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Need advice for new computer - 400-700, have most parts

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June 2, 2009 10:07:53 PM

My XPS 410's fan is whirring like a lawnmower right now, so I think I'll just upgrade to a homemade one instead of salvaging this.





PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have a Geforce 8800GTS, a Soundblaster Live X-Fi Music, two 1TB hard drives, OS, Logitech G15, Razor Deathadder, optical drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg is fine, but whatever is cheapest

PARTS PREFERENCES: lean towards Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, have done in the past but probably not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Only if makes sense

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200, Dell 2407WFP

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: would prefer something quiet, some bling is nice


Was thinking of doing Core 2 Quad Q9550, 6GB of ram, new case, motherboard. Wanted to see what people's opinions were.. I figure I can upgrade graphics card at later point. For reference, right now it's a Core 2 Duo 6600 with 2gb of ram.

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June 2, 2009 10:39:23 PM

gpu > cpu

What if you kept your q6600 and maybe gave it a mild over clock so you could put money to where it counts. With your resolution I'm surprised your even thinking of keeping that vid card...ebay it or craigslist. Anyways, this is a decent set up not to mention that psu is modular which is always a nice plus. $99.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $74.99 ($49.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
OCZ OCZ550FTY 550W Active Power Supply Retail $119.99 ($104.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
2 oz copper PCB + Easy Tune 6 for OC $53.99 ($43.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $29.99 ($19.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail $232.99 Free Shipping
XFX GX275XADQC GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail

Total: $611.94 | $551.94 w/mail in rebates <--- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of the case used in this build. <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that psu
June 3, 2009 12:14:12 AM

@ Why_Me - you missed it. It's an E6600 (dual-core) not a Q6600 (quad-core).

@ Killjoy000 - Still since a lot of people recommend sticking with a dual-core (over a quad-core) for gaming, I could see over-clocking the E6600. Add to that a new motherboard, case, power supply, RAM and CPU Cooler and you should be good to go.

-Wolf sends
June 3, 2009 3:16:48 AM

If I'm going to keep the E6600, I'll just replace my power supply.

If I'm going to get everything else, I'll get a Q6600 but couldn't get it + Why_Me's graphics card... at least not yet.