My new build! Still researching, any ideas? (Gaming, big post)

Goal: I need reviews of this setup from people who have experience or knowledge. I am trying to build a high end gaming machine that is more orientated in playing the newer games that are on the market and the new games coming out. This is just for gaming. looking to spend between 2200-2600

Samsung 226BW 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 2ms, 700:1(DC 3000:1) Contrast Ratio, WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050, Gloss Black, DVI 280$

*need a monitor with more resolution to best utilize SLI ?

evga 8800 gt 512mb
*gpu review says shaders and texture rate is better than higher end cards
*Should i go for one 8800 ultra or 2 8800GT ? looking for charts and benchmarks comparing the two right now.
290x2 = 580$


or the
ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard - Retail
*people are not too crazy about the setup of the asus


DDR2 4gigs

OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Micron D7 Chip Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N10662GK - Retail

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-8500C5D - Retail
not sure what i need for memory but it should all go the same speed if its DDR2 8500 right?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail 280$

any other ideas on the core? or with the motherboard combo? this is what i used for benchamarks

not sure what to cool it with.
Rosewill RCX-Z4 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail 40$

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

power supply
COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-850-EMBA ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply - Retail

Thermaltake W0131RU ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified - Retail
do i need 850w?

Hard drive
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

bumb to 15,000 rpm worth it? (need some other adapters for it? I heard it is not worth it)
Sound card I have, with speakers and the dvd drives

Prices were done on did you shop around when you bought yours? I bet i could find better deals.

Any foreseeable problems? bottlenecks? guides online or anything that could help?

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  1. 1. Yes, you would want a higher resolution to utilize the SLI. SLI doesn't really start to rear its head until 19x12.

    2. Maybe you could only buy one GT right now and add another one later when the price drops a little bit. Or maybe you could think about waiting until ~Dec 3 for the G92 8800GTS.

    3. I would go with the eVGA.

    4. I don't really think you would see too much of a difference between 800 and 1066, but if you have the money to spend...why not. If I had to choose between those two(I didn't click on the links because my mouse is broke), I would go with the Corsair.

    5. Looks good, but you might think about the new Phenoms or Pyrens(spelling) that are coming out in the near future.

    6. I have never used a CPU cooler, but I think if you are going to go cheap, you might as well go with nothing. On that note, in my mind, rosewill is synonymous with trash.

    7. Usually people like to get flashy cases, but they are a good place to cut some expense off of the system. I looked into getting this one myself, I'm still not sure if I will, but just make sure it has adequate cooling for your needs...and space.

    8. I don't have the tiered PSU listings up, and can't because my mouse is broken, but I think either will do.

    9. I would -- at most -- go with the 10k RPM.

    Hope I helped,
  2. Some quick suggestions... if you're planning on putting in 2x 8800GT cards, get a better case. You can also get PSU's for much less than what you're looking at now.

    I would suggest something like the Antec 900 case. It's relatively cheap and has wonderful airflow. Often goes on sale for around $75-80 on newegg.

    For a PSU, if you're gonna go with 2x 8800GT's you could probably get by with a good 600W PSU (I know most people will just say get a 500W Corsair or whatever, but for PSU's I like to go bigger since it's safer AND offers upgradeability since we don't know what'll be available in 6 months). Otherwise, if you want to be safe you could go around 700-750W just in case.

    Are you gonna OC? If not, you could probably get away with 2x2 GB DDR2 800 RAM for about the same price as 2 gigs of 1066 RAM. There's always sales going on nowadays.

    And YES about shopping around. I live in Canada and just bought my parts online but I'm guessing you probably want names of US vendors. That's probably where others can help you more than I can.
  3. I agree with the above gentlemen on most parts.

    -I really think, for SLI upwards of 650-700W.

    Some U.S. online vendors: Newegg, ZipZoomFly, Tigerdirect,, etc.
  4. I would say right now with a few big developments on the horizon you should only go with the parts that arent going to be outdated or there price is gonna be heavily lowered in the next 2 months. really you should only get your Mobo, Ram,HD, an PSU right now cause there prices wont change as much in the coming months, ,but as far as your CPU an GPU i would suggest holding off on those for a little until the new stuff comes out to lower there prices, and as for a CPU cooler go with a Zalman CNPS 9700 i think if your gonna get the stuff right now
  5. You want a quality PSU in that rig, so consider either a Corsair HX620w or TX750w, but definitely not the one you chose.
  6. Thank you for your replies. I will look into everything today and I have some time on my hands to wait for price drops. It seems to be difficult to find the parts. If anyone else sees this, let me know if you find some good websites with benchmarks and so on for sli
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