Novice new builder....comments, please!!

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  1. i really dont wanna make a newegg account
  2. We can't view your wish list without logging into Newegg under your account.

    Perhaps a copy and paste method would be better.
  3. Actually, Just post your account and password.
    We promise not to buy anything and have it shipped to our house.
  4. Sorry; here's my tentative choices for my new novice build!

    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003SWA Silver ATX Full Tower Computer Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail
    Model #: VA8003SWA
    Item #: N82E16811133020

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    In Stock
    $199.99 $199.99

    Update ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: Striker Extreme
    Item #: N82E16813131074

    Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

    In Stock
    $309.99 $309.99

    Update EVGA 640-P2-N828-A1 GeForce 8800GTS KO 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Model #: 640-P2-N828-A1
    Item #: N82E16814130299

    Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

    In Stock
    Mail-in Rebate
    $379.99 $759.98

    Update Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply - Retail
    Model #: W0106RU
    Item #: N82E16817153039

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    In Stock
    Mail-in Rebate
    $169.99 $169.99

    Update Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
    Model #: BX80562Q6600
    Item #: N82E16819115017

    Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

    In Stock
    $279.99 $279.99

    Update Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC24G6400LLQK - Retail
    Model #: PDC24G6400LLQK
    Item #: N82E16820220267

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    In Stock
    Mail-in Rebate
    $139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99

    Update Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #: WD5000ABYS
    Item #: N82E16822136143

    Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

    In Stock
    $134.99 $134.99

    Update Sony NEC Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
    Model #: DDU1615/B2s
    Item #: N82E16827101131

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    In Stock
    $17.99 $17.99

    Update Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card - Retail
    Model #: 70SB046A00003
    Item #: N82E16829102014

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    In Stock
    Mail-in Rebate
    $179.99 -$10.00 Instant $169.99

    Update Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail
    Model #: Ultra-120 Extreme
    Item #: N82E16835109140

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    In Stock
    $64.99 $64.99

    Update Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan - Retail
    Model #: S-FLEX SFF21E
    Item #: N82E16835185005

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    In Stock
    $29.99 -$15.00 Instant $14.99
    Subtotal: $2,252.88
  5. destry said:
    Sorry; here's my tentative choices for my new novice build!

    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003SWA Silver ATX Full Tower Computer Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail
    ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard - Retail
    EVGA 640-P2-N828-A1 GeForce 8800GTS KO 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply - Retail $169.99
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
    Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory
    Update Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Sony NEC Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
    Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty
    Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail
    Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan - Retail


    The case is good.

    The mobo might as well be a P5N32-E SLI Plus, save some cash.

    Video cards: either 8800 GTX or 8800GT, depending on how much you can spend. The 8800GT is better value, but the GTX will be better at high resolutions and a bit faster and quieter and cooler and it will support triple SLI later if you get a 780i mobo and want to add a 3rd card.

    PSU: for that money I'd get a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad.

    RAM/Cooler/fan: if you are planning to overclock the CPU a lot then you made great choices. If not, get 2x2GB RAM and (maybe) a cheaper cooler/fan combo - for example a Scythe Ninja and use it with its stock fan, or an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7, or don't buy a cooler at all.

    Disk: WD7500AAKS is a bit better priced per GB and faster.

    DVD - don't know. I haven't bought any Sony product since the rootkit garbage they did in 2005. I'd buy a Samsung SH-203B or PX-810SA or LG GSA-H62N or similar. Even if you like Sony, dump the IDE thing and get a SATA equivalent.

    X-Fi: if you intend to use Vista then you're better off with an Auzentech card.
  6. destry said:

    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003SWA Silver ATX Full Tower Computer Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail
    ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard - Retail
    EVGA 640-P2-N828-A1 GeForce 8800GTS KO 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported
    Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply - Retail
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
    Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory Model
    Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Sony NEC Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
    Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card -
    Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail
    Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan - Retail


    CPU/Cooler/Fan : a good combination if you plan to overclock as stated by aevm.
    Motherboard : save some money on the motherboard as recommended by aevm.
    Graphics : save some money and get 2 8800GT videocards (better and $100cheaper per card).
    RAM : Check out the Geil Black Dragon series (dual or quad channel kits, they were recommended by toms in a recent review).

    The hard drive you picked is optimized for RAID arrays.
    Change it to WD5000AAKS or WD7500AAKS if you don't plan to run RAID (you only listed one drive).
    Change the Sony NEC dvdrewriter to a SATA model AD-7173S or a Samsung SH-203B.
  7. Which brand 8800 GTX?
  8. Andrius said:
    CPU/Cooler/Fan : a good combination if you plan to overclock as stated by aevm.
    Motherboard : save some money on the motherboard as recommended by aevm.
    Graphics : save some money and get 2 8800GT videocards (better and $100cheaper per card).
    RAM : Check out the Geil Black Dragon series (dual or quad channel kits, they were recommended by toms in a recent review).

    The hard drive you picked is optimized for RAID arrays.
    Change it to WD5000AAKS or WD7500AAKS if you don't plan to run RAID (you only listed one drive).
    Change the Sony NEC dvdrewriter to a SATA model AD-7173S or a Samsung SH-203B.

    Couple of questions: When you say 8800 GT, are you saying GTS or GTX? Why should I have or have not RAID?
  9. By the way, thanks for the timely responses!
  10. Yeah, that case is overkill for the price. You can go on ebay and get a watercooled case for cheaper than that. As for the motherboard, get one built around the P35 chipset because they are the best performers out there, except for the x38 (which is WAY more expensive). I agree with everything that Andruis wrote. SAVE YOURSELF SOME CASH!
  11. destry said:



    UPDATED WISH LIST:


    One Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003SWA Silver ATX Full Tower Computer Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail $199.99

    One ASUS P5K3 DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: P5K3 DELUXE/WIFI-AP $239.99

    Two EVGA 640-P2-N828-A1 GeForce 8800GTS KO 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $379.99 -$20.00 Instant $719.98

    One PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Crossfire Edition) EPS12V 750W Power Supply - Retail $199.99 -$30.00 Instant $169.99

    One Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail $279.99

    Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC24G6400LLQK - Retail $139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99

    Two Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $179.99 -$5.00 Instant $349.98

    One Sony NEC Optiarc 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7190S - OEM
    Model #: AD-7190S $33.99

    One Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card - Retail $179.99 -$10.00 Instant $169.99

    Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail $64.99

    Update Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan - Retail $29.99 -$15.00 Instant $14.99

    Subtotal: $2,373.87

    YOUR COMMENTS< PLEASE> THANKS
  12. Change the motherboard to a P5N32-E SLI Plus. The one you picked will not work with DDR2 or with SLI.
  13. aevm said:
    Change the motherboard to a P5N32-E SLI Plus. The one you picked will not work with DDR2 or with SLI.


    Okay, I replaced it, any other suggestions (I'm anxious to get started)?

    ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $189.99 -$10.00 Instant $179.99
  14. It looks great.

    Some crazy ideas for the video card(s): (feel free to ignore them, your list is just fine already)

    1. EVGA 640-P2-N829-A3 GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB, $356, includes Crysis
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130305

    2. Same thing, $346, includes Quake Wars
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130300

    They're also eVGA 8800 GTS 640MB, just like the model you picked, but these are newer revisions and higher clocked and come with games. They say "96+" stream processors instead of "96" on eVGA's site. (No idea what the heck this means, 96.217 stream processors maybe??? Some marketing guy went crazy here, I think :pt1cable: I'll try to figure it out.)
    http://www.evga.com/products/pdf/640-P2-N829-A1.pdf

    You can get one of each so you get both games - they'd work fine together in SLI. You can even combine cards from different companies as long as they are both 8800 GTS 640.

    3. Also consider buying a single 8800 GTX now and adding another later when prices drop. Less speed for now and much more speed later.

    XFX PVT80FSHE9 GeForce 8800GTX Extreme 768MB, $480
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150232

    BFG Tech BFGR88768GTXOCE GeForce 8800GTX 768MB, $495
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143080
  15. Thanks for all your help, order should arrive in 2-3 business days!
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