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Seeking Input/Opinions/Advice on New Gaming Rig

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January 24, 2008 9:03:18 PM

Hey there, It's been a LONG while since I've upgraded; I'm running an Abit IC-7 MAX3 P4 3.0ghz 9800pro :lol: 

I plan to run Vista 64x since I'd prefer 4gb ram. This rig will mainly be used to run games such as Crysis and WoW. I'm also hoping this system will OC fairly well.

Anyways, I've been researching and gathering parts for a new rig and I'm seeking your input/adivce on the parts.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
with ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

Videocard:BFG Tech BFGE88512GTSE GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail X2

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply - Retail

Total: $1100

I will be using the case, DVD drive and sound card from this "rig".

I'm not sure if my memory choice is the best, perhaps there are faster/better ones for my setup.

Also, I'm not sure if the hard drive is worth it. I'm sure I can deal with 150gb of space but is it worth the price as opposed to the ones which are 5x bigger but a bit slower.

Any Input/Suggestions are welcome... I am ready to pull the trigger but I would like some final thoughts from the experts. :) 
January 24, 2008 10:28:33 PM

Get Crucial Ballistix Memory.
Keep the Raptor if you have other hardrives for storage :) 
Get an EVGA 8800GTS 512MB Crysis Edition. Free 90-day step up if a new card is released and you want to upgrade! Also, benchmarks have shown the EVGA to just BARELY outperform the other brands ([H]ardOCP forums)

Everything else looks SOLID! maybe get the Corsair 620HX? 520 should be adequate though.

January 25, 2008 12:02:17 AM

Okay, I've added the Crucial Ballistix Memory.

I'm wondering if I should get a 8800GTS(g92) or 8800GT. Here are the ones I'm looking at.

EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail


BFG Tech BFGE88512GTSE GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Any Suggestions on the better value/performance/bang for the buck? or another card I don't know about? I already have Crysis so the Crysis bundle is useless to me. Thanks in advance.
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January 25, 2008 6:24:50 AM

^ Bump :D 
January 25, 2008 7:53:52 AM

Looks great, good luck with the build.
January 26, 2008 10:30:04 PM

^ are those two hard drives really going to be faster than the raptor?

Also, any opinions on the 32mb barracudas? Specifically

I'd just like some more opinions on what would be the best hard drive setup with a reasonable price.

I'm just about ready to pull the trigger, just looking for some final thoughts and any little suggestions or tweaks on the setup plus info about the hard drives.

Thanks for all the input, guys.
January 26, 2008 10:43:49 PM

Get the 8800GT 512MB.