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December 30, 2007 6:20:26 PM

Hello everyone! I an looking into building a new computer system. My currect home system is a P3 866 (v1.0) that I build myself ~7 years ago, so an grade is needed. Here is kind of what I came up with so far. If anyone has any suggestions, please chime in.

Case - APEVIA X-JUPITER G-Type X-JUPITERG-BK Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
MoBo - ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600
RAM (2GB)- Crucial Ballistix 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model BL12864AA804
Video Card - ASUS EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
CD/DVD Burner - SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N
Power Supply - ???

This above build costs under $1,100 + Power Supply + Windows Vista. I would like to keep the system under $1,500.

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December 30, 2007 6:44:19 PM

would you consider a blue ray HD dvd combo drive?
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December 30, 2007 7:35:50 PM

I take it you plan to use SLI? What Shadow said on the PSU
December 30, 2007 8:11:22 PM

I'd recommend getting 4gb RAM if you're using Vista.
January 3, 2008 8:15:11 PM

Thanks for the PSU suggestions.

I did not plan on going SLI right away, but I wanted the option to do it down the road.

I noticed that the MoBo I selected only supports {2 x PCI Express x16 slot, support NVIDIA SLI technology, at full x16, x16 speed (blue), 1 x PCI Express x16, at x8 speed (white)}.
And the VidCard supports PCI Express 2.0. IS this going to cause a problem?

I was also debating on changing the RAM. Instead of going with 2 stix of Crucial Ballistix 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory; I was thinking of going with 2 stix of G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory.
January 3, 2008 8:57:56 PM

mrymar said:
Thanks for the PSU suggestions.

I did not plan on going SLI right away, but I wanted the option to do it down the road.

I noticed that the MoBo I selected only supports {2 x PCI Express x16 slot, support NVIDIA SLI technology, at full x16, x16 speed (blue), 1 x PCI Express x16, at x8 speed (white)}.
And the VidCard supports PCI Express 2.0. IS this going to cause a problem?

I was also debating on changing the RAM. Instead of going with 2 stix of Crucial Ballistix 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory; I was thinking of going with 2 stix of G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory.


Id be more inclined to go with the 520HX or 620HX as they will support a 2nd GPU if you are looking that way better.

PCI-e2.0 will not cause a problem the GPU is backwards compatible to PCI-e1.1 which that mobo has ;) 

The Crucial is EXCELLENT ram... but you are also suggesting a change from 2gb ram to 4gb are you not? which 4gb will always be better.

Is it just me or does anyone else find it wierd going from a P3 system of yester year to a Quad core and thinking about SLI??
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