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Going to buy, Finished Researching...What do you all think?

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February 10, 2008 7:16:50 AM

Finished my research and am going to buy. Please tell me what you think! Thanks for your time and comments!

All Items in RED have been ordered and cannot be changed.

Links are accurate as to where I purchased all items. Prices may have changed.

I was able to save just over $100.00 in rebates.

Cheers!

Case: Thermaltake ArmorPlus
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA13118...

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX CMPSU-620HX 620W
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A620002...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS4 rev. 2.1
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA48307...

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA19384...

Processor Cooling: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme with a Scythe S-FLEX 120mm Case Fan, 1600RPM
http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?item=80192
http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?item=74557

Memory: 2 X Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-1066 (Total of 4G of RAM)
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA43600...

Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: WD7500AAKS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drives: SAMSUNG SH-S203N and ASUS DRW-2014L1T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: MICROSOFT Windows XP Professional 64bit with Service Pack 2C OEM
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA72522...

Keyboard: Logitech G15
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech G9
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA50471...

Misc: Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 10, 2008 7:28:19 AM

nice
February 10, 2008 8:09:23 AM

Yes. It is nice.
I think you should rethink the anti-static wrist strap though.
You can't over clock those babies. They fit comfortably around your wrist but the velcro isn't the best grade in my opinion.
I saw a review of it and after 10 years and 67 rebuilds - it fell off of some guys wrist and the static from his carpet went up through his socks and he zapped his whole system. Seriously, every component in his rig was fried and unrecognizable. His wife was pretty unhappy with him too apparently.
Maybe you should save a little more and look around for something of a much higher quality. There is no point in having a decent rig only to end up with a second grade wrist strap in your drawer!

Good luck.
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February 10, 2008 8:15:11 AM

a_dude said:
Yes. It is nice.
I think you should rethink the anti-static wrist strap though.
You can't over clock those babies. They fit comfortably around your wrist but the velcro isn't the best grade in my opinion.
I saw a review of it and after 10 years and 67 rebuilds - it fell off of some guys wrist and the static from his carpet went up through his socks and he zapped his whole system. Seriously, every component in his rig was fried and unrecognizable. His wife was pretty unhappy with him too apparently.
Maybe you should save a little more and look around for something of a much higher quality. There is no point in having a decent rig only to end up with a second grade wrist strap in your drawer!

Good luck.



lol Im building this one rig.
February 10, 2008 8:30:11 AM

I would go for a cheaper mother board like the GA-P35-DS3L, and use the extra money to upgrade to four gigs of ram, and if your going to go 64 bit, you might as well go vista, for 1 your computer is new enough your compatablity issues should be nonexistant, for 2 vista is currently supported, xp is on its way out, you will face less problems with vista also because there are waaay more people using it then the xp vesion, xp only rules on 32 bit systems.
February 10, 2008 8:40:36 AM

blacksci said:
I would go for a cheaper mother board like the GA-P35-DS3L, and use the extra money to upgrade to four gigs of ram, and if your going to go 64 bit, you might as well go vista, for 1 your computer is new enough your compatablity issues should be nonexistant, for 2 vista is currently supported, xp is on its way out, you will face less problems with vista also because there are waaay more people using it then the xp vesion, xp only rules on 32 bit systems.



Is the Vista compatibility true for current games as well...Ive just heard lots of people to stick with XP...Vista offers nothing as far as features does it?
February 10, 2008 8:47:07 AM

Most people im hearing from THESE days, not from months ago, are saying they are running threre favorite semi new games in 64. Also features wise you get aero and some games, lol, thats about it, but i like the interface, have to get used to the new names for the same ol programs, but over all i like vista over xp, i have a duel boot system, and when i run my video card in xp, and it freezes, 9 times outta ten the whole system freezes up, alt+tab, or alt+ctrl+delete doesnt respond, in vista ive never had my computer not respond on me in less then a minute. And that is with some serious errors, still have the occasional bsod though. My suggestion, go steal xp from a friend for a few days when you get your new comp, install it, and and then buy vista, since with xp they have loosened up the proprietary rights enough thats its almost share ware. And see which you like better, sp1 is out for vista in march, and well prolly see sp3 for xp roll out at the same time, so you can make a informed decision on your os.
February 10, 2008 12:14:22 PM

Okay....Hmmmmmm, So I looked into Vista...I NEED to get the 64bit due to the fact I am going to run 4G of ram. BUT which of the 94 versions of Vista do I pick? Doesn't Vista murder memory usage???
February 10, 2008 7:27:09 PM

It does and doesnt and let me explain how, vista, the grades above home basic, will use all available ram for aero, and superfetch, that is true, it will use a good portion of your ram, but here is where people go wrong, they think that if it uses that much, it must use it all the time, but it doesnt, when you need to put information into the ram, vista dumps the memory that your using in your ram, and replaces it with the information at hand, ie starting a game, so while it LOOKs like it might be eating all your memory, realisiticly it is only borrowing it until you borrow it back . lol

And you dont have to go with 64 bit vista just because you have 4 gigs, I run 32 bit on both of my os's, and I have 2-2x2 gig sticks, runs just fine on both of my machines, lol.
February 10, 2008 7:58:08 PM

The best Vista version right now is probably the 64-bit Home Premium.
The ultimate version just has security things for places like workstations.

For your keyboard, I say go for the G11. They're both basically the same thing except you get a little screen in the middle for G15.

For your mouse, I never really liked the G9. Feels really weird, so I got the Logitech MX518, which is cheaper.

Your case is really nice, but I would get an Antec p180 or p182. Save around 50-70 and the case is nice too, but your choice.

If you're not in a rush, the new q9300 is coming out later this month.
Or thats what I have read.
February 10, 2008 8:16:09 PM

@ VoidPhantom Yeah, I would loooove to be on the cutting edge and get/wait for the new quads...but I just cant stretch my budget anymore. And i do agree with you about the Antec you recommended being a great case...but I have never been a fan of the "black box monolith" look *smile* I did look at it though...several times in fact.

about the OS THANKS SOOO MUCH! yeah, I was pulling out my hair with trying to get a straight up comparison of them. And as I have no need for any type of business applications...Ill go with the Home Premium most likely

I am stuck firm on the G15 but I think Ill go down to a local retailer and "fondle" the mice and see if I like the G9 or the G5 better. I'm not much of a FPS game player so I may not need the "girth" in features...lol
February 10, 2008 8:17:20 PM

Great system.

Couple things:
1) Go with Vista 64 Home Premium
2) The G9 is a nice mouse (i have one) but I would suggest trying it first. Its pretty tiny so some might not like the feel. I have small hands so its okay. **edit** if you do not play a lot of games, then dont bother with a gaming mouse
3) I wouldnt bother with a wrist strap. Just put the PSU in the case, plug in the PSU and just touch the case. I had no static problems.
4) If you can wait, the new Penryn quads are coming out soon, otherwise the Q6600 is a good processor
February 10, 2008 8:38:50 PM

I would suggest a 4gb matched kit in the form of 2x2gb. A 2x2 preserves your option to go to 8gb later. DDR2-800 will perform in real world(vs. synthetic benchmarks) within <2% of faster memory. Unless you are going for bragging level overclocks DDR-800 is fine.

Any 32 bit os will only see about 3.3gb because of reserved video areas. That is still better than 2gb.
Vista has some security advantages, particularly the 64 bit version. XP was built when memory was costly, so XP does a lot of swapping to make space available. Vista will load stuff into memory in anticipation of your needs,making use of the memory. The more you have, the better. I would suggest home premium which includes the media center application which is really slick. Watch/record tv on your TV. Check the vista web site to get a comparison of the features of each version.
February 10, 2008 9:08:15 PM

Sweet, thanks for all the great help everyone!!!! I will be ordering later this evening, I am just off to bestbuy to handle some keyboards and mice to make sure I like them. Thanks again. If you have any more suggestions Id be most willing to hear them. Ill post pics when I am building and when I am finished!
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