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February 26, 2008 9:23:49 PM

Asus Maximus Extreme, X38, Socket-775,- DDR3,ATX,2xGbLAN,Firew, 3xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16 1 293.00
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz- Socket LGA775, 8MB, BOXED w/fan 1 215.00
OCZ Platinum DDR3 PC3-10666 2048MB KIT,- w/two 1333MHz DDR3 1024MB XTC,CL7-7-7-20 1 209.00
Antec Performance P182 Miditower,- Gun Metal Black Aluminum (Without PSU) 1 119.00
Corsair Powersupply 650W Black, ATX/EPS,- 120mm Fan, 8xSATA, SLI 1 109.00
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 512MB GDDR3,- PCI-Express 2.0, 2xDVI-I, with CRYSIS 1 298.00
Creative SB X-FI Xtreme Gamer- 1 89.0
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2- 16MB 7200RPM 2 150.00
LG DVD±RW burner, GH20NS20, 20x, SATA,- Black, OEM 1 27.50
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 3.5- Gram 1 7.01
Zalman CNPS9500AT Ultra Quiet CPU- Cooler, Socket 775 1 42.00
or a water cooler kit (advice here appreciated)

These are the componets ive picked out for a new system ,ill be adding a 24" screen prob dell but not sure yet.
Im wondering if i have the system balanced well enough or am i going overboard on the x38 and ddr3,
one thing to note is i tend to biuld for futireproof if possible

The prices are from komplett.ie
I can get them cheaper from overclockers but im wait to see if the savings are wiped out by the shipping costs to ireland

Any and all coments are appreciated

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February 26, 2008 10:37:23 PM

Most reviews I've read don't think DDR3 is worth the money. If you're not planning on running 2 video cards, the P35 would give you the best bang for the buck, something like the ASUS P5K E. If you want to run crossfire, then I'd get the X38 with DDR2 RAM but you'll need ATI cards. Intel will be releasing the Nehalen in the 9 months or so and it will require a new mobo, the 775 is coming to the end of it's life cycle. I wouldn't think about DDR3 until this is available. Figure 3 years or so and the bugs will be worked out, prices will be down, and more choices so would be good for your next build. Unless you're planning on overclocking, you could use the stock HSF
February 27, 2008 12:39:45 PM

^^^ Agreed. Pick out the ASUS P5E with DDR2 support & good DDR2 ram. You save a lot right there & use the savings to buy a good cooler.

Swiftech H20-220 Apex ULTRA+ Complete System Liquid Cooling Kit

This is an all-in-one kit that does cpu, chipset & vga. If you need just the cpu cooler:

Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultra Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

If you want a do-it-yourself kit, go to any good UK watercooling forum & ask around. Keep in mind that custom kits cost more since their quality & performance are usually better. If you want a very good read-made cooler. Pick up a refurb Freezone for $150 US. How good? Below room temps.

http://www.coolitsystems.com/index.php?option=com_conte...

The Zalman is quiet on a stock cpu, but loud on an overclocked cpu. If you must get air cooling, go with Scythe Ninja or Infinity, Thermaltake Big Typhoon, Tuniq Tower, Thermalright U 120 E (TRUE) + a 60cfm 120mm fan.

The rest are good.
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February 27, 2008 6:59:13 PM

Appreciate the advice,have checked overclockers uk and they will deliver the same components for 1320 euro as i posted above inc shipping compared to the 1600 at komplett.ie
IF i was to base the configuration on yer advice id be looking at 1244 euro with the
Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultra Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU

Antec P182 Super Midi Tower Case

BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB GDDR3

2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache

2 x Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel Kit(4 giggs in total)

Asus P5K Premium/WiFi-AP Intel P35

Creative SB X-FI Xtreme Gamer

LG DVD±RW burner, GH20NS20, 20x, SATA

based on the possibly of 1600 euro buget on a box would you make any changes bearing in mind im hoping for 3 years from it bar definate graphic card update and a possible cpu one

the system im currently on is old
p4 2 gig ,640 mb of rambus
geforce 7800 agp
stock cooling ,i built this when p4 hit the 2 gig mark and ive managed to play call of duty(800x600)this will be the first thing to go on the system and see it in all its glory
February 27, 2008 9:55:12 PM

Either the system you just posted or the previous one will easily last you 3 years. In 3 years or so the Intel Nehalen should shake itself out, be reasonably priced, and there should be a lot of choices. AMD might even come out with something competitive at the higher end by then.
February 28, 2008 11:25:25 AM

If the ASUS P5E costs about the same, get it. Otherwise, the list looks great.

The more I read about nehalem, the more unimpressed I am. It's said to use the current 45-nm tech + something new. i.e. the new socket & integrated memory controller which AMD started doing in '03.
February 28, 2008 5:13:15 PM

akhilles there are a coupls of p5e boards,is this the one ye are referring to
Asus P5E Intel X38 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
February 28, 2008 7:26:27 PM

after some more reading what would ye think of the
Asus Maximus Formula Intel X38 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
as this supports 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot rather than the version 1
March 13, 2008 10:36:32 PM

well i finally ordered last night with some changes to the original list

Pioneer DVR-215DBK 20x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM
Corsair 4GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator PC2-8500C5 TwinX (2x2GB) Supplied with Airflow Fan
Asus Rampage Formula Intel X48 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (512-P3-E841-AR) 1
Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Midnight Grey
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller (XP/Vista Compatible) (52A-00002) 1
Swiftech H20-220 Apex "Ultra" CPU Liquid Cooling Kit
2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATAII NCQ 3Gb/s 320GB 16MB Cache OEM
Enermax Infiniti 720W EIN720AWT Modular PSU - Triple Quad
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Professional - Retail
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40GHz 'Kentsfield' G0 SLACR 95W 8Mb Cache LGA775 (1066 Mhz) - Retail
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard *New Version*
Logitech G5 Gaming Grade Optical Mouse New Black Version (7 Buttons) - USB
Antec P182 Performance One Super Midi Tower Black - No PSU

worst is i now have to wait for the rampage to show up ,should be at the end of the month
March 14, 2008 12:11:40 AM

Oof, definitely not my type of hardware choices.
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