CPU has got 2 fans pulling hot air away from it (back and top) so it should all work fine.....

Just my 2 cents...
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