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November 30, 2007 2:16:23 AM

Here are many detail pictures of the HDTV LCD. I have sizes up to 2560 if anyone wants them.

The album is a mix of my setup and the HDTV LCD
http://www.fileden.com/album/125027/40906






So after a little more reading and review I have changed out some parts. One of the big changes are going from a GTX to a GTS G92. I figure this would be best if later on Nvidia does not release a card in the time frame of my step up program (Jan-Mar) and I would not be "stuck" with a $500 card when I could get the same performance for around $100 less. Also as of now I only plan on gaming at 1900x1080 if I get an HDTV, around 30". Hopefully by Jan there will be some IR and MIR on some of the stuff that I want. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you.
Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">
Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">]Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
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Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank"> Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">]Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">
Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">]]Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">]Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">
Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank"> Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">]Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">
Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank"> Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">]Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">
Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank"> Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">]Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">
Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
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I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">]]Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

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Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">] Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7763188&WishListTitle=highend+build



Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

Here's the wish list for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=7205506&WishListTitle=highend+build+2




Here is the 3rd revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,396.84

Here a like for easy lookup and specs:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9282667&WishListTitle=highend+build+3



I had some questions regarding some of the parts. Has anyone experience any sag from the ultra 120 because of its weight and size, what about long term? I picked the sflex 1200rpm fan at around 20dba and was wondering if this is going to be enough if I intend to oc without being noisy. They had a 800rpm and a 1600rpm (28dba) but was not sure if the 1600rpm one would be a little noisy.

For the people that recommend the Klipsch. I checked out their promedia 5.1 ultra. I have not read much about it yet but so far I do like them. I am not sure if I like them more than the z5500. I wish they had a wireless controller and I do like how the wires are not permanent so you can choose your own length. I have heard that sometimes they do not last long but that could be just a bad batch or the old promedia 5.1 non ultra. It is also $60 if not more than the z5500. Can anyone give me some feed back who have these or heard the two for comparison. Please, no fanboy talk.

I'm am not sure why but one of their EVGA 8800GTX was taken out of the database so I replace it with the superclocked ver. for the same price.
EVGA 768-P2-N835-A3 GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
" target="_blank">Here is the 4th revision of the gaming tower

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4gb)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (raid0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

CorePad C1 XXXL improved premium cloth mouse pads

Subtotal: $2,279.83

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4"]https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9564387&WishListTitle=highend+build+4

Hello TM members :D 

I would like some input on this build. This build will not happen most likely until the end of Dec 07 or in Jan 08. I might be switch out some components when they become available the time of the build, like CPU and GPU. Could you point out the weakness or a different components that would better fit this build. What I mean is I don't want to spend an extra $100 on a product that I could get for less at no cost in performance. For the sound card and speaker setup, should I get the Fatal1ty without the remote and control system since the Z-5500 speakers has a remote and control system already? Also consider the new products that are coming out that would benefit this build. I am thinking of running Vista 64 for DX10 and the use of 4gb memory. Is Vista 64 a good option or should I use 32 instead?

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZEROtherm BTF95 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

GIGABYTE ODIN GE-S800A-D1 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply Software Control

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for raid 0)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker


Subtotal: $2,617.87

I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and Saitek Eclipse keyboard. My new monitor will be either a 24" or a 30" or bigger HDTV. I am currently running a VG2030wm monitor.

Thank you for any suggestion and your time.

Here is the wishlist for easy lookup:
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Here is the 2nd revision.


Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850

2x - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model (4GB)

2x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Raid 0)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Subtotal: $2,340.86

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