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March 17, 2008 10:21:38 PM

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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March 18, 2008 12:05:27 AM




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.

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March 18, 2008 4:17:15 AM


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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...

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.
March 18, 2008 4:20:35 AM

Better RAM

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

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
March 18, 2008 8:48:17 AM

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=17...

Saedeas,
sorry if this looks like a hijack

March 19, 2008 1:13:42 AM

chuckm said:
Here ya go luny! $28 after rebate.
http://www.jab-tech.com/Xigmatek-HDT-S1283-Heat-pipe-Di...

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.
March 19, 2008 1:51:22 AM

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.
March 19, 2008 8:23:00 PM

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=N82E168...

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

Thermal Compound: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Coooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card (Comes with The Witcher, which I want to play anyways :) ): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-550w-atx-power-suppl...

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.
March 19, 2008 9:15:36 PM

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!
March 19, 2008 9:35:29 PM

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.
March 20, 2008 12:24:12 AM

clubIT stocks guaranteed Q6600s. Newegg doesn't guarantee a g0 q6600
March 20, 2008 1:43:09 AM

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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