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May 25, 2008 5:37:13 PM

Looking to build a new system to play Age of Conan on. Was wanting some feedback on a wish list I put together and some heat sink recommendations. Would like feedback on the mobo and memory is there some other memory I could get for cheaper? Trying to keep costs down as much as possiable but still have a real nice gaming rig. Also can I use 64bit vista with this setup and should I? https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=6634685&WishListTitle=gaming+pc
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May 25, 2008 6:15:13 PM

Yes, you can use Vista 64 and it's a good idea IMO.

The best cooler you can get these days on a budget AFAIK is the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 at $37. The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is also very good, and cheaper, but it won't let you overclock as high as the Xigmatek.

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COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$52.99 -$8.00 Instant $44.99

ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$119.99 $119.99

BFG Tech BFGR88768GTXOCE GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$409.99 -$30.00 Instant $379.99

Antec BP550 Plus 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply - Retail
$89.99 -$30.00 Instant $59.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9450 - Retail
$359.99 $359.99

Kingston HyperX 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2LL/2G - Retail
$99.99 -$35.00 Instant $129.98

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$94.99 $94.99

SAMSUNG T220 Rose-Black 22" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$339.99 -$20.00 Instant $319.99

LITE-ON Combo Black SATA Model DH-52C2S-04 - OEM
$22.99 $2


I suggest replacing the video card with a 8800GTS G92 512MB. It offers very similar performance at 1680x1050. The GTX would make a difference at 1920x1200, but your 22" monitor doesn't offer that resolution. This saves you $150.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150267 XFX 8800GTS G92, $230, includes Call of Duty

I would also replace the P5N-E with a GA-EP35-DS3R. Same price, better chipset.

I'd replace the Q9450 with a Q6700. With overclocking, you can get about the same speed, $100 less.

PSU: get this one instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&Tpk=650TX

RAM: this one would work with the DS3R for example:
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800, $80 after rebate and shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267


May 25, 2008 7:51:30 PM

awesome suggestions i updated my wish list thanks.
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May 26, 2008 5:25:21 PM

This look like a good gaming rig? I'd like to keep it under $1,500 I been using a Imac intel core duo and I need to upgrade. Less than 30 frames a second in WOW with things turned up and like 10 frames in Age of Conan with alot of things turned off.
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May 26, 2008 5:41:33 PM

The wish list link in the original post isn't working for me now. If you just paste the part names I'm sure people will be happy to double-check them.

Also, what's your total now? That is, do you need ideas to cut costs, or do you have money left and want to spend it?
May 26, 2008 6:01:56 PM

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: RC-534-KKN2-GP
Item #: N82E16811119106

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In Stock
$52.99 -$8.00 Instant $44.99
1 GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-EP35-DS3R
Item #: N82E16813128086

Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
$119.99 $119.99
1 XFX PVT88GYDD4 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: PVT88GYDD4
Item #: N82E16814150267

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In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$249.99 $249.99
1 CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail
Model #: CMPSU-650TX
Item #: N82E16817139005

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In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$159.99 -$50.00 Instant $109.99
1 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HH80562PH0678MK - OEM
Model #: HH80562PH0678MK
Item #: N82E16819115053

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In Stock
$259.99 $259.99
1 OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR800C44GK - Retail
Model #: OCZ2RPR800C44GK
Item #: N82E16820227267

Return Policy: Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy

In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$114.99 -$10.00 Instant $104.99
1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3500320AS
Item #: N82E16822148288

Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
$94.99 $94.99
1 SAMSUNG T220 Rose-Black 22" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: T220
Item #: N82E16824001273

Return Policy: [LCD] Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$339.99 -$20.00 Instant $319.99
1 LITE-ON Combo Black SATA Model DH-52C2S-04 - OEM
Model #: DH-52C2S-04
Item #: N82E16827106100

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
$22.99 $22.99
1 XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #: HDT-S1283
Item #: N82E16835233003

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
$36.99 $36.99
Subtotal: $1,364.90

Not looking to spend more money just want to make sure this part list looks good.
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May 26, 2008 6:08:23 PM

It looks very good. But then of course, I suggested some of those things, it would be nuts if I started criticizing it now :) 

Come on guys, more feedback here please...
May 27, 2008 2:27:27 AM

should I be using a different processor for gaming? Is something else better?
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May 27, 2008 2:33:29 AM

There are better CPUs than the Q6700, but they cost $1000+ and they're nowhere near worth the price difference. For example the QX9770 costs $1470 (as opposed to $280 for the Q6700). For your $1200 difference you only get something like 20% more speed, depending on your overclocking skill and luck. This speed gain is mostly wasted too because games are usually limited by the video card, not the CPU. Even a stock Q6700 will rarely be used at 100%, so the QX9770 will actually add nothing at all in games. Exception Flight Simulator X, but that's about it AFAIK.
May 27, 2008 3:02:30 AM

Thanks for all your help, would of thought more would chime in.
May 27, 2008 3:02:42 AM

any downside to using vista home basic ? Anyone know where I can get it for cheaper than 90$?
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May 27, 2008 2:06:24 PM

Check this out:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/choose.mspx

Compared to Home Premium, you lose Aero and Media Center and a few other things I don't care about (buy you may care about them, I don't know). Media Center is very handy if you have a TV tuner and a cable TV subscription. Aero is mostly fluff - but it's good to be familiar with it because it looks good on a resume.

May 27, 2008 2:53:31 PM

You think that heat pipe on the memory might hit that big heat sink? I think im gonna just get a 8600Gt video card till the new ones come out in a month or two. I also changed my monitor to a 24in.
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May 27, 2008 3:16:09 PM

Good question... It depends on the motherboard, I guess, because that decides how close the RAM and heatsink get to each other. For example I found this with Google:

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?p=5602536 where a guy has that RAM and that heatsink together. That's a good sign, but he's got a different motherboard so I can't be 100% sure. Maybe find some RAM without heat pipes to play it safe? Here's an example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

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May 27, 2008 3:18:32 PM

Double post - the forum GUI acting up.
May 27, 2008 4:46:17 PM

Anyone recommend a good cheap modular cable Power supply in the 600 watt and above range?
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May 27, 2008 5:54:56 PM

No problems, that's a very good one too.
May 27, 2008 5:56:40 PM

Thanks for all your help, I think i'm gonna order this tonight should be good system once I get one of the newer vid cards in it in a month or two.
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