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December 1, 2007 2:21:10 AM

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishlist/PublicWish...

^^website for computer build^^

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 :D 
December 1, 2007 2:42:40 AM

I'd ditch the 8800GTX and get 2x 8800GT in SLI.

I'd go for a MID tower case and get an Antec900

PSU is a good choice. Everyone else looks good too.

I'd go for AC MX-2 Thermal compound though.


What HSF are you going to be using?
December 1, 2007 2:56:24 AM

Case: it is all about pesonal preferences it has good air flow so if you like it buy it

Mobo:Good one

Video card: get a 8800GT or a revamped 8800GTS
Get an EVGA so if the rumor is true in Feb 08 the high end 9000 series is relesed you can Step up (remeber to keep everything included in the box)

PSU: i like that one

CPU:I think a q6600 is a better choice but it is up to you

Memory: getting 4gb is a bad idea since the OS will not reconize more than 3
those corsairs look fine

HDD: raptor hard drives are a waste of money Imao raid 2 of the saegate or get a high capacity one WD7500aaks ( those are almost as fast as the raptors look at this chart
http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&mo...
http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&mo...
http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&mo...
http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&mo...
http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&mo...
http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&mo...

Thermal compund: Arctic silver is good but i prefer Arctic cooling MX 02 it performs the same or better, is not conductive, does not need break time and so on
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hope it helps and sorry for bad english
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December 1, 2007 2:59:09 PM

is the 8800 GTX going to be overkill and a waste of money?
im want to be able to play Crysis,COD4,gears of war, bioshock at medium or high settings(prefer high)
or should i just get the 8800GT series?
here is 2 cards i found-
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
(i wasnt sure what u meant by keeping the box for the vid card)

For my HSF i prob going to be -
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

i didnt want to go with the Q6600 becuase quad are not good with gaming compared with E6580 but i wasnt sure if the Q6600 would be better than the E6580 if I OC the Q6600 to 3.0ghz?
December 1, 2007 5:24:17 PM

DonuttKingg said:
is the 8800 GTX going to be overkill and a waste of money?
im want to be able to play Crysis,COD4,gears of war, bioshock at medium or high settings(prefer high)
or should i just get the 8800GT series?
here is 2 cards i found-
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
(i wasnt sure what u meant by keeping the box for the vid card)

For my HSF i prob going to be -
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...



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.
December 1, 2007 6:02:07 PM

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.
December 3, 2007 9:03:31 PM

im trying to make this computer futureproof for about 2-3 years
having trouble deciding what option as in graphic cards should i get:
8800GTS
8800GTX
2x8800GT SLI
8800GT
buy the 8800GTS and get the G92 based 8800GTS when it comes out
or some other card?

im running the monitor at 1600x1200 or something like that-if i can
going to buy this as a screen:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
December 4, 2007 6:54:53 PM

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...
December 4, 2007 7:32:57 PM

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.
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