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Old 12-10-07, 04:56 AM   #1
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Well its finally time that I upgrade my comp. my budget is about $900 (which includes the parts i already purchased and my estimated shipping fees). this is gonna be a budget gaming rig. ive done all of my homework and heres what im looking at:

*Edited because of purchased PNY 8800gt, removed DVI cable as the vid card comes w/ one and OCZ StealthXStream 600W as PSU considering, changed to p35 mobo, added IDE to SATA Bridge

-Case: Cool Master Centurion 5 *Already purchased, grabbed it at my local CompUSA because if i ordered it though newegg i would of paid about $60 shipping (im in Hawaii). plus there was a $30 MIR.

-Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L

-CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz

-RAM: OCZ SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 *Already purchased from Newegg, grabbed it early because there was a $40 MIR.

-Video Card: PNY VCG88512GXPB G92 GeForce 8800GT 512MB *Already purhcased (Comes with DVI to VGA adapter)

-PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W

-HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB


-IDE to SATA Bridge: Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA Mini Vertical Bridge

you can view my newegg wishlist here (which are basically the same items i have listed above).

im resuing my Samsung SyncMaster 931BF 19' LCD Monitor, 2x PATA DVD+RW drives, 1x WD 500gb PATA HDD, 1x Floppy Drive, Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 SE sound card and Keyboard+Mouse.

My main reason for posting this thread is because im a first time builder and i just want to make sure all i have listed is compatible. i plan on ordering this either the week before, week of or week after christmas, depending on when i have all the money.

all the mobos listed are nForce 650i SLI chipsets, im undecided on what brand i want, either the gigabyte one or the MSI one, even though the asus one is cheaper. and im getting either of those mainly because these are the only few on newegg that have 2x PATA connectors (which i need cause as i mentioned above im reusing my old PATA DVD drivers and PATA HDD).

does anyone know if there is any real difference between the core 2 duo E6550 and the E6750 besides the higher frequencies? im leaning toward the E6750 cause it does have about 300mhz more than the E6550 but i dont know if its worth $20 more...

im unsure about the PSU, but antec is a reputable brand and im pretty sure 500W is enough for this setup. i did use this psu calculator, but im still paranoid that i might need a beefer PSU. im leaning toward the earthwatts 500W but as stated above i might get the truepower trio at compusa this week.

i might get a VGA cooler for the 8800gt as some reviews says it can run hot (any suggestions for a cooler thats compatible with the 8800gt?). however i also read a simple fix to this is tune up the stock fan's rpm using rivatuner.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-10-07, 05:22 AM   #2
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first off, nice build lol

are you going SLI? if not, then why are you getting a 650i SLI board? you could just get a p35, like the asus p5k.

also, i recommend the ocz stealthxstream 600w psu, instead of the antec 500. Antec is a great brand, but they dont even make PSUs any more, and i recommend more than 500w for a 8800gt.

the cpu is your choice, whether or not you want to spend the extra 20. You could overclock your e6550 to higher frequencies than an e6750.
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Old 12-10-07, 05:24 AM   #3
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Some Antec PSU have problems with the new GTs...dunno which model. May be you ought to try other brands?
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Old 12-10-07, 05:24 AM   #4
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forgot to say, you might want a vga cooler. I heard that its pretty tough to get a vga cooler onto an 8800gt, but you just have to be careful
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Old 12-10-07, 05:59 AM   #5
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If you don't plan on using SLI I highly highly recommend getting a P35 chipset board instead. The Gigabyte P35 DS3L is one hell of a board, and its cheap.

Its also worth noting that the new intel quad core CPUs coming out in a month or two (and I'm assuming, all CPUs after that) will not work on nforce 6xxi chipsets, but will work fine on Intel P35. This basically ruins any future upgrade plans if you ever decide to try one of the new quads.
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Old 12-10-07, 06:11 AM   #6
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those mobos are really not that good I understand the need for 4 IDE's but maybe a better mobo (P35 Abit $80) and a $20 dollar IDE card?
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Old 12-10-07, 06:21 AM   #7
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I wouldn't bother with a VGA cooler for your first build. Good ones are expensive and the stock cooler should be sufficient.

Go with the E6750. The clock speed increase will be worth it.

Also, are you planning to overclock? You'll be able to get a small overclock with your stock cooler and that RAM, but if you want to do anything real substantial (say, over 3Ghz) you'll want a better cooler and your ram will probably limit you some.

As far as the power supply, the Antec Trio 550W for $60 sounds pretty good for that system. I don't think I'd get the Earthwatts 500 though. Thats more of a low range model on top of being only 500W.

The Hard drive should be fine, but I'd go with a Seagate 7200.11 myself. They should be faster and more reliable.
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Old 12-10-07, 09:47 AM   #8
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+1 on avoiding Nvidia chipsets like the plague if you are not going SLI.
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Old 12-11-07, 03:00 AM   #10
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thanks for all the replies. ive decided to go with the p35 mobo instead of the 650i as i dont plan on sli. thanks for pointing out the ide controllers mythy, i think thats what ill do

ive also decided not to get the antec psu's but i am now leaning toward the ocz stealthxstream 600w psu. and ill get the e6750, i think it will be worth the extra $20. im not planning on OCing btw.

also i just ordered this 8800gt from newegg. i decided to get it because i havent seen the 8800gt in stock at newegg for that price since thanksgiving. it doesnt come with company of heroes, but i aint complaining

about the cooling for it im just sticking with the stock cooler and ill up the fan in rivatuner if need be. i also have a antec spotcool fan lying around and i could put that to use if the vid card is still running hot.
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Sounds like a great plan
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Old 12-13-07, 11:40 PM   #12
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i got crysis yesterday since i had $50 of gamestop store credit to spend.

also i just ordered the Gigabyte DS3L since i saw it in stock. i also grabbed the E6750.

so all i have left to order is the PSU, HDD and SATA to IDE bridge thingy. however i might just get a SATA DVD drive, it would only be $15 more than the IDE bridge. hopefully ill have the rest of the money by next week.
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