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$1000 All Purpose Rig (Comments Please)

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November 28, 2007 3:02:35 PM

I am looking at getting a new comp for Christmas, as I only have a laptop right now. The laptop isn't early powerful enough for what I need it to do. It gets by, but most of the time it isn't pretty. Anyways, I am going to be doing a lot of work with notation and drill writing software, which is relatively CPU intensive, but I also want to be able to play games with a decent frame rate. Keep in mind that I am on a budget, and I want to be able to upgrade in the future to quad core. So, I came up with this as a kind of general build.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&Tpk=antec%2bnine%2bhundred%2bblack%2bsteel%2batx

This case looks pretty cool to me for starters. Beyond that, it has a total of four fans, with one in front and two in back, which should provide some good air flow. It's also pretty cheap.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115029

Given my budget, it made more sense for me to go with a duel core than a quad core. Plus, I figured it wouldn't really make sense for me to go for the Q6600 given that quad cores are a "relatively" new technology that most programs and games don't take advantage of.

PSU: Rosewill RX750-D-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL,FCC,CSA,CB,CE,TUV,ROHS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182069

750 watts and it's on sale.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136161

I'm not really sure on this HD, but it was in my price range. Any other suggestions are welcome.

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059

Cheap and Reliable.

RAM: 4GB of CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590

Planning on getting 4GB of this stuff. Although, I'm not sure I'll really need that much...

Video Cars: XFX PVT80GTDF4 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150256

DVD/CD Drive: ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3T OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135151

I think that's about it, unless I missed something. Buying from Newegg, this build comes out at around $935 including rebates. Hopefully, you all can give me some good suggestions on where to go from here, and what I do and do not need.

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November 28, 2007 9:22:46 PM

2nd'ed. Swap the psu out for a better one. Personally, I wouldn't put even a tier 2 in my PC.

I'd be crazy to pick up a GTS when the new GTS is out next week for 300-350 bucks & much better speed than GTX.

Dual cores are plenty, but quad will be a better fit if the software makes use of all cores. Some do. If you o/c the q6600 to 3ghz, it'll do anything you throw at it at a pretty good speed.
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