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~$1,500 w/ Monitor.. Does it look ok?

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August 5, 2008 2:47:43 PM

Well, I decided to order up the parts for my new computer last night. My current system is just not cutting it anymore ( nor has it been for some time) This should be a fairly good rig... Let me know what you guys think. I really didn't know exactly what I was doing but most of it made sense :)  [[[ MIR = mail-in rebate ]]] [[[ FS = free shipping ]]]

BFG Tech BFGEGTX260896OC2E GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $304.99 [$25 MIR & FS]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $107.99 [
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - $169.99 [FS]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - $109.99 [$15 MIR & FS]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Core Series OCZSSD2-1C64G 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - $279.00 [$40 MIR & FS]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - $84.99 [$35 MIR & FS]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $119.99 [$40 MIR & FS]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $269.99 [$22 MIR & FS]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Another main reason for building this rig is because I just bought this:

SAMSUNG 46" 1080p LCD HDTV - LN46A550 -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I bought a DVI to HDMI cable and tried to watch the Matrix at 1080p off my current computer, and needless to say my BFG Tech 6800GT AGP was not cutting it.. (~20 fps)

Hopefully everything goes smooth!! I will have the parts and system together by the weekend!








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August 5, 2008 3:01:37 PM

Swap the GTX260 to a ATI 4850.The GTX260 is over priced for little performance. Also be careful with DDR2 1066 RAM as they seem to have compatibility issues. Drop the SSD, it is point less and too expensive. Just get a 2* 640GB WD AAKS drives in RAID. Case, CPU, Motherboard, LCD,PSU are good choices. If you are OCing get a XIGMATEK S1283 (+ bolt in kit).
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August 5, 2008 3:07:14 PM

I'm not very "in" with the times... can someone explain to me why:

DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

is faster than....

DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

I understand the timings, so skip that portion.

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Also - I went with a SSD because I want speeeeed. I have multiple TB drives for data storage. IMHO 64GB is more than enough for an OS and a few games. (I only play 2-3 games at once at any given time)

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Not to call myself a fanboy, but I have always used nvidia, they have been good to me. So at this time I will stick with nvidia. :) 
August 5, 2008 3:09:19 PM

I'd even say one WD 640gb would be enough, but definitely would not go with solid state.. just not worth it for the $$$ :S

The 4870x2 is due out shortly, I probably would have waited until then, otherwise would have gone with a 4870.

As Shadow said, Xigmatek + Retention bracket OR Sunbeam Core Contact (comes with decent bracket) if you plan to overclock. Could have dropped the memory down to DDR2-800 and still OC'd up to 3.6Ghz.

It'll still be a sweet system, but should have came on here before you actually bought to save some $ and get better HDMI output with the ATI cards O_o

EDIT: lower timings are all the make memory 'faster' , when looking at DDR2-800 vs 1066 all that means is you can overclock your processor's FSB up to 400 (with DDR2-800) vs 533 (with DDR2-1066).
August 5, 2008 3:21:03 PM

Ok, that makes a bit more sense on the RAM debate. I will just see how much I can lower the timings a bit and make due. The parts have been ordered and I might as well use what I have coming. Thanks for all the input people!

(I dont plan on overclocking at all) yet... :pt1cable: 
August 5, 2008 3:24:10 PM

rottentreats said:
I'm not very "in" with the times... can someone explain to me why:

DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

is faster than....

DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

I understand the timings, so skip that portion.
DDR2 800 is not faster, but if you read my reply I said that DDR2 1066 has some compatibility issues. Also most of the DDR2 1066 RAM is just factory OCed DDR2 800 RAM.
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Also - I went with a SSD because I want speeeeed. I have multiple TB drives for data storage. IMHO 64GB is more than enough for an OS and a few games. (I only play 2-3 games at once at any given time)
Ok, if you have the money go for the SSD. Also note that the SDDs are usually faster in read speeds and NOT write speeds
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Not to call myself a fanboy, but I have always used nvidia, they have been good to me. So at this time I will stick with nvidia. :) 

My replies are in bold, as you seem to have ordered it already, go for it. Good luck with the build :) .
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