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$800-900 build for a friend

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April 10, 2008 12:52:48 AM

Hey Guys....long time no see, been busy lately

A friend of mine was looking for a new build and though I would just give him the same as mine, his budget is a little more. So I've been doing some research and this is what I got:

Case: He has an Antec 900

CPU + PSU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3478879&CatId=2406
I found this bundle and LOVE IT....I was going to sell that mobo and get a nice P35, but that is an amazing price for that PSU/CPU.

Mobo: P5K-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131225
Chose this cause I've seen amazing overclocks with a Q6600 with it. Is there a major difference between this one and the WiFi version or just the cooling (like the mosfets on this one)

GPU: He has a 7900GS. Going to wait for 10 series and RV770s.

Memory: unsure here...I have multiple options. I like Crucial (good experience with mine) so I chose between those
1) Crucial (2) 2x1 (total 4) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148076 (same price as non LED)
2) Crucial 2x2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148183
The only difference is 2 sticks versus 4. Is there a main difference. Some say 4 sticks = bad overclocking and stability issues but the 4 sticks is $30 cheaper and has COOL LEDs!!!

Optical: Samsung SH-203B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153
Like mine...good performance, pretty quiet

Hard Drive: Main problem is idk how big a drive he wants. Going to get a good Seagate or WD. Will update ASAP

Cooling: TRUE, fans, and a fan controller

Mouse: Logitech MX-518 (getting from a friend for $20)

Just wanted the build to be double checked. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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April 10, 2008 12:55:05 AM

well since you're one of the more experienced posters around here, i don't think you'll be getting many negatives, but that said, good build. Very good build
April 10, 2008 1:10:32 AM

Hey Silver, how ya been? So if you get that bundle with the board are you keeping it? From what I've read, Ballistix are no longer double density but I haven't used any recently to confirm this. I am finishing a build with Team Xtreme ram and so far it's just as good maybe better, I've found my new favorite ram. If you're doing 4 gig, go 2X2
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April 10, 2008 1:19:01 AM

No, if I got the bundle I was going to sell the board and get that P5K-E...I know its a hassle but its a great deal for that CPU and PSU.

What do u mean by "double density"?
April 10, 2008 1:32:59 AM

There are chips on both sides of the ram. Don't know the details, like you I've been real busy and haven't had time to check this out closer, but I read somewhere they'e using different chips. The Team Xtreme is also Micron and so far it works real good.
April 10, 2008 1:45:15 AM

Isnt Crucial the consumer version of Micron...i dont think the chips changed. But if so, the 2x2s still overclock quite well.

My main deal was whether getting 2x2 gave u anything more like stability or overclocking because 4x1 is cheaper ($30) and u get cool LEDs (worthless but still cool)
April 10, 2008 2:47:12 AM

Do you really need a 1000w PSU?
You can Get the Q6600 for Under $200 at Fry's last I looked.

That means $300 for the Mobo and PSU.
Something like the PCP&C 610 is $120 from their website.
w/o Shopping I'm sure there are better deals around.

OCing won't be an issue on the Q6600.
DDR2-800 will get it to 3.6Ghz.
April 10, 2008 2:57:39 AM

Yes you are correct about micron/crucial and the issue I mentioned was on the 1 gig stick, from what I've read, the 2 gig are doing good. I'm not real impressed with that combo deal either, considering you can get the CPU cheaper, as mentioned, and can pick up a Corsair VX550 for $60 after rebate here;
http://www.buy.com/prod/Corsair-VX-550W-Power-Supply/q/...
April 10, 2008 2:58:03 AM

I didn't think that combo deal was very good either.

GA-P35-DS3L + Q6600 + ~$100 quality PSU would be money better spent.
April 10, 2008 10:45:20 AM

Thanks for the reviews guys....but

1) The DS3L does not have the right power regulators to get to a decent overclock with a quad. A dual yes, but the quad needs more regulation for what I want.

2) For the PSU, I want modular. I know its xtra money, but that Antec is small and I dont know what "I" would do w/o it. So does he need 1000w, No, but it was there. Also he wants something to last...big with ample Amps so it doesnt need to be replaced.
April 11, 2008 3:04:07 AM

He clearly stated this build was for a friend in his original post.

Silverion77, you say that the power regulators on the GA-P35-DS3L cannot allow for decent overclocks on a quad.
Can you link to any articles/reviews that support that claim?
I'm not trying to be argumentative, I am thinking of using that in a future build that would include a Q6600. So I would like to know as much about it as possible.
April 11, 2008 3:30:26 AM

The reason I went with that deal is that its $500 for cpu/mobo/and a really good PSU. I sell the mobo for ~$100. Thats $400 for a $250 processor and $150 for the PSU. Now that just seems really good to me for a 1000W 70A full modular psu, but maybe theres something better. I just saw for $150 separately for a PSU gets u about 600-750 Watts so I thought the xtra power would be nice. Dont need it but who cares.

@Evilshuriken:
No articles, just fact. The DS3L has 4 power regulators I believe. Thats fine for a dual core, but for a quad its okay, but u wont get the best Q6600 overclocks. The P5K-E or other higher end Asus' have 8. That means more stable power which quads need.
April 11, 2008 9:36:33 AM

evilshuriken said:
He clearly stated this build was for a friend in his original post.



I know this! Just sounds to me like the build may be for himself by the way some of the statements are worded.
April 11, 2008 1:51:28 PM

Sorry, everything I state is in agreement with him....Its just weird to write something in 3rd person. HE wants this and HE wants that, its easier for me to use I :kaola: 
April 12, 2008 12:58:30 AM

Not a problem, could just be me too, these 12 hr workdays are startin' to work on this ole'man a little.
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