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My first system build, hows it looking?

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October 29, 2007 2:06:39 AM

This is going to be my first build ever... How does it look?

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$79.99 -$15.00 Instant $64.99

ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply - Retail
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6550 - Retail
$169.99 $169.99

A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
$56.99 $56.99

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJB 320GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
$74.99 $74.99

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM
$29.99 $29.99

Subtotal: $546.93

Im going to be adding a 8800 GT to it as well so just add 250$ to the price

796$ total

I also plan on over clocking the E6550, i heard you can get it up to atleast 3.0 or 3.2 easy? so that will save me some money

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October 29, 2007 2:11:46 AM

If you want to overclock it, you could save about $70 by buying a Pentium D dual-core E2160. This processor has been reported to be overclocked to 3 Ghz and above
October 29, 2007 2:14:42 AM

im assuming i would have to buy alot of extra cooling for the e2160, im not an experienced overclocker, i have never done it before, i have only read alot about it is it more efficent to buy the e6550 and over clock it a decent amount so i dont have to buy the upgraded fans and stuff or buy the e2160 and the cooling fans ect, which would be better?

+ the E6550 has 4mb of cache, i heard that mattered
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October 29, 2007 2:20:28 AM

It's true, it would probably be easier/slightly better to overclock what you are going to use. I for one, am simply a cheapskate and so I would prefer saving 70 dollars. A 3 GHz processor w/ 1 mb cache is going to perform slightly less than a 3 GHz processor w/ a 4 mb cache. So unless you want cheaper stuff, I recede my earlier comment =P.
October 29, 2007 2:22:16 AM

well could you recommend some of the cooling options i would have to buy if i did go with the e2160 option, the case itself has 3 fans so thats good ventilation but i do not know alot about cooling

and also will that RAM and Power Supple be good enough for over clocking?
October 29, 2007 2:47:09 AM

Most people have OC'd the e2160 to about 3 gig's w/out any extra cooling. Yes it'll run a little warmer w/the stock HSF, but you can do it. If you buy an after market cooler, I wouldn't spend more than $25-30 for it, thus keeping your budget under control. The AC Freezer Pro comes to mind for the aftermarket budget CPU cooler. It's $26 shipped here:
The PSU should be fine, but I'd recommend the PSU below for about the same $ and has 33a on the 12v rail!
PSU - $76 shipped - $10 MIR = $66! Can run a single 8800gtx system.
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W Active Power Supply Retail ***Free Shipping***

The case you picked out is nice, but I'm seeing it for $80 shipped and $60 after $20 MIR. Here is another option to consider, it's $50 shipped and $40 after $10 MIR, so you can decide if it has what you want to pay for.
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

And your Abit IP35-e mobo is $96 - $20 MIR = $76 at, so don't forget to get the MIR, if your buying form
October 29, 2007 3:06:42 AM

I have that exact case (Coolermaster) and I love it. Since you're looking at the E6550, I would consider the E6750. In place of the Corsair 450VX, I would recommend the Corsair HX520. The 520 can handle dual 8800's in case you decide to go the SLI route later on.
October 29, 2007 3:34:01 AM

matth87 said:
Im not an experienced overclocker, i have never done it before.

Last May I to had never overclocked before, look at my rig in my sig now. Its a lot easier to OC than it looks, get a good quality cooler and watch those temps.
October 29, 2007 10:38:50 AM

hey i thought of buing a E2160 too, can you guys recomand me any coolers
~25 +/-