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1.2K Spent on this PC. Good or bad? Help needed.

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June 17, 2008 12:36:55 AM

Okay so this is my first homebuilt system and I was planning to spend about 1.2k~ which i will achieve but will not get to buy one of the new 4000 series or the gtx 200 series because of my impatience. Here is my build. Should I just wait or continue and buy it tmw?

ASUS DVD Burner Lightscribe: $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thermaltake armor series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case: $135 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital RaptorX 150 GB HD: $175
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


EVGA Geforce 9800 GX(g92): $270 (will SLI if anything)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OCZ gamestream 700W PSU: $95 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory: $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard: $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor: $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Windows Vista home premium: $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler: $27 (Dunno if I need this)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LMK what you guys think.

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June 17, 2008 12:57:52 AM

Question:

How do you plan to SLI with a motherboard that only has 1 PCI-E x16 slot and a chipset that does not support SLI? Going to be a challenge.

However, you don't need SLI at all, unless you are gaming at resolutions higher than 1920x1200.

Now then suggestions:

Drop the 9800GTX- overpriced and underpowered. Instead get an eVTA8 800GT, then trade it in in 3 months for a 260 card using eVGA's step-up program.

Get rid of the Raptor. 7200.11 Seagate and WD drives are just as fast now. If you want the speed you need to get a VelociRaptor for $300.

Change the motherboard to MSI Neo-F P45 board for $10 more.
June 17, 2008 1:07:58 AM

looks good, but you should really wait for the new video cards. they're just days, if not hours away. it'll be worth it if you wait :) 
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June 17, 2008 1:22:33 AM

shadowduck said:
Don't use HTML here :) 

Use BBCode

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Thanks
June 17, 2008 4:32:32 AM

Okay. Thanks. I'll do that.
June 17, 2008 5:04:09 AM

phong850 said:
Okay so this is my first homebuilt system and I was planning to spend about 1.2k~ which i will achieve but will not get to buy one of the new 4000 series or the gtx 200 series because of my impatience. Here is my build. Should I just wait or continue and buy it tmw?

ASUS DVD Burner Lightscribe: $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thermaltake armor series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case: $135 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital RaptorX 150 GB HD: $175
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


EVGA Geforce 9800 GX(g92): $270 (will SLI if anything)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OCZ gamestream 700W PSU: $95 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory: $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard: $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor: $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Windows Vista home premium: $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler: $27 (Dunno if I need this)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LMK what you guys think.


Ok phong, if your buying an aftermarket heatsink, then get the OEM q6600.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - OEM

Now take the $10 you saved and purchase either a P45 or P43 board for $100.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---one of those boards.
June 17, 2008 5:18:04 AM

Thanks man. I've been thinking about the E8400 as well but.. I just seem to want the quad core more.
June 17, 2008 5:51:33 AM

A dual core is really faster than a quad core unless you do heavy video editing, encoding that stuff. In games, you'll get higher frames rates because of the higher clock and about 99% of games don't support more than 2 cores. The only game I know of that will use 4 cores is Supreme Commander which the E8400 does good on too.
June 17, 2008 5:55:17 AM

+1 on ACF7P
You won't get a C2Q case badge if you go OEM.
Why not get retail and AS5 and run it stock, it'll be plenty cool without OC. If you plan to OC, get AS5 and the ACF7P, I hear the thermal pad isn't as good as AS5 or MX-2.
June 17, 2008 1:05:55 PM

Oh okay. I guess I'll go duo core. Thank you again guys. What is the ACF7P or AS5?
June 21, 2008 8:12:37 PM

phong850 said:
Oh okay. I guess I'll go duo core. Thank you again guys. What is the ACF7P or AS5?

Thermal grease.
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