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First PC Build - Need input

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November 2, 2007 1:25:52 PM

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.

Optical Drive
Samsung SH-S183L Black SATA DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL 8X Lightscribe DVD Writer OEM W/ SW
$38.26

MOBO
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
$104.53

Case
Antec P182 ATX Black Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Audio Firewire
$134.02

VideoCard
XFX GeForce 8800GTS XXX 580MHZ 320MB 1.8GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card
$300.60

Monitor
Samsung SyncMaster 226BW 22IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1680X1050 3000:1 2MS VGA DVI-D HDCP
$329.99

Memory
OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
$97.60

Storage
Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS NCQ Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty
$95.99

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box
$275.99

Power Supply
Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX Triple 12V 50A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PCI-E
$144.99

Thanks again!
-Kurse

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November 2, 2007 1:44:17 PM

you cant use an AM2 motherboard with Core2Duo processor
November 2, 2007 1:52:36 PM

Well that certainly points out my lack of knowledge.
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November 2, 2007 1:54:06 PM

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.
November 2, 2007 1:55:49 PM

Fixed the Motherboard to something recommended earlier.
November 2, 2007 2:01:02 PM

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?
November 2, 2007 2:05:01 PM

Good advice invalidka - I'm just a little scared about overclocking it, but if it's some light stuff then I suppose I'll be safe.

The Canadian dollar is worth a bit more - I only included that because Newegg does not ship to Canada, so I was making it known I was using a Canadian site.
November 2, 2007 2:05:25 PM

Maziar is correct.

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.

-Adam

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.
November 2, 2007 2:15:55 PM

I'm unsure of the advantages/disadvantages of going SLI. So thats up in the air.

While the 8800GT may perform better the noise is a concern. But I should really be turning off my PC anyhow, going green and all.

I have taken advice on the Q6600 since I would prefer something that can at least stand the test of time a bit.

My current computer is 5 years old! While I'm trying not to spend frivolously, I can justify the cost of the higher priced items if they hold me over for a longer period.
November 2, 2007 2:22:09 PM

Honestly, with the native resolution of that monitor, I don't really think that SLI would be a good choice. Really the only people that need it are people playing on huge screens.

Yeah, turning it off would be less noisy/better for your components(life length wise).

I'm thinking you could get away with using a Corsair 550W or 520W. The last time I checked NCIX(I'm buying my system from there)...the prices were somewhere around the $90 USD mark.
November 2, 2007 3:31:05 PM

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
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