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Please Evaluate Compatibility of this Build

Last response: in Systems
April 28, 2008 9:14:00 PM

I haven't built a computer in over 3 years. So, please help me evaluate the compatibility of this potential build. Thank you.

Product Description
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

hec ACE580 ATX12V 580W Power Supply - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

DIAMOND Viper 3870PE4512SB Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N - OEM

Thermaltake SopranoRS VG7000BWS Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

ASUS P5M2-8SB4W 80mm SuperFlo CPU Cooler – Retail
April 28, 2008 9:48:55 PM

Looks like a nice system... I would consider a different PSU. The one you have choosen has a nice price tag, but you get what you pay for.
I like Antec or Enermax, they are better quality.
April 28, 2008 9:50:17 PM

Also you could save some cash by going with pc6400 CL4 (800MHZ) as you will not see much difference in speed but you will in price.
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April 28, 2008 9:54:03 PM

choose from this list or dont bother upgrading... I cant understand why a person would upgrade to a $14 heatsink

**you would be surprised how good stock coolers are. the $14 one prolly be worse**
April 29, 2008 3:06:31 AM

Thanks grieve. I knew someone would say something about the power supply. I'll also take a look at getting a better heatsink. Is the video card OK? Should I get a cheaper video card and a separate TV tuner card? I think the video card will require quite a bit of power, but it seems like a nice card.
April 29, 2008 3:30:54 AM

Ram is OVERKILL. Your Processor won't allow you to overclock enough to really require 1066. 800mhz is Ideal.
Consider a different CPU cooler. Artic Freezer 7 if your on a budget, or maybe a Tunq Tower for a litte more.
the Graphics card is fine, I would personaly go 8800GTS, but this is more my personal pref. Likewise with the 650i chipset MoBo. I would prolly not go Nvidia chipset, but again this isn't a big detail,, somepeople like em.. I dont
April 29, 2008 4:41:50 AM

Thanks psymonx. I see that the 8800GT(S) is pretty popular. I wanted the digital TV tuner so I figured I would either get it all in one card or buy a separate video card and tuner card.