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October 4, 2007 1:05:19 AM

Hi all,
I am looking to replace my super old athlon 1800 system with a new one that will allow me to play some current games like Bioshock and Oblivion and let me do some light video editing and such. I have had my current system for 6 years and would like my new one to last at least 4-5 years. I at most will eventually lighlty overclock, but don't see the need at this point. I have built several computers in the past, but the last one was over 5 years ago. I saw this one on Costco.com and it seems like a great deal at only $1500. http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=112326...|84|56671&N=4017755&Mo=32&pos=2&No=2&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=56671&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&ec=BC-EC5-Cat84&topnav=

I went onto the ibuypower website and tried to configure the same system and it seems like I can't build it for less than $1900 with the same parts and OS. I have read some pretty bad reviews, but since Costco is selling it I know I can return it for a full refund including my shipping costs. Any thoughts about this system.

Costco also has this monitor I am considering:
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=112280...

I am between this and a home built system with the following parts:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185 - OEM
LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-16D2S-04 - OEM
Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 300 cd/m2 700:1 - Retail

I have not decided on a case and am considering the Antec Nine Hundred, Antec Performance One P180 ,Nzxt Lexa Gaming Tower Case and the Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS.

I do not have my heart set on any of these and welcome any advice/suggestions. I would like to stay as far under $2,000 including the monitor as possible. Thanks!

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October 4, 2007 1:46:26 AM

The homebuilt system would have a better warranty.

The IBuypower is limited to one year and only parts.
Parts you buy yourself will have a longer warranty.
October 4, 2007 1:50:34 AM

Forget SLI, get a P35 mobo and downsize the PSU. The E6750 will save a bundle on the CPU and take advantage of the 1333 FSB mobo. Price your components on Newegg ...
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October 4, 2007 4:16:58 AM

nhobo said:
Forget SLI, get a P35 mobo and downsize the PSU. The E6750 will save a bundle on the CPU and take advantage of the 1333 FSB mobo. Price your components on Newegg ...


I might consider the p35 mobo, but they seem to be getting poor reviews maybe since they are fairly new. For the CPU however I really like the idea of the quad core. I am a multi tasker and the additonal cores will come in habdy, plus they are starting to come out with software to utilize it. I figure this is a much more future proof CPU than the dual core. What PSU and case would you recommend? How does everything else look?
October 4, 2007 4:25:11 AM

GA-P35-DS3R, excellent mobo, maybe the best P35 mobo.
October 4, 2007 4:45:13 AM

emp said:
GA-P35-DS3R, excellent mobo, maybe the best P35 mobo.


Even with the many good reviews, there are still many people that are experiencing the same/similar problems wit hthis mobo. I hear there is a revision 2.0 that may address some of these issues but I don't feel like taking a chance buying a board that sounds like it should have been tested better prior to being released. What are the advantages of this board over the evga 680i that I listed above, other than the DDR3 feature that will not be cost effective for quite some time?
October 4, 2007 5:24:05 AM

Better OC'ing I believe, newer tech, supposed support for PCI-E 2.0, bunch of unnecessary things, but I wouldn't spend on a 680i chipset unless I was going to SLI cards.
October 4, 2007 5:50:40 AM

SLI is pointless. The pricing structure of video cards makes it a bad deal. You can always get the next-better card cheaper than two of any card you consider. And the next-better card will out-perform
two cheaper cards by a large margin. The cost of better cards rises linearly and the performance is exponential.

I have an Antec 900 case and it rocks.
And I have the GA-P35-DS3R. I haven't had any trouble with it.

Good luck with your new system,
Evan