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March 23, 2008 1:33:31 AM

My first post but I read here often to learn. Lots of smart people here, for the most part. I just want some to read over this and give me the ok or what you would change so I feel better when I hit the order button. Also, I want to run 64 bit Vista. I will probably get the home premium edition. I cant seem to find a retail version in 64 bit. Do I have to order the version I find and upgrade with the DVD microsoft sends for $10 off their website? If you find it please post the link. All I can find is OEM versions.

I didnt post a HDD and maybe a few other things. Those I can pick but just kinda looking at 64 bit Vista and compatabilty between the hardware. Yes, before someone ask, I picked these items from reading the forums and putting it together. I didnt just post first but somehow I still feel a bit reluctant to hit the button to order it without some type of approval. Thanks in advance.



Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

PC Power & Cooling S610EPS EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail

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March 23, 2008 2:05:20 AM

Wow, looks like you did your research! Nice job, I honestly wouldnt change a thing about it!

As for the OS, if you cant find a retail version online, just go to your local BestBuy or Staples. They should have it there.
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March 23, 2008 2:45:26 AM

The main reasons for choosing the X38 would be to use Crossfire or to get PCI-e 2.0 slots. You're getting an nVidia card and a 610W PSU, which tells me you're not going to be going Crossfire. Also, video cards nowadays don't even use up all the bandwidth available in PCI-e 1.1 so there's no point in paying more for 2.0 at this point. I would save yourself 100 bucks and go with a P35 mobo.

Everything else looks great, although some might recommend you to replace the Freezer 7 Pro with a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 for better performance at $10 more.
March 23, 2008 2:50:17 AM

I already did. Forgot to tell you, nice list, good luck with the build.
March 23, 2008 2:57:11 AM

^ Haha yeah, I had my reply window open for a few minutes and you replied before I could finish. :lol: 
March 23, 2008 3:26:11 AM

Not a bad list at all.

Another vote for the Xigmatek.

I would add a WD7500AAKS disk and a SH-S203N DVD.

Oushi is right about the Crossfire thing. If you're planning to get a large monitor (24" or more) in the near future then get yourself the X38 mobo but combine it with a HD 3870X2 or at least a HD 3870 (it has to be ATI for Crossfire), and get a Silencer 750W Crossfire Edition. That way you can do Crossfire later. If that's not going to happen, you might as well downgrade to P35 (P5K, GA-P35-DS3R, aBit IP35 pro, etc.).



March 23, 2008 3:42:41 AM

The crossfire thing is not gonna happen. I have just never seen the good in investing in 2 graphics cards when everything I have ever done..well, I have done it with one. I guess with that not being on my mind I totally missed it on the mother board. I had decided on P35 at the beginning but changed to X38 for some reason.

I run an ATI card now. The last 2 I have had was ATI. No real reason to go back to NVIDIA. I guess since most dont recommend it over the 8800 series I was assuming that NVIDIA was the better option right now. Does the ATI cards perform as good for around the same price as the 8800GTS? I will probably still use a 22" monitor.

Anyway, I guess we could discuss all day. I edited in a few changes up top. What you think?
March 23, 2008 3:44:08 AM

Just nit picking here, but this is what I'd change:

RAM - $103 - $25 MIR = $78!! CAS 4 speed, which will help you out later "WHEN" you decide to OC your q6600.
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...

Mobo - $130 shipped! Has about everthing under the sun and is fairly cheap.
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - $85 - $20 MIR = $65!!! Has 41A on the 12V rails and has a 5 yr. warranty too!! Since you appear to be going with a single GPU solution (which I totally agree with) you can get this PSU and still have plenty of room for upgrades in the future. The added bonus is that you'll save ~$55 over the PCP&C 610 PSU, which is a good PSU also.
Corsair VX 550W ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-550VX
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-550w-atx-power-suppl...

And with all of these savings, you could upgrade to a 3870x2, if you wanted to. Or you could take the savings and put into other parts or other things!!
March 23, 2008 3:50:19 AM

Looks better now.
Good luck, I think that should do it!
March 23, 2008 10:25:07 AM

Go with the board lunyone has suggested, the 'c' boards are DDR2/DDR3 boards, will do either ram but not both at the same time.
March 23, 2008 7:42:10 PM

I am still looking around. Lets just say I wanted an SLI board for a few months down the road? What are my options? Thanks. Awesome advice so far.
March 23, 2008 7:52:19 PM

Well since you are goin Quad core, it would be better if you went with a 780i chipset instead of say the 680i. I have not had experiance with SLi boards, but hear that are not nearly as good at overclocking a quad compared to a p35. Plus a good 780i board will run you around 250. Try this one, its 750i, wich i dont know much about, but its quad ready and is in your price range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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