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April 16, 2008 10:37:08 PM

Hey, I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but I am planning to buy a complete system with the intention of overclocking. Aside from what I'm about to list, I plan to buy a basic water cooling system, something like the Petra's Tech Shop Basic kit (about ~150 dollars.) I plan to mount the radiator within the case, so I am getting a big case.

I'm basically just looking for suggestions on upgrades/downgrades, anything that I'm getting that is a waste of money, something I'm getting where I'm not spending enough money etc etc.

List of Parts (in Canadian dollars):
1 x Cooler Master - Cosmos 1000 Silent Full Tower ( $199.95 )
1 x Intel - Coreâ„¢2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4GHz w/ 2x4MB Cache ( $264.95 )
1 x Asus - P5K-SE w/ DualDDR2 1066, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E x16 ( $104.95 )
1 x Mushkin - EM2-6400 Enhanced DDR2 SDRAM, 4GB Dual Pack (2 x 2GB) ( $84.95 )
1 x SEAGATE - 320GB Barracuda 7200.10 SATA II w/ NCQ, 16MB Cache ( $89.95 )
1 x Samsung - SE-S203S TruDirectâ„¢ 20X Internal SATA DVD-Writer, Black ( $34.95 )
1 x eVGA - e-GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI ( $599.95 )
1 x Corsair - HX 620W Modular Power Supply w/ Triple +12V ( $144.95 )
2 x Lg - Flatron L226WTY-BF 22in Widescreen LCD w/ DVI, 2ms, Black ( $549.90 )
1 x Logitech - G15 Gaming Keyboard, v.2 ( $79.95 )
1 x Logitech - G7 Laser Cordless Mouse ( $69.95 )
1 x Logitech - Z-4 2.1 Speaker System ( $99.95 )
1 x Microsoft - Windows Vista Ultimate x64 (64-bit) DVD w/ SP1, OEM, 1-Pack ( $204.95 )

Sub Total: $2,529.30 + shipping/taxes

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April 16, 2008 10:52:42 PM

I'd suggest maybe doing SLI with two 8800GT's or the like rather than getting the GX2. Two 8800's will probably give you more performance than the GX2, although you might want to bump up the power supply a bit. Also, look for one (or two) of the Seagate 7200.11 drives.

By the way, what are you going to use the computer for? Judging by the dual monitors, I'd guess either CAD or video/photo editing, but I might be wrong...
April 16, 2008 10:56:39 PM

The computer will be used for Development work as well as Gaming. The dual monitors are for the Development part of it. :) 

The only problem with getting two 8800 GT(S) and SLI'ing is I end up having to spend another ~150 on an SLI motherboard, which brings me almost up to the same cost as just buying a gx2 (which as far as I've seen has slightly better performance overall).

I'll take a look at the 7200.11's thanks!
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April 16, 2008 11:32:50 PM

wow!...thats expensive. I don't know the diff between US and Canadian $$$ but I can build 2 really good gaming rigs with that price.

How about this psu instead (save some $$) its a really good psu w/ 4 +12v rails and very stable powa....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do you really need those very expensive keyboard and mouse?....maybe you can save some more $$ there.

The q6600 is no doubt a really good cpu (I have it)....but it looks like you're building a gaming machine. Getting an E8400 will probably give you a better performance in gaming.

I know everyone has their own taste in cases but see if you like this one...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 - 250mm fans & 1 - 120mm rear fan. I own this case and it looks great, quiet and its a freezer. Keeps my oc game machine @ 55c prime95 load temp. 1.45vcore-bios, 3.6ghz e6750.

If you decide not to water cool....

Check this HSF out....its what i'm using...make sure you can fit it though.

Zerotherm Nirvana NV120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its still a nice setup. Keep in mind...the best pc you build today might not be so 6 months later.
April 16, 2008 11:37:57 PM

nevermind the e8400...for that purpose...stick with the q6600.
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