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NaitoSan
05-01-07, 03:00 PM
I'm asking for some of your opinions, so far after looking around I picked:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115003

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16835186134

EVGA nForce i650 Ultra
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813188017

G.Skill 2GB DDR2 800 Dual Channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231114

It's a bit over $500 which isn't so bad. I've heard good stuff about EVGA's i650 especially it fully supports nTune which is nice. Any opinions/suggestions will be great. Thanks!

Tr1cK
05-01-07, 03:13 PM
Suggestion #1 = Don't Use nTune.

NaitoSan
05-01-07, 03:21 PM
Care to explain why? :)

Tr1cK
05-01-07, 03:22 PM
Total junk that never works 100% of the time. Use BIOS for cpu/mobo overclocking and rivatuner for gpu.

Dr.Nick
05-01-07, 03:24 PM
Good choices, I think you'll love the setup. However, if you are going to spend that much on a heatsink go with this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185027) one. It's dead silent and cools extremely well.

NaitoSan
05-01-07, 04:03 PM
Tr1ck, thanks for the info.

Dr.Nick, Hmm it's huge but I'll look into it. Thanks!

SlieTheSecond
05-01-07, 04:26 PM
I agree, don't use nTune.

There is suppose to be a C2D price drop with the Quads coming.

Might be a thought to go with a cheaper cpu and overclock till then?

Dr.Nick
05-01-07, 06:24 PM
I think the price drop already happened if I'm not mistaken. Prices dropped a lot 1-2 weeks ago

stncttr908
05-01-07, 07:01 PM
Price are already down.

Good job with the choices. :thumbsup:

SlieTheSecond
05-01-07, 07:56 PM
Ya they are down, but there is suppose to be another price drop bringing the quads down to a reasonable level.

http://www.guru3d.com/newsitem.php?id=5086

NaitoSan
05-02-07, 12:18 AM
...I don't know if I want to wait for Quads. Originally I was planning to upgrade to Quads for rendering but I couldn't afford it.

I kinda don't want to wait or be without PC for few months...

john19055
05-03-07, 07:20 AM
The quads are comeing down in price seeing that the QX6600 is just $535 now ,a lot cheaper then that $1000 it used to be.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

Madpistol
05-03-07, 09:40 AM
Total junk that never works 100% of the time. Use BIOS for cpu/mobo overclocking and rivatuner for gpu.

+1. ntune + overclocking = bad news. Use the bios to OC your processor.

Saintster
05-03-07, 11:20 AM
I was going to upgrade to intel during last months price cut. I decided to wait for the second wave of cuts I'm glad I did. I like the e6850 that should be a sweet cpu.

DMx
05-03-07, 09:01 PM
nTune freezes my PC when I go into the motherboard tweaking section, it sucks balls.

NaitoSan
05-04-07, 10:17 PM
Okay, thanks for your opinions/suggestions. I'm having hard time deciding what to get, Quad-core or Dual-core. I don't really want to wait because I'll be without computer for few months if price drop happens in Sept or so. :(

It'd suck if I wait and Quad-core only go down to $400 ish. :p

Also is 4GB ram really nessecary? I mean, for rendering or will 2GB ram be enough?

mullet
05-05-07, 01:01 AM
I would look at this CPU cooler, it has the best temp results, this will be my next CPU cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835109140

PaiN
05-05-07, 06:48 AM
I like your picks ...except for the motherboard, the price is great but the lack of heatsinks on the SB, power regulation MOSFETs and that lump of coal on the NB would make me very nervious, considering the amount heat the i6xx controllers make .....

Madpistol
05-05-07, 10:24 AM
Okay, thanks for your opinions/suggestions. I'm having hard time deciding what to get, Quad-core or Dual-core. I don't really want to wait because I'll be without computer for few months if price drop happens in Sept or so. :(

It'd suck if I wait and Quad-core only go down to $400 ish. :p

Also is 4GB ram really nessecary? I mean, for rendering or will 2GB ram be enough?

It depends on what you do, but if you're just a gamer (with that 8800 GTX you'd better damn well be), 2GB is more than enough for any current game to run 100% smoothly. The Quad Cores are a really nice thing to have, but unless you're doing heavy multitasking, you really don't see a difference between quad and dual core (did I mention the Quad Cores give off oodles of heat?)

If you are going to OC, the E6600 is definately the way to go. It's cheaper and it overclocks far easier than a Q6600. Don't get me wrong though. The Quad cores are awesome, but I don't see you making use of them. ;)

NaitoSan
05-05-07, 02:52 PM
It depends on what you do, but if you're just a gamer (with that 8800 GTX you'd better damn well be), 2GB is more than enough for any current game to run 100% smoothly. The Quad Cores are a really nice thing to have, but unless you're doing heavy multitasking, you really don't see a difference between quad and dual core (did I mention the Quad Cores give off oodles of heat?)

If you are going to OC, the E6600 is definately the way to go. It's cheaper and it overclocks far easier than a Q6600. Don't get me wrong though. The Quad cores are awesome, but I don't see you making use of them. ;)
I mentioned about rendering since upcoming classes I'm taking are going to be doing with Max and Maya. But thanks for your comments. I'm considering going for Core 2 Duo more now.

Thanks!

FastRedPonyCar
05-07-07, 01:17 PM
Get this motherboard instead.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130081

I've built 4 systems now including my own with this and it absolutely dominates. Rock solid and has worked flawleslly with 4 different types of ram from budget gskill all the way up to my patriot ram and another system with corsair.

NaitoSan
07-10-07, 08:11 AM
Okay I'm bring this thread back up since I have a couple more questions.

So far, I have all stuff listed to get once Quadcore price drops:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping
(preordered @ tankguys)

Asus P5K Deluxe/Wifi-AP
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131182

2x G.Skill 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 4-4-3-5 CL4
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231114

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835109140

SilenX IXP-76-18 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835226013

I'm also in need to buy new power supply so know good one?

Do you think those RAM will work fine with Asus P5K or should I get different brand? I plan to overclock Q6600 to 3.4ghz or so. I'm not sure which 4x1 or 2x2 sticks will be better. I've looked through different threads and they got me all confused. :( Any help will be appericated!

mullet
07-10-07, 11:18 AM
Okay I'm bring this thread back up since I have a couple more questions.

So far, I have all stuff listed to get once Quadcore price drops:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping
(preordered @ tankguys)

Asus P5K Deluxe/Wifi-AP
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131182

2x G.Skill 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 4-4-3-5 CL4
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231114

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835109140

SilenX IXP-76-18 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835226013

I'm also in need to buy new power supply so know good one?

Do you think those RAM will work fine with Asus P5K or should I get different brand? I plan to overclock Q6600 to 3.4ghz or so. I'm not sure which 4x1 or 2x2 sticks will be better. I've looked through different threads and they got me all confused. :( Any help will be appericated!


Solid rig man be proud!!!

Madpistol
07-10-07, 02:58 PM
Dang.... 4-4-3-5??? Crap, that's tight! Awesome timings for PC2 6400.

I like that rig, but I'm not sure you're going to get 3.4Ghz out of a Quad on air. Good luck on that. ;)

buffbiff21
07-10-07, 06:52 PM
I'm also in need to buy new power supply so know good one?
HX-520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817139001

Do you think those RAM will work fine with Asus P5K or should I get different brand?
yes but in case you happen to get an insanely awesome chip, get these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231065

They will take you up to 1000MHz. (doesn't matter too much as madpistol said good luck hitting 3.4ghz on air :) )

You really don't need 4GB RAM... no way.