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My First Killer Game Machine Attempt - Feedback Please

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November 8, 2007 9:34:43 PM

Hey Smart Computer People,

I'm building my second computer ever. I'm keeping my harddrive and case, which saves me a few bucks to really trick out the guts of my new machine. I wanted to run it by the forum to see if everybody thinks this new build will rock games like BF2142 and Hellgate London or simply explode in my face when I try to boot it up.

Here are the proposed components in planning on buying from

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775

FAN: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

VIDEO: EVGA 512-P3-N806-A1 GeForce 8800GT SSC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0

RAM: Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

SOUND: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit

PSU: FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN ATX12V 450W Power Supply 110/240V

Please let me know if any of these elements won't work together.
Thanks in advance for your feedback, knowledge and time.

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November 8, 2007 9:44:58 PM

better powersupply the current one will get destroyed after 20 seconds. rest is good
November 8, 2007 9:55:40 PM

FSP isn't really all that bad(I don't think), but it also is not all that good. As ^ said, I would think about another PSU. The other components look good together.

The only other advice I could offer would be to contemplate getting some more ram, especially if you are using vista.

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November 8, 2007 9:56:16 PM

All looks good - though you will likely be pushing that PSU a bit too hard. It's a good quality company, but that model is a bit on their low-end. The FX-600 (see signature block) would likely do you a bit better. There are also many other good PSU's out there.

Also - read the PSU 101 sticky. Please.

Good luck.
November 8, 2007 11:06:40 PM

Great build, but change PSU to a quality brand name like Corsair, Enermax, OCZ, Antec.
November 8, 2007 11:14:34 PM

Coolermaster also has decent psu's.
November 8, 2007 11:32:21 PM

pretty perfect build imo. but change PSU it be safe. FSP isn't bad, but its not as good as some others. Also if your using XP 2gb is fine. IF you are using vista..get at least 3gb.
November 9, 2007 2:14:35 PM

It looks like I need to go back and do a little research on power supplies.

Thanks for all your feedback, I don't want any weak links in this machine and I get the feeling y'alls advice is going to not only make the machine run better but also save me some cash in the long run.

November 9, 2007 5:34:08 PM

The power supply is the number one most overlooked important component in your computer. Its the one that provides stable clean power with no voltage spikes, over/undervolting. Computers are very sensitive to unclean power and are most of the time causing other people unknown problems, crashing, freezing etc...

I never buy a PSU without seeing lots of different reviews even if its a name brand.