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May 17, 2008 6:22:43 PM

Hello everyone. So I'm finally about ready to order my parts for my new build. Just wondering if you guys have any suggestions? And the Tuniq Tower will fit in this case if I keep one of the side fans off right? And what fans would you recommend for this build?

Case:
Cooler Master Stacker 830 Evo (might be overkill right now but I do plan on upgrading and adding parts later)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Mobo:
Asus P5k-deluxe/Wifi LGA 775
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Q6600 Quad Core (plan on OCing to 3.2Ghz)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Tuniq Tower Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

RAM:
G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
EVGA 8800GTS G92 KO edition
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

PSU:
Thermaltake 700W
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

DVD Combo Drive:
Asus DVD burner with Lightscribe http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Monitor:
Samsung 22" Widescreen monitor
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Keyboard and Mouse:
Logitech G11 Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Logitech MX18 Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
May 17, 2008 7:01:25 PM

Looks good. :) . Be careful with RAM higher than DDR2 800. There are known incompatibility's with RAM higher than DDR2 800esp. with P35 based motherboards. Also consider a P34-DS3x is you want to reduce the price.
May 17, 2008 8:03:15 PM

Drop the MX518 mouse and get the G5 Rev.2. Much better engine and versatile. And......if you're planning on going with Vista, last I checked the drivers didn't work properly with my old 518.........but I could be wrong. Worth a double check though.

Other than that, great choices, you've done your research well! There are a few alternatives (heatsink, PSU), but the ones you have certainly aren't bad.
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May 17, 2008 8:04:48 PM

So should I go with the G.Skill 800Mhz instead? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was kinda torn between the P5k-D,Abit Pro IP35, and the P35-DS3L but all of the reviews that Ive been of the ASUS mobo I decided to go that way.
Also is the PSU ok for this build? And I think Ill end up going with Scythe S-Flex fans
May 17, 2008 8:12:22 PM

That PSU is fine. Overpriced compared to similar quality/wattage ones though. Not a big fan of Thermaltake PSU's but can't say it's "bad" really.

All 3 of those mobos are good, no question. But if you're looking to save money on the budget, then the DS3L is a solid board and very inexpensive. Great features, overclocks like a champ, good layout, and very good price.

The G.Skill 800 should be good enough. The Q6600 has a 9x multiplier, so you'd have to hit 3.6 ghz for your RAM to go above 800. There's no way you'll hit 3.6 with a Tuniq and have safe temps or volts. So go with the 800, it'll do just fine.

Scythe S-Flex will work fine too. Get the 1200 rpm ones.
May 17, 2008 8:44:21 PM

skyguy said:
That PSU is fine. Overpriced compared to similar quality/wattage ones though. Not a big fan of Thermaltake PSU's but can't say it's "bad" really.

All 3 of those mobos are good, no question. But if you're looking to save money on the budget, then the DS3L is a solid board and very inexpensive. Great features, overclocks like a champ, good layout, and very good price.

The G.Skill 800 should be good enough. The Q6600 has a 9x multiplier, so you'd have to hit 3.6 ghz for your RAM to go above 800. There's no way you'll hit 3.6 with a Tuniq and have safe temps or volts. So go with the 800, it'll do just fine.

Scythe S-Flex will work fine too. Get the 1200 rpm ones.


Thanks for the suggestions. I think I will go with the DS3L.Saves $70 over the P5K. Do you think this combo would clock to say... 3.4Ghz pretty easily? What would you recommend for a PSU that would be sufficient? I would prefer a modular PSU.
May 17, 2008 9:40:04 PM

that mobo can definetly get to 3.4 GHz, but might be a little hotter or little unstable than a x38/x48
May 17, 2008 11:47:03 PM

True. Getting to 3.4 on a G0 Q6600 on air is doable, but it produces alot of heat. And keeping the Northbridge "cool" on that Gigabyte board will be a bit of a challenge. Depends if you wanna go ghetto and just rig a fan to blow on the northbridge, or if you got money and get a board with heatpipes, etc.

Bottom line is that mobo is very good for the price, but you need good cooling if you wanna push a Q6600 by 1ghz higher.

Modular PSU: Check Corsair's 620w. Seasonic's Modular M-series is very nice too but not that cheap. And on a side note......modular doesn't save much space really.........2-3 cables max. You still gotta use the 24-pin cable, CPU cable, 4-pins, SATA, etc. For the extra money it costs, you're better off spending $1 on some zip ties and tie the unused cables out of the way ;)  If you go with non-modular, you have ALOT more options, and some have very good prices too.
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