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June 8, 2008 5:42:21 PM

I'm a newbie to this and I'm not sure if this will work at all so I need to know if everything will fit together or if I've done some stupid choices. Will this be able to run 64-bit Vista? It's not necessary but it'd be nice to have that option.

It's difficult to translate the budget since the prices are very different between Sweden and USA but the budget is about the same as the parts that I've chosen, maybe a bit more. However, if I could get a noticeable performance boost I'd be willing to spend some more on that. Is there anything that will bottleneck this build?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
If I play a game that uses a single core, would I be able to leave other programs running at the same time without the game slowing down at all?

Gigabyte Geforce 8800GT 512mb GV-NX88T512HP (rev 1.0)

The cheapest 512mb 8800GT here in Sweden, this is not a poorer choice compared to a stock card, or is it?

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (rev. 1.0)
I don't know which mobo to pick, would one with PCIe 2.0 make a difference?

Kingston KVR800D2N5K2/4gb 2x2048mb DDR2 pc2-6400 800mhz

The cheapest 4gb 800mhz ddr2 ram

550W Corsair CMPSU-550VXEU

This should be enough, right?

Antec Three Hundred Miditower ATX
Does it matter which case I buy? I assume that everything will fit in this one.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB / Ultra ATA100 / 7200rpm


If anyone could give me rough fps estimates for different games at 1920x1200 and 1680x1050 that'd be awesome.

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June 8, 2008 6:15:53 PM

your question about the background programs while gaming.
you will be fine as long as you don't run out of memory. with 4 gigs you should be safe
June 8, 2008 6:16:19 PM

Nice build mate...though get the Seagate 7200.11 if its available there... since its faster.

Apart from that, its a great build.

And yes you can run antivirus and stuff while playing games.

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June 8, 2008 6:23:38 PM

Ok, I changed the hard drive to Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 320GB / SATA II / 7200rpm, it's only a tiny bit more expensive. The responses seem good so far. :) 
June 8, 2008 6:32:13 PM

You definitely want a SATA hard disk, not Ultra ATA. Some Seagate 7200.11 or WD3200AAKS or WD6400AAKS or WD7500AAKS for example.

Yes, the 8800GT does fit in the Antec 300.

Google "8800GT review" if you want lots of estimates. Here's an example:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3140

This shows Bioshock at 60fps at 1920x1200 - very impressive IMO since most LCD monitors can deliver only 60fps at that resolution anyway. Oblivion 42fps, UT3 80fps.

June 8, 2008 6:47:01 PM

Looks good so far. Are you planning to overclock?
June 8, 2008 7:12:11 PM

I don't know if I'll overclock although I guess I'll try it out to some extent (as far as I understand the problem is the extra heat and I don't want my computer to make too much noise in case I need more fans).
June 8, 2008 7:24:26 PM

l3u11e7pr00f said:
I don't know if I'll overclock although I guess I'll try it out to some extent (as far as I understand the problem is the extra heat and I don't want my computer to make too much noise in case I need more fans).


You'd need an aftermarket cooler if you intend to overclock. Xigmatek S1283 is the very best. See if its available there. If you don't overclock that stock cooler is fine.
June 8, 2008 7:44:34 PM

The Antec Three Hundred case comes with 5 fans, would I need more than that?

Quote:
1 rear 120 x 25 mm TriCool™ Fan with 3-speed switch control, 1 top special 140 x 25 mm TriCool™ Fan with 3-speed switch control, 2 front (optional) 120 mm fans to cool the hard drives


That adds up to 4, but I saw in a review that it comes with an extra fan and the specification page at pricerunner.se says 5.
June 8, 2008 7:50:18 PM

8800GT fits in all cases that fit a regular board. Only is 6-pin power connector is placed parallel to the card so it may go into your hard drive cages.
June 8, 2008 7:51:08 PM

That's a nice case...no fancy bling bling and good room with enough number of fans. You don't need anything more
June 8, 2008 7:58:01 PM

Thanks for the help guys. :) 

I saw in a review of the case that the wiring from the gpu would hit a hard drive if they were at the same level. If I only have one or two hard drives I could just keep the gpu and the hard drives apart pretty easily right? Also, the Gigabyte 8800GT is shorter than the reference card so that might not be a problem at all.

What I'm wondering now is:

1. Will I be able to run 64-bit Vista on this? I remember reading something about having to check if it'd work with all the parts. I'd also like to know any reasons to choose 32-bit instead.

2. Would you call this build flawless? If not, what can I do to improve it in a similar price range?
June 8, 2008 8:03:27 PM

1) Of course you could run Vista 64 bit on this

2) The build seems flawless to me .... though could you list out the prices of the individual components neatly? Also at the end of it type the price of E8400 and 8800GTS 512mb.
June 8, 2008 8:11:16 PM

Here's what I've written in notepad:

1728 kr - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz Socket 775 1066mhz
1360 kr - Gigabyte Geforce 8800GT 512mb GV-NX88T512HP rev 1.0
760 kr - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (rev. 1.0)
759 kr - Kingston KVR800D2N5K2/4gb 2x2048mb DDR2 pc2-6400 800mhz
699 kr - 550W Corsair CMPSU-550VXEU
538 kr - Antec Three Hundred Miditower ATX
591 kr - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 320GB / SATA II / 7200rpm

1518 kr - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz Socket 775 1333MHz bus In a Box
1610 kr - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz Socket 775 1333MHz bus (I don't know what the difference is, if any xD)

1827 kr - Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB GDDR3 / PCI-E / SLI / 2xDVI / TV-OUT
June 8, 2008 8:11:27 PM

Get the Rev. 2.0 GA-P35-DS3L, you get 2 more USB ports in the back, so you don't have to pay for USB brackets.
June 8, 2008 8:12:04 PM

Get the Q6600, its a better value.
June 8, 2008 8:13:14 PM

I think the cheaper CPU is OEM, the other is retail.

in most case OEM means 1 year warantee, no heatsink.

retail has 3 year warantee
June 8, 2008 8:22:47 PM

Retail does not come with any TIM I'm afraid. My E4600 retail I ordered off Newegg.com came with a heatsink/fan and the CPU but without any TIM. Get some AS5 compound if you can, it's good stuff.
June 8, 2008 8:24:20 PM

l3u11e7pr00f said:
Here's what I've written in notepad:

1728 kr - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz Socket 775 1066mhz
1360 kr - Gigabyte Geforce 8800GT 512mb GV-NX88T512HP rev 1.0
760 kr - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (rev. 1.0)
759 kr - Kingston KVR800D2N5K2/4gb 2x2048mb DDR2 pc2-6400 800mhz
699 kr - 550W Corsair CMPSU-550VXEU
538 kr - Antec Three Hundred Miditower ATX
591 kr - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 320GB / SATA II / 7200rpm

1518 kr - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz Socket 775 1333MHz bus In a Box
1610 kr - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz Socket 775 1333MHz bus (I don't know what the difference is, if any xD)

1827 kr - Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB GDDR3 / PCI-E / SLI / 2xDVI / TV-OUT


Well done! no need to think of E8400 or 8800GTS... Your chosen build is excellent!. Go for it without further ado. :) 

ps: which monitor do you have?
June 8, 2008 9:15:08 PM

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Get the Rev. 2.0 GA-P35-DS3L, you get 2 more USB ports in the back, so you don't have to pay for USB brackets.

The rev 2.0 isn't listed on pricerunner.se so I think it'd be very difficult to find one of those. I won't need more than 12 usb ports anyway. :) 

Quote:
Well done! no need to think of E8400 or 8800GTS... Your chosen build is excellent!. Go for it without further ado. :) 

ps: which monitor do you have?

Heh, I didn't expect it to be excellent. Now I just have to convince my dad to let me buy this ._.

I have a 22" ViewSonic VX2245wm ViewDock (I don't even have an iPod but the monitor didn't cost much).

I'm considering getting a 24" monitor to use as well. I don't plan to play games on both screens or something crazy like that but just for general browsing and stuff. I could also use it as a HDTV.

I'm going to bed now but I'll check on this thread tomorrow.
June 11, 2008 11:41:22 AM

This is probably a very stupid question but will I need to buy thermometers for it?
June 11, 2008 1:52:18 PM

LOL. Good one :) 

No, no need for thermometers. All you need is to download a free utility like CoreTemp and it wll tell you the CPU temperature. You can see the video card's temperature in nTune (that's another free download, from nVidia's site).

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