Gaming System Advice

Hi Everyone.

I am interested in building a new computer that will handle the upcoming games. (I am so impatient waiting for Crysis.) I mostly play FPS games. I have been doing a lot of reading trying to figure out what hardware I want to use, this is the list I came up with. I don't plan on going SLI. I think the video card I chose will keep me going for a few years. I will be using my current pair of 19" LCD monitors, and mouse and keyboard.
Are there any changes that I should make?
If there are can you share why you would make them?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan
RAIDMAX Smilodon Extreme Black ATX-612WEB SECC STEEL ATX Mid Tower

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS4 Rev. 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Lots of USB ports on the back of this one. It seems like you can never have enough to get everything plugged in these days.

EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT ATX12V / EPS12V 550W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

Crucial Ballistix 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model BL12864AA804 (2pcs.)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner included extra White bezel, with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model LH-20A1P-186

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

This will cost me about $1,400 which is fine with me. If I can keep it under $1,500 I will be happy.

I also thought of using this CPU. It is about the same price as the E6850 and maybe I could overclock it a bit.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

Thanks for the help.

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  1. The Smilodon is a great looking case with some unique features but doesn't have enough 5.25" drive bays for me,
    I have the TT Armor and it has allowed me to expand nicely, I've used up 5 of the 5.25" drive bays with a DVD-ROM, DVD-Burner, Card Reader, Fan Controller, FDD in with the power and reset switch and i still had 3 available slots open so i slid a Scythe Kama 120mm bay fan in right above the factory 120mm bay fan.
    Yup, it runs plenty cool.
    The PSU is borderline IMHO, it's better to have too much than too little.
    The E6750 can be overclocked to match it's big brother, but the Q660 is a great CPU for a ggod price and will help with the future-proofing.
    You'll love the 8800GTS 320MB, I've overclocked mine nicely using the NVIDIA control panel.
    Those are killer HDD's, i run a pair of them in RAID(1).
    Thermalright is on top of the food chain for the moment.....more so than Arctic Cooling, you can never be too cool.
    you'll want a Thermalright HR-03+ heatsink to go with that 8800GTS just to keep the heat off your CPU.
    The Gigabyte P35 series chipset is definately the way to go, you'll be pleased with that motherboard for sure.

  2. I think the TT Armor is the better choice. I have heard a lot of complaints about the horizontal support bar in the Smilodon getting in the way.

    The PSU is borderline IMHO, it's better to have too much than too little.

    He won't even be using all that that PSU has to offer. The M12 would give you modular cables and 50 more watts if you wanted. Seasonic makes an excellent product. He could add another 640 to it and be fine.

    The E6750 can be overclocked to match it's big brother, but the Q660 is a great CPU for a ggod price and will help with the future-proofing.

    The E6850 can be overclocked too, don't forget that. I agree that the Q6600 would be a little more future proof.

    Looks pretty good though.
  3. Looks very good. He's thinking long term ("will keep me going for a few years") so I'm voting for the Q6600.
  4. After thinking it over I think the Quad is the way to go.

    I came across this case in my search:
    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    It looks like a very nice case also.
  5. Antec 900 has great cooling. A bit too flashy for my taste, I watch movies a lot and prefer fewer lights. If you like its looks go for it, good choice.

    If you want something quieter and more serious-looking check out the P182.
  6. The 900 is a good case and I agree with aevm, check out the P182.
  7. I have the 900, its a great case, plenty of room and helps keep my q6600 cool even at 3.2Ghz. Around 32C idle, 54C load. Just great airflow. I agree the 3 fans (2 80mm and 1 120mm) with the blue LEDs are flashy and I have considered replacing those fans or disabling the LED so it doesn't light up. I really like the case and it was quite easy to build with it.

    Kudos on the Seasonic PSU, definitely do not want to go cheap on a PSU and Seasonic makes rock solid ones. I bought their 650W S12 model and haven't looked back.

    All in all your build looks good. I have the DS3R and have had great success with it, Gigabyte's P35 boards are great. Hope you enjoy your build, it looks good. :)
  8. I looked at the P182 case, very nice. I think this would be a better fit, the USB ports are on the front. Thanks for the info.

    There are too many cases to choose from, boggles the mind :pt1cable:

    I want one that will provide very good cooling, I guess that is what we all want from a case.
  9. You could get a cheap Centurion 534 and an 8800 GTX for the same money as a P182 and an 8800 GTS 640, give or take a few bucks. That's also worth considering, I guess...
  10. The P182 or the 900 are both great cases. Both the 6600 and the 6850 are nice CPUs. Get at least 2 gigs of ram with your system build.
  11. OK, I am going to go for it. I will use the P182 and the Q6600.
    Thanks for all your comments.
  12. After talking with my wife, (she wants one of my 19" LCDs) I need to get a 1 new monitor also.
    What do you guys think about this one?

    I will be using this as a primary monitor and my other 19" will be the second monitor for my setup.
    Maybe that is too big, if that is even possible.

    Any suggestions?
  13. The 245BW is a nice monitor, it gets great reviews, it's the best choice I know in its price range. I happen to know pretty much about it because I'm waiting for the 245BW or 275T to go on sale. The problems with the 245BW are:

    1. native resolution 1920x1200 at only 24" means you need good eyes
    2. native resolution 1920x1200 requires 8800 GTX in a lot of games
    3. it's a TN panel i.e. angle of view 160 (more expensive panels allow 178 degrees, i.e. you can watch from the side)

    The 245BW costs $500 at FutureShop. The 275T, also Samsung, costs $1000. I think I'll go with the 275T after all, when I have the cash, because it has 27" i.e. I can see better (same 1920x1200 but bigger pixels) and it's a better type of panel (178 degrees angle, better colours, etc.).

    If you go with either of these I strongly recommend a GTX card (even if it means getting a cheaper case to make up for the price difference).

    If you get the GTS card then a 20" monitor would be good (1680x1050). I have an LG 20" and I'm very happy with it. I don't intend to change it, I just want to add a second monitor.
  14. If I use the 8800 GTX can I still use the power supply I have chosen?
  15. Though your 550W PSU looks good, if you ever need to upgrade anything which requires more power than you will also have to get a new PSU. IMO get a 700W PSU because will hopefully future proof a bit more and is only ~$50 more.
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