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September 27, 2007 5:17:39 PM

heres what ive decided on so far:

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Kentsfield 3.0GHz 2x4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 FSB 1333MHz Processor - 1040

ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX (upto 8GB of DDR2-800 memory, 3xPCIe16 slots, sataii, builtin lan&audio, FSB 1333/1066/800) - 299

Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC24G6400ELK - 215

Seagate Barracuda ES ST3500630NS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s - 150

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - 530

what do you guys think? i am not sure about which case/psu to get. do you guys have any recommendations for a case & psu combo (maybe with built in cooling) that would be a good fit for this system?

thanks

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September 27, 2007 5:53:08 PM

I think you have too much money!
September 27, 2007 6:06:59 PM

jtt, thanks for that PSU listing. That's exactly what I was looking for to help me pick out the right PSU for my new build.
September 27, 2007 6:17:24 PM

nickc07 said:
I think you have too much money!


well im trying to keep it under 3k.. there are ppl out there who spend 5-6000 dollars on one computer!
September 27, 2007 6:24:04 PM

I know haha. I am just trying to get one for $300 :) 
September 28, 2007 1:16:44 AM

First thought is the Mobo/CPU seem a bit extreme (but that is me). You could go with a e6750 or better and save some $. Also the better boards these days are from the p35 chipset, not saying yours is bad, but it is WAYYYY overpriced (if you ask me). For the PSU I would get this one, since it's a good solid one and very efficient.
PSU - $100 shipped - $45 MIR, can’t beat for this price
Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, C-tick – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cases are a personal pick, but some people spending the kind of $ you are on a system generally are going for Antec 900's/Thermaltake Armor series.

My 2cp's
September 28, 2007 3:22:37 AM

lunyone said:
First thought is the Mobo/CPU seem a bit extreme (but that is me). You could go with a e6750 or better and save some $. Also the better boards these days are from the p35 chipset, not saying yours is bad, but it is WAYYYY overpriced (if you ask me). For the PSU I would get this one, since it's a good solid one and very efficient.
PSU - $100 shipped - $45 MIR, can’t beat for this price
Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, C-tick – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cases are a personal pick, but some people spending the kind of $ you are on a system generally are going for Antec 900's/Thermaltake Armor series.

My 2cp's


thanks for the advice.. i actually decided on ditching the qx6800, im just gonna go for the q6600 and overclock it ( but keeping the asus striker). also, as for the case i will get the antec 900. the psu you posted, are you sure 550w would be enough with a geforce 8800 gtx? i wouldve thought i would want at least 700 or so.
September 28, 2007 3:35:11 AM

This would serve you better:

Q6600, eVGA 680 A1, two eVGA 8800 GTX cards, PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W.

I'm assuming you also have a 30" monitor, or at least 1920x1200, otherwise you could just get one GTX card.

Edit: for a single GTX card, I'd recommend PC Power & Cooling 610W or Corsair 620HX.

A really nice case is Silverstone TJ09. A cheaper but still great case is Antec P182. The Antec 900 cools well but I can't stand the lights, they distract from movies or games. The TJ09 and P182 are quieter too.
September 28, 2007 4:51:47 AM

The Corsair 450w one would work for the 8800gtx, but you wouldn't have much left for any upgrades later, so the 620HX would be good too. The Antec I quoted is pleny for what you have. I just like the $55 price after MIR. Others will suggest more wattage PSU's, but that is only to leave more upgrade room for ya. So you can decide on what you like.
September 28, 2007 6:34:54 AM

aevm said:
This would serve you better:

Q6600, eVGA 680 A1, two eVGA 8800 GTX cards, PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W.

I'm assuming you also have a 30" monitor, or at least 1920x1200, otherwise you could just get one GTX card.

Edit: for a single GTX card, I'd recommend PC Power & Cooling 610W or Corsair 620HX.

A really nice case is Silverstone TJ09. A cheaper but still great case is Antec P182. The Antec 900 cools well but I can't stand the lights, they distract from movies or games. The TJ09 and P182 are quieter too.


actually i dont plan on doing a sli setup.. one gtx should be more than enough for me. also the reason why i went with evga is because of their step up program - i heard the new nvida 9800 series is coming soon.
September 28, 2007 6:36:59 AM

lunyone said:
The Corsair 450w one would work for the 8800gtx, but you wouldn't have much left for any upgrades later, so the 620HX would be good too. The Antec I quoted is pleny for what you have. I just like the $55 price after MIR. Others will suggest more wattage PSU's, but that is only to leave more upgrade room for ya. So you can decide on what you like.



i went with the antec 900 case and psu like you suggested. although instead of the neo power i went with the antec true power 650w psu.
September 28, 2007 7:26:24 AM

If you must have a quad go for the Q6600 and OC it to 3.0GHz, save some $$$. If not then get a E6750 and OC the hell out of it.
September 28, 2007 2:43:54 PM

OK, without SLI, i'd pick GA-P35-DS3R, Antec P182, Corsair 620HX, Q6600.
September 29, 2007 12:55:38 AM

aevm said:
OK, without SLI, i'd pick GA-P35-DS3R, Antec P182, Corsair 620HX, Q6600.



hmm. will the GA-P35-DS3R support the new 45nm q9xxx series of cpus intel is gonna release soon? i know for a fact the striker extreme will with a bios update which is why i went for that (in case i can somehow get rid of the q6600 and get one of the new ones). also how does the overclocking compare between the two boards?
September 29, 2007 1:42:58 AM

A little on the bleeding edge without much major benefit in my opinion.

Q6600 is my personal recommendation. Screaming high speed performance that is priced at a wonderful price versus performance price point.

I love the Antec 182 for a case. I like the gunmetal of the 182 better than the glossy black of the 180. The Antecs are designed to be quiet while still having a great air flow and cooling through the unit.

For a PSU, any Tier 1 or 2 units with a modular cable system with at least 500w to give yourself some expansion and aging headroom.

HD: I would split that big boy into two smaller (320gb) HD's. Would give you more space for just pennies more $ AND would give you more formatting and layout control. OS on primary drive with programs on secondary drive. The dual drive system will yield faster speeds as the drive heads can read 2 distinct drives at the same time rather than bouncing around on a single drive. And yes, the dual drives will be more durable due the lower rate of wear and tear on the drives.

EVGA card can't be beat. I noticed that nobody is saying drop the card or swap the card for another. Enough said.
September 29, 2007 2:34:54 AM

fadetoblack said:
hmm. will the GA-P35-DS3R support the new 45nm q9xxx series of cpus intel is gonna release soon? i know for a fact the striker extreme will with a bios update which is why i went for that (in case i can somehow get rid of the q6600 and get one of the new ones). also how does the overclocking compare between the two boards?


Yes, and it won't even need a BIOS update.

Both overclock well, according to reviews.

The Striker gives you more tools to overclock, but it also makes it easier to get lost in so many tools. That is, for a newbie in overclocking the GA is a better choice, but in the hands of an expert the Striker can reach better results than the GA.
September 29, 2007 6:56:21 AM

ok, i know i said i dont plan on doing a sli setup (and i dont currently but who knows), but if i wanted to keep my options open for the future - is the striker the best option? and would a 650W psu be enough for sli?
September 29, 2007 9:04:18 AM

fadetoblack said:
ok, i know i said i dont plan on doing a sli setup (and i dont currently but who knows), but if i wanted to keep my options open for the future - is the striker the best option? and would a 650W psu be enough for sli?


Sounds like your in lust with the Striker so buy it already! You will not be happy with another. It is a fine board, just overpriced because they labeled it Striker.

You could drop in this PSU and not ever worry about it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 29, 2007 7:55:55 PM

tlmck said:
Sounds like your in lust with the Striker so buy it already! You will not be happy with another. It is a fine board, just overpriced because they labeled it Striker.

You could drop in this PSU and not ever worry about it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


hehe.. do you have a striker, or ever used one?
September 29, 2007 11:57:18 PM

Man, check out the P5N32-E SLI 680i. It's just like the Striker, minus a few silly things, and much cheaper.
September 30, 2007 12:04:57 AM

2 friends have it. One paid god knows how much for 25 fps extra in SLi. Another has one of the Abit Fatal1ty boards. None of them seem to run any better than my lowly DS3L except in benchmark programs which I care nothing about other than using them for burn in.

I prefer getting cheap boards that only have the features I need. It also seems to be less of a hassle getting them to post on the first try as my last three builds have.
September 30, 2007 5:13:32 AM

tlmck said:
2 friends have it. One paid god knows how much for 25 fps extra in SLi. Another has one of the Abit Fatal1ty boards. None of them seem to run any better than my lowly DS3L except in benchmark programs which I care nothing about other than using them for burn in.

I prefer getting cheap boards that only have the features I need. It also seems to be less of a hassle getting them to post on the first try as my last three builds have.

That is what I was trying to say nicely, but most people get stuck on expensive mobo's and don't look at what they really need. I always find the cheapest board that fits all of my needs and research it to verify that it would be a good purchase.
September 30, 2007 10:40:06 PM

i appreciate the advice guys. im still reading up on it, but i might just go for that asus p5n32 sli.
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