Looking for feedback on parts list for my gaming pc.

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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  1. 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
  2. awesome suggestions i updated my wish list thanks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    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

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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

    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    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

    Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

    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.
  6. 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...
  7. should I be using a different processor for gaming? Is something else better?
  8. 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 $1200 difference you only get something like 20% more speed, depending on your overclocking skill and luck. This speed gain is mostly wasted too because games are usually limited by the video card, not the CPU. Even a stock Q6700 will rarely be used at 100%, so the QX9770 will actually add nothing at all in games. Exception Flight Simulator X, but that's about it AFAIK.
  9. Thanks for all your help, would of thought more would chime in.
  10. any downside to using vista home basic ? Anyone know where I can get it for cheaper than 90$?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Double post - the forum GUI acting up.
  15. Anyone recommend a good cheap modular cable Power supply in the 600 watt and above range?
  16. http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?querytype=home&qu=620hx&qxt=home&display=col

    Sorry, but good PSUs aren't cheap, and modular ones are usually more expensive too. Is $115 acceptable? The 620HX is very good.
  17. No problems, that's a very good one too.
  18. 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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