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8800GTX + 6600 Build

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September 17, 2007 8:59:44 AM

Hi all,

I posted about a month ago about building a new rig, and unfortunately my car broke down and delayed the project, but in some ways that was a good thing as it forced me to trawl through tonnes of reviews, and look at various different options, I have to thank the help I received in my original thread, this truly is an amazing community.

So now I'm back with what is looking to be "The Final Setup" would love you guys to pick constructive holes in it!

Motherboard
EVGA nForce 680i SLi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (122-CK-NF68-A1)

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "LGA775 Kentsfield" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail

Memory
Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator PC2-6400C3 TwinX (2x1GB)

Cooler
Scythe Ninja Plus Rev.B CPU Cooler (Socket 478/754/939/940/AM2/LGA775)

Case
CoolerMaster Stacker 832 - Black Trim (No PSU)

GFX Card
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX KO ACS3 SILENT 768MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (768-P2-E837-AR)

Optical Drive
Pioneer DVR-212D 18x18 DVD±RW Serial ATA Dual Layer ReWriter - (Black) OEM

Network
Belking Wireless N PCI Card

Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 510 SLI 510W Power Supply

Monitor
Samsung SM-226BW 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Glossy Black

HDD
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 5000AAKS SATA-II 16MB Cache x2

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September 17, 2007 11:17:59 AM

Add more ram if u have the funds. Another 1gb will go a long way, search around for 2x512's as the stuff you already have. Also another HDD would be handy, that way you can put sumthing on 1 and not the other and it works faster...swap file or sumthing lol....don't judge me!!
September 17, 2007 12:29:18 PM

Are you going to SLI? If not, go with one of the p35 mobo's, like the DS3R boards, if you like the features.
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September 17, 2007 12:54:55 PM

Looks pretty good - you've spent in the right areas as far as I can see, especially that GTX :) 
September 17, 2007 1:19:54 PM

All i have to say is make sure you get a G0 stepping Q6600
Ohh and maybe a raptor hdd too if you have the cash ;) 
September 17, 2007 1:35:30 PM

I'd get the ballistix ram instead. o/c's well for cheap. Same everything else.
September 17, 2007 1:54:59 PM

Thanks for the replies, whats the Go Stepping 6600, what does that mean?

The memory is something that seems hard to find in the UK, im buying pretty much all the kit from overclockers uk, as they have everything and its pretty resonably priced. I chose that memory basically because its the only Dominator memory I can find, and its a nice balance between high and low priced (dominator memory).

I do plan to go SLI, but im waiting to step-up, and then when the price of the 9800 goes down Ill buy a second one.

At the moments thats pushing my budget to breaking point, I was initially hoping to spend £1200, then it was £1400 but I hate compromise, and had I compromised seriously anywhere, Id be blaming those components for the rest of my life. So now the builds £1800, but I think its going to be worth it. Ive invested in a top case that should last me quite some time, the motherboard has alot of upgrade potential and it should keep me gaming happy for 5 years without to much upgrading, espcially if I can get those uber 9800 step-up SLI.

Pretty much as I said the memory is the main thing im concerned with atm, A raptor HDD could be a upgrade in the not too distant future but for now, the 2 tank like WD's should fufil my needs.

Anyone think I should get any problems running crysis on this bad boy?
September 17, 2007 3:19:48 PM

I don't like Raptors. They arn't the fastest anymore and they're overpriced. Just go for one of those very quick giant drives, if need be.
September 17, 2007 4:11:41 PM

What do you people think about the:

Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator PC2-6400C3 TwinX

Dominator memory is extremely expensive! I remember when memory was one of the cheaper components!!! Mind you I wasnt upgrading a high end machine, see my profile to see the beast I currently use!
September 17, 2007 4:44:36 PM

If you plan to SLI get a dif power supply. a 510 W doesn't cut it. Unfortunately the site your buying from doesn't have any of the other tier 1 psu's. Also the PCP&C PSU's they have are mostly out of stock except the one you added and their 1000 watt model which is damn expensive...bah...choice is yours though...But a 510 W Psu won't cut 2 high end cards...especially if you want to try to nab two 9800 GTX'es...

Anyways...with a 22" monitor there really isn't a point to SLI...you only need SLI really if you are gaming in 1900+ resolutions.
September 17, 2007 11:33:32 PM

Wow, no complaints outta me on that system.

I love Evga videocards, are the Motherboards any good? I have been only buying Asus, and was thinking of switching to Evga. Any thoughts?
September 17, 2007 11:47:06 PM

In my last 3 PCs I have used all Corsair memory, BUT I will never again. IMO there memory is really lacking. I would stay away from Corsair if possible.

Also I agree with Kamrooz, if you are going to SLI you need a better PSU. If you are not going to SLI get a different Motherboard.

I would switch out ram for something cheaper, but better quality (yes you heard me right) and dump that money saved into a better PSU.

Also Raptor Hard Drives arent what they were stay away.
IMO Raptor v2 = 10kRPM, 32MB Cache, 3.0GB/s
September 18, 2007 12:04:03 AM

Thanks for the advice on the power supply and memory, power supply will be easy to change, but I just cant seem to find any other dominator memory in the UK! Ill look at those new egg suggestions and see if I can find them over here.
September 18, 2007 12:05:49 AM

Why are you SOO stuck on dominator memory?
September 18, 2007 12:07:45 AM

I have to say I thought dominator was the name given to memory that could push 1ghz+, I didnt realise it was a Corsair thing!
September 18, 2007 12:15:50 AM

Hey thats good news. I would rather realize a mistake and save money than just piss it away. Yes Dominator is just a Corsair thing. I am at work so I cannot click on your link sorry.

Someone might flame me for this statement. I would rather spend $100 on some nice memory CAS4 DDR2 800. Than $350 on CAS3 DDR2 800 Corsair RAM.
September 18, 2007 1:56:17 AM

the G0 stepping basically is a new stepping which uses less power. meaning less heat. which is good if your overclocking. you should getting better overclocking results with a G0 stepping Q6600.
i'm sure theres heaps of threads here about it.
September 18, 2007 7:55:37 AM

Ok everyone, here is the final build list. I found the go stepping processor on ebuyer for a whole £1 more! Ive changed the power supply to something more juicy, and obviously corsair memory is no more. Im really happy with this final list, and it clocks in at just under £1750 which translates to $3500 US. Only £550 ($1100) over budget!

Motherboard
EVGA nForce 680i SLi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (122-CK-NF68-A1)

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping (2.4GHz 1066MHz) Socket 775 L2 8MB Cache (2x4MB (4MB per core pair))

Memory
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel Kit

Cooler
Scythe Ninja Plus Rev.B CPU Cooler (Socket 478/754/939/940/AM2/LGA775)

Case
CoolerMaster Stacker 832 - Black Trim (No PSU)

GFX Card
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX KO ACS3 SILENT 768MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (768-P2-E837-AR)

Optical Drive
Pioneer DVR-212D 18x18 DVD±RW Serial ATA Dual Layer ReWriter - (Black) OEM

Network
Belkin N1 Wireless Desktop Card

Power Supply
Enermax Galaxy 850W EGX850EWL ATX2.2 Modular PSU

Monitor
Samsung SM-226BW 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Glossy Black

HDD
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 5000AAKS SATA-II 16MB Cache x2
September 18, 2007 8:56:45 PM

Perfect!

I've been eyeing that ballistix 8500 memory. It's been on sale with rebate a few times. Not cheap enough, though. It's way better than *cough* corsair *cough*.
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