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First upper-mid system build (need second opinion)

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September 22, 2007 6:41:14 AM

Hi everyone,

This is my first build from scratch and i was wondering if anyone had any advice to give me, or suggestions to make on my parts, or what i should do with my system.

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Parts List

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.00GHz 4MB Cache Socket LGA775, 1333MHz FSB

Motherboard: Asus Striker Extreme nVIDIA 680i Chipset Intel LGA775 ATX Motherboard, Socket LGA775

Graphics: eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX Ultra PCI Express 16x 768MB GDD3 VGA Card

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x2

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

PSU: PC Power & Cooling / Silencer / 750-Watt

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case



This my first real system build, any advice anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
September 22, 2007 7:44:59 AM

looks good ,

1_E6850 is an awesome CPU , however u MIGHT want to look @ Q6600 here are 2 nice reviews :
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2quad-...
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=303...

2_If u want SLI ,then go with something cheaper than ASUS STRIKER , like ASUS P5N32-E SLI PLUS, or ASUS P5N32-E SLI , they are both good , the reason that STRIKER is expensive is because of some extra features like LCD POSTER .....

If u dont want SLI , then go for a P35 board like , ASUS P5K-E , GIGABYTE P35 DS3R , ABIT IP35 PRO

3_Is it a GTX or ULTRA ? dont go with ULTRA , it isnt worth it because the performance difference between ULTRA and GTX isnt noticeable , get a GTX and OC it (look @ mine )

other looks fine
September 22, 2007 7:49:56 AM

Thanks for the help, i was going to go with the Ultra, but you talked me out of it lol. anymore advice would be great! thanks again.
September 22, 2007 12:33:30 PM

^^^ listen to him. ASUS P5N32-E SLI PLUS, or ASUS P5N32-E SLI hands down the top SLI board. Overclocks well too.

The case is pretty good. Has holes for watercooling. I'd stick one fan in the bottom to balace the airflow out: 2 intakes & 2 exhausts (psu is exhaust). The 8800gtx/ultra is a foot warmer.
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