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October 11, 2007 9:49:06 PM

Its been a long time since I built a computer. Last one was a 2.8 gig barton. That said it is time for an upgrade.
Here is a list of what I was looking at. I haven't really picked out a case yet althought he Thermaltake Armor Series looks nice. Well here is a list of parts and links which hopefully will work


Mother board MSI P6N SLI Platinum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram 2 kits of Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drives 2X Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pwr supply Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DvD burner Sony NEC Optiarc Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler COOLER MASTER RR-CCH-L9U1-GP 92mm Hyper TX2 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there much difference between going with the memory pc800 vs pc 1066?
Going to raid 0 on the hard drives.
Looking at the motherboard is it worth it to get a 680LT or a 680I motherboard vs a 650I. I dont have plans of doing a sli.

Thanks for any info

Ebine
October 12, 2007 1:03:45 PM

Thumbs up for picking out the best bang for the buck o/cing ram! I wouldn't change a thing.

:)  ok, Ballistix can be o/ced to 1000 or maybe 1066. So there's no diff between Ballistix & those overpriced 1066 ram. If they're using the same good chips as Ballistix, they can be o/c'ed to beyond 1066.

Now if you're an extreme overclocker, you would want the fastest ram at the lowest price. We come back to Ballistix with rebate.

The MSI 650i Plat is the top 650i overclocking board. It has pretty good chipset cooling & then some. It's not worth getting a 680i unless you sli 2 highend cards. 650i & 680i have almost the same o/cing options in bios. I can't tell a difference. However, 650i is x8 & x8 in SLI whereas 680i is true x16 & x16 in SLI, if that matters. For the differences between 'em:

http://www.nvidia.com/page/nforce_600i_features.html
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