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$900 dollar gaming/cad build.

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May 16, 2008 7:27:06 AM

Screw that other rig. Things have changed in the last two hours.

Heres what I got

CPU: Q6600
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
GPU: PNY VCG88GTS5XPB GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video
(Concerne here. I need someone to vouch for PNY or I am going to look harder at EVGA. Step up program is nice but coming from a gaming world where 7600 GO is the king i doubt that i will need more in three months.)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail
CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Shipped Total: $906.59

Don't want to sound like a jerk but please be swift. I would like to order early toworrow and cross my fingers for a Saturday delivery.
May 16, 2008 7:50:59 AM

Don't forget a CD/DVD drive. I recommend an LG, Lite-on, or even Sony-NEC Optiarc.

Everything else looks good from my point of view.
May 16, 2008 7:55:59 AM

personal preference here, i would look at the EVGA a lil closer. I have not used a PNY card since the old MX4** Series of cards, those were very good back in the day but i cannot vouch for the new cards. In the last 2 months i have built 3 rigs, mine, my bros, and a friends, and all three of them used EVGA cards have not had any problems out of any of them, and the warranty is awesome.
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May 16, 2008 9:51:20 AM

PNY is quite good...i know 9 people who've bought the PNY 8800GT and they're quite happy...

That PSU is wayyyyy overkill...your motherboard doesn't support SLI or CF... 750W for a single GPU is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy overkill. Stick with Corsair 550VX.

Also get the Seagate 500GB 7200.11 instead. Its faster than the 7200.10 and also cheaper. ($85)

If you're gonna use vista then 4GB is needed...otherwise 2GB Crucial is quite good.

That's about it. Do consider the changes.
May 16, 2008 10:37:26 AM

If you are going to be running CAD defiantly go for 4Gb of RAM.
Even if you are only using 32bit Xp you will still have around 3.5Gb available to use.
I work with UG all day and regularly require more than 2Gb especially with larger models.

If you are not overclocking, the PNY should treat you fine.
Personally, I would lean towards eVGA for higher quality parts but you should be fine.
You should look into modified Quatro drivers if you are going to be doing large amounts of CAD work.
The Quatro drivers are specially optimised for most professional applications.
I wish I could remember where I saw them.... Perhaps at Guru of 3D...

You will defiantly benefit from a mild overclock to your Q6600.
A simple boost to 3GHz should be no problem for your stock cooler.

Yes, your PSU may be overkill for now but it is never a bad thing to have a high quality PSU.
Keep the one you list, it will not hurt.
May 16, 2008 5:11:50 PM

What about MSI for the 8800 Gts. I comes with witcher and is cheaper than evga
May 16, 2008 5:18:06 PM

Think I am going with the Barracuda 7200.11 500gb for twenty bucks more.
And the EVGA 8800GTS for another forty bucks

gonna keep the PSU because it is only five dollars more for the 650 rather than the 550.

All in all $940 shipped.
May 16, 2008 5:35:06 PM

Tron87 said:
Think I am going with the Barracuda 7200.11 500gb for twenty bucks more.


Where are you getting the HD from? As far as i know the 7200.11 is cheaper since its more popular
May 16, 2008 11:50:09 PM

I culdn't find it for cheaper on newegg. I no matter. The whole package is already in the mail. Everyone please send your good MOJO for a saturday delivery.
May 17, 2008 5:25:06 AM

Busload of mojo for ya. Cheers! :) 
May 17, 2008 6:16:55 AM

i can vouch in court the new tx650w and tx750w corsair psu will not work with ur ga-p35-ds3l, and crucial ballistix 2gb ram. i have a same build except with a xfx 8800gt 512mb, tx750w corsair psu, and an allendale e4600. psu boots up, then powers down after 5 minutes, then the time shortens after every reboot. the psu u chose is new on the market, its not tried or true. get an antec neo he 550w or so. my 430w antec neo he has 3 16a rails which gives 48amps which is plenty. most likely the 550w will have more amps. its also modular and rock solid, i can also vouch that it works perfectly. hella quiet too. cant tell its on (litterally)
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