New System Build want input....

I am building a new system and would like to get some thoughts on my choices. First let me state that I am NOT an extreme gamer, I just want a kickass system. Here are my parts choices.

Any input or suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.


Case - Silverstone Temjin TJ09W (SST-TJ09-BW, SST-TJ09B-W, SST-TJ09BW)

CPU - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 2.66GHz

Motherboard - ASUS Striker Extreme NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI

RAM - 4GB (2 x 2GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-800

HardDrive for OS - Western Digital Raptor WD1500AHFDRTL 150GB 10,000 RPM

HardDrives Storage: I already own 2 Seagate Barracuda ES ST3500630NS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

Graphics card - XFX PVT80GTHD4 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3

PSU - ENERMAX Galaxy EGX850EWL 850W

Monitor - HP W2007 20" Widescreen Flat Panel LCD Monitor

CPU cooling – Zalman CNPS9700-NT nVidia Tritium Super Aero Flower
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  1. if u r not an extreme gamer then why do u want SLI ? save some money and get a P35 board

    QX6700 isnt worth it in my opinion , i say go for a Q6600 and OC it , even if u dont OC it the difference wont be noticeable (2.4 vs 3.0)
  2. As said by Maziar, save the dough and get the Q6600 with the P35 and OC.

    If you use Vista be aware of the problems using the Raptor and the G80 Nvidia cards.

    Nvidia and Western digital Present "Windows Vista: Paralysis Edition" : WD's Raptor And Nvidia G80 Don't Play Nice With Vista

    I personally would use XP anyway. I don't think Vista really offers anything worth having. If they ever get DX10 worked out, which I'm sure they ultimately will, that will change, but I think that may require a new VGA.
  3. I have two Raptor 150's and a 8800GTX running under Vista 32 Ultimate and two Raptor 36's, a 8800GTS 640 w/ Vista Home Premium and have never had an issue...
  4. If you just want a raptor for OS, save some money and get yourself a 36GB-74GB raptor drive. There is no need for 150GB for just OS.

    The rest I agree with the others, cept that I have vista running since it take out on beta wihtout any problems. If you are building a new computer and have fairly new software and devices, there is no reason why it should cause problems. Most companies have drivers out by now for vista. Check the programs you have to see if they have vista updates/drivers. If not, and they are pretty important to you, than go with XP for now.
  5. Save some money dude.

    QX6700 -> Q6600
    Striker Extreme -> Asus P5B
    4 GB OCZ Striker Gold -> 4 GB Corsair XMS2
    150 GB Raptor -> 36 GB Raptor

    That should save you a couple hundred. If I were you, I'd take that $200 and put it into a 8800 GTX or save some for your Crysis funds.
  6. WOW! Thanks for the fast replies...I read the full report at Toms Hardware and I'm now very concerned... I really want the Raptor for my OS so I guess I need other Graphics card suggestions. I was looking at the Sapphire Radeon HD 2900XT 1GB GDDR3 100211L and Sapphire Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB 100201SR but I am reading mixed reviews...
  7. Well I guess I should cover all my bases and ask it there are any other HD suggestions to replace the Raptor and keep the XFX PVT80GTHD4 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 card...
  8. I'd take away the raptor and use that money for a nice GTX :)
  9. pudewercslla said:
    Well I guess I should cover all my bases and ask it there are any other HD suggestions to replace the Raptor and keep the XFX PVT80GTHD4 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 card...
    There is nothing that really competes in the Workstation I/O Benchmark, but a few extra seconds won't kill you
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