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January 27, 2008 11:56:07 PM

I'm putting together my first gaming rig and need some advice!

Some thing to note:
I'd like to run SLI in the near future, but not off the bat, so i'd like to make sure everything is compatible for that.
The only hangups i'm having atm is which RAM and PSU to use, advice on this would be greatly appreciated!

MoBo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 ATX Intel Motherboard

HD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s

Heatsink/Fan:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

DVD/CD Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Processor
(Maybe Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Suggestions/Advice?)

PSU: Need advice on this one! Seems like overkill and the reviews are 50/50.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W Power Supply

RAM: Need advice on this one too, seems pretty good, but i'm sure someone can help me do better!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Video Card: Prolly will get another one/SLI in the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512-P3-N841-A3 Video Card

Case:
Prolly Antec 900... least of my concerns:) 

OS:
Window XP 32bit because i'm afraid to try Vista right away. Will Probably upgrade to Vista in the future.


So any thoughts overall, or RAM/PSU recomendations would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance for the time!

Cheers
Mike

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January 28, 2008 12:22:40 AM

Go with the e8400 over the e6850. Its cheaper, and better. 1000w is overkill, and that PSU really has some problems. If you plan on doing SLI, I would go with the corsair 620hx series for a PSU.
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January 28, 2008 12:42:18 AM

Thank you sooo much for the PSU suggestions. I really wasn't sure which to get, and was kinda doubtful about the one i listed.

The Wolfedale CPU was on my mind, might go that direction

Still iffy on the RAM,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA1065 - Retail

Better?
January 28, 2008 12:54:20 AM

Yep! go with the Crucial, meant to comment about it, just forgot, it's bedtime!
January 28, 2008 1:01:25 AM

Awesome!

Can't wait to get this rig going! gonna be sweeeeeet!

Thanks for the knowledge guys, very much appreciated!
January 28, 2008 1:22:06 AM

Well the 1066 DDR2 is fine, but if your not going to do much OC'ing the DDR2 800mHz CAS 4 stuff for about $75 - $35 MIR is good too. It'll still leave plenty of room to OC, if you decide to do that and will save you some $ in the process.
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd 2nd/3rd the Corsair 620hx and the e8400. Just might want to double check that the 680i mobo is supporting Penryn chips. Not sure if they are or not. I'd probably go with a 750i or 780i mobo, since it's close to the price that your currently looking at.
$157 shipped and has PCI-e 2.0 slots, which is better than the 680i's:
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or for $260 shipped:
EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't go for SLI than a p35 mobo would be just fine too. I'd go with a Gigabyte DS3R/Abit IP35/Asus P5k ones, if I was going with a p35 based mobo. You can decide, but that is the direction that I'd go.

Edit: There are the x48 mobo's that have started showing up recently. I think that they are a viable option, except that the do Xfire and not SLI, so if your set on nVidia than this option would only be good if your only using 1 nVidia GPU. Just thought I'd throw that out there for consideration.
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