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2nd System Build q6700 evga 680i board. thoughts?

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September 22, 2007 4:03:42 AM

Hello everyone,

So here is the scoop:

I got robbed. totally cleaned out. I got home just in time to get a knife pulled on me and see my computer in a duffel bag. the exciting part is that they did not get away with that duffel bag. They got everything else, but not the duffel bag. Bad news is my computer is old and needs a big brother. i will most likely turn my old machine into a MAME game system and work from scratch on my new system. I lost my toy collection, music gear, cameras, and peripherals, but, The insurance money is in and i am ready to roll:

I play lots of games. Do video art with After Effects and play lots of music with soft synths in DAW software. here is what I'm thinking. Any support on this system would be highly appreciated. this is my second build, but i got help on my last one 4 years ago. am full of cob-webs. I would love if you could help me out with sage advice.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775
Motherboard: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel
Graphics Card: EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported
Ram: G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Power:PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply 100
Cooler:Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler w/fan
Case:Antec Performance One P180B ATX mid tower HDD area
HD:Seagate Barracuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA x2

Thank you so much in advance for the advice. i don't have any buddies that do this stuff, and could really use some good opinions.
September 22, 2007 4:16:53 AM

You did a surprisingly good job on your own, I would get the Q6600 instead of the Q6700 (only 266mhz faster, not even noticeable, can be accomplished with a very small OC). Also I would change the case for the Antec Nine Hundred, but this is because I simply love the nine hundred over every other case out there, but the P180B is still a fine choice.

So basically, downgrade the CPU a notch (Q6700 to Q6600) and save yourself $300, maybe put them towards another GTX for SLI if you have a big display, or just save them.
September 22, 2007 4:37:32 AM

Thanks for the advice, I will certainly take it to heart.

I was thinking of this monitor:
LG L226WTY-BF Black 22" 2ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 3000:1

But hey, if I go for the q6600 maybe I can do 24", also going for another GTX is tantalizing.
Seems like a thousand people can't be wrong about going with q6600 over q670.

great input.

I would really enjoy if there were some other opinions out there.
Thanks
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September 22, 2007 5:50:10 AM

SLI really isn't worth it, as it two SLI 8800GTXs should be outpaced by a single high-end card of the nextgen, and at the moment a single GTX should handle everything you throw at it. Either save the money from getting the Q6600 instead or use it to get a nicer monitor. The power supply is a bit of overkill to be honest, a Corsair HX 620 would be a fine choice, and cheaper then the one you have picked out($50 less after mail in rebate). A Corsair HX620 should be fine for any single GPU setup and should even be able to run SLI 8800GTXs.
September 22, 2007 2:43:03 PM

Running SLI GTX on a corsair 620 is pushing it (but it can be done). I believe if you're gunning for a future SLI setup then you have made a flawless decision as far as PSU goes.

If you're going with a screen with less than 1920x1200 then yes, SLI will be a waste, however if you're going for 1920x1200 or 2560x1600 resolutions then you'll need SLI to push those resolutions. I know that some people will say you can play on 1920x1200 with a single GTX, but that's at 20-40fps on modern games, and that's not a fluid experience that you can actually enjoy, especially on shooters.
September 22, 2007 3:50:16 PM

great comments keep them coming.

I think the heart of the matter is what my future plans are. If I go SLI then I had better be planning for a second card and getting a high resolution monitor. If I don't follow through on those plans then it does seem like a waste. Does that sound like common sense? I will check the budget and see what I can do. If I do go for a 1900X1200 monitor now and just stick with the one GTX, will I be OK for gaming until I can spill for a second?

Thanks to all contributers for their expert advice. I appreciate it greatly.
September 22, 2007 8:24:32 PM

Some people will say you'll be fine, but then again those are the same people that are more than satisfied with getting 20-40 frames per second. I need at least 40-60+ to have an enjoyable experience on games (Mostly on first person view games, strategy games I can take 30+ just fine.)
September 23, 2007 1:23:47 AM

Alright!
Here is the whole story. Everything I am going to order. For better or worse I think this is it. Lot's of luxury (for Me) in this set up. I am very excited. thank you all for your great advice. If there is some fatal error I'm making, or just being a stupid armature, let me know. Any thoughts would be welcome.

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black PATA Model SH-S202G - OEM
$29.99

Antec Performance One P180B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4 x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$129.99

SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM
$7.99

Seagate Barracuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - O
$189.98
($94.99 each)

LG L226WTY-BF Black 22" 2ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$349.99

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video
$529.99

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply - Retail
$199.99

ALTEC LANSING VS2421 28 Watts 2.1 Gaming Speaker System - Retail
$49.99

Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard - Full Retail US Layout (Blue) - Retail
$79.99

Razer Copperhead Tempest Blue 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse - Full Retail Multi Language - Retail
$68.99

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
$412.00
($206.00 each)

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$219.99

WACOM Intuos3 PTZ431W 4" x 6" Active Area USB Tablet - Retail
$209.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
$279.99

Western Digital My Book Essential WDG1U5000N 500GB 7200 RPM External Hard Drive - Retail
$124.99

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan - Retail
$19.99

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail
$64.99
Subtotal: $2,968.83
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