this is my 2nd computer build and i want it to be the best build for around $2000
i've done alot of research to solve all the questions/issues i had with it but now i want advice from other people
the only things i didn't add in this was the screen/cpu heatsink-fan/keyboard/mouse/dvd driver because i have them already and I didn't need to include it into the price
the only prob i had was deciding whether to use 2gb 1066 ddr2 memory or 4gb 800 ddr2 memory
i read that 1066 ddr2 would work well with the E6850 conroe cpu and because it has a 1333 FSB speed
but im not sure if i will benefit more with the 4gb than the 2gb
i also realize that the whole 4gb wont read with vista 32bit --only with the 64bit version and only about 3gb will be used out of the 4gb with the 32bit vista
if u have any ideas to help the system run better, any part that u find that would be better than in the list, or if anything doesn't work please post
i want this comp to be good and working before i buy it for Christmas
I have that same HSF, you'll love it (as long as it fits, mine's real close). What edenruro was referring to with the GTS is the new G92 based 8800GTS that is rumored to be coming out in a little more than a week. Should smash the GTX, and be cheaper. Also when he said to keep the box, EVGA allows you do just pay the difference on a more expensive card for the first 90 days you have your current EVGA card, but you have to keep all the papers and things that come in the box.
I'm not a fan of SLI/Crossfire or any super high end product in general. I've done them all. And unless you're able to sell them on eBay (which I thankfully have been) then they just turn out to be luxury tax of sorts. And that's perfectly fine. But just understand the price premium you pay for diminishing returns on the high end. If you still want to go that route, you'll definitely have prettier eye candy than me for a few months. Another option is just to buy mid-high end cards (when they are available for the ACTUAL listed price) every couple years.. Over the long run you'll spend about the same, but you'll end up having better performance at the end of the 3 years. Definitely a lot of opinions on that matter though.
im trying to make this computer futureproof for about 2-3 years
having trouble deciding what option as in graphic cards should i get:
buy the 8800GTS and get the G92 based 8800GTS when it comes out
or some other card?
I would recommend getting the highest end single video card. Not SLI. As I've said. You do see some extra performance, but in the long haul it's just not worth it.
As for the screen, that looks nice. You may also want to check out Benqshopper.com. They've been good in my past dealings with them. I bought a FP241W for only $350 there a few months ago and it's been glorious. So if you can spend the extra $100 it may be well worth you while and you'd have true 1080p resolution...
Unless you need the system now, I would try and wait until Mid Jan.
Based on the Memory, it looks like you want to do some serious OC's.
Wait and get the Penryn the 1st part of Jan.
Also, the new 8800GTS rev2 will be out in the next week.
Some of the Factory OC models will likely beat the Std GTX at much less money.
They will also be a dual slot cooling solution instead of the single slot for the 8800GT which is nice.
If you plan on doing SLI, You will want the P38/P48 Mobo.
The savings on the GPU should let you upgrade to the P38/P48.
This Chipset has true Dual x16 Channels.
The x4 PCI-E slot on the P35 is not great for doing SLI with faster cards.