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My first build in 3 years - How does it look - can use more advice

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December 28, 2007 4:39:10 PM

Like the title says, this is my first full build in 3 years. It took alot of reading, but I think I'm pretty close to the final components. Please take a look and give me some feedback.
This PC will be used mostly for gaming on my 24" Dell monitor at 1920x1200(currently World of Warcraft) and other general use including some minor audio recording (wifey sings).

Case-Full Tower(Purchased and Recieved) APEVIA X-JUPITER G-Type X-JUPITERG-AL Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower
I wanted an all aluminum full tower, with a window and a nice Airflow. I decided to take a chance with this, although I thought long and hard about the Cooler Master Cosmos.

Motherboard (Still debating) GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS4 Rev. 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
or GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
As recommended by NightScope, I am thinking of getting the DS3L. As I do not use RAID and do not plan on running dual Video cards.

CPU(Ready to Order) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
This seemed like a good spot to settle at for the $$. I'll try to tweak it up a bit, but not right away, sicne I am pretty new to overclocking.

CPU Cooler(Ready to order) ZEROtherm BTF90 92mm Silent UFO CPU Cooler - Retail
(Does not look good)Thermaltake Ruby Orb CPU Cooler
Thanks WR2: Looks like the Orb isn't to great of a cooler and BTF90 looks to work pretty well. Wioth only minor overclocking this should treat me good.

RAM(Ready to Order) Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Power Supply (Placed into the case) 550 Antec TruePower 2.0
I have one of these that I bought a while back. It does have (1) PCI-e, SATA.

Harddrive #1(Not Ordering) Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Will more then likely reformat and use my existing 74GB Raptor and use the savings towards the GTS. This new one will house the OS & World of Warcraft only.

Harddrive #2(DEBATING) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Just got a 320GB Seagate will probably use this for now.

Video Card (Still Deciding) EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
I am planning on the EVGA or another brand. Probably will stick with this.

Sound Card (Still deciding) Audigy 2 ZS Platimun
I love this card (with the faceplate) and may decide to stick with it. We do some minor singing/recording so it's either keep this or maybe go with something external.

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December 28, 2007 5:08:16 PM

Yeah you don't need that motherboard. Just get the the ds3l instead:

Yeah I would stick with a 8800 GT, no need for a GTS (unless you don't have a problem with spending the extra).

You don't really need an aftermarket cooler if you're not going to be doing some major ocing. The stock cooler is sufficient for minor overclocking.

December 28, 2007 7:22:56 PM

I will definately look into that motherboard. I think I just like getting the aftermarket cooler, especially since it has the red led. Also the GT is possible because of the cost.
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December 28, 2007 8:47:30 PM

ziro said:
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Ruby Orb CPU Cooler
I'm hoping for this, as I will have a red color scheme. Please let me know if you see any problems with this choice, or if you know of a better option that also has red LED. If not, then I'll just go with a cooler without LED.
That CPU cooler does not look like a good match for your E6750 and your interest in tweaking/overclocking.
Thermaltake Ruby Orb review Also shown in that review is the ZeroTherm BFT90 that performs quite a bit better. And it costs less (with rebate) and - has a red LED.
BTF 90 $28 after rebate @ NewEgg BTF 90 review @ Anandtech
The BTF 92 OC has a higher fan speed and a manual speed control for $7. I think the BTF 90's auto fan speed control is the better option.

Your current 74GB Raptor should be fine for OS & your games. I'd suggest keeping the G92 GTS and leaving the new Raptor off your build.

If you're looking for more RED mods for your case check out

December 28, 2007 10:54:14 PM

Another red LED CPU Cooler :) 
I'm not so sure about the butterfly design, but it just might fit pretty good in my case. The wife may be more supportive - haha
Scrapping the Raptor is also a good idea. My 74GB Raptor is only about 2 years old. Maybe I'll just format that and start over with that one.
Keeping the GTS is probably the best option, I want the best running my 24" Dell monitor. Gotta get my game back to 1920x1200
December 31, 2007 5:10:00 PM

Im preparing to start ordering the parts. Any more "last minute" advice?

Happy New Year !