New gaming build, ordering soon

Hello all, long time lurker, first time poster. Well, my birthday is coming up soon (the 19th), and I'm treating myself to a new computer. I'm thinking I'm going to have around $850 to spend not including a case, monitor, or operating system. I'd like to see what you guys would build for that amount, or a critique on what I've put up.

By the way, the case is an Antec 900 and the Monitor is a 22 inch western digital with a1680x1050 native resolution.

As a side note, that $850 is taking into account mail in rebates, so if it's $850 after mail in rebates, that's fine.

Here's what I have been thinking so far.

Processor: Q6600 I will be overclocking, and I don't get computers very often so I feel this is a good choice, but again feel free to suggest otherwise. Price: ~$250 on Newegg (will I get a go stepping from them yet?)

Motherboard: The Gigabyte P35-DS3L Seems solid, but open to suggestions. Price: ~$90 on Newegg

PSU: Corsair 550VX High quality PSU from all I've heard. Price: ~$65 After MIR on Buy.com

Video Card: MSI 8800 GTS Weeh, may be overkill, but want this to last a while. Price: ~$220 After MIR on Newegg

RAM: No clue, would like a relatively cheap 4 gigs of ddr2 800 Price: ?

Hard Drive: Err, no idea, would like around 250 gb Price: ~$70??

Cooler and Thermal Paste: Arctic Freezer Pro 7 and Arctic Silver 5 Should be enough to overclock the processor to 3.6ghz in a high air flow case like the Antec 900 right? Price: ~$31 for both on Newegg

DVD-RW Drive: No idea. Can a DVD-RW drive play both DVD's and CD's as well as burning them?

Total Price: Depends on the advice I get, hopefully between $800 and $850

Any help would be appreciated. I don't mind shopping from different vendors as long as they are pretty well respected and cheap :P. I like Newegg, Tigerdirect, and Buy.com the most however, but again any is fine.

Thanks for the help. Going to be buying this computer pretty soon.
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  1. chuckm said:



    I like that RAM and the DVD burner, but I may need to get a cheaper 4 gig set. Don't know about the cooler. I've never heard of the brand before.

    By the way, if anyone disagrees with my choices, post the build you would make for $800-$850.

    Edit: This + the Corsair 550vx is the build I have come up with so far.

  2. chuckm said:


    Wow, just read some reviews on that cooler, and they all had it highly ranked, thanks for pointing it out, it's cheap on Newegg as well.
  3. chuckm said:

    But it's CAS 5 stuff ^^^^, which is a tad slower than the CAS 4 stuff you linked before.
    $105 - $20 = $85!!! Cheapest CAS 4 DDR2 800mHz right now!
    Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220269

    If not OC'ing much you could get this instead of the CAS 4 DDR2 listed above:
    $85 - $15 MIR = $70
    GeIL Value Series 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144064
    or
    $94 - $22 MIR = $72
    Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220227
    or
    $105 - $30 MIR = $75
    OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227284

    Not sure on Chuckm's CPU cooler, since I haven't research it, but if you want to stick with the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro than buy it here for less:
    $22.71 Shipped!!!!
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Fan For Intel CPU
    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-AC7PRO

    The rest of the build looks good.
  4. Better RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145194

    CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX - Retail
    Cas Latency: 4
    Heat Spreader: Yes
    Timing: 4-4-4-12
    Voltage: 2.1V
    Model #: TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX
    Item #: N82E16820145194
    Return Policy: Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy
  5. lunyone said:


    Not sure on Chuckm's CPU cooler, since I haven't research it, but if you want to stick with the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro than buy it here for less:
    $22.71 Shipped!!!!
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Fan For Intel CPU
    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-AC7PRO

    The rest of the build looks good.


    lunyone
    Here's a link to Xigmatek's site, check them out, this company is the OEM for Kiingwin and some of the OCZ coolers
    http://www.xigmatek.com/
    And a different link where it's compared to a TRUE;
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=179992

    Saedeas,
    sorry if this looks like a hijack
  6. Wow!! Nice performance for a lower cost! Now that is pretty good. If you can afford the extra cost for it, I'd recommend it. Here's a link that shows where it stands, from a more reputable site.
    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2233&page=1

    It's going for $43 shipped right now. I read somewhere that you could get it for $20 after MIR. Would like to see where that was.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
  7. chuckm said:

    It's $8.67 shipping so ends up being ~$37 shipped after the $10 MIR. Don't know Jab-tech very well, so I'd probably go with newegg for about $44 shipped and no MIR to deal with. That is just my opinion, so the OP can decide where to buy at.
  8. Wow I have to say this is weird... when I looked at your Newegg cart, it was EXACTLY the same as my planned build!!! Crazy... I suspect you will be acquiring the vx550 from buy.com for $65+free ship?? That's my plan just to let you know!! man this is crazy to me.
  9. umich2010 said:
    Wow I have to say this is weird... when I looked at your Newegg cart, it was EXACTLY the same as my planned build!!! Crazy... I suspect you will be acquiring the vx550 from buy.com for $65+free ship?? That's my plan just to let you know!! man this is crazy to me.


    Yeah I am :P, thanks for all the help everyone I think I've made my final choice as I'm ordering today.

    DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106073

    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098

    Thermal Compound: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220269

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059

    Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115018

    CPU Coooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

    Video Card (Comes with The Witcher, which I want to play anyways :)): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127323

    PSU: http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-550w-atx-power-supply/q/loc/101/205852646.html

    Any last minute feedback? Total comes to $923.49 including s&h with $75.00 of mail in rebates.

    And also, OEM just means it doesn't have the cooler on it right, it isn't missing anything important.
  10. Nice setup!! The only difference on the CPU is that you only get 30 Days warranty on the OEM version. If you buy the Retail version you get 3 yrs. Besides that, it looks good!
  11. lunyone said:
    Nice setup!! The only difference on the CPU is that you only get 30 Days warranty on the OEM version. If you buy the Retail version you get 3 yrs. Besides that, it looks good!


    Putting a non retail heatsink on voids the warranty anyways, doesn't it?

    Edit: And also, will I get a Go stepping q6600 from Newegg yet? Keep in mind I'm getting the OEM one. Reading the reviews I haven't seen anyone say anything about gettin a B3 for a few months now.
  12. OCing? If you are planing to check out:
    P35-DS3L OCing HOW TO
  13. clubIT stocks guaranteed Q6600s. Newegg doesn't guarantee a g0 q6600
  14. amd_fanboi said:
    clubIT stocks guaranteed Q6600s. Newegg doesn't guarantee a g0 q6600


    Yep, that's what I ended up doing, ordering from clubIT that is. Thanks everyone for all your help, and I will definitely take a look at that overclocking guide. Much appreciated.
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