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March 25, 2008 10:56:29 AM

Hello all,

I want to build my first gaming PC. I want to not only get the best bang-for-buck but also want to learn how to build systems from the ground up. Please let me know what I'm missing...I'd like to run either RAID 0 or 1 (not sure which would be better) but have no idea how to get that set up.

I provided the links and prices below. Here are the core specs:

EVGA nForce 780i SLI Motherboard CPU Bundle - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor 2.40GHz OEM

OCZ SLI-Ready Edition Dual Channel 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB)...Two Sets - 4GB Total

Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 ATX Full-Tower Aluminum Case with Vented Side and 1000-Watt Power Supply

Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM....2 HDDs in Raid 0 Configuration. Do I need a controller card for this?

XFX GeForce 8800 GT Video Card - Alpha Dog Edition, FREE Company of Heroes PC Game, 512MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDCP, Video Card

HP w2207 22" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with BrightView Panel - 5ms, 1680x1050 (WSXGA+), 1000:1, DVI-D, USB Hub, Speakers...2 Monitors

Lite-On LH-20A1S SuperAllwrite SATA DVD Burner - 20x DVD±R Burn, 16x DVD±R Read, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 48x32x CD-R/RW



http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite... 479.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 80
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 348.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 325
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 189.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 500
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 35

Total system cost: $2000
March 25, 2008 12:10:46 PM

You know the cpu/mobo combo doesn't come with a fan? If you don't overclock:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

If you do:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Unfortunately, TD doesn't have the better HSFs.

If you don't plan to SLI, go with an Intel board. This is a VERY solid combo. Retail cpu + cooler + 3 year warranty:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Don't worry about RAID. The motherboard manual explains this in details. Print this out:

http://www.corsair.com/systembuild/report.aspx?report_i...
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