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September 20, 2007 10:43:59 PM

Hello all,
New to forums and website and really like it a lot. I would appreciate some reviews of my soon to be new build that is currently missing a motherboard and a case. I would love some input for a motherboard to go with these components below and will probably go with a Silverstone case unless someone has some advice on that also.

My current computer, which I put together 5 years ago, has gotten me through Everquest and doing fine for WoW but I've got the itch for a new system. I've been out of the computer component game for 5 years and really haven't kept up with anything so be gentle please :D  . Thanks in advance!

EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: 320-P2-N811-AR
Item #: N82E16814130082

Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Retail
Model #: TP3-650
Item #: N82E16817371001

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6750 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6750
Item #: N82E16819115029

Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK - Retail
Model #: PDC22G6400LLK
Item #: N82E16820220144

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail
Model #: WD3200KSRTL
Item #: N82E16822136039

ViewSonic Optiquest Series Q20WB Black 20" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: Q20WB
Item #: N82E16824116075

Sony NEC Optiarc 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model AD-7170S-0B - OEM
Model #: AD-7170S-0B
Item #: N82E16827152079

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September 20, 2007 10:48:41 PM

Nice build but if I were you I would get the Q6600. Since I'm guessing you will buy another pc in another 5 years. So go with the Q6600 since its thinking long term and more and more programs and games will appreiciate the 2 extra core.

As for the Motherboard the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R will do the trick if you're not doing SLI.
September 20, 2007 11:31:15 PM

I would change the PSU and the ram for an Antec NeoHE 550 (made with better parts and also has better stability than truepower trio series) or Corsair 520HX, both are slightly more powerful than the one you chose. And just as a personal kink of mine I would get Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 or 1066 instead, simply because I consider it to be the best ram on the market right now and being so affordable, it's not really a difficult choice.

As far as motherboards goes, unless you're doing SLI, then your best choice is the GA-P35-DS3R, don't even bother looking at ASUS P5Ks, they are very overpriced and are not as good as the DS3R.

If you need a case around $40-50, then either the Centurion 5 or 534 are the cases for you, if you're looking at the $120-140 range, then the Antec Nine Hundred case is your best bet.
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September 21, 2007 12:26:55 AM

I also think the GA-P35-DS3R rocks.
September 21, 2007 1:00:02 AM

Definately go with a Q6600. More future-proof than the E6750, and if you are an overclocker, you can get them up to 3.0 GHZ on air.
September 21, 2007 1:18:06 AM

Agreed with all of the above. As for case, I got a Silverstone TJ09 and it rocks, especially with 3 additional fans (I used SFF21E). However, it's about CAD$400 (fans included). You're better off with an Antec 900 and using the savings to upgrade to GTX.