My Newest build picks

Heres my Build, i'm new at this looking for any advice you have to offer

$240.00 - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box

$168.00 - ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP ATX LGA775 P35 DDR2 1333FSB 2PCI-E16 3PCI 2PCI-E1 SATA2 Sound WLAN Motherboard

$230.00 - (X2) Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 EPP Dual Channel Memory Kit

$190.00 - (x2) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive

$270.00 - Sapphire Radeon Toxic HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDMI HDTV Out Video Card

$35.00 - Liteon LH-20A1S DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 8X 2MB SATA DVD Writer Black Beige Retail Box

$122.00 - Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio

$110.00 - Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan

$116 - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

$27 - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM

$6 - NCIX Heavy Duty Shipping Box

Sub Total: $1514

Tax $75.7

S & H $100

Estimated Total: $1690.00 Can.

Would this chip be worth the extra cash or is OC my original one a better bet?

$385.00 - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.66GHZ Yorkfield 1333FSB 12MB OEM No HSF

Also can y;ou play games like mohaa,sh,bt ,AOE2 etc on Vista?
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  1. get the q9300 and oc it, yes most games work on vista as of sp1
    get a better gfx card, 8800gt maybe its a little more money and much more power and whats with the heavy duty box? box doesn't protect your components bubble wrap and foam do and glance at xigmatek for air cooling
  2. i'll have to ask them to ship in bubble wrap then lol :)


    how can you tell which GPU is better?

    which is better 800 mhz core clock 1.125 ghz memory (sapphire) or 600 mhz of core and 1.8 ghz of memory(8800gt, is cheaper)
  3. another thing i live in canada so my prices are in canadian not american
  4. figured with ncix links :)
    nvidia is simply making better GPUs right now, might change in a couple weeks
    pixel pipelines shader clocks memory and memory bandwidth core clock, but the easiest way is took look at bench marks on various tech sites
  5. For memory i would use the Gskill 1066 2X4gb kit better price and works so so good and fast
  6. the extra speed does you no good if you do overclock the fsb past 533
  7. How much is HIS 3870 512MB there in canada? It is cheaper than the one from sapphire, at least here in germany.

    8800GT is better.

    Care to wait for the new gpu series for a couple of weeks?

    Q6600 or Q9300 is enough, Q9450 is too expensive for me, just OC your Q6600 or Q9300.
    Pick Q9300 rather than Q6600 if you still have extra money.
  8. iv found that the 8800gt gts and gtx are all better then the ati.

    u cant use

    Friday, June 13, 2008

    1,690.00 Canadian Dollar = 1,653.26 US Dollar

    i think ur getting ripped off im getting nearly the same build and im paying 1100$ (999 after mail in rebates)
  9. Id say depends on how much graphics power you want/need. 2 8800GTs in an SLI (@ ~$350 total) perform much higher than a single 8800GT (or, for that matter, any single-gpu ATI card). Now, if you are willing to wait until the 17th of this month, Nvidia is introducing the new GT200 series cards, the GTX 260 and GTX 280. Though rumored to cost $449 and $649 respectively in US Dollars, even the lesser of the two should produce favorable results compared to the SLIed 8800GTs. Though, money-wise, the performance advantage might not outweigh the additional cost of the new cards.

    In any event, I would wait and see who comes out on top in the next couple of weeks as both ATI and Nvidia will have their next-gen cards on the market. This decision will also effect your motherboard choice as SLI is currently only available on Nvidia chipset-based boards. Crossfire is offered on both Intel X38 and X48 chipsets as well as others. Stay tuned...
  10. I'd be weary about the Core 2 Quad Q9300. Though it is Yorkfield (45nm), it features only 6MB of L2 cache, whereas the older 65nm Q6600 and Q6700 both have 8MB. I read an article in Custom PC last month about the Q9300 and they concluded it was not on-par with the chips it replaces, namely the Q6600/6700 because of the lack of L2 cache. Now, the newer Q9450 has 12MB and should outperform most other quads under it. Plus its Yorkfield 45nm process should translate into less heat.
  11. the reason why i don't buy on newegg is because I have a feeling I'll get charged at the boarder for buying good outside of Canada,

    I'm not going to be buying my PC till the middle of August when i get back from my summer job so enough time will have passed to find reviews on the next-gen GPU by Nvida and ATI

    Thanks for your help guys
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