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Tr1cK
04-05-07, 03:29 PM
I am debating on a major upgrade to my main system. I really want the power of an 8800. Since I bought the 22" widescreen, I have seen the limitations of the 7800gt. I went from running 1280x1024 to 1680x1050 and can definetly feel the slowdowns now. The e4300, Audigy 2, and 3 hard drives will be reused in the new build. I plan on using all 4 of the boards SATA ports and the on board RAID in lieu of the Promise RAID Card. I am NOT interested in SLI at this point or any point until Dualview can run with it on. I can afford a more expensive build, but would like to keep the costs as low as possible. Please give me any advice or opinions on my selections. I am really anxious to pull the Newegg "Checkout Trigger"!


SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L - OEM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827151141)
$38.99


LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811112099)
Already Purchased (was $89.99)


Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GTS TDH GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814122018)
$379.99
-$10.00 Instant Rebate
=$369.99
-$35.00 Mail-in Rebate
=$334.99

XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 700W ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817189009)
$149.99
-$10.00 Instant Rebate
=$139.99


Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820220144)
$185.99
-$50.00 Mail-in Rebate
=$135.99


ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813131142)
$124.99

DiscipleDOC
04-05-07, 03:32 PM
Looks good to me. I would change out the RAM for Corsair (but that's just me), and the psu to something better (but again, that's just me).

Tr1cK
04-05-07, 03:36 PM
Looks good to me. I would change out the RAM for Corsair (but that's just me), and the psu to something better (but again, that's just me).

I feel where you're coming from. Both seem to get good reviews though, even on other sites. I have seen where the power supply is supposedly made by Channel Wall Technologies (the same people that do some Antec & Enermax supplies as well.) My experience with PDP RAM has been better than my Corsair experience (haven't had to RMA the PDP yet:P.) Even if the RAM doesn't O/C well, the board is capable of asynch FSB/RAM.

kevJ420
04-05-07, 03:41 PM
Looks good to me. I would change out the RAM for Corsair (but that's just me), and the psu to something better (but again, that's just me).

I agree 100%. Try to get a PC P&C silencer 750 quad. That's about the same price and is better. Corsair is better too.

Bearclaw
04-05-07, 03:45 PM
Looks good. As some other people said, I would switch the ram for Corsair or G.Skill.

Tr1cK
04-05-07, 03:57 PM
How about:

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034)
$199.00
-$50.00 Mail In Rebate
=$149.00


I'd like the PCP PSU, but it's $200 vs the $140. I'd really like to keep the PSU under $150.

Bearclaw
04-05-07, 04:03 PM
How about:

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034)
$199.00
-$50.00 Mail In Rebate
=$149.00


I'd like the PCP PSU, but it's $200 vs the $140. I'd really like to keep the PSU under $150.
That looks good. Bear in mind that that is ECC ram which isn't neccesary for your build and only is for server systems and server motherboards. It cost more than non-ECC ram. You could probably find the same ram without ECC for less. I'll try to find it for you on the egg.

On your PSU, I have never heard of that brand and the PSU is the most important component in your build because if i goes out it has the potential to take the rest of your system out with it. I am not sure what a good PSU would be. Someone else will know though.

Tr1cK
04-05-07, 04:07 PM
It's not ECC...it's EPP.

And here's a review on the PSU (http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/cases/Meridian_XClio_GreatPower_700W_1.html).

Considering this PSU as well:
Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153039)

Bearclaw
04-05-07, 04:17 PM
It's not ECC...it's EPP.

And here's a review on the PSU (http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/cases/Meridian_XClio_GreatPower_700W_1.html).

Considering this PSU as well:
Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153039)
my bad. I was thinking ECC when in fact I was reading EPP. Sorry.

Tr1cK
04-05-07, 04:18 PM
my bad. I was thinking ECC when in fact I was reading EPP. Sorry.

No problem, I appreciate the feedback. :)

DiscipleDOC
04-05-07, 04:25 PM
It's not ECC...it's EPP.

And here's a review on the PSU (http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/cases/Meridian_XClio_GreatPower_700W_1.html).

Considering this PSU as well:
Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153039)
That's the same PSU I have.

As for the 6400, if you're not planning on extreme o/c 'ing then the RAM should be fine...but I would really consider something higher. I will be going to something higher by summer time myself.

Edit:...That's not the same PSU...but it still should be a good one. I think TT put out a good line of products.

Tr1cK
04-05-07, 04:29 PM
Whats the highest you've had your RAM Doc? It looks the same as what I am looking at.

DiscipleDOC
04-05-07, 04:31 PM
Whats the highest you've had your RAM Doc? It looks the same as what I am looking at.
Umm...I havent really o/c'ed my RAM...once I get some time, I am planning on do it....just can't find the time lately....:o

lduguay
04-05-07, 05:00 PM
Small thing, i would buy a Pioneer DVR-212D instead of the Samsung. Check tomshardware if you want.

Tr1cK
04-05-07, 05:23 PM
Small thing, i would buy a Pioneer DVR-212D instead of the Samsung. Check tomshardware if you want.

Nice info, thanks.

Tr1cK
04-07-07, 09:15 PM
Ordered!! See Sig....I'm SO anxious. :captnkill:

My e4300 is really being held back with this damn Asrock board. I can't go past 2.4 because of no cpu voltage adjustment, no pci-e lock (doesnt work), and an all around generic BIOS.

Nice side-effect is the trickle-down of upgrades to my HTPC. :) Hopefully it should all be in by Wednesday.