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2008 My 1st Built Intel Gaming PC $1000 need reensurance PLZ HELP

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December 31, 2007 7:01:02 PM

Starting this off:
Subtotal: $1,008.86
note prices without tax and shipping on newegg but will be shooping arround.

CASE Antec Sonata III
Model #: Sonata III $114.95
I considered it a good value it comes with a earthwatts 500w psu, a 120mm exaust fan, 120mm intake fan spot (not included) and also loved the front filter it just slides off for easy cleaning.

Model #: IP35-E $89.99
I like the one PCIe slot, 8GB DDR2 Ram, it supports 4 sata (no raid), single marvel lan it comes with nice heatsinks for the chipsets p35 ichr9. The Only negative for me is this mobo needs a bios flash of the box to fix the double boot, etc. I've never flashed before but will learn. (hehe I hope)

Model #: BX80557E6750 $189.99
A nice c2d going try and run it at 3.0 from its 2.66 stock, looking foward to keeping this machine for a while

CPU Heatsink\Fan ZALMAN 9700
Model #: CNPS 9700 NT $52.99
I don't think I really need this to run the cpu at 3.0 but I see it helping create a better airflow pattern something like this: the front 120mm intake fan pulls air from the front filter threw the HD blowing at the video card, right above the video card the Zalman 9700 will blow the hot air from the cpu heatsink straight at the 120mm exhaust fan, also don't forget the psu 80mm will exhaust as usual.

Thermal Paste Heatsink Artic Silver ceramic coumpound
Model #: CMQ-22G $9.99
Getting this mainly because of reviews lot of people happy, didn't want to use permanent adhesive, this is something that should be easy to cleanup for reinstall or upgrade. I noticed that zalman includes a Thermal Grease (ZM-STG1) not sure about it so leaning towards the artic.

INTAKE FAN Antec 120mm
Model #: 761345-75121-6 $13.99
antec so it matches the case it has dual ball bearing and just a fan for the intake not sure if the best for the job.

VIDEO CARD evga 8800gt 512MB
Model #: 512-P3-N801-AR $269.99
Hope 512MB vram is enough for a while this should be able to play everything just right out of the box ho and it supports dx10 welcome 2008.

MEMORY Coarsair XMS2 2 x 1GB DDR2 800 PC2 6400
Model #: TWIN2X2048-6400C4 $77.00
Well it can run 4-4-4-12 at 2.1v also comes with heat spreaders. 2GBs should be good for now maybe down the road when Vista can actually support 4GBs will add the an extra 2GB.

HARD DRIVE Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Model #: WD1600AAJS $49.99
Well I'll put it this way, I have a 40GB drive with XP just about 96% full, will have a hard time filling up 160GB. I also made sure it had the sata conection for lower latency.

Model #: SH-S203B $29.99
One does it all plays records both cd/dvd also with sata support I don't burn much at all but just nice to have if needed.

OS Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Model #: 66I-00715 $109.99
Moving up from xp just the way of the future this pc should be running it without any problems and there will be more and more games with dx10.

well if everything looks just right High Five but if any adjustments seem needed let me know plz

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December 31, 2007 8:06:41 PM

The motherboard is out of stock again. Nice rig. Good luck
December 31, 2007 8:11:45 PM

I'd get a case with 2x 120mm fans built in and no door, which is only in the way when you want to access a DVD/CD.

The Zalman is not PWM, so the mobo can't control the speed and it will run at full blast. If you want something controllable (quieter), get a CPU cooler with a 4-pin connector. Either that or see how you like the OEM fan. I've got an E6750 at 3.2 on the stock fan that maxes out at 46 C. under use. It's noticable but not too loud in a Triton case.

Save $30 with the basic eVGA 8800GT and O/C it yourself with RivaTuner. If you are going to buy a cooler, get one to replace this howler.

XP Pro for performance, Vista is a hog, and there is NOTHING that needs it to run. XP runs great with 4GB.
Otherwise looks sweet.
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December 31, 2007 8:57:38 PM

will be looking into that other video card
on the zalman comes with a 4pin connection wich should have a speed controller correct this it the new 9700
December 31, 2007 9:16:24 PM

My mistake -good catch - you have to be careful with fan compatibility. You might want to do some more research though.
January 1, 2008 12:20:57 AM

Nice setup.

About getting a card and overlclocking it yourself. Yes you do save some money, but cards that are not overclocked do not usually overclock very high. The cards that are stock overclocked have been picked out of the batch basically, because they overclocked the highest.
January 1, 2008 1:47:30 AM

got it so forget about the $20 savings and stay midle of the road superclocked factory and latter maybe squize a little more power well that is the first time I've heard that so hope u right tks.
January 1, 2008 3:16:02 AM

^ Generally thats the case, but of course not the rule. But at a $20 difference I would get the factory overclocked card. XFX and BFG tend to overclock their cards the highest. The reviews on newegg suggest that the card you picked is very good at overclocking. You could also just try that.