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Recommendation for new build (first o/c)

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December 27, 2007 12:22:45 AM

To all the pros in this forum,

Thanks for your previous help with my build. After taking every comment into consideration, here is what I have come up with for my first overclock pc. My original budget was 650 but the current build tops out at 710. If there is any possible way I can lower this, please let me know. I am amped to do my first o/c. Once again, any suggestions are more than welcome.

Thanks in advance.

(The previous thread had become too long, so I modified my list in accordance to those suggestions and decided to start a fresh thread ;)  )

CPU
E6550 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$169 (o/c without after -market fan from 2.33 -> 2.66 possible?)

CASE
RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89
(looks nice)

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681... $89

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $96

MEMORY
Adata 2GB DDR2-800
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682... $45

VIDEO CARD
XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99

HDD
Western Digital 320GB 16MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Cache
$80

DVD Burner
Samsung 20X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682... $26

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December 27, 2007 12:55:55 AM

Just a couple suggestions, and to all those with more experience please feel free to counter me...

#1 if you are looking to get more OC bang, I would go with an 8800gt over the 8600. the 8600's are geared more towards htcp's which isn't exactly the sort of system you would build with OC in mind.

#2 depending on how much OC you are looking to get from your CPU, you may want to consider an aftermarket HSF, something a bit more beefy than the stock cooler to protect your investment.
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December 27, 2007 2:03:16 PM

Maybe it's an HTPC or he has a game console like 360 or ps3 for gaming.

A GeForce 8600GT PC can get by with 300W PSU. The 550W can do 8800GT/GTS/GTX/ULTRA. Downgrade the PSU to Corsair 450VX or even Earthwatts 380W.

Yup, I highly recommend an aftermarket HSF such as Scythe Infinity, Ninja, Tuniq, Typhoon, etc. Whatever is on sale.
December 27, 2007 9:30:18 PM

Just to clarify a few things:

- For the time being, I will be doing some light gaming and video processing, but mostly java development using eclipse, jboss e.t.c
- I need to get an nvidia card primarily because of developement purposes (I use linux as my environment), and I have
had bad luck in the past with ati cards (i currently have an ati card, agp though)
- I will also be running a media server (winamp in windows xp)

I will probably be upgrading the video card in about 6-7 months and possibly get an 8800gt(s/x) an sell the current selection to a friend who does not do any gaming on his computer (hence the current selection).

Suggestions?
December 28, 2007 1:24:50 PM

Depending on what kind of java programming, if it's database programming, you want more ram & faster harddisks. The harddisk link you posted links to an 80gb. I'd get seagate 7200.11 or even a raid setup.
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