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December 28, 2007 2:25:51 PM

Ok I want to play oblivion and new games. budget is less than 1500.

here is what I got. is it compatable. I will buy a g0 from cubut though.

I will load up xp that I have sitting around. I need wifi as well. should I get a mobo with wifi on it? :ange: 



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

COOLER MASTER Stacker RC-832-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported 99

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231145


ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


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


ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail

Subtotal: $1,273.91
December 28, 2007 3:06:34 PM

Looks very good, but since u need WIFI, then instead of that RAM get a DDR2 800 RAM because DDR2 800 doesnt have alot of noticeable difference with DDR2 1000 (or even 1066) and also DDR2 800 will OC very good too, so get a DDR2 800 RAM with 4-4-4-x or lower timings (if u want to OC, then the timings are important,if u are not then they arent very important)

so by changing DDR2 1000 to DDR2 800, u can save some money and with that $ saved u can get ASUS P5K-E WIFI (it has 2 differences with P5K-E, one is that it ha WIFI and also it has better cooling than normal P5K-E)
others look fine
December 28, 2007 3:28:48 PM

^Nah. The DDR2 1000 will OC well if you plan on OCing. You can get a really good PCI WiFi adapter for less than $25.
Like these ones:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Every thing else looks good :) . You might want to look in to a 8800GT since it offers better performance. I recommend this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 8800GT also overclocks better than the 8800GTS. See bench marks here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/12/12/geforce_8800_gts...


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December 28, 2007 3:47:51 PM

But if u read some reviews u will see that the difference between
DDR2 800 and DDR2 1066 isnt noticeable its like 0%-5% and also
DDR2 800 OCs very well, so even if he didnt need a wireless i would have recommended DDR2 800 again

also plz give me a benchmark (a single one )that a 8800GT performs better than 8800GTS 512
i think u didnt see the (G92) 512MB at the end of the 8800GTS right ? :D  :) 
December 29, 2007 1:00:13 AM

The same board with wi-fi is the same price at Newegg so why not?
January 2, 2008 5:17:59 PM

are there any drawbacks to the wi-fi mobo? would would folks not just go for the wifi one??? there must be something....
January 2, 2008 5:45:46 PM

Also that RAM is about the same cost as DDR2-800 RAM, so it would not seem like a bad deal to get it.

It will not do much for OCing the Q6600, but if he upgraded to a Penryn he could using the extra FSB headroom.
January 2, 2008 6:18:37 PM

Quote:
are there any drawbacks to the wi-fi mobo? would would folks not just go for the wifi one??? there must be something....
If it's the same price, just get it and try it out. It's not like they're cheating you. :p  If it's really terrible, just go out and spend $20 on a USB or PCI Wi-fi adapter.
January 2, 2008 6:25:09 PM

can anyone recomme DDR2-800 RAM RAM for me I am about to place the order for the system as above. I am kinda new and clueless about RAM>
January 2, 2008 6:29:01 PM

You can try the following:
GSkill 2x1GB DDR2 800 Dual Channel Kit (5-5-5-15 Timings) - $48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use Patriot Extreme which I've never had a problem with. You can actually get a dual channel patriot kit with 4-4-4-12 timings for cheaper than the Gskill. Only thing is, you have to wait for a rebate on the Patriot stuff.
January 2, 2008 6:33:59 PM

I was looking for 4gb since I may install 64bit OS...
January 2, 2008 6:36:39 PM

Just get a 2x2GB kit then. Anything from: Gskill, Mushkin, Geil, Patriot, Crucial, etc. are all great brands. Just make sure it's DDR2 800. (Sometimes labeled as PC6400, but it's the same thing)
January 2, 2008 7:05:04 PM

I think it will work just fine, in fact, I think just about any DDR2 (800 or up) RAM will work with your board. If you look, even Maziar is using RAM that isn't on the "approved" compatibility list.

The "Approved" RAM list from ASUS for the P5K-E (In case you want something is guaranteed 100% to work by the manufacturer):
http://www.asus.com/999/download/products/1655/1655_10....

January 2, 2008 7:17:31 PM

Yes it will work fine. I just stepped up from a Athlon XP 2500+ and ATi radeon 9550, to a rig similar to yours. You should be happy with it. My old rig scored 138 in 3dmark06, my new one scores >11000 on stock settings and i don't plan on overclocking until the warranty runs out.

Regarding ram most cpus dont have an fsb of 400mhz (1600 quad pumped) meaning in most cases even ddr2 800 (400mhz double pumped) will be underclocked anyway to have a 1:1 ratio. Go for which ever ram is cheaper IMO, becasue i doubt you will see a performance difference without a hell of an overclock.
January 2, 2008 7:25:42 PM

I'd buy the add-in wifi card. If it breaks / gets fried, I don't need to replace the mobo; and you can upgrade it to whatever becomes standard.
January 2, 2008 10:40:36 PM

If there are issues with built in Wifi I guess one could buy a pci adapter. For the price I see no reason NOT to. Just get Crucial Ballistix for the ram.
January 3, 2008 1:17:36 PM

Can I install all the components as above in this case on SUPER sale?

its called a LAN case though.... Im ready to pull the trigger.
January 3, 2008 1:43:49 PM

If you're still using the Cooler Master Stacker then it will fit just fine.
January 3, 2008 1:56:17 PM

It will all fit, but since it's a Mid Tower, it's going to be a little cramped. Also, I couldn't help but notice that there is only 1x 120mm fan on the front. You'll probably want to install another high CPM fan on the rear (if the case will even allow this) to act as an exhaust, otherwise your case is going to get pretty warm.
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