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January 1, 2008 6:52:47 AM

Well after much research and checking out stuff
i have come out with the following config .. this is supposed to be a gaming build
any changes/or modifications plz let me know
I would like to overclock them in near future

1.Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 -
Specs: 2.4GHz, 8MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB, EM64T, EIST, iAMT2, LaGrande, 65nm

2.Motherboard
ASUS P5K-E / WiFi-AP Socket 775 Motherboard

3.Gfx
EVGA 8800GTS Video Card (512MB, PCI-E 2.0)

4.HDD
Seagate Sata 2 500 GB (16 MB Buffer)

5.Case
Antec 900 (7x120mm + 200mm fans)

6.Memory
4 Gigabytes Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2 800

7.PSU
Antec TR - 650W True Power "TRIO" Series - nVidia SLI Ready

8.Moniter
Dell UltraSharpTM 2208WFP
Performance 22" Widescreen Flat Panel with Analog and Digital DVI-D (HDCP)

PLz suggest me a good sound card and 5.1 speakers
m a bit confused in choosing brand (logitech,cr8tive,altec lansing)
which 1 is better for gaming ?

Also a good heatsink (Thermalright brand is not available at my place)


Last but not the least i would like to thank cnumartyr for helping me and getting things in place
*cheers*

January 1, 2008 7:42:40 AM

Theres only one sound card worth buying, the Creative X-Fi ExtremeGamer Fatality Pro ($135.99) which are not showing at NewEgg right now because there out of stock. HP makes a great new 22" LCD W2207 for little over $300 that has a very fast response time, better than my Nec 19" 8ms monitor. As for a heatsink the Tuniq Tower 120 is top notch, I have included all the charts for all the CPU cooler to date down below. :sol: 

HP 22" W2207 http://www.anandtech.com/displays/showdoc.aspx?i=3054

Tuniq Tower 120 http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=2906&p=1



By systemlord at 2007-12-29

January 1, 2008 10:11:49 AM

k
there's one thing i would like to ask
right now i have a option for either
1.evga 8800 640mb
2.evga 8800 512mb(g92)
which 1 should i go for ? does 512 outperform 640version ??
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January 1, 2008 11:15:24 AM

yup, the gts512 is the new champ. It's near GTX speed at GT price. Some of the GT is still overpriced at $300 apiece.
January 1, 2008 12:50:38 PM

x3ro said:
k
there's one thing i would like to ask
right now i have a option for either
1.evga 8800 640mb
2.evga 8800 512mb(g92)
which 1 should i go for ? does 512 outperform 640version ??


The new (G92 based) 8800GTS 512MB blows the old 8800GTS 640 away by a big margin. The 8800GTS 512MB almost has as much graphics power as an 8800GTX.
January 1, 2008 1:03:07 PM

For the Case, it only holds 5 (3 of which are already in) 120mm (besides CPU Cooler) and the 200mm.

Just giving you a heads up so you dont buy too many fans
January 1, 2008 1:27:21 PM

Love your build, but I wouldn't buy a Dell monitor.

I mean, if they ship it out to you and it has shipping damage, that would be a pain to deal with them again. Just go to a brick and mortar and look for a sale on a 21.6" Samsung or something. Also, if the Dell comes with a bunch of dead/stuck pixels, what then?

ALSO, just get a Corsair PSU. I mean, everything else on your build is A++ and very well researched. A Corsair would just be icing.

Oops, and yes, I second Systemlord on the soundcard. Only game in town.
January 1, 2008 2:35:24 PM

thanxs guys
yea the crosair psu looks sweet
heat sink m still looking for1 lets c

January 3, 2008 3:45:21 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hows ths for a psu ??

i need a psu with blue led fan in it :) 

also what is g0 stepper ?? its for oc'ing right ??
how do i get it confirmed the processor m buying has g0 stepper ??
is it written on it or any symbol plz help
January 3, 2008 3:55:56 AM

That Antec PSU is amazing, it's seasonic built so you know it's top quality, on tests it was shown to have nearly identical numbers to the Corsair 620HX (Also Seasonic Built).
January 3, 2008 4:48:36 AM

Those seem not to push a lot of air to be honest (38.5CFM), I bought today two Thermaltake Thunderblades 120mm fans (78CFM) which are considered to push some pretty decent amounts of air (for 120mm good fans are ones with at least 65-70CFM I think)
January 3, 2008 4:59:03 AM

f*** !!
i can still use them ???
wont cause any harm right ?
coz i cant get it replaced now :|
January 3, 2008 5:12:37 AM

They won't cause any harm, but they are low performers compared to other good 120mm fans. Still you should use them if that's all you have.
January 3, 2008 6:16:37 AM

x3ro said:
Cause i needed a psu with those blue led stuff to suit my case

if u know any other alternatives plz lemme know


OCZ makes a great PSU with a blue LED fan and very popular.

OCZ 600W>>>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ 700W>>>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ 850W>>>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The OCZ PSU's listed look like this>>>>

By systemlord at 2008-01-03
January 3, 2008 10:48:15 AM

random1283 said:
Since you've got a asus motherboard try the ASUS silent knight 2. nice quiet cooler and comes in copper aand aluminium, both with blue led.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1254/asus_silent_knigh...


i've got one and it's worth it


That CPU cooler isn't that good unless you want something pretty. Just have a look at my CPU cooler chart above.
January 3, 2008 11:50:20 AM

well the prob is i dont find much heatsink and cooling stuff (brands) here that u guys get easily ..also its kinnda costly here :( 

well m surely planning to overlcock ..and just found out silent knight is available ..

so what do u say should i go for the heatsink (asus silent knight2) ??
January 4, 2008 11:48:52 AM

x3ro said:
well the prob is i dont find much heatsink and cooling stuff (brands) here that u guys get easily ..also its kinnda costly here :( 

well m surely planning to overlcock ..and just found out silent knight is available ..

so what do u say should i go for the heatsink (asus silent knight2) ??



If you could give us a few brands that are avalible in your area I'd be glad to help you choose, The Asus cooler isn't that bad but if you could get a Zalman cooler....
January 4, 2008 12:53:41 PM

sure ill let u know
@systemlord - i have sent u those links plz check (PM)
a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2008 1:12:15 PM

Give us a URL if your local store has one.

One more vote for the Tuniq Tower, if you're looking for a major overclock. For a small overclock just use the stock cooler or buy a (cheap) Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro.

X-Fi ExtremeGamer Fatality Pro, $135, the only card worth buying??? :lol:  :lol: 
OK, I've got a $80 X-Fi XtremeMusic. What does the ExtremeGamer have that is so cool and I don't have?

Also, if you want Vista, you are better off with an HT Omega card than a Creative X-Fi.

Speakers: it depends on your budget and available space. I have a 7-year old 2.1 setup (Altec Lansing ADA305) which used to cost over $300 at the time, and it still works beautifully. I've also got a Z-5500 (5.1) set recently. The Z-5500 is better, of course, but it's huge. It's also overkill if you live in an apartment and can't turn the volume up a lot.
a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2008 4:39:31 PM

That's the best CPU cooler out there. Good choice, if you have the money and want to overclock a lot. I would combine it with this Scythe S-Flex SFF21F fan:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/12scsfscafan1.html

There's also a SFF21E, same price, which makes less noise but moves less air (1200 rpm instead of 1600rpm). I'm using a SFF21E myself, but in my case silence is more important than higher clocks.
a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2008 5:41:24 PM

x3ro said:
also what is g0 stepper ?? its for oc'ing right ??
how do i get it confirmed the processor m buying has g0 stepper ??
is it written on it or any symbol plz help

G0 stepping is better for OC'ing. The best way to guarantee G0 stepping is to buy from www.clubit.com. They have the CPU stepping listed in the product description. With newegg, you have to take a chance.
January 4, 2008 5:46:49 PM

well does clubit ship outside usa ??
if i get it frm a retail shop .. is der any clue or mark by which i can identify
go stepping ...

secondly are there quad core processors without g0 stepping too ??
a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2008 6:51:36 PM

x3ro said:
i already orderd yate loon fans
http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1blle.html

i know these are not as good as uguys have suggestd
but since i have already got em can i use it ?


Oh yes. They're not bad at all. The SFF21E pushes a bit more air (but that won't really matter unless you overclock to some crazy frequency), and 25 dB is still quiet IMO.

Quad core processors without G0: yeah, older Q6600 processors were called B3 if I remember right. They overclock a bit less and consume 10W more under load, but they're still good stuff. Newer Q6600 (made after July 2007) and Q6700 are all G0.
January 4, 2008 6:57:39 PM

oh nice ..now everythings clear ;) 
January 4, 2008 7:17:14 PM

ikd if anyone recommended speakers for u yet, did want to read everyreply. But i use Altex Lansing 5.1 speakers. $50 where i bought em and they sound really good. heres a link

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836113007

ur build is good, i liek it but everyone is going to recommend things to add because u can always make things better and better.
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