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1st time building. Ordering in the next 2 days! Please help!

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May 26, 2008 7:01:20 PM

So, here it is. I've made a few changes from a previous post and this is the final outcome. basically, if you guys could critique, I'm just looking for compatibility between mobo/memory/videocard and price reductions with minimal performance sacrifice. This build is for gaming, primarily. Also, this build is being constructed from the ground up. recommendations on software would be great as well (already have an anti-virus program in mind). That's about it! I'm gunna order in the next couple of days and can't wait to get this thing built. Thanks for being a great forum. You guys have helped me so much so far!

-Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

-ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

-GIGABYTE GV-NX88T512HPV1 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3

-OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

-Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core

-Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK - Retail

-Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

-Microsoft CA9-00001 Black PS/2 Standard Basic Keyboard and Mouse Mouse Included - OEM

-Hanns·G JW-199DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

-ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3T - Retail

-Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

-ENCORE ENLWI-N PCI 2.3 Wireless Adapter - Retail

-Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

-Creative Inspire T3100 2.1 2-way Speakers - Retail

COST= $1,200.86
May 26, 2008 7:25:32 PM

You can save some cash by replacing the P5N-D with a GA-EP35-DS3L and the Antec 900 with an RC-690. You lose the SLI option, but you don't need it on a small budget and small monitor and the PSU is not ideal for SLI anyway.

Possible improvements: 22" monitor, first of all. DVD burner (SH-S203B) instead of plain read-only drive. WD6400AAKS or WD3200AAKS instead of the slower old drive. E8400 instead of E6750. 2x2GB RAM instead of 4x1GB. for better upgradability. HDT-S1283 cooler for overclocking.
May 26, 2008 7:31:18 PM

What kind of software do you need?

For testing the new PC? Google memtest86, prime95, CPU-Z, GPU-Z, speedfan, coretemp, etc etc. Also get the latest drivers and nTune from nVidia's Web site.

For various shareware/freeware utilities and games, I like http://www.tucows.com.

Related resources
May 26, 2008 7:36:03 PM

^Add to the list of software, ATiTool, RivaTuner, RealTemp (according to CompuTronix, better than CoreTemp, and I agree), UBCD, 3DMark06/Vantage. I personally don't like nTune but it's up to you to decide.

aevm said:
You can save some cash by replacing the P5N-D with a GA-EP35-DS3L and the Antec 900 with an RC-690. You lose the SLI option, but you don't need it on a small budget and small monitor and the PSU is not ideal for SLI anyway.

Possible improvements: 22" monitor, first of all. DVD burner (SH-S203B) instead of plain read-only drive. WD6400AAKS or WD3200AAKS instead of the slower old drive. E8400 instead of E6750. 2x2GB RAM instead of 4x1GB. for better upgradability. HDT-S1283 cooler for overclocking.

+1. Agreed. Well said avem.

@OP: If going with DS3L, see:
GUIDE: Overclocking On P35-DS3L
May 26, 2008 7:47:12 PM

awesome. thanks for taking the time to reply. those adjustments definitely sound good. as of right now, does it look like the parts will all be compatible as is?
May 26, 2008 7:56:12 PM

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-Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

-ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

-GIGABYTE GV-NX88T512HPV1 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3

-OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

-Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core

-Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK - Retail

-Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

-Microsoft CA9-00001 Black PS/2 Standard Basic Keyboard and Mouse Mouse Included - OEM

-Hanns·G JW-199DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

-ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3T - Retail

-Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

-ENCORE ENLWI-N PCI 2.3 Wireless Adapter - Retail

-Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

-Creative Inspire T3100 2.1 2-way Speakers - Retail

COST= $1,200.86


Yes, they should work fine. Do remember to increase RAM voltage.
May 26, 2008 8:03:14 PM

^Agreed. 750i doesn't OC well.
May 27, 2008 12:58:19 AM

thanks for the feedback. made the changes and ordered it just now. I cant wait to get this puppy! any great game recommendations for this build? i have WoW and plan on getting the new unreal and crisis. again, thanks for the help guys.
May 27, 2008 1:32:23 AM

Games? If you're into RPGs, avoid Hellgate:London, that was a major disappointment to me. The Witcher is nice.

May 29, 2008 6:37:37 AM

Just got my computer today! it's pretty amazing. just one thing thoough; i got everything hooked up, installed, and drivers downloaded. the only thing i have a problem with is the Mobo (i think). my 4th stick of ram in the last slot gives me a blue screen! i dont think it's the ram itself, but rather the slot it goes in (when the rams in the slot, it seems a little bit elevated above the other 3 memory cards). just curious on what your thoughts might be. should i replace the mobo?
May 29, 2008 11:10:01 AM

You need to increase RAM voltage.
May 29, 2008 5:16:46 PM

what is the process of increasing the voltage? I'm reading about bios navigation and the like right now. maybe you could help me with some pointers for my particular product combination? thanks in advance. you've helped me a ton already man.
May 29, 2008 8:18:53 PM

You will need 2.2-2.3v on those Patriot RAM. Read the manual on how to change RAM voltages.
May 29, 2008 8:41:03 PM

games - if you like FPS's then I would recommend Battlefield2. It has been around for awhile so you can get the entire pack (BF2, BF2 Spec forces, BF2 Armored Fury and Euroforces) for approx. $40. There are still many multiplayer servers available and with your new rig you should be able to run everything on the highest video settings with no problems.
June 1, 2008 5:18:38 PM

alrighty. so here's an update. I changed the voltage to what you recommended. I still frequently get blue screens for some strange reason. they mainly happen right before the windows logo boots up so i can log in. besides that, I get them sometimes while my cd/dvd-rom drive is reading a disk. anyways, this is tiring me out. anymore help would be fantastic!
June 1, 2008 5:39:05 PM

Get the E8400 instead of the E6750.
The E8400 is 3.0 ghz instead of the 2.66ghz E6750
the e8400 is the new 45nm process instead of 65nm
and the E8400 only cost 15 bucks more
June 1, 2008 5:48:42 PM

already have it. i made the change in a previous post. thanks though. but, still getting those blue screens..
June 1, 2008 6:55:49 PM

Download UBCD and run Memtest86+. If Memtest86+ reports errors increase RAM voltage by +.1 and then re run UBCD, if it still reports errors you have bad RAM.
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