Hello everyone, I'm looking for some insight on my new build. My selection of parts comes from reading prices and reviews on NCIX.com combined with advice given here from a previous post I made. It's going to be my main PC for every kind of use including casual gaming. I'm interesting in seeing decent graphics and trying games like Oblivion, Bioshock and Jericho, as well as other newer titles as they come. I'm also trying to build for some future expandability. I would like the machine to run as quietly as possible as I sleep 5 feet away. That being said please give me some input if you see fit, if I have over or underestimated items or neglected to think of them altogether please let me know. As I said earlier I was basing a lot on NCIX.com, I'm therefore Canadian - prices reflect that.
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First thing. The motherboard you have selected is for an AMD processor. The E6850 is not gonna work with AM2. So you need to change that. I suggest something with a P35 chipset. Other than that you have a good selection here. One other thing you might want to get if you plan to do some overclocking or if you don't like the heatsink that comes with the E6850. Is to get a new heatsink/fan for it. Thermalright is good, or Coolermaster, or Themaltake, or Zalman. Thats what I would suggest. good luck with your build.
I would recommend getting a 8800GT, lower price, performs like a $500 8800GTX. Also, you might want to get a Quad Core Q6600 and do some light overclocking to get it running at 3.0Ghz for the same price as the E6850. Same price, double the cores.
If I am correct, the American and Canadian dollars are nearly equal?
Couple questions before we answer yours.
-Do you want to go with AMD or Intel Processor?
-Do you have any plan to go SLI?
-Have you heard about the 8800GT? In most-all benchmarks, it is better. It is also just a bit cheaper right now, but after the initial demand dies out, it will be quite a bit cheaper. Word on the street says that it was a bit loud(which is one of your concerns), but Toms rated it at 43DB.
If you are going with Intel, then I would consider a Quad core processor. The Q6600 is virtually the the same price. Basically the question is: Do you want very good performance in games now(E6850) or better performance in the future(Q6600)?
On another note, if you are on a tight budget, you could get a less powerful(watt wise, and amps actually) PSU. Then again, if this fits in your budget and you don't want any other upgrade...I can say nothing bad about that PSU.
Edit: Wow, I have to learn how to type faster. Everyone got to my suggestions before me. >.<
Anyways, the mobo-cpu combination will now work.
Edit Again: I also meant to say that the 8800GTS prices will drop any time now. So, buying one would be bad. Honestly, I would either get a 8800GT or *maybe* an 8800GTS after the prices drop or *maybe* one of the new ATIs that are slated for release mid-november.
yes 8800GT performs near a 8800GTX in most games in resolutions up to 1920x1200 , in 1920x1200 and higher, in some games the difference isnt much ,but in some other games like Crysis..... the difference is noticeable