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September 27, 2010 8:15:54 PM

Hi all

I've come by some components and thought I'd make good use of them, so I'm trying to build a system with them. What I've got:

Mobo: ASUS P5E AI Lifestyle
CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
GFX: Nvidia Geforce 8800GT

To this I thought of adding:
Ram: 4 x 1GB DDR2 800MHZ DIMM
Case: NZXT Beta Classic Series
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
HD: 1.5TB Samsung SATA300 drive

I'm looking to make this a work box, capable of playing some games but not the newest/most demanding. I want stability and the possibility for installing some games from 1-2 years ago without getting disappointed. Will it support that? Am I missing something crucial? Any incompatibilities?

Thanks in advance!
Peter

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 27, 2010 8:23:20 PM

What 1.5TB Samsung drive? For a boot drive the 500GB or 1TB Samsung F3 would be great. I havent seen a 1.5GB Samsung other than the eco green one, which is slow and not a good boot drive choice. Make sure its a 7200 RPM F3, not a 5400 RPM Eco Green model.

Missing:
Cpu cooler to allow overclock.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 27, 2010 8:24:43 PM

as it is? the main thing I'd upgrade is the GPU to a GTX 460, as that 8800 is really at the end of its useful life. you wouldn't need a 600W PSU, a 450 is plenty.
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September 27, 2010 8:51:14 PM

Thanks for the replies :)  I'll consider a smaller boot drive or a different drive as the main. In terms of CPU cooler, it came with a fairly big chunk of metal to put on top of it, so I'm guessing I might be set for cooler/heatsink (again, going with the idea it's not a full-on gaming rig).
As one of the parts I got was the 8800GT card I won't be exchanging that - but I'll take the point about the PSU and downsize it.

Thanks again
Peter
a b B Homebuilt system
September 27, 2010 9:54:40 PM

the stock cooler is fine if you don't plan to overclock
a b B Homebuilt system
September 27, 2010 10:02:06 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
the stock cooler is fine if you don't plan to overclock
:ouch: 
Its a Q6600. Of course you overclock it. ;) 
September 27, 2010 10:11:40 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
the stock cooler is fine if you don't plan to overclock

I'm not entirely sure it's the stock cooler - it's about twice the size of the stock cooler that came with my newer work box (sporting an intel core i5).

Yeah, I'm a builder newbie as you've probably guessed.

Thanks for the help so far :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
September 27, 2010 10:12:20 PM

does it have a name on it?
September 27, 2010 10:19:42 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
does it have a name on it?

Not that I could see, supporting the idea of stock cooler. There's a fan to stick on top, Intel brand - I suppose the two go together and it is indeed a stock cooler.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 27, 2010 10:35:01 PM

Like this?

September 27, 2010 11:06:36 PM

get a 2x2gb set of DDR2 if you can.. easier for the motherboard to make stable esp. if overclocking
September 28, 2010 5:19:46 AM

@dndhatcher: yup, that be the one.

@aberchonbie: thanks, I'll have a look for 2x2 instead of the 4x1.

Regards
Peter
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