New system build, please help

First of all THX in advance!

I'm a noob[:labbai:2] builder, this is actually my first time building a pc and even though I've been doing lots of research I couldn't resist asking for y'all opinion. Please let me know if this system I have in mind is worth crap. Also let me know if I would have to make any changes to be able to go SLI (future plans for it, not sure yet), and if y'all think a budget of about $1300 would get me a good gaming pc.

Case: Antec 900 $98 inc. shipping

Board: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 $237 inc. shipping

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 $195 at newegg free shipping


Memory: mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

VGA: Not sure what to go for 8800gts or 8800gt

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

THX again
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  1. Excellent!. I tend to do cheap, but quality MB's(Gigabyte P35 DS3L) so yours is kind of overkill to me. If you need all those features, then go for it. Here is a less expensive version that may work for you.

    I am waiting on the 8800gt myself. Still running a 7600gt. Did not like the first batch of overpriced power hogs. The 8800gt looks promising.
  2. Nice build in general. If your not going to do SLI (which I'm not a fan of) than you can save a ton of $ and get a p35 based mobo. Most of them are around $100-$150 for good ones. The Gigabyte DS3L is one of the cheapest at around $100, but doesn't support RAID. If you want RAID functions, than the Gigabyte DS3R does support RAID and has other options that you might like. Asus and Abit also have similar offerings and might suit your needs better. Asus has the P5K's and Abit the IP35's, so you can decide which works out for you. Personally I would wait for the 8800gt's to come out before purchasing your next GPU.

    Edit: forgot my PSU info. There are other PSU's out there that I think you should consider. If your going SLI later, than there are other options. For non-SLI, I'd recommend these below:

    PSU - $110 shipped Nice solid PSU.
    Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, Retail

    PSU - $76 shipped - $10 MIR = $66! Can run a single 8800gtx system.
    CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W Active Power Supply Retail ***Free Shipping***

    PSU - $100 shipped - $10 MIR = $90! Good solid PSU for the $, hard to beat.
    Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX

    PSU - ~$125 shipped Good solid PSU, straight from OEM and cheaper than Newegg
  3. They pretty much said it all. A general rule that I go by: Never have a mobo cost more than a processor.
  4. Looks good, yeah I agree you want the motherboard to be less than the processor. As for video, I guess the 8800gt is not out yet, though as of right now, I would suggest the 8800 GTS if you don't plan on have really high resolutions. (< 1440x900). Good luck.
  5. where in the world did you find a 900 thats $98 after shipping
  6. Overkill on the mobo, SLI is really only useful for eeking that extra bit of performance at a premium price. When your card gets outdated you will want new hardware to support the latest standards (maybe direct x 10.1?) not twice the outdated hardware. If you can wait for the GT to come out I vote GT, otherwise the GTS is not a bad option.
  7. looks good, but you can get a q6600 for $75 more, you dont really need the four cores atm. I have the q6600 and i disabled 2 of my cores. you might want to get 2 x 2gb ram though you will need it for vista and most of the games that are coming out. I have 2gb pc8500 and i cant run the ps2 emulator and i just made the requirements for crysis. Also one last thing don't install ntune on your system it will completely mess your bios up
  8. agentsmith957 said:
    where in the world did you find a 900 thats $98 after shipping

    go to, the site's reviews r kinda weak, u know things like items not shipped after two weeks, or taking 2 months to give u a refund, but I think the risk is worth it
  9. aadamszc said:
    They pretty much said it all. A general rule that I go by: Never have a mobo cost more than a processor.

    Is there a particular reason why a board should not cost more than the cpu?
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