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August 29, 2007 10:14:05 AM

Hello, I've been out of the tech loop for a while now and would like advice and critiques in my new build. I'd like to buld a rig that will fill the reqs of current games, as well as games to come.

***Please don't hesitate to mention anything or everything you think will help me, even the most minute detail is appreciated, really. This is the first computer I'm building from top to bottom by myself. I've upgraded past PC's disassembled and assembled them, and what not.

***In another thread someone mentioned right now is not the ideal time to purchase parts and and build a PC, should I wait or just go ahead with my build?

***Are the warranties and extended plans offered on newegg worth the money they are charging, should I get it?

BUILD:
Motherboard: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188013
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813188013

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115029
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115029

Video Card: EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130038
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130038

RAM: *** I would like to OC my rig and would like to know if the following two will be able to handle OC'ing

#1: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBHK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231114
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231114

#2: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231098
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231098

I would very much appreciate it if you could suggest a reliable and durable power supply to compliment my rig and a reliable and durable cooling unit for my rig as well.

Thanks for all the help.
August 29, 2007 10:24:21 AM

looks good , but if u dont play @ high resolutions like 1920x1200 , then dont get 680i , get a P35 board ,

August 29, 2007 10:37:28 AM

s4ivi124 said:
Hello, I've been out of the tech loop for a while now and would like advice and critiques in my new build. I'd like to buld a rig that will fill the reqs of current games, as well as games to come.

***Please don't hesitate to mention anything or everything you think will help me, even the most minute detail is appreciated, really. This is the first computer I'm building from top to bottom by myself. I've upgraded past PC's disassembled and assembled them, and what not.

***In another thread someone mentioned right now is not the ideal time to purchase parts and and build a PC, should I wait or just go ahead with my build?

***Are the warranties and extended plans offered on newegg worth the money they are charging, should I get it?

BUILD:
Motherboard: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188013
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813188013

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115029
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115029

Video Card: EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130038
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130038

RAM: *** I would like to OC my rig and would like to know if the following two will be able to handle OC'ing

#1: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBHK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231114
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231114


Thanks for all the help.

Try this mobo, it's pretty popular at $106 shipped, good OC'er, from what I've read.
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU = $90 after rebate
Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-520w-sli-certified-modu...

And if you use higher resolutions on your monitor 16x12 or so, than get the 640mb 8800gts or x2900xt for the video card. Did you have a limit to your budget?

There are probably better RAM choices, but of the two you mentioned, I would go with #1, since it's CAS 4 instead of the CAS 5 (#2).
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August 29, 2007 10:43:54 AM

I just got a Enermax 720W PSU that has CoolGuard and PowerGuard. CoolGuard keeps all you system fans on until 35c is reached or two minutes. PowerGuard has four alarm mode to protect you system from spikes or other nasy things that can fry computers. Its also DXX or PCI-E 2.0 ready, a new 8pin PCI-E connector for Nvidia's newer generations of G-cards that are not released yet.

I got mine at NewEgg for $219.99 and its modular. If thats a bit to pricey then OCZ GameXtreme 700W PSU are great to $139.99 or GameXtreme 600W for $109.99. I don't think the latter two are PCI-E 2.0 ready, it doesn't say anywhere that they are. All you choices are right on.

June 5, 2008 1:08:18 AM

i love my bfg 680i. its a great mobo. i would get the 8800gts 512 if i were you. the 320 just does not fit with the rest of you stuff. the E6750 is a great cpu. its what i use and i love it. it realy does not bottleneck my system at all. i agree with lunyone about the ram g.skill is fine ram maybe not the best but fine. i would look at the pc power and cooling 610 psu. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

June 5, 2008 1:20:24 AM

Get the motherboard Lunyone suggested. Change to a 8800GT G92.

Avoid nVidia motherboards, just not a good deal with Intel.
June 5, 2008 2:25:32 AM

The DS3L is a great set of motherboards by Gigabyte. I suggest it.
I also second the 8800GTS G92 suggestion.

Also consider this Seasonic PSU as well as the Corsair. They're basically made by the same company (Corsair gets their PSUs mostly from Seasonic) and the wattage is barely different.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 5, 2008 3:53:25 AM

the ds3r is also a very nice motherboard if you want a couple extras
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