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May 13, 2009 9:48:24 AM

First time posting here, I usually just read and try to learn as much as I can. Hope I can be of help to some people in the near future.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: From $800 to $1000.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Softcore Photo Editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITES FOR PARTS: Newegg.com and Tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: By now I have

-EVGA 132-CK-NF78-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard.
-EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported.
-OCZ Platinum Edition 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P8008GQ.
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000333AS 1TB 7200 RPM

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI : Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to make a PC to play some games and for photo editing. I'm about to buy a Q6600 as the processor unit. I sill have my doubts about the PSU because I know nothing of it as well as the case for all that. As for the audio, I'm ok with the built in of the motherboard. I think that is pretty much like it.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hard Drive

If someone could give me a hand in terms of the power supply and the other components, if they are compatible or not, I would like to know. In case some other information is needed, I will post it as soon as I can.

Many thanks in advance to all of you people.

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May 13, 2009 10:57:53 AM

don't buy a Q6, they're old technology and Q8400's perform just as well if not better in some circumstances.

and you won't OC very far on that board since it has an nvidia chipset.

also the .11 HDD's have major firmware flaws.

edit: try an amd phenom II build with a crossfire motherboard and 4890 with an 850TX if you can fit it in your budget, if you can't drop the 4890 and 850TX for two 4770's and a 650TX.
May 13, 2009 11:05:23 AM

Helloworld_98 said:
don't buy a Q6, they're old technology and Q8400's perform just as well if not better in some circumstances.

and you won't OC very far on that board since it has an nvidia chipset.

also the .11 HDD's have major firmware flaws.

edit: try an amd phenom II build with a crossfire motherboard and 4890 with an 850TX if you can fit it in your budget, if you can't drop the 4890 and 850TX for two 4770's and a 650TX.

Yeahp that about sums it up :D 

I also recommend you go with the Phenom II build...
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May 13, 2009 11:09:52 AM

^ unless you do video encoding, the phenom's get owned in that, but not by the low-end core 2's, you'd need to spend a bit more cash for that.
May 13, 2009 12:55:23 PM

Here is an AMD3 build that should be compariable with your Q6600 build but provide you a more future proof system. I have added a case and DVD drive to my list since you didn't include them in your already have list. If you don't need them, than that cuts the cost down and you could look to add a second graphics card in Crossfire.

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard & OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (Combo Deal)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If you are set on an Intel Core2 Quad build, I would upgrade to the Q9400 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) or Q9550 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) over the Q6600.

I agree with Helloworld_98 on the .11 HDD's and all of the related issues. If you want Seagate, make sure you get the .12 HDD's.
May 14, 2009 4:24:07 AM

Many thanks people, you were of great help.
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