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December 18, 2007 7:09:26 PM

Alright boys and girls...this is kinda of an odd build, but has a few end goals.
I'd like to see what you all think.

Goals:

I initially was debating between getting a middle ground entertainment based system, not focused on gaming at all.
Generally speaking, I gave up most gaming...but am starting to get back into it.

As a result I started planning out a pretty serious gaming machine, but backed off because I just bought an X-Box 360 and
will be playing that pretty extensively moving forward. And yes...it did take me THIS long to get an X-Box 360!

Alright...so computer gaming isn't out of the question, but I figured I didn't want to drop insane coin on a souped up card
because I'll probably be X-Boxing it for awhile. So I decided to focus on a nice, quality build that has some upgradability
later down the road...namely with the video card and maybe additional RAM.

I salvaged some parts from my old system and will probably sell off whatever else I have to make back a few bucks...nothing
major, but it's better than throwing it in the closet if someone else can use it.

I'm also ordering a new set of fans to replace the old ones on my Lian Li PC-60 case.


Questions:

1) Do you see any compatability problems with the current build? Anything just silly that doesn't mesh or belong or is overkill or underkill?
2) Do you see any problem with fitting anything into the Lian Li PC-60 case?
3) Any issue with fitting an upgraded card, namely the 8800GTX (for now), later down the road?
4) Any other outstandings or blatent things I've forgotten?
5) I'm really on the fence with the mobo selection and could use some guidance here. Between the ABIT IP35 Pro, the various Gigabyte flavors, and the ASUS P5K3 DELUXE.


Anyway...here is the Build...


NEW COMPONENTS:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS4 Rev. 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel
Price: $179.99

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
Price: $279.99

Graphics Card: XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Price: $249.99

Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 600W
Price: $99.99

Memory (RAM): 126 G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Price: $126.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Price: $129.99

CPU Heatsink/Cooler: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme with Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound and a 120mm fan
Price: $69.99

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Price: $5.99

Card Reader LIAN LI CR-25A 20-in-1 USB 2.0 Aluminum Card Reader - Retail
Price: $22.99

4x80mm Fans: VANTEC SF8025L 80mm Case Fan - Retail
Price: $29.96



OPTIONAL COMPONENTS:

Monitor Samsung 22" 226BW (WSXGA+)
Price: $239.99




SALVAGED COMPONENTS:

Case: Lian-Li PC60 USB
Price: $0.00

Operating System Windows XP Professional
Price: $0.00

Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy PCI Sound Card w/FireWire port
Price: $0.00

Optical Drive Plextor PlexWriter 48/24/48A (PX-W4824TA/SW) E-IDE/ATAPI Internal CD-RW Drive
Price: $0.00

Additional Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 100GB (EIDE, Ultra ATA/100, 7200 RPM) WD1000JB
Price: $0.00




Build Total Without Monitor: $1,198.87
Build Total With Monitor: $1,468.86


Lian Li PC-60 Specs:

Midi Tower PC Case; Dimensions: 210x450x490mm (Width, Height, Depth), Weight: 5.9 kg
Material: anodized aluminium
Drive Space: A total of 12 device bays
Four x 5.25 bays
Three x 3.5 bays
Five x 3.5 bays; hidden for HDD
Four 80mm ADDA AD0812MB-A76GL fans for cooling (2 ball bearing type)
2 USB front ports which support USB 2.0
Front panel lighting

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December 18, 2007 8:08:01 PM

The Gigabyte P35 DS3L or DS3R, the latter if you want more RAID options, would save some unless there are specific features on that board you need. If you're not seriously overclocking you can use the HSF that comes with the retail CPU. Otherwise, nice build
December 20, 2007 12:12:52 AM

Thanks for the feedback g-paw! :) 

Anyone else have any thoughts on the build and/or mobo selection?
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December 20, 2007 12:23:52 AM

You have a really nice system there buddy :)  But i would go with Gigabyte P35C-DS3R board instead, it should be cheaper and it supports ddr3 memory as well, thats gives you an edge for future upgrading !
I would probably change your WD Hd to Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500gbs with 32mb cache, which is an awesome hard drive in my opinion, much faster then WD, even faster then Raptor !!. Also you should change your psu to Corsair HX620 which is a class act!

Good Luck with your Build!
December 20, 2007 1:23:13 AM

g-paw said:
The Gigabyte P35 DS3L or DS3R, the latter if you want more RAID options, would save some unless there are specific features on that board you need. If you're not seriously overclocking you can use the HSF that comes with the retail CPU. Otherwise, nice build


Agree with g-paw here... cheaper mobo will give the desired result.

ActionHank: By the time DDR3 becomes a *must* the motherboard will need to be updated for nehalem or similar support. Also with the combo boards they are generally less stable and will not overclock as well. The GameX from OCZ is a good PSU and for the price is good. The Corsair620 while great is somewhat dearer but would be good for future gpu updates.
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