A few questions on a New System Build


I am building a new system. It's been about 4.5 years (a P4 system) since i have done this and see that things have changed a bit since then. This system will be used for gaming, photoshop, tiny bit of 3d studio max, minor video editing, and then just your general browsing wordprocessing stuff. so basically some of everything. so here is what i plan on getting:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Patriot Viper 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16

OCZ ModXStream OCZ780MXS ATX12V / EPS12V 780W Power Supply

Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFDRTL 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500KSRTL 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail

SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail

RAZER Copperhead Tempest RZ01-00050100-R1M1 Blue 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel Gold plated USB Laser Engine 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse - Retail

Ok I think I have everything. There are a few things I am concerned about that maybe some of you can help me with.
RAM - i see most people are getting 2x1gb sticks to get 2 gigs or 4x1gb sticks to get 4 gigs. i would like to do 2x2gb to get 4 so that leaves me room to upgrade. is there a reason people are getting 1 gig sticks and not 2 gig sticks? also i see a lot of ram is being incompatible with the motherboard i chose, so i was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions, i see the aproved vendor list doesnt have much, and i havnt seen anyone using 2x2gb sticks. I have checked the asus forum and have not got much help there.

my budget is a max of $2000 with this. i already have a decent 19" widescreen samsung lcd monitor, which i plan to upgrade in the next year. I plan to do a little overclocking. I think im gonna go with windows xp 32bit, then installing vista 64 on a separate drive later in the future, probably after service pack 1. everything else i need to purchase. I guess i just want to see what people think of my choices and hoping to here some constructive critisism as i have not built a computer in over 4 years.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. If you want the 4gb of memory you will definitely need the 64bit operating system. Most people get the 1gb sticks because they overclock better. 2x2gb is best for futureproofing and stability. 4x1gb sticks can get hot and take a little tweaking to get working perfectly.

    From what I've seen, I can't recommend anything better for your system, you did a great job putting together some quality parts.
  2. Thanks for your help. I plan on going with 4gb right away then when i get vista another 4gb to have 8. i know i will be short of 4 with a 32bit windows but i do want to future proof as much as possible other than going with ddr3.
  3. Quote:
    i would like to do 2x2gb to get 4 so that leaves me room to upgrade.

    i dont think you understand the principle of dual channel
  4. stoneeh said:
    i would like to do 2x2gb to get 4 so that leaves me room to upgrade.

    i dont think you understand the principle of dual channel

    I don't think YOU understand what dual channel is.
  5. In all honesty, that system is overkill for what you're doing.

    Something like this is all you really need:

    $224 - e8400 3.0ghz 45nm
    $89 - Gigabyte P35
    $160 - 2 x 320gb Seagate 16mb cache Perpendicular (one for OS/apps and one for games/phot-video-maya)
    $80 - Corsair 520 modular
    $270 - 8800GTS if you sign up for their Visa / google checkout/ rebate:

    Go for a 2gb kit of Crucial Ballistix ($35) and add a 2 x 512mb kit of the same ($20-25) if 2gb is not enough.

    Total will be about a $1,000 and last you for years. Then, when tech has improved again 3 years from now, spend another G and build a new one (while selling this one for a few bucks).
  6. Drop Q6600 and get Q9300 for $266. Q9300 is the replacement of the Q6600, and overclocks much better at lower temperatures.
  7. what he said... but if you get the 2x gb chips, i'm not sure if you'll be able to OC as much...
  8. I guess maybe i am a little confused about dual channel, i have never had a computer with the capability, my understanding is with dual channel you need 2 identical chips which work together. from what i understand is 1gb chips are easier to overclock then 2gb chips, i dont really plan on oc'ing my memory. i would prefer 2gb chips so i can max out at some point with 8gb. please let me know if i sound like i have no idea what i'm talking about.
  9. the system above sounds good but i do want a killer system that fits in my budget. I do plan on playing games with high system requirements and would like to beable to buy some of these games in the future with this system. i spend at least 6hrs a day on my computer and want the best i can within my budget. My system may be overkill, but it will catch up with everything soon enough. Thanks for all of your input everyone.
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