I've been in the market for a new computer for, well, years now and I'm finally ready to empty my thin college wallet and get one! I haven't overclocked before, but why not start now? After reading Tom's $500 pc article, I decided to base my build off that and change up a bit. I don't game, because the integrated graphics and Celeron 340 on this machine are piss-poor; but I'd like to get back into the gaming scene a bit. Anyway, here's what I chose:
All total (prices include shipping): $572
Newegg taxes to TN addresses so the total would come to $608
I have 32-bit XP, mouse, keyboard, speakers, DVD-rom, and monitor already -- is there anything I'm missing? Since the Barracuda is OEM it doesn't come with cables, do I only need the one (or do I also need some sort of power cable as well)?
It seems that the GA-P35-DS3L has been replaced by the GA-EP35-DS3L which has taken over the $90 price point that the GA-P35-DS3L used to occupy. You could switch to the GA-EP35-DS3L board instead and save $17.
Edit: Good points Narhwale. It sounds like he's really trying to stick to budget, but springing the few extra $ (maybe from what is saved on the motherboard) for the 9600GT would probably be well worth it.
The GA-EP35-DS3L you suggest looks great, and it comes with a SATA cable as well. Do you know if it has similar overclocking abilities to the solid capacitor model?
It's a Gigabyte gel capacitors for them are a thing of the past, yea. ...you may find still be able to find them on some of their super-economy boards. Anywho, unless you're looking to overclock into the stratosphere you should have plenty of headroom for a decent overclock.
The 9600GT requires 26A on the 12V circuit. The EarthWatts 380 Provides a combines 27A on its 2 12V lines. I guess the answer is, yes it probably can power the 9600GT but you're cutting it very very close. I wouldn't be comfortable doing it.
I'm not sure on the overclocking capabilities of the new EP35 model. I'd imagine it would work fine for a mild overclock.
No, I'm not looking for eye-popping overclocks... like I said, I haven't done it before so I'd just like to tweak and fiddle with the BIOS options and get some experience. I guess I meant to ask if the $90 model has comparable overclocking features in the BIOS as the other?
I'll probably stick with the 8800GS for the sake of the power supply. 26A is cutting it a bit too close for my comfort, and I've heard that multiple rails (may) lose 1-2A when combining them. Or something to that effect.
Cheers, I'll be putting in my order after I get off work (it will be tomorrow morning by then) so I'll be checking back here between now and then.
The Gigabyte boards are poplular for offering a lot of bang for the buck. I can't speak to the bios of the board in question, tried to find you a review, but no luck, the board's pretty new.
Separate note. I have a habit, perhaps its bad, of buying at least slightly more than I think I need. In your case that might be X38. Not pushing you in that direction, but a motherboard might not be a bad item to get a little more than you think you need.
Those are indeed some sweet looking boards, but I fear that it's just out of my budget. Anyway, I saw some new reviews on The Egg for the mobo I'm looking at, and it seems to have some overclocking capability. Not a ton, but it sounds like it will be enough for my purposes.
I'm placing my order now, and I suspect that I'll need to come back here to get some help putting it all together in a few days! Yay!