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Game Rig about $1000, what do you think

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May 6, 2008 2:52:58 AM

Hey, I've been out of the system building game for about 3 years. Just started to do research last weekend, came up with this build. What do you think? I plan to do some Overclocking of the CPU. I heard you can get it past 3.0ghz.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$139.99 -$20.00 Instant $119.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard - Retail

MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W
Power Supply - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6700 - Retail

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK - Retail
$99.99 -$40.00 Instant $59.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

Subtotal: $982.91

Any comments are appreciated

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May 6, 2008 2:57:57 AM

Consider more than 2gb of ram.

Otherwise good as is. Happy building.
May 6, 2008 5:21:30 AM

Nice list.
With that CPU, motherboard and HSF in that nice cool case there's a good chance you can reach ~3.3Ghz, a 25% OC, without too much trouble.
With a bit more work and care even a 40% overclock isnt impossible.
See how the guys @ went about overclocking their Q6700.

Another article that is probably worth your time:

It wasnt all that long ago that Q6700s were selling for $530.
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May 6, 2008 6:07:13 AM

I like the build over all and the price/perfomanace is going to be great.
I would however caution you on the Antec 900. I have had one for about 18 months and it is loud with my current setup. I am running a Q6600 @ 3.33 and a Zalman 9700 in this case and at load it is loud. I am not saying I don't like it very much for cooling just that you need to be aware of the noise.
May 6, 2008 12:32:10 PM

Thanks for the comments and the helpful links. I hope I can overclock it, but it seems like things are more complicated then then I last overclocked my Athlon 2400+M, with more voltages to be regulated.

The case is one item I was torn over, it does seem like it will be loud with the 200mm fan in there.

I was looking at the 900 and this:

Smilodon Extreme
I like the fact that the motherboard tray folds down, but I wans't sure if my HeatSink would fit with the fan right over the CPU.

Can you suggest any other cases in that price range?

May 6, 2008 1:23:47 PM

I would worry about noise more on the Raidmax since it sports 2X80mm fans on the side. Most of the cases with the side fans make more noise than those without. I however do not have a good suggestion that has flash appeal like the one you have mentioned here.
If you don't care about that stuff I would suggest:

It is a very soild case and will not be loud. I have a previous version myself.

If you run a good HSF then you can turn the fan speed down and still get a decent noise level with the 900 since all the fans are large. Also as an owner for a long time I do love the cooling it offers.
May 6, 2008 6:43:39 PM

Thanks for the comments, I think I'll go with the 900 case.

My only concern is the heatsink not fitting in the case and on the motherboard, it is a very larg HeatSink.
Does anyone have any experience with using this on my gigabyte mobo?

Also I see a cheaper MOBO(GIGABYTE) with almost the same specs:

This is about $40 cheaper, thinking of getting this instead. Will it affect overclocking ability?

Thanks for your help.