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March 21, 2008 10:39:17 PM

ok noob here, basically i threw together my old processor with a cheap video card, a fan and some memory in my new motherboard, i wanted to know how my build looks and how to make sure everything is running well

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March 21, 2008 10:52:53 PM

nForce 680i SLI 775 T1 Version
Foxconn 8500GT-512 GeForce 8500GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Transcend 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model JM667QLU-2G - Retail
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
Pentium D Processor 820 with Dual Core Tech
March 21, 2008 10:53:47 PM

Pentium D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.80 Ghz 800 FSB)
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March 21, 2008 11:03:55 PM

O also i dont have a case that will fit this so that would also be of some help
March 22, 2008 1:04:03 AM

Its so quiet and dark..................i can almost........i can almost hear my fan spinning
March 22, 2008 1:44:08 AM

You've got an expensive motherboard and an expensive (and overpriced) cooler, but the CPU and video card aren't up to playing recent games.

Are you going to play games on this computer?
March 22, 2008 2:31:25 AM

I will not comment on how your build looks, but to make sure everything is running well, you need to BURN IT IN. Dowload and run stess testing programs and run them overnight to make sure your system is stable. Some examples are, in order of importance:
Memtest 86+
3D mark 2006
Ontrack Data Advisor (wd.com)
PC Mark (insert most recent date)
You need a new CPU, that thing is too slow. Get a core 2 duo or Core 2 Quad for that setup. Pentium D's are old, slow and not up to par with your other components. Without a new CPU you are wasting your Motherboard. Buy a MID ATX tower with good reviews, coolermaster centurion series may be worth a look, very good cases with great airflow.


April 8, 2008 9:38:56 PM

Ok got some new stuff,

nForce 680i SLI 775 T1 Version
Foxconn 8500GT-512 GeForce 8500GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Transcend 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model JM667QLU-2G - Retail
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
Pentium D Processor 820 with Dual Core Tech
ABS Aplus ABS-CS-EL Diablo Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
OCZ OCZTXTCC Memory Cooler For both DDR1 & DDR2 - Retail
Ultra 750w X2 Power Supply/120mm Titanium UV Side


Now I have been looking at video cards and was thinking about getting the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB. However i cant figure out a good processor to get. My end game is being able to run Crysis on all full settings
April 8, 2008 9:50:02 PM

Also my screen is a Dell w3706mc and my resolution is 1360x768
April 9, 2008 1:35:57 AM

No need to make a new post for every new sentence...

The E8400 and Q6600 are fairly popular CPUs at which you can start looking. Just depends whether you want to go dual or quad. What's this rig going to be used for besides gaming, if anything?
April 9, 2008 2:06:56 AM

aevm said:
You've got an expensive motherboard and an expensive (and overpriced) cooler, but the CPU and video card aren't up to playing recent games.

Are you going to play games on this computer?

Agreed
April 9, 2008 10:35:27 PM

Its going to be used for gaming and downloading thats it. Also ive been using ntune for overclocking, is there any better software to use?
April 9, 2008 10:50:16 PM

What is your budget for the CPU and case? You can get a really nice CPU for very little money. I'd probably get better RAM too, and you might want to wait and get the RAM cooling when you know that you need it.
April 9, 2008 11:24:44 PM

rapper225 said:
Its going to be used for gaming and downloading thats it. Also ive been using ntune for overclocking, is there any better software to use?

Yes. I (imo) consider nTune to be cr@p, since it always gave me a hard time with some games. I recommend AtiTool (YES, it WILL work on nVidia cards) or RivaTuner.
April 10, 2008 10:28:56 PM

Ok, i got Rivatuner but it seems really complicated so im searching for guides on how to use it. RAM is what i know least about on computers. What is good RAM for gaming, i currently have 2 sticks of Transcend 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) and OCZ OCZTXTCC Memory Cooler For both DDR1 & DDR2. i wanna have 8 GB of RAM but dont want to spend more than 200. As for a cpu I figure I might as well get a quad core since future games are gonna have support for it. Right now i have from my old computer aPentium D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.80 Ghz 800 FSB). I have it overclocked to 3.8 Ghz. Im looking to spend around 250 for a new processor. Lastly I havent been able to overclock my GPU. The only programs i tried so far were Foxware( I think its called) which came bundled with the GPU and Ntune and on both when i tried to save the settings it reset back to the default.
April 10, 2008 10:30:11 PM

Almost forgot, anyone got an opinion on conroe vs kentsfield vs wolfdale?
April 10, 2008 11:30:08 PM

^Give us a budget limit and we will gladly give you a list of parts that fit the need/price/performance :) .
April 11, 2008 12:09:27 AM

Ummmm, i just did. Maybe i miswrote before. Everything listed above has already been purchased and installed. Only other things i plan on buying are new processor, memory and GPU. I want 8GB of memory for no more than 200, A new processor for 250, im preferential to quad core. I already decided for the GPU to get the 8800gt. The rest of my system consists of

Motherboard : Evga nForce 680i SLI 775 T1 Version
GPU : Foxconn 8500GT-512 GeForce 8500GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Memory : 2 sticks of Transcend 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model JM667QLU-2G - Retail
Memory Cooler : OCZ OCZTXTCC Memory Cooler For both DDR1 & DDR2 - Retail
CPU Cooler : ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
CPU : Pentium D Processor 820 with Dual Core Tech
Chassis : ABS Aplus ABS-CS-EL Diablo Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
PSU : Ultra 750w X2 Power Supply/120mm Titanium UV Side
Monitor : Dell w3706mc and my resolution is 1360x768

One last question, should i have gotten memory heatsink before the cooler?
April 11, 2008 1:44:07 AM

Well my mobo has 8 gb Ram max and i use 64 bit Vista so i figured I might as well max it out. I prob will go with the 9300. Well since Crysis is the benchmark game, i figure if that'll work at full everything else has too, plus i want to build a computer that is strong enough to last for many years,
April 11, 2008 2:16:12 AM

^Nothing short of SLI 9800GTX2 will run Crysis with everything on max at high res.
April 22, 2008 9:35:21 PM

Just got a qx6700, only thing left is video card. i have been told that sli 8800gtx2 would work better than sli 9800gtx2.
April 22, 2008 10:32:47 PM

Also even tho my processor is quad core when i went into task manager and resource monitor i only saw 2 cores
April 29, 2008 9:23:22 PM

I just purchased a geforce 8800gts 640 mb and I am proud to say i can now run crysis with all settings on high at 1300x768. All thats left is to get anoth 4 gb of ram and my system is gonna be done. Im gonna try and post some pics of it later, it has alot of blue lights and my parents say it looks like a ufo
April 29, 2008 9:32:36 PM

^Nice. Now run some benches and start looking in to OCing :D .

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April 30, 2008 9:21:25 PM

Sigh......been trying to run 3dmark and pcmark all day but keep getting cancelled tests. So far managed to overclock core 2 extreme from 2.4 ghz to 3.0 Ghz with just air cooling woooooooooooot. Thinking about water cooling tho, just dont wanna spend alot of money and mess it up. Got my windows index score up to 4.9, only that low because of memory. I might need you guys help with overclocking my video card tho.
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