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Finaly Building A new PC after 6 years.

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February 1, 2008 9:21:02 PM

Hi, this is an exiting time for me.
I am finally replacing my old trusted 6 years old computer. Currently I am running a XP2500+ @ 3200+ on an Asus A7N8X-X motherboard. GEForce 6600, 2G of RAM, 256G HD with Vista Home premium. Useless to say the system is quite sluggish.

I don’t do gaming and I will be using the system for browsing, photo editing and organising with Photoshop Element 6. I have over 40 Geg of family pictures on my hard drive. My goal it to get a lightning fast PC that I will be able to upgrade and keep running at a reasonable level for at least 5 years. I will be using my existing 19 in LCD for now and I also plan on hooking up the PC to my 42 in HD Plasma TV via a HDMI cable. I am going for an Intel processor this time because of the performance advantage. So here are the components I plan on getting:

Core 2 Quad Q6600
http://www.robotnik.com/produc...ctid=1377&cat=0&page=1
$299.00
This is a best selling CPU and should perform quite well for what I want to do.

Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition Socket 775 Motherboard
http://www.robotnik.com/produc...tid=1757&cat=23&page=1
$281.00
Mostly for future proofing my system. X38 chipset, 1600 MHz Front Side Bus, 45nm support, good overclocker, Crossfire.

OCZ EL Platinum XTC 2GB PC2-8000 1000MHz DDR2 Dual Channel Memory (2 x 1GB)
http://www.robotnik.com/produc...id=1534&cat=101&page=1
$122.00
Good quality RAM.

Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB DDR2 PCI-E 2XDVI-I TV-OUT DIRECTX10.1 Lite Retail Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/i...L&manufacture=SAPPHIRE
$94.00
Inexpensive, should be good for playing HD DVD movies once I get a Blue ray or HD
DVD drive. I might do very light gaming if any so this card should be OK.


Seagate Barracuda / 500GB / SATA/300 / 32MB / 7200RPM / OEM / Hard Drive
http://www.robotnik.com/produc...tid=1747&cat=14&page=1
$133.00
Large drive, should get good performance with 32MB buffer.

Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case
http://www.robotnik.com/produc...ctid=1478&cat=4&page=1
$119.00
Cool case, I like the 8 inches fan on top. Already purchased this unit. It is surprisingly quiet.

OCZ GameXStream 700-Watt Power Supply (SLI Ready)
http://www.robotnik.com/produc...tid=1540&cat=40&page=1
$145.00
Good reviews on the web. Already purchased, should be more then enough for what I plan to do.

LG GH20-LS10 20x Dual Layer Black SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe
http://www.robotnik.com/produc...tid=1784&cat=10&page=1
$37.00
Generic SATA drive available at my local computer store.

Window Vista Home Premium 32 bit
http://www.robotnik.com/produc...tid=1385&cat=32&page=1
$137.00
Should run VERY fast on this hardware.

Total:$1367 canadian, plus taxes (13%)
Any suggestions, thought? I will be purchasing the rest of the components in a couple of weeks.

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February 1, 2008 9:56:30 PM

Everything looks fine to me, there are couple things I would change, but it is just brand preference (IE: crucial memory and corsair PSU.) You may need to upgrade your graphics card in about 2 years though if that one becomes too slow, but upgrading that is not a big deal.

Good luck.
February 2, 2008 1:05:34 AM

Looks good. I would go with Crucial Balistix RAM, but I'm just a crucial fan. Just get the plain P5E (Maximum Formula without the fancy name). Like $60 cheaper, and just as good.
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February 2, 2008 1:32:57 AM

I'm not sure about OCZ ram, check the QVL on this board. You may to download the manual. I know for the P5K-E they list no OCZ and the OCZ site has NO recomended ram for the board.
Very nice rig!
February 2, 2008 1:48:27 AM

it looks good but do as what these people say ;) 
February 2, 2008 4:15:01 AM

Thanks for the advises. I am now considering this instead:

Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 DDR2 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit $134.99

I might also substitute the Asus Maximus Formula for the Asus P5E motherboard. It is $45.00 cheaper. I got to do some more reading on it.

February 9, 2008 6:07:18 PM

Thanks for all the inputs so far. I ordered and received my RAM:

Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 DDR2 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit.

I have been reading about the new Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB and it looks like a very fast processor.
Reviewer have been able to overclock this thing to 4.4 GHz on air and it is cheaper then the Q6600 quad core.

Any opinions on the E8400?

I think it is the one to get now.
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