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New Gaming System May 2008

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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2008 8:25:04 PM

I am in a bit of a hurry to build a new gaming/general use system before moving oversees in a month. System needs to be stable/reliable (w/o me having advanced skills). Budget is a loose $2250k. Could go up another $250 if it yields excellent results. I already have Windows XP Pro 32bit.

Motherboard ??(suggestions)?? budget $200
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad QX660 2.66GHz $278
Memory Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (2x2) DDR2 800 $105
Graphics 2x ZOTAC 8800GT 512MB AMP Edition in SLI $375
Case NZXT Hush ATX mid-tower $70
Hard Drive 2x Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,000 RPM
in Raid 0 (and existing HD 330GB at 7200 $345
Optical Drives 2x Samsung DVD+/- R/W combo burner
with lightscribe $54
Monitor Sceptre 22" Widescreen 2ms $229
Monitor Cable $5
Sound Card SB X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series $130
(will be using alot oversees)
Speakers Logitech 5.1 Surround Sound ? up to $200
Power Hiper ATX 880watt quad 12v rails $150
Cooling Zalman 2 ball CPU cooler $40
Operating System Window XP Pro 32bit -

Total (with budget assumptions) $2,181

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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2008 8:47:52 PM

Asus P5N-D motherboard or some other 750i.

I think dual-slot cards will block the PCI slots, so if you go with that mobo you need single-slot video cards or you'll have to ditch the sound card. The Zotac cards you picked are single-slot, so that's OK, but you need a case with great cooling for that sort of thing.

If the sound card is not that important, forget it and upgrade the video to 8800GTS G92 512MB.

I assume you meant Q6600 or Q6700 for the CPU. Good choice.

I'd wait for the Raptors until the VelociRaptor is out. For that money you may be able to buy a 300GB V-Raptor that holds twice as much as the RAID0 and works at about the same speed. The old Raptors don't have PMR, and that makes them obsolete IMO.

Case: I have no clue about that NZXT. Check out the RC-690, that one is good enough for a SLI build.

Opticals: get different drives if you really want two, not identical.

PSU: get the Silencer 750W Crossfire Edition from newegg.

Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-S1283.

I'm not sure Zotac or Sceptre are reliable. Not saying they aren't, I just don't know. I'd switch to eVGA or BFG or XFX for the video and to Samsung or Viewsonic for the LCD, unless the price difference is big.
a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2008 9:29:24 PM

Sorry about that mistake on the processor- I was considering
1) Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4GHz 1066MHz 8MB LGA775 EM64T CPU, OEM $202
2) Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9300 2.5GHz 1333MHz 6MB LGA775 EM64T CPU, OEM $265
3) Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6700 2.66GHz 1066MHz 8MB LGA775 EM64T CPU, OEM $277

1) any concerns over OEM vs. Retail
2) I struggled b/t the Q9300 and Q6700. Which would people recommend and does it influence the choice of motherboard and memory?
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May 22, 2008 10:06:58 PM

2250K...go get some super RF rig with a million cores and 21 GBs of RAM and still have 2200K leftover!! Hehe.
a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2008 10:17:30 PM

hehe, did I mention it was pesos? ;)  Actually, that doesn't work either... :) ..
May 22, 2008 10:46:00 PM

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred
RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 4-4-4-12
CPU: Q6600 G0 (OC to 3.2)
Heatsink: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1
Speakers: Logitech X-540
Graphic Card: 8800GTS 512 MB (G92)
HD: Western Digital Raptor (if you can afford it) + 500gb Seagate
PSU: Corsair 550VX (or whatever its called)
Monitor: SAMSUNG 2253BW/SAMSUNG 2253LW
May 22, 2008 10:59:14 PM

^Agreed. Well done. You are talking about the G92 8800GTS right? ;) .
May 22, 2008 11:28:48 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^Agreed. Well done. You are talking about the G92 8800GTS right? ;) .

ofc. I just upgraded my PC to those spec. Well I had a 8800GT...and my raptor is the older verison...and the monitor im buying in 1-2 weeks...and my PSU is a $25 Antec EArthwatt 430W...but its basically the same.

BTW: any ideas on this case: Thermaltake VH6000BWS Armor+:

its like very new...thinking of returning Antec 1200 for this instead...I think I found a place that sells it for $ my Antec 1200 for $188....idk....if its better or not.
May 22, 2008 11:33:04 PM

Haven't used that case, but it looks good. Has a lot of space.