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What do you guys this of this build? I have a couple question too.

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October 22, 2007 5:17:31 PM

FINAL BUILD


Case- COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119106

HDD- Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000KD 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822144423

Monitor- Acer AL1916WAbd Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824009091

GPU- XFX PVT80GTHF4 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150204

Power Supply- CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139001

RAM- Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820220161

MOBO- GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128050

Processor- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115017

OS- Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116202
October 22, 2007 5:50:58 PM

Looks good, it is almost the virutally same PC that I am planning on building.

Regarding g5insider comments, -- it also has 320MB less of VRAM.
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October 22, 2007 6:33:26 PM

yea, I forgot to say I already have 2 extra drives. I want the extra 320 mb of vram just incase.


What about cooling, should I be alright? Does any of this stuff come with fans?
October 22, 2007 6:34:45 PM

oh, alright. Does a heatsink come with the cpu or anything, or do I buy that extra?
October 22, 2007 7:28:21 PM

Yes,a heatsink comes with the Q6600. It's a pretty good one too. You only need to replace it if you overclock a lot.
October 22, 2007 7:33:27 PM

A stock heatsink/fan assembly comes with the CPU. Third party heatsinks/fans can be purchased to replace the stock heatsink/fan. These are generally for those who wish to overclock their CPUs or want quieter running systems.

-Wolf sends
October 22, 2007 7:42:20 PM

I'm wondering about the DFI motherboard. Any special reason you picked that one? It happens to be a dream motherboard for overclockers, but you are not an overclocker. For example you don't need tons of options related to overclocking in the BIOS. You may be better off with something like GA-P35-DS3R. The DS3R runs a bit cooler. (Read the newegg reviews for the Blood Iron, you'll see they all complain about the hot NB.)
October 22, 2007 8:05:09 PM

Ah, all right. Anandtech is an excellent site, good thinking. Lots of people who read those articles do overclock, and don't mind installing a little additional fan here and there. For them that's a great choice of mobo.
October 22, 2007 9:08:52 PM

Thanks for your help guys, Im just about ready to order.

Im not sure about the mobo yet though. aevm, do you think I should get the GA-P35-DS3R, or just stick with the blood iron?
October 22, 2007 9:13:35 PM

Get the GA-P35-DS3R or the GA-P35-DS3L.

The only differences are that the DS3L is $30 less and doesn't support RAID and only accepts 3 hard drives and a DVD.
October 22, 2007 9:30:23 PM

Thanks, I am going to get the GA-P35-DS3R.

Before I purchase, can you tell me if you see any compatibility issues with my final cart?

Case- COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

HDD- Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000KD 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Monitor- Acer AL1916WAbd Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

GPU- XFX PVT80GTHF4 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Power Supply- CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

RAM- Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

MOBO- GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Processor- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

OS- Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...




You guys have been a huge help, thanks again.
October 23, 2007 1:31:47 AM

Yuck, $132 for 2 GB of RAM. That's another case where only overclockers really benefit, and the rest of us can safely save a ton of cash.

This one was used in a review of the GA-P35-DS3R.
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $69 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227231

There's also Vista Upgrade DDR2-800 (I have that, with my GA-P35C-DS3R, and I'm sure it also works with GA-P35-DS3R). $67

Also:
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800, $60 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146565

I'm curious what others would recommend between these, or what else they'd find. I went with OCZ Vista myself, but I think Ballistix is better. It just wasn't easily available where I live.
October 23, 2007 2:46:51 AM

I am going to get the Crucial Ballistix. Thanks again aevm. Ill post how my new PC is working for me when its done.
October 23, 2007 2:49:44 AM

Get an Evga 8800 GTS.
October 23, 2007 2:52:02 AM

why do you think I should get the Evga over the XFX?
October 23, 2007 2:57:55 AM

hey, thanks a lot for putting me onto EVGA. I just read about their step-up program, and it brought me over to their side.

I have read their customer service is great too. Thanks man.
October 23, 2007 3:35:31 AM

You are welcome. I see you found the reason why I recommended them.
October 23, 2007 4:13:33 AM

Sniff...I wish I could build a new system right now...sniff... :( 

Edit: Sigh....
October 23, 2007 4:54:37 AM

^lol, Im so excited about it. I almost as excited about putting it all together as I am using the damn thing.
October 23, 2007 5:02:43 AM

It is rather exciting to get a new computer.
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