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May 16, 2008 12:06:37 AM

Hi everyone! I am new to TomsHardware and computer building so I'm sorry in advance for my noobtastic questions. I am going to buy my parts from newegg except the case which I already bought. Just wanted to get your opinions and advises before I start this monster.

Motherboard: XFX nForce 680I LT SLI
CPU: Intel® Core™2 Quad Core Q6600 2.4GHz
Case: Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB
Memory: OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz
Case Fans: 2x Thermaltake Thunderblade 120mm Green LED Case Fan
CPU Fan: ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W
Optical Drive: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

So theres my hopefully future rig.
Thank you again!!

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May 16, 2008 1:00:01 AM

Looks good, very similar to the system i built just after Christmas. I think you'll be pleased.

On a side note, if you plan on overclocking, i'd suggest a non sli board. Like the ASUS P5K-E. Reason being is the 680i chipset is quite finicky when overclocked, and will likely cause you trouble if that is your plan.

Either way be sure to update to the latest BIOS, helped me rid myself of the random multiplier issue.
May 16, 2008 1:03:53 AM

lucuis said:
Looks good, very similar to the system i built just after Christmas. I think you'll be pleased.

On a side note, if you plan on overclocking, i'd suggest a non sli board. Like the ASUS P5K-E. Reason being is the 680i chipset is quite finicky when overclocked, and will likely cause you trouble if that is your plan.

Either way be sure to update to the latest BIOS, helped me rid myself of the random multiplier issue.

680i is horrible overclocker. Most people don't get above 2.8ghz on q6600 with that chipset. Search through the forum and you'll see.

780i overclock as well as p35 though, and is good enough for 3.6ghz on q6600. The problem is it cost much more.

x38/48 cost around the same as 780i, but perform much better.

So yeah, sli will cost you. :p 
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May 16, 2008 12:05:42 PM

jsaces said:
Cool beans.
I took your advise and looked for a replacement (btw thank you for saving me from getting the 680i)

Here are the two I'm looking at now:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128083
GIGABYTE LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Thanx again!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131196
ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX

Thanx again!
Those two models are about the same.

For p35, it might be better to go cheap. These models is highly rated, and known to oc well for p35 board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're going to buy a p35 that cost $50 more, might as well put in another $50 for a higher performing x38:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 17, 2008 5:36:49 PM

Is it better to oc with the motherboard that u mentioned than the two I told told you about?

May 17, 2008 8:37:41 PM

jsaces said:
Is it better to oc with the motherboard that u mentioned than the two I told told you about?

For the p35s, same performance, for x38, better performance.
May 17, 2008 9:41:58 PM

just some info, you might not want to go with any 680-780i's, reports say the the 780i has data curroption
May 18, 2008 12:46:49 AM

I decided on getting the Asus P5K-E/Wifi AP
My goal is to get 3.2 at least on the cpu
Wish me luck!
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