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September 24, 2007 3:25:14 AM

Hi everyone
After hours reading posts on this forum I came up with this gaming build,
I’ll be using vista 64bit OS, I won’t be doing any extreme overclocking, just what I can do on air cooling.
please let me know what you think.
Thanks in advance


CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

Don’t really know what good cooler are there for Q6600, any suggestions are welcome.


MB: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R


RAM: 2 x Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 Dual Channel Memory Kits 4GB total PDC22G6400LLK

I’m not completely sure about the ram, with 2x2GB kit I could add more later on if necessary but with 4x1GB I’ll get better ram, I need some help with this issue.

Other options:

2 x Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kits BL2KIT12864AA804
Or
Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 EPP Dual Channel Memory Kit PDC24G6400ELK


Video: Evga E-GEFORCE 8800GTS 500MHZ 640MB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I Hdtv Out Hdcp DIRECTX10 Video Card 640-P2-N821-AR


I’ll be reusing some parts from my current system
PSU: Enermax EG495P-VE(24P) I hope it’s good enough for the build
Case: Antec P150
HDD1: Seagate barracuda 320GB ST3320620AS
HDD2: Seagate barracuda 200GB ST3200820AS
Sound: Creative SB x-Fi extrememusic
Monitor: Syncmaster 204B 1600x1200
DVD burner


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September 24, 2007 3:54:45 AM

Looks really good to me. I would get a Corsair 520W instead of the enermax. It will give you great quality with great performance.

For Ram I would go with the 2x2GB. It would give you room to upgrade in the future if you like. The 2 modules would also be better than 4 seperate ones.
September 24, 2007 3:59:46 AM

Dunno why everyone wants Intel quads or 64Bit... but it looks good, id get a 8800GTX instead of GTS.
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September 24, 2007 4:03:23 AM

I'd go with the 2x2GB solution, it's better if you want to have 8 GB later.

The PSU is a bit small IMO, at 485W. It might work, but it's risky and inefficient to push a PSU too close to the limit. I'd get a Corsair 620HX.

The P150 is rather small too, not all CPU coolers will fit. I'd try a Thermalright Ultima-90.

At your resolution it's worth adding another $100 or whatever and getting an 8800 GTX.
September 24, 2007 4:23:02 AM

Stock cooler would be fine for slight OCing... Cheap but good is the Artic Freezer 7 Pro. Top notch is something like Thermaltake Typhoon VX or thermalrite 120
Go with the 2x2gb ... more room for upgrade and easier to OC
Seconds on the Corsair PSU, even a 620 if you want a bit more grunt.
GTX is a good option but it is more expensive, at your 1600x1200 you would notice an improvement with the GTX over the GTS

Everyones thinking of Quads and 64bit as its the way of the future, they allow more scaling, more performance(maybe not yet), and more future proofing.
September 24, 2007 5:59:54 AM

thanks everyone for responding

I'll go with the 2x2GB

the P150 is a bit tight if something won't fit then I'll get the Antec 900

good point about 8800 GTX and the PSU

thanks a lot, your comments are really helpful
October 5, 2007 3:57:31 AM

*Update*
need some last thoughts about the build before I start ordering the parts

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
cooler: Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme 6 Heatpipe + Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120MM Cooling Fan
MB: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
RAM: Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN Memory Kit TWIN2X4096-6400C5 $259.99CAD after MIR

still not sure about the ram, I wanted a good 2x2GB DRR2-800 kit that can handle some overclocking.

other options which are on sale now: If there is something better that worth getting let me know

1) G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ $200CAD
2) OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-4-4-15 DDR2 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit OCZ2P8004GK $209.99CAD after MIR
3) Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 EPP Dual Channel Memory Kit PDC24G6400ELK $194.99CAD after MIR

Video: XFX GeForce 8800GTX Extreme 600MHZ 768MB 1.9GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card

PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad 750W ATX V2.2 EPS12V 24PIN SLI Active PFC Power Supply Copper
I decided on this one cause its in the tier 1 list, hopefully be enough for my next build which I guess will be in 3 years and its on sale right now :D 

October 5, 2007 5:30:20 AM

Nice cooler and Nice PSU, it has plenty of power for any future upgrading, assuming they don't start requiring a nuclear reactor.
I know the P180/182 will fit that cooler.
October 5, 2007 9:07:00 AM

ZizDead said:
*Update*
need some last thoughts about the build before I start ordering the parts

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
cooler: Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme 6 Heatpipe + Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120MM Cooling Fan
MB: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
RAM: Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN Memory Kit TWIN2X4096-6400C5 $259.99CAD after MIR

still not sure about the ram, I wanted a good 2x2GB DRR2-800 kit that can handle some overclocking.

other options which are on sale now: If there is something better that worth getting let me know

1) G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ $200CAD
2) OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-4-4-15 DDR2 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit OCZ2P8004GK $209.99CAD after MIR
3) Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 EPP Dual Channel Memory Kit PDC24G6400ELK $194.99CAD after MIR

Video: XFX GeForce 8800GTX Extreme 600MHZ 768MB 1.9GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card

PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad 750W ATX V2.2 EPS12V 24PIN SLI Active PFC Power Supply Copper
I decided on this one cause its in the tier 1 list, hopefully be enough for my next build which I guess will be in 3 years and its on sale right now :D 


You crazy Americans, where do you get money for all this rigs!!!
edit: or Uk-s, goes for you to! :) 
October 5, 2007 2:46:55 PM

Sorry, man. I'm a Canadian, and I got a rig like that too. If it makes you feel better, I had to save for 2 years for it...

Edit: also, once you've been on this forum a bit longer, you'll see there's a lot of Americans here who are dreaming about an upgrade to x1950pro :cry: 
October 5, 2007 3:55:16 PM

I got a 1950pro 512 and my buddy got an 8800gtx 768, where does that put me? Way down the list, thats where.
October 5, 2007 4:24:32 PM

So how does it feel when you play on his machine, do you see any real difference, is it that spectacular an improvement? Just curious.
October 5, 2007 4:41:22 PM

Love your latest list with one exception:

The 8800GTX is an extra long card and will not fit in your case without modification. It will need about 1/2" cut out of the drive cage to fit. The 8800GTS is ok.

Also, the PC P&C silencer610 (49a on 12v) will more than do the job, and is a roaring bargain direct from them for $120.

---good luck---
October 5, 2007 5:43:35 PM

aevm said:
So how does it feel when you play on his machine, do you see any real difference, is it that spectacular an improvement? Just curious.
I can't get on his machine, he's is playing Vanguard all the time. I think I'm going to buy him a box of pampers, so he never has to get up from the computer. Intervention anyone?
October 5, 2007 5:52:25 PM

:lol:  :lol:  If you buy the Pampers you remove his last link to the real world, don't do it!!!
October 5, 2007 5:59:36 PM


Ok I don't know about anybody else but I just built one of these and am typeing this on it. Kintsfield Quad stepping B rev Go
Asus P5K the Giga Board you picked ut is ok to
4X1Gig of Crucill Balistic PC-6400 4,4,4,12 this is grate ram a it let's you
start any system at 1.8 JDED setting's then you can bump up the MFG suggested voltage of 2.2.
EVGA 8800gts this was a cost deal at 280:00 but ai would recoment a low priced 8800GTX at about 500:00
I used a 700wat OCZ GameXTreme from Zip Zoom Fly for about 125:00 for a psu. Reasonable price.

On air a ArticCooling 7series 92mm HS and Fan is about 20 buck's and a grate start for a guy who may be upgrading later on to tec or watter.
But so far im running at about 3.3Gig without to much trouble. Just changing the FSB setting in bio's from 266 to 333 will change your 'Quad speed from 2.4 to 3Gig without any changing any vcore setting's and the Gigabyte board will do that just fine. My ASUS dose alright to and it was about 5 to 10 buck's cheaper at the time or I would have bough the Gigabyte. But have fun and that is how im doing it.
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October 6, 2007 9:23:26 AM

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Nice cooler and Nice PSU, it has plenty of power for any future upgrading, assuming they don't start requiring a nuclear reactor.
lol thats exactly what I was thinking when I wrote my last post
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You crazy Americans, where do you get money for all this rigs!!!
edit: or Uk-s, goes for you to!
even in N America money does not grow on trees :D 
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The 8800GTX is an extra long card and will not fit in your case without modification. It will need about 1/2" cut out of the drive cage to fit. The 8800GTS is ok.
thanks for the info, I added a P182 to my order, I googled a bit and found out that in order to fit 8800GTX into P182 the top drive bay need to be removed.
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Also, the PC P&C silencer610 (49a on 12v) will more than do the job, and is a roaring bargain direct from them for $120.
nice bargain but I'll stick to the 750W, hopefully it will be good enough for my next build :) . too bad they didn't made the silencer610 modular like the Corsair 620HX which I considered getting but eventually went for the 750W.
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Asus P5K the Giga Board you picked ut is ok to
I had some bad experience with Asus mobo on my current build, so I'll skip asus on this build and give Giga a try.
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4X1Gig of Crucill Balistic PC-6400 4,4,4,12 this is grate ram a it let's you
I did consider getting the Balistix but I think SolPC, aevm, and chookman are right 2x2GB leave more room for upgrade if needed
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EVGA 8800gts this was a cost deal at 280:00 but ai would recoment a low priced 8800GTX at about 500:00
at first I did want to get the GTS version but on second though I decided to go for the GTX, I think the build will last a bit longer and I'll get some more fps. :D 
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On air a ArticCooling 7series 92mm HS and Fan is about 20 buck's and a grate start for a guy who may be upgrading later on to tec or watter.
I have a AC7 pro on my current build, its a nice cooler as a replacement for the stock cooler but I'm not sure if its a good choice for OC so I got Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme.


everything was ordered, Thanks a lot for all the help :D  :D 
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