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Please Check My New $2000 Build - THANK YOU!

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September 28, 2007 7:49:30 PM

Hi,

I have been pouring over the specs of my new (first time) build. My requirements are as follows.
1) Gaming, plus daily work station for my small business, download+media center
2) Future upgrades in 18 months or two years (More DDR2 or DDR3, CPU)
3) Plenty of Sata, USB, Wifi, capability

Thank you so much for taking a look! ANY input greatly appreciated.

Krock

ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131182
$214.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115017
$277.99

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130072
$529.99

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811133154
$149.99

Thermaltake W0131RU ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817153043
$259.99

X2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148136
$239.98
($119.99 each)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06 - Retail
Item #: N82E16827106072
$37.99


Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AL1065 - Retail
$159.49

ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835118020
$59.99

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16829102006
$79.99

TOTAL $2,010.39 (incl shipping)


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September 28, 2007 8:19:52 PM

Looks good, what OS? (i assume XP)
September 28, 2007 8:25:59 PM

I was thinking XP Pro and dual loading vista at some point with some VMware too
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September 28, 2007 8:35:30 PM

Well for Vista you would need more than 2GB memory to run it "smoothly". If your gonna game with vista... your gonna need a minimum of 4GB, should have 6GB, i have 8GB and Vista Ultimate is nothing to my machine.

People might say you don't need 4GB to game vista but from my experience, its worth it.

And obviously you would need 64Bit, hate to recommend that to an Intel user but its true.
September 28, 2007 8:54:58 PM

so the intel quad i picked does not support 64 bit? I thought I would get some more ram in a couple of months. Thanks for the help.
September 28, 2007 8:57:16 PM

no no no, the Quad does support it. Intel has emulated 64Bit. i was talking about the OS.
September 28, 2007 9:24:00 PM

Definitely OverKill on that PSU - A 750w PC Power and Cooling PSU could handle Dual 8800GTX w/ ease and cost a fair amount less. (Under $200)


If you are not planning on SLI (And the P35 is not a great SLI Mobo) then even a really nice 520w Corsair is more than enough to power that system for under $100
September 28, 2007 9:27:18 PM

Note: Intel is no more 64-bit than any AMD Chip.
Note2: How is a non-existent chip "more" anything?
September 28, 2007 9:33:34 PM

P35 wont dont SLI at all (there are some modded drivers apparently but they are too crash hot)
But you are right that 750W is overkill on the power That 520W corsair is a good PSU, you also cant go wrong with Antec NEOHE

Only thing i would suggest is the P5K-e as its cheaper with almost all the same features. Missing a 2nd lan port and some copper.
September 28, 2007 9:47:50 PM

Madrox said:
Well for Vista you would need more than 2GB memory to run it "smoothly". If your gonna game with vista... your gonna need a minimum of 4GB, should have 6GB, i have 8GB and Vista Ultimate is nothing to my machine.

People might say you don't need 4GB to game vista but from my experience, its worth it.

And obviously you would need 64Bit, hate to recommend that to an Intel user but its true.


what? 2 gigs runs vista perfectly fine, even with aero turned on. 8 gigs is a waste. 2 gigs of quality ram will do everything you need it to. The processor you picked is also a good choice, I don't know what this guy is talking about.
September 28, 2007 10:03:24 PM

Quote:
2 gigs runs vista perfectly fine


In 64Bit? Il bet it does... for web surfing
September 28, 2007 10:18:09 PM

08nwsula said:
what? 2 gigs runs vista perfectly fine, even with aero turned on. 8 gigs is a waste. 2 gigs of quality ram will do everything you need it to. The processor you picked is also a good choice, I don't know what this guy is talking about.


I have a Dell Latitude work laptop running Vista Ultimate and it has 2GB of ram with a T5600 1.83 Core 2 duo. This computer definitly runs slower than the same machine with 1GB ram on XP Pro. I have a sidebar tool that shows ram usage and it always sits at around 50% even at idle. From my experience with Vista, not even playing any games, it is no where near ready for prime time. I would stay with XP for the foreseable future.
September 28, 2007 11:12:13 PM

I really can't wait. My progression plan is to
1) add more ram in a couple of months for 64 bit OS in Vmware (to 4 or 8)
2) update the CPU in about 6 months maybe 9
3) and then update the video card around the same time depending on whats out.

I realize that the psu is overkill. I guess i did that bc i was thinking that if i were to switch to xfire in 6 months or a year or add a burner, card reader, etc. than i would still be ok. I guess i did weigh going with the p5ke but i decided it might be fun to have the xfire option in q1 of 2008.
Krock
September 28, 2007 11:58:17 PM

But you will need a new mobo for Xfire.
If planning on Dual GPUs, a 680 would be a better choice.
They will also support the Pennryn

If looking for 4gb now if thinking VMWare.
You will also need a 64-bit Host OS to run a 64-bit Client OS in VMWare.
September 29, 2007 12:53:23 AM

Madrox said:
Quote:
2 gigs runs vista perfectly fine


In 64Bit? Il bet it does... for web surfing


you only need 64bit os if you are trying to run more than 2 or 3 gigs. 2 gigs of nice ram on vista 32 more than suffices.
September 29, 2007 4:27:13 PM

Thanks for the suggestions I have made a few changes.
1) The thermalright ultra 120 extreme.
2) PC Power & Cooling PSU or the turbo psu
3) probablly going to WD hard drives
4) toying with going with the pk5e or premium. I want to do raid and I thought the deluxe would allow xfire.
5) I will get 4 gb now of ram.
Thanks again

Krock

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