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Need advice/recommendations on this build - esp PS, RAM, and CPUCooler

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September 16, 2007 10:36:59 PM

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on this thing, but I wanted some advice on a power supply, memory, and a third party CPU cooler.

CPU Cooler:
I've always stuck with Zalman coolers in the past but I'm open to anything that will help with overclocking and help keep the noise down. I'm not going water cooling because I'm trying to keep the cost down as much as possible

RAM:
I want to do 2GB of RAM and I'd like to overclock this thing at least a little bit. I'm eventually moving to Penryn after awhile, not sure if that makes a difference.

Power Supply:
I'll need a power supply that will be able to run this thing with enough overhead to handle SLI and Penryn in the future and not sound like a jet engine. I've always done Antec in the past, but I'm open to any reliable, name brand power supply with good efficiency.


Here is what I've decided on so far, I was going to go quad core but I figured I'd do dual and then switch to quad with Penryn. If you have any advice on this stuff, objections, upgrades, changes, let me know:


Cooler Master Cosmos
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

EVGA A1 (EVGA says the A1 will be Penryn compatible, if anyone has heard otherwise, I'd like to know)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

8800GTX (looking for lifetime warranty and factory overclock so it doesn't void the warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Intel Core Duo E6750 (sticking with this and moving to Penryn later)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

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Other Notes:
-I was thinking about getting an X-Fi card as well, but I might just swap my old Audigy2 card over from my old machine, I just need to read up on Vista compatibility with Audigy2 vs X-Fi.
-I will have to get Vista at some point for DX10, not sure if I'll grab the OEM copy with this build because I've heard the OEM version will only allow limited reinstalls or hardware upgrades. In the end I'll be dual booting with XP
-I'm mainly looking to be able to run all the great new games coming out in the next few months. I'm running a 24" Dell LCD so I'm looking to run 1920x1200 res. I know I might have to do SLI to do it reliably down the line, but for now I need to get my foot in the door to run this stuff at all :) 



Thanks for any help...


September 16, 2007 10:56:24 PM

Hey there, if you want SLI, I guess you have a good build. If you are planing to go to the new cpus, why not just get a E6550 and OC it just a little to get E6750 speeds with less cost. If you are you going to OC, I would suggest the Thermalright Ultra 120 HSF. IF you aren't really going to go OC and go with the 6750, you don't really need anything but the stock cooler it would be just fine.

Most 800 RAM should work for a little OCing, but really good brands are Crucial, Corsair, and I like super talent. They will give you a lot of OC room.

For PSU, if you want to do GTX SLI, look at the Antec Quattro 850W or 1000W PSUs, they are some of the best around for the money. Enermax Galaxy is really good as well. Not far behind is the Thermaltake Toughpower series.

If you have any questions, let me know. Msg me anytime at Aim or yahoo, Maximus9102. I sent you a pM as well.

P.S. I have an Xtremegamer it runs just fine on Vista after the new drivers :) 
September 17, 2007 5:24:51 AM

I made a few changes based on comments from everywhere I posted. Still open to any and all suggestions but I want to get this thing ordered ASAP so I can get it built and done with. I'm at the "tired of thinking about it" stage of planning and want to move on to the "playing Bioshock" stage :) :

Case - Cosmos
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Mobo - EVGA A1
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Proc - Intel Core Duo 6750
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Video Card - EVGA 8800GTX
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

PS - PP&C 750 Quad
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

RAM - Crucial Ballistix 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Fan/Heatsink - Zalman CNPS9700 (not 100% on this, but it seems like it has less problems with installation and does a great job cooling. Noise seems to be 50/50 depending on the review.)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...


I linked everything to Newegg, but as for pricing, ZipZoomFly seems to be a little cheaper so I might do half and half based on availability and prices.
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September 17, 2007 2:25:46 PM

That Enzotech cooler looks like a pretty good choice, I'll have to look into it.

Thanks for the link.
September 17, 2007 7:15:24 PM

So what do you think about the TuniqTower? I heard some coolers have issues mounting to 680i motherboards. So far it sounds like other than being difficult to install, that the Tuniq should work quite well and clear all of the components...
September 17, 2007 7:18:35 PM

Actually I was comparing the Tuniq Tower and the Scythe Infinity, mainly from a noise vs cooling prowess viewpoint
September 17, 2007 10:37:16 PM

It's not just the cooling power, but also the price, compatibility & availability that should be factored in. If it were just cooling power, I would have gone Ln2 or phase change ($1000+).
September 17, 2007 10:55:04 PM

My favorite picks for SLI PSUs (in no particular order):
-Antec TruePower Quattro 850 or 1000W
-PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750
-Enermax Galaxy 850 (Although not a favorite, I have to admit it's a good unit)

However the Galaxy is about $50 more expensive than the other units, so I wouldn't recommend it unless you are an enermax fan.

CPU Coolers:
-Tuniq Tower 120
-Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme

I prefer the Tuniq Tower 120, but they're both just as good.

RAM:
-Crucial Ballistix
-Corsair XMS2

I prefer Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1066 especially for OC'ing, however the XMS2 will work wonders as well.
September 18, 2007 2:48:21 PM

Well here is the build that I finally went with. I wasn't sure how quickly I was going with Penryn so I stuck with proc I had and as for the case, everything else I looked at had its pluses and minuses, so I guess I'll find out first hand if I can live with Cosmos' shortcomings. I'll report back with the results:

Case - Cosmos
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Mobo - EVGA A1
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Proc - Intel Core Duo 6750
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Video Card - EVGA 8800GTX
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

PS - PP&C 750 Quad
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

RAM - Crucial Ballistix 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Heatsink - Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

Fan - Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...


I bought everything split between NewEgg and ZipZoomFly based on rebates, prices, and shipping costs.

Now if I can just find the peripheral that will allow me to remotely kick Valve in the nuts for making me wait all day to play TF2 and then release it at 11:30pm PST.
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