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Comments & Criticisms Requested - New Build

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August 30, 2007 7:40:30 PM

Greetings All:

I am building some new home systems for gaming and general use and would like comments and/or criticisms on my build. I will be building two identical systems and am looking to play current and near-future games. Ideally I would like to have the longest possible useful life for these systems.

Components Being Carried Over:

1. 22' Westinghouse Widescreen LCD Monitor
2. Keyboards & Mice
3. Windows XP Pro

Components for New Build

Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Evo (Silver) -- 189.99 X1
Ultra X3 1000W -- 239.99 X1
Core 2 Duo E6850 (3.0 GHz -- 284.99 X1
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme -- 63.99 X1
Scythe S-Flex SFF21E -- 12.99 X3
Asus Striker Extreme nForce 680i SLI Socket 775 1333MHz DDR2-800 -- 299 X1
Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066, 2X1GB) -- 125.99 X1
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB SATA 3.0 Gb/sec -- 118.99 X2
Samsung 18x DVD+RW/-RW SH-S182D -- 36.99 X1
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD-OC Geforce 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCIE x16 -- 489.98 X1
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer -- 84.99 X1
OPTI-UPS Enhanced Series ES1000C -- 102 X1

System Total = $2194.86

Thoughts? Comments? I am not sure what CD/DVD Burner I will be getting, so a suggestion there is especially appreciated. Also my memory speed does exceed the MoBo advertised maximum so I suppose I could cut back there. I have not kept up with recent standards and noted that many roundups combined this MoBo with DDR2-1066 memory.

Thanks!

Puskara
August 30, 2007 7:51:26 PM

Do you plan on OCing? If not, there is no need for the 8500 RAM, they won't give you better performance. You should really look into a nice P35 Chipset board instead of the one of you have. It doesn't have any advantage over the new boards and has been known to lack reliability and costs way more than it should.

You really don't need that PSU, that's way too much than what you need. If you are only using one GTX a Corsair 620W would be more than enough. I'm running it now with my GTX. If you need more power get something like 700W you'll save money and still have more than enough power for the future.

As for the Sound Card, that really depends on you, but I would hold off and see if the onboard sound is not to your liking, you can always add the sound later if you feel your board lacks in it. The new sound cards built into motherboards are actually really good these days. I would just get really nice speakers.

If you have questions of anything at all, msg me on aim or yahoo, Maximus9102 :) 
August 31, 2007 10:33:43 PM

I think you are spending WAY to much money. True you have the "NAME BRAND" parts but I think some are highly overrate(Asus Striker). I agree with ram unless you are OC you will not see anything better than DDR2 800 and its $60 less.

If you are going to spend this much money I would HIGHLY say wait untill the end of the year. New AMD & Intel CPUs and new Nvidia and ATI card coming out. Even if you do not get the newer items the cost on the items you want should go do pretty good.
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September 1, 2007 4:34:02 AM

Well I agree that it is a flawed plan right now. I agree that at the beginning of next year most of these parts will be much cheaper. But that is true in general. Waiting a few months will always get you a better price. The major issue for me is that my wife's computer is dead. I could buy parts and repair her system but it is so outdated that I would prefer to build her a new one and she is driving me mad without her own computer to use.

The situation is not perfect, but it is what it is. I could probably wait a month at the most for prices to drop before I would be forced to build her something.

I have been trying to catch up on the existing hardware and have revised the build. What do you think now?

Components Being Carried Over:

1. 22' Westinghouse Widescreen LCD Monitor
2. Keyboards & Mice
3. Windows XP Pro (Will replace with a 64 bit version of windows after they mature a bit)

Components for New Build

Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Evo (Silver) -- 229.99 X1 (Damn Sale Ended)
Enermax EIN720AWT Infiniti 720W -- 179.99 X1 (650W supply only saves me 10 bucks)
Core 2 Duo E6850 (3.0 GHz -- 284.99 X1
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme -- 63.99 X1
Scythe S-Flex SFF21E -- 12.99 X3
ASUS P5K Deluxe Wifi-AP Intel Core 2 Duo Socket 775 1333MHz PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066) -- 218 X1
Crucial Technology Ballistix BL2KIT12864AA804 2GB kit DDR2-800 PC2-6400 (4x1GB) -- 76 X2
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB SATA 3.0 Gb/sec -- 118.99 X2
Samsung SATA 18X DVD Burner SH-S183L, LightScribe -- 32.99 X1
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD-OC Geforce 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCIE x16 -- 489.98 X1
OPTI-UPS Enhanced Series ES1000C -- 102 X1

System Total = $2031

I realize that I will not get the full benefit of 4GB of RAM until I load a 64 bit OS. If anyone thinks that my parts list is still out of whack please suggest a replacement. A serial or part number is all I would need. Obviously I do not want to throw money away (the RAM mistake was a bad slip on my part) but quality parts and noise levels do mean something to me. I do intend to OC, but not right away and as an OC newbie I will probably not be pushing it too far initially.

Thanks for the feedback!

Puskara
September 1, 2007 6:12:05 AM

Does your wife need all that though? Is she a hard-core gamer or something?

You could easily save 1000$ by dropping the powersupply to a lower model, getting a cheaper core 2 duo (or just getting a quad), getting a Gigabyte P35 mobo, getting just 2gb of ram, getting a single 320gb HDD (1TB in raid-0...overboard much?), and going with a 8800gts.

Because new stuff is coming out in a couple months, it doesn't make much sense to buy high end stuff right now because it will be obsolete pretty quickly (most stuff is, but more especially so).

I understand you want this thing built rather soon, but depending on what you need it for...2000$ is a bit excessive.
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