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November 14, 2008 2:50:03 PM

In 06' another forum helped me build an overclocked system. It has been damaged during shipment. I have posted the details in that forum but looking for further advice. This is my 06' build:

-WD Caviar RE WD1600YD 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive
-Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU cooler
-Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtereme music 7.1 Channels Sound Card PCI
-NEC 16X DVD+R DVD Burner black
-Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
-G.Skill 2GB (2x1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
-OCZ GameXStreme OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI cetrfied...Power Sply
-Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Blabk/Blue SECC ATX midtower Case
---Added in 07---
-EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit PCI Expressx16 Video Card
---Added in 08---
ASUS LS221H Black 22" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
I run Windows XP

The items in BOLD are salvagable.


I have about ~$1500 to build a new system. Other then the LCD I do not have to use any parts that are salvagable. I use the computer for gaming and looking to provide a noticable performance increase compared to my previous build.


GTR135

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November 14, 2008 3:11:38 PM

Just want to make sure I understand your question.

So you have a complete system of part except for DVD burner, MB, CPU cooler and Case ?

I would either sell the usable parts you have or by the parts you need to make a working PC , then sell it , if you think you can get more for a working pc.

Then take the money and put it with the $1500 you have and build a kick arse i7 system with 2 ATi x2's !!!!
November 14, 2008 3:22:12 PM

Asus or Gigabyte P45 motherboard.
Xigmatek S-1283 cooler and bolt-on bracket
Asus Xonar sound card
Samsung SH-S223Q DVD burner
Antec 300 case

Lots of money left over.

You might want to upgrade the processor to Q6600 or Q9550, 4GB of memory, HD4850 video card.



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November 14, 2008 3:27:42 PM

+1 @evongugg, but leave off the sound card until you've listened without it.
You can sell the other parts that can be salvaged.
November 14, 2008 3:28:17 PM

If your looking for a boost in gaming performance, going from a e6600 to a q6600 or a q9550 will hardly be noticeable. Your best bet would be get a e8400, 8500 or 8600 and since you already have knowledge on OC'ing ramp that thing up to 4 ghz and you'll feel an imediate impact on gaming performance.

While the Core I7's are the next latest and greatest, they hardly offer and improvements in gaming. If you truthly use your machine mostly for gaming, I'd get a wolfdale core chip now.
November 14, 2008 3:39:32 PM

Thanks for the replies. I'm in the military and been gone for awhile, so I am out of the loop in the latest hardware. I will be using the computer for gaming (as I had in the past). Since the post, I been reading up on what I've missed and it seems I should of just posted a "Help me build a new system for ~1500" thread. I can probably push that to ~1850 if that would make a difference in a build.

Will the 600W power supply still be enough?


GTR135
November 14, 2008 3:57:45 PM

^Yes. 600W is enough for a single 4850.

evongugg said:
Asus or Gigabyte P45 motherboard.
Xigmatek S-1283 cooler and bolt-on bracket
Asus Xonar sound card
Samsung SH-S223Q DVD burner
Antec 300 case

Lots of money left over.

You might want to upgrade the processor to Q6600 or Q9550, 4GB of memory, HD4850 video card.

+1. Imo, I would wait untill January or later to upgrade CPU and GPU as prices should drop when Core i7 hits the market. And yes, do go with 4GB DDR2 800.

@OP: Also can't you re-use the sound card too?
November 14, 2008 5:15:49 PM

I would spend about $150 to get your damaged system up and operational. Either sell it minus the monitor or pass it along to a family member and build a whole new system.

Case - $55 Antec 300 free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Cheap G31 Gigabyte board $53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - Xigmatek HDT S963 $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Burner - Liteon SATA $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That would be $156 plus shipping to have a decent workable computer leaving $1,344 for a totally new computer on a clean slate.
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