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Need cpu/Mobo advise for new gamming rig

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January 26, 2008 8:23:32 PM

Hi all,

Building a new comp. and would appreciate some advice for cpu and mobo. I will list all the other components and any feedback on those would be appreciated as well. I would like to keep the combined price of the mobo an proc to $1000 or less. I was thinking the Q6600 is the best value due to its ability to overclock.

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136012

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

2x in sli GIGABYTE GV-NX88T512HP GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8004GK - Retail

Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129025

ANTEC QUATRO TPQ-850 POWER SUPPLY

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card - Retail

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January 26, 2008 10:37:55 PM

Unless your doing something like video or photo editing and dual core would work, the E8400 would be good. If you're running SLI or Crossfire, the P35 would be best bang for the buck. Gigabyte P34 DS3L or the ASUS P5K or P5K E would be good
January 27, 2008 12:09:03 AM

for the cpu, stay with the q6600. a dual would work, but the quad is still a very good deal for the money. skip the antec case and go with another less expensive one, their are many other great cases for much less money (NEWEGG!). next, i would go with an nForce 680i mobo. The newer 780i is out, but its advantages arent going to be enough to rationalize its price for what you are doing.

*special note: make sure you get 64-bit vista to take advantage of all that RAM. 32-bit will only utilize 2gigs of it
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January 27, 2008 12:13:04 AM

Halflife

Can you tell me how to get the EVGA 680i LT SLI Version motherboard to post... I have a thread below somewhere
January 27, 2008 12:28:53 AM

halflife said:
for the cpu, stay with the q6600. a dual would work, but the quad is still a very good deal for the money. skip the antec case and go with another less expensive one, their are many other great cases for much less money (NEWEGG!). next, i would go with an nForce 680i mobo. The newer 780i is out, but its advantages arent going to be enough to rationalize its price for what you are doing.

*special note: make sure you get 64-bit vista to take advantage of all that RAM. 32-bit will only utilize 2gigs of it


Definately going with the q6600 and I am deciding between the 680 and 780i. I would like to go with the 64-bit vista for the memory advantage but I am concerned with compatibility issues. My friend put Vista 64 on his comp 6 months ago or so, and had all kinds of issues and hes a talented IT guy. He ended up removing it because of the hassle. Has it gotten any better in the last 6 months? As far as the case goes...I thought about going with cheaper alternatives but I really dig that cases look and functionality (especially the noise dampining capabilities). So decided what the hell, buy it.
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