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May 18, 2008 1:18:21 PM

Looking for some help on deciding on the last few parts of a new build.

Here are the parts that I know I want:

Case- Coolermaster 690
CPU- q6600
HDD- Seagate 7200.11 500 GB
GPU- EVGA 9800GTX (and step up when the new cards come out).
Heatsink- Xigmatek HDT-S1283
Fans- Yate Loon D12SH-124UB
OS - Home Premium x64

Here are the parts that I can't really decide on:

Ram:
Can't decide between a few kits
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22586&vpn=F2...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26564&vpn=OC...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29104&vpn=BL...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26793&vpn=99...

Motherboard:
EVGA 780i or EVGA 750i FTW
Between these boards, I am really leaning towards the 750i FTW since I doubt I will ever need tri-sli, but I am still open to getting the 780i.

PSU:
I really am not sure here. Right now, I am looking at the
OCZ GameXStream 700w http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18185&vpn=OC...
Silverstone Zeus 650w http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19648&vpn=SS...
Silverstone Strider 600w Modular http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19645&vpn=SS...

I am open to suggestions on other power supplies though.

So, any opinions on which of the choices to get, or complete changes of hardware choices?

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May 18, 2008 11:53:17 PM

Quote from another thread which I agree with completely: I'd avoid the 7x0i for anything but a pure gaming rig with instant SLI benefits. As akhilles said X38/X48(it's the same thing) is as good as it gets.
I'd also stick with DDR2 for now. DDR3 offers miniscule improvements for a heavy pricetag.

I would look at the Intel X38/X48 chipset based motherboards. Unless you are gaming at really high resolutions (1920x1200+) SLI is waste of money.

Look at the Asus P5E or a Gigabyte board. The P5E is like $250 CAD from NCIX.

For CPU- look at the Q9300, its only a little more than the Q6600 but its 45nm and will run cooler. The Q6600 is a fine choice though- it is what I run.
However, unless you are doing a lot of video editing or other CPU intensive tasks (read: not games) you really don't need a quad core CPU. You can pick up the E8400 for $199 from NCIX and be a 3.0GHz 45nm.

As for RAM go with the Mushkin or the OCZ as they have tighter timings.

For PSU the GameXStream is just fine. You could get away with the Corsair VX550 if you are not going to SLI.
May 19, 2008 1:39:00 PM

^^^ Totally. Or GA-X38-DS4/DQ6 for ease of overclocking.

Unless money is no object. :)  In that case, why aren't you looking at one of those million dollar pcs? :D  They're there. Just google.

If I had to pick from your list:

Tracer 2x2
Silverstone Strider 600w (look at the dba, it's quieter)
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May 19, 2008 2:22:02 PM

shadowduck said:
Quote from another thread which I agree with completely: I'd avoid the 7x0i for anything but a pure gaming rig with instant SLI benefits. As akhilles said X38/X48(it's the same thing) is as good as it gets.
I'd also stick with DDR2 for now. DDR3 offers miniscule improvements for a heavy pricetag.

I would look at the Intel X38/X48 chipset based motherboards. Unless you are gaming at really high resolutions (1920x1200+) SLI is waste of money.

Look at the Asus P5E or a Gigabyte board. The P5E is like $250 CAD from NCIX.

For CPU- look at the Q9300, its only a little more than the Q6600 but its 45nm and will run cooler. The Q6600 is a fine choice though- it is what I run.
However, unless you are doing a lot of video editing or other CPU intensive tasks (read: not games) you really don't need a quad core CPU. You can pick up the E8400 for $199 from NCIX and be a 3.0GHz 45nm.

As for RAM go with the Mushkin or the OCZ as they have tighter timings.

For PSU the GameXStream is just fine. You could get away with the Corsair VX550 if you are not going to SLI.


I prefer the q6600 to the q9300 because it has the higher multiplier. Also, I am going with quad core because I do use Solidworks and other CAD programs for school.

After a couple replies on another forum, I decided to change the mobo anyway. I will go with either an Asus P5K-E/Wifi board or maybe the P5E, haven't decided.
May 20, 2008 11:32:17 AM

Yes, but if you're overclocking, 65nm means more heat that means better cooling is needed.

P5K-E is fine for stock & o/c. P5E is better, but if you're upgrading from P5K-E to P5E, you will be disappointed. Fortunately, that's not the case.
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