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Zapablast05
09-29-07, 08:40 PM
Hey, I'm looking to build a good Intel based PC. Which Intel procs are good for gaming, which chipsets, etc. My limit is around $1200. What's in my sig is what I got for $900 with the monitor. I read in the new Intel processor thread that E6600's aren't much for gaming. I'm looking to upgrade my whole PC again. Maybe a good quad core or a good overclocking dual core, fast RAM (CL5 maybe) and a great GPU (of course 9 Series if/when they come out). I'm not too sure about the motherboard and processor because I want a good overclocking board/CPU with 1333MHz support and SLi. What I'm looking at right now if the price is right:

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148261
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130071
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817128009
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116378

Motherboard: ???

CPU:???

evox
09-29-07, 09:09 PM
ASUS P5K Deluxe is a really good choice but it doesn't have SLI. you can also opt for 680i based boards from ASUS or eVGA, If you're keen on dual graphics configuration. as for the processor, Q6600 G0 is the way to go! :)

Zapablast05
09-29-07, 09:28 PM
Ok, I added up all the other things I'll need; monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers. It will 1600 if I get an E6550 with an EVGA 680i SLI. I'm looking through my emails for those newegg promo codes to see if I can chip some bucks off. If I can't get the price to drop to at least 1300, I'm going to have to make another AMD-based system..

evox
09-29-07, 10:39 PM
If you're tight on budget, you could cut 2GB memory off (and upgrade later) and get Corsair/Kingston/Patriot Value Ram. Which performs really well for the price. you can also get 650i Based board with Q6600. buying Quad core makes more sense since most modern games are multi-core (DiRT, Crysis, Jericho, Bioshock etc) and you get a major performance boost with quad. plus Q6600 G0 overclocks really well (easily 2.66GHz+ on stock HSF)

Zapablast05
09-30-07, 02:30 AM
How can I tell it's a G0 stepping?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017&Tpk=Q6600

I've been thinking...Maybe I could sell my mobo and CPU for a fair price and buy the EVGA 680i SLI+Q6600 for 485.05. It's alot cheaper than buing a whole 'nother PC. I'll still have my 2GB RAM and all my other stuff. I'm just kinda shaky if my PSU would handle a Q6600 and an 8800GTS.

Single Player
09-30-07, 04:27 AM
mobo 680i SLi

you need to get somehow sSpec#SLACR on the box That's G0. Kinda lottery thing never know.. but i know that NJ warehouse got G0s don't know about Cali's. Awwsome memory! Ohh wait ,, that's not what i'm buying that's 2x2gb 5-5-5-15// i'm getting 4x1gb 4-4-3-5.. I don't think i'm going to upgrade my system any more..
why you wanna buy 64bit XP??

evox
09-30-07, 04:51 AM
How can I tell it's a G0 stepping?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017&Tpk=Q6600

I've been thinking...Maybe I could sell my mobo and CPU for a fair price and buy the EVGA 680i SLI+Q6600 for 485.05. It's alot cheaper than buing a whole 'nother PC. I'll still have my 2GB RAM and all my other stuff. I'm just kinda shaky if my PSU would handle a Q6600 and an 8800GTS.

See this:

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc.aspx?i=3066

If you want to play safe, you can go to any Comp Retail shop and pick up the Q6600. that way, you can identify whether the CPU is G0 or B3

Single Player
09-30-07, 05:11 AM
clubit and tigerdirect ships G0s

Zapablast05
09-30-07, 12:13 PM
mobo 680i SLi

you need to get somehow sSpec#SLACR on the box That's G0. Kinda lottery thing never know.. but i know that NJ warehouse got G0s don't know about Cali's. Awwsome memory! Ohh wait ,, that's not what i'm buying that's 2x2gb 5-5-5-15// i'm getting 4x1gb 4-4-3-5.. I don't think i'm going to upgrade my system any more..
why you wanna buy 64bit XP??


I don't really mind the RAM since it's going to be a quad core. "CPU MHz is king" remember? But I can always OC it. And the reason why I want to get 64-bit is because +4GB is the new 2GB. 32-bit XP's cap limit on RAM is barely 4GB, so I've read. I think if I just buy the CPU and the 680i SLI, I won't upgrade for quite some time, with the exception of the GPU and RAM.

One thing I could do to get a G0 stepping is order it from the 'egg for $277 and hope I get a G0. Or I can go to a local store called PC Buzz in Torrance (www.pcbuzz.com) and pay $299 and have a better chance to actually pick a G0 up. I think the extra $22 will be worth it.