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MustangSVT
08-31-06, 03:12 PM
I'm contemplating buying my computer tonight, maybe tommorow, but they still have some mail in rebate deals (though not that great) on DDR2 and PSU's. Maybe you guys can help me out make a decision.

The upgrade;

E6400
Gigabyte DS3 (P965)
X1900XT

+ at least 2 HDDs, and 1 CD-RW and 1 DVD-RW
+ Audigy 2 ZS

PSU options:

Antec TruePower 2.0 480W $99cad
Antec TruePower 2.0 550W $129cad
Antec TruePower 2.0 550W EPS12V $129cad

Enermax 535W All-in-One ATX 12V 2.0 $105cad
Enermax 600W All-in-One Noisetaker $170cad

OCZ 520W Modstream $100cad (after $20 MIR)
OCZ 520W Modstream SLI ready $125cad (after $25 MIR)
OCZ 600W GameXstream Quad +12V $130cad (after $10 MIR)
OCZ 700W GameXstream Quad +12V $150cad (after $20 MIR)


DDR2 options:

Corsair 2x1gb XMS DDR2-675 4-4-4-12
$245cad

Mushkin 2x1gb Enhanced ddr2-800 5-5-5-12
$235cad (after $15 MIR)

Mushkin 2x1gb Xtreme Black ddr2-667 3-3-3-10
$285cad (after $65 MIR)

OCZ 2x1gb Gold Gamer Xtreme XTC ddr2-675 4-4-4-12
$245cad (after $40 MIR)

OCZ 2x1gb Platinum XTC ddr2-800 4-5-4-12
$265cad (after $25 MIR)

OCZ 2x1gb Gold Gamer Xtreme ddr2-800 5-5-5-12
$225cad (after $35 MIR)

The deal with rebates ends today. Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards an Enermax 535W (my current Enermax 431W is nearly 5 years old and has gone through a lot including powering my current comp, 3 HDDs, 2 optical drives, overclocekd 6800GT, overclocked Athlon XP, Audigy 2 ZS) and for DDR2, I'm thinking that 5-5-5-12 Mushkin pc-6400. Don't wanna rely too much on rebates.

rflair
08-31-06, 03:20 PM
I have the OCZ 700, its a great PSU.

MustangSVT
08-31-06, 03:22 PM
But do I need 700W? That is the question really. BTW, I don't plan to ever have SLI/CrossFire on this rig.

Lazaredz
08-31-06, 03:29 PM
No you don't.

Get one the the Antec 550s and you'll be set.

As far as the memory goes, I'd grab the OCZ 2x1gb Gold Gamer Xtreme ddr2-800 5-5-5-12. That will leave LOTS of room for OCing the Conroe.

ViN86
08-31-06, 03:57 PM
why does everyone overlook the pc power and cooling silencer series?
great price point for great performing, powerful PSU's

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Series (http://www.pcpowercooling.com/products/power_supplies/ultra-quiet/)

Heinz68
08-31-06, 04:11 PM
When I was updating my PC few months ago I was deciding between Antec TruePower 2.0 550W or
Enermax 600W All-in-One Noisetaker.
Did read some nice review about both of them and finally decided to go with the Enermax since maybe one day I might update to SLI with a cheaper used card.
Anyway I'm happy with the Enermax run nice and quiet. Also good for overclock.
In another post you said to keep the ATI X1900XT video card only for few months.
I noticed one ATI X1900XT in the NVIDIA for sale forum, asking price $275 so maybe not a bad idea to check it out and try to make a deal there.
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=75929

MustangSVT
08-31-06, 04:12 PM
If it's not listed in my original post, it's not available at my local shop. And I'm not willing to buy online.

I think I will get the Enermax 535W. Maybe the Antec 550W, but I don't think it's worth the extra money. I used a PSU calculator, and the total I need is like 420W or something like that, including MANY things (3 sata hdds, sound blaster, fans, overclocked conroe, x1900xt etc.)

In another post you said to keep the ATI X1900XT video card only for few months.
I noticed one ATI X1900XT in the NVIDIA for sale forum, asking price $275 so maybe not a bad idea to check it out and try to make a deal there.

Yea only a few months, but I'm not willing to buy a second hand one especially since the place I'm buying from is like a 15 minute drive from me, so I have a 7 day return/exchange if I don't like the card, and I have 1 year warranty from them, so I don't have to go through a lot of trouble if it breaks. Besides, would you buy from someone with 13 posts? I don't think so..

Ok now which memory. Some1 said the Gold Gamer Xtreme 5-5-5-12. Anyone else have an opinion on this.

john19055
09-01-06, 08:00 PM
I would go with the OCZ gameXstream 700w ,sure it may be more then you need right now ,but in the future you might do a upgrade and need the extra power and you would have it, and not have to worry about haveing to buy a bigger power supply if needed because you would already have one,IMO the power supply is one of the most important componet when building a system because you can never have to much,but if you don't have enough ,you can run into all kinds of problems.

Roadhog
09-01-06, 09:03 PM
OCZ 700W GameXstream Quad +12V $150cad (after $20 MIR)