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Rate my build please! ($3,200)

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May 12, 2008 12:15:56 PM

Alright, well this is my first post, and ive been looking at computer parts for this build for the lase 3 months everyday. i was hoping that you all could help me make sure i havent overlooked anything. i need to order everything!!! i already have the 2x monitors, mouse, keyboard, and surge protector/battery backup.



case (cm 830) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

mobo (evga 790i) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

gpu 2x (evga 9800gx2) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

psu (1300watt) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

cpu (q6600) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

cpu (arctic silver 5) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

cpu cooler http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

ram 2x (total of 8gb ddr3) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

hdd 3x (2 for raid0, one for backup and long term storage) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

dvd rom (dvd-rw w/ light scribe) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

os (vista 64bit) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

case fans (4x-8x) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

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May 12, 2008 12:22:13 PM

You should wait till the 4 series comes out :/ 
May 12, 2008 12:22:53 PM

4 series??

anyway, it doesnt mater how long i wait, theres always going to be something new coming out in a month. i just wanted to make sure i wasent missing anything.
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May 12, 2008 12:32:50 PM

im sorry, i just cant keep up with all of this.

now if the 4 series = ati, no thanks. i have always had intel, and have some extra parts if something breaks. but the build is sound?
May 12, 2008 12:48:43 PM

going ATI does not mean you can't go INTEL. Still, I have had my hopes up twice for ATI and twice they let me down. I finally went green and I don't regret it. If there is anything your GX2s can't do, sue the developers, they can't be on their right mind.
May 12, 2008 12:54:23 PM

well quad sli can't play crysis at 2560x1200
May 12, 2008 1:28:18 PM

Whoa, that's an expensive build. I'd replace the mobo with an eVGA 780i and the RAM with some good DDR2-800 and the cooler with a Xigmatek HDT-S1283. The performance will suffer very little, if at all, and you'll save about $600.

Edit: the rest of the list is nice. Maybe the hard disks are a bit too expensive, but they're good. I'd get WD6400AAKS for $115/640GB or WD7500AAKS for $130/750GB instead of Barracuda for $250/1TB. They're just as fast and you get more space for your dollar.
May 12, 2008 1:37:09 PM

I think your needs for DDR3 are overrated. DDR2 performs almost as well for much less cost. Get a DDR2 board, and some 1066 RAM, save yourself a load of cash. I guarantee that you wouldn't be able to tell 2 identical systems side by side, one with DDR3 and one with DDR2. DDR3 concept is good, just very overpriced for the actual performance gains...which are negligible. Check Tom's; they did a comparison a while back on DDR2 vs DDR3...
May 12, 2008 2:02:07 PM

with that extra 600 dollars get yourself a decent CPU. Seeing as your budget is fairly elastic, go for a QX9650, Q9450 or a E8500 and overclock the heck out of it.

heck why not even water cooling?
May 12, 2008 2:08:21 PM

If your interested I have 2 evga 9800gx2's for sale, I recently purchased these about 2 months ago. The are in perfect condition I can send you pics if you like, I have posted them for sale on craig's list but have not gotten any serious buyers yet only no shows. I will be posting it on ebay soon if I am not able to sell it. I am asking $375.00 per and $750.00 for both. Price is non negotiable. Thanks, please respond to mqd100psu@gmail.com.
May 12, 2008 2:13:07 PM

I'm a bit confused... is this REALLY a $3200 build? A build with a Q6600 (yestertech) and no monitors... does that really add up to $3200?
May 12, 2008 2:49:59 PM

$1200 just in the 2x9800GX2s...I would say its possible, although, not the best use of this cash. If you still want to spend that much on a PC, go with a QX9xxx instead of the Q6600. Also, as we mentioned before, go DDR2 on your board and RAM if at all possible. DDR3 is a total waste of cash. ($600 alone on 8gb of DDR3???) $750 on HD's? $330 on MB? I'm starting to get the idea here...

May 12, 2008 4:31:11 PM

If I hit the Powerball tomorrow (tough, as I didn't buy a ticket), I'm not sure I could spend more than about $2K on a new build.
I'll have to go along with Rubix et al on the parts.
May 12, 2008 5:12:24 PM

$3,200 system and your using that CPU?!?! At least use a new 45 nm. Please done waste your money on that old Q6600. I agree with whoever above, for $3200 you could build 2 bad ass pc's that would have a little less performance then his. O well, we all have our budgets....
May 29, 2008 5:56:24 PM

If I had that mush cash to spend on a new build I would of waited for the new Intel Nelham chip imo!!! (Q4 of 2008 for high end chips)
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