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September 21, 2007 6:50:57 AM

I am building a new computer for gaming. I'm keeping my monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers and dvd drive/dvd burner. I need everything else. I have about $1100 to spend.

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black - 3 120mm fans, good rating

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 P35 motherboard - going with this instead of the DS3R because I don't think I'll need the extra ports that the DS3R has. unless it has other features I'm missing

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard drive

eVGA 8800 GTS 320 MB - I'm running in 1280x1024, so 320MB should be enough right?


Intel Q6600 CPU G0 Stepping

Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler

Does this look alright? Am I missing anything important?

Thanks for any help.

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September 21, 2007 6:56:24 AM

looks awesome, i would personally change the hard drive to WESTERN DIGITAL but that is your choice to make
good luck
September 21, 2007 8:40:40 AM

looks very nice, Seagate is very good , dont change it , (although i like WD too ) , if u can afford 8800GTS 640 ,then go for it , but for resolutions lunder 1600x1200 , 8800GTS 320 is fine and is equal to 640 in many games
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September 21, 2007 12:17:06 PM

Looks pretty darn good. I'm with Maziar -- I wouldn't change out the Seagate either. For the budget you stated, the 8800GTS 320 is probably about where you need to be.

If you want RAM with MicronD9 chips, there's currently a mail-in-rebate on Crucial Ballistic on newegg that brings the price down to $62.99 for 2GB. I'm not sure if the GSkill is D9. But then you have to deal with whether or not you get the rebate, which can be troublesome at times.

Other than that, you might be able to save 10 bucks on the case (with a Coolermaster Centurion 5) and $25 on the CPU HSF (with an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro), but there's certainly nothing at all wrong with the ones you've chosen. Good build!
September 21, 2007 1:18:00 PM

It's beautiful.

I think I'd still go with DS3R. It has better onboard audio, better components, RAID support, and you can have more than 4 SATA devices. Of course, if you have a soundcard and only 1 hard disk/1 DVD and don't care about RAID and you intend to get a new motherboard in two years or so anyway then all these advantages are useless.

September 21, 2007 8:57:00 PM

Overall, a good system. You could save $150 to $200 by going with a Pentium E2160, and o/c'ing it 3.2 - 3.4 GHz. Then use the savings to upgrade the video card to a 8800GTX. Gaming performance would be significantly greater.