Does this build look good?


I'm just getting into computer building and I wanted some advice from some of you guys about what I should use and if what I have come up with so far would be a good choice for a computer. The highest I am willing to spend for everything is about $1100. These are the components I have come up with so far:

Case:NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Motherboard:ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CPU:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

RAM:CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX - Retail

Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

GPU:EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

HDD:HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 HDT725032VLA360 (0A33435) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Optical Drive:LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black IDE Model GH22LP20 - OEM

Monitor:Acer X203Wbd Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

I already have a keyboard and mouse so that is why it isn't included. Also, I'd just load Win XP PRO 32-bit on since 64 bit isn't really compatible with a lot of programs. Once 64-bit is more mainstream, then I'll buy it, so then I can use my RAM to it's full potential.

I'm looking at doing some heavy computer gaming, especially with crysis, so hopefully I can run it at high to very high with a playable FPS.

So overall, how does it look? Any incompatabilities that you notice? Anything you would change?
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  1. Do you plan to go sli ?Otherwise i'm sure most people here will advise you to go for an intel motherboard.
  2. yes you will be able to run crysis with this on high.
    very good job everything is compatible and for only 1100(well thats what u say it adds up to =p) it owns
  3. wait oo im not sure f u need it but u dont have an OS listed their its about 100 dollars each time i make a build i ALWAYS forget it and go over my budget
  4. I don't plan on SLI at the moment, but I may in the future.

    Sweet! I'm glad everything is compatible! Should I get an after market heatsink? Anything else do I need?

    I can get xp pro for free because I'm in a computer class at school and we can use the installation discs for our own computers.

    Also, what do you guys think I could oc the CPU too while remaining safe from damage?
  5. You'll have to explain what programs aren't compatible with xp-64. You'd be a fool not to run it. And in the past 2 years, or more, I haven't run across anything that won't run on it.
  6. oh really? Is it just vista 64 bit that is very incompatable?
  7. incompatible??

    I have Vista 64 and have Zero compatibility issues

    Otherwise the system looks great. Only get an aftermarket heatsink if u want to overclock
  8. yea people say that there are lots of errors for 64 bit vista because programs aren't designed for it yet. So it's safe to go 64 bit?
  9. I mean yea i had some OLD programs that wouldnt run....but w/e i didnt need them.
    All new things run fine. The 64bit has a built in 32 bit emulator. Its not perfect but all my programs run fine
  10. Also, is the case big enough for the gpu? It's pretty huge.
  11. U mean 32 to 64???

    Some of the emulated things take a hit on performance from what ive read because well ur emulating it. :P

    But some of the other programs perform very well and u get the advantage of 4 gigs cause Vista is a hog at times like we all kno
  12. Looks ok but not great

    Try This:

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz - $179.99

    HS/Fan: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - $31.99 ($10 MIR)

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - $8.49

    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - $6.99

    RAM: mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $57.99 ($20 MIR)

    MOBO: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 - $114.99 ($15 MIR)

    GPU:SAPPHIRE 100243-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB - $269.99 ($15 MIR)

    PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W - $104.99 ($35 MIR)

    Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black - $74.99

    Drive:LG Black Burner with LightScribe - $24.99

    LCD: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - $164.99

    Grand Total: $1,115.38

    After all those Mail in Rebates, its down to $1020.38

    This Build has a great heat sink so if you are planning on overclocking you have something good to cool it down. This 1GB 4780 hands down beat the GTX 260 any day, much more when OC'ed. In the future you can add another 1GB 4780 and see another boost in peformance. If you are worried about the PCI Express 2.0 - x8, when crossfire. Don't worry about it. It will only impact performance by 1-2%
  13. Going through some files and when it first starts up it can feel sluggish but as soon as it rly starts up mine flies....
  14. Haha, it's nbd. I need all the feedback on different things like the 32 bit 64 bit issue.

    So you guys do think that the GPU i'm looking at will fit in the case I'm looking at?

    Also, is it safe to go with a 64 bit and not have a bunch of compatibility issues? I was reading reviews on newegg over the 64 bit edition and everyone complains about incompatibilities.
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