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Old 01-21-08, 06:14 PM   #1
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Okay, so after sitting at my computer for many hours searching online I think I found what I want. But, since I'm such a newb, I need you guys to tell me whether or not this is all compatible and what else I need to add to my list.

I'm pretty sure most of it is compatible, but it is always good to be positive.

SO PLEASE, look this over carefully and give me input and help. I will be indebted to you forever.

Alright, here is what I want to get:
-OS - Windows Vista Premium
-Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
-Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-X38-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard
-CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor OR Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor -RAM/mem - G.Skill 4GB DDR2-800MHz CL4 2x2 Gb
-Hard Drive - Seagate ST3400320AS 400GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
-Video Cards - Dual HD 3870 crossfire
-Power Supply - 700W GameXStream PSU
-Sound Card - Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtremegamer
-Monitor - Ultra Sharp 19-inch Dell Flat Panel LCD 8ms response time
-Input Devices - I already have a Logitech G15 Keyboard and a Razer Copperhead that I just got.
-Speaker - Logitech R-20
-dvd/cd drive -ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3 OEM - OEM


I'm probably going to overclock it also.

Oh, and am I covered cooling-wise?
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Old 01-21-08, 06:54 PM   #2
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Okay, so after sitting at my computer for many hours searching online I think I found what I want. But, since I'm such a newb, I need you guys to tell me whether or not this is all compatible and what else I need to add to my list.
I'm pretty sure most of it is compatible, but it is always good to be positive.

SO PLEASE, look this over carefully and give me input and help. I will be indebted to you forever.

Alright, here is what I want to get:
-OS - Windows Vista Premium
-Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
-Mobo - NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI
-CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
-RAM/mem - G.Skill 4GB DDR2-800MHz CL4 2x2 Gb
-Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250 Gb 7200RPM 8Mb SATA 3Gb OEM
-Video Cards - Dual HD 3870 crossfire
-Power Supply - 700W GameXStream PSU
-Sound Card - Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtremegamer
-Monitor - Ultra Sharp 19-inch Dell Flat Panel LCD 8ms response time
-Input Devices - I already have a Logitech G15 Keyboard and a Razer Copperhead that I just got.
-Speaker - Logitech R-20

I'm probably going to overclock it also.

Oh, and am I covered cooling-wise?
Looks ok. Here are some things I saw. I would stick with XP but if you have the horsepower (and you will) Vista will be fine. Just be advised, it has its flaws still. Wouldn't hurt to get a bigger hard drive and one with a bigger cache. 16MB or even a newer one with 32. Go for the 7200.10 320GB or a 500GB. As far as the videocards, go with two 8800GTX's in SLI or 8800GT's.
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Old 01-21-08, 06:58 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I'm limited to a little over $1500.00 USD, can you help me within that price range. Two 8800s seems a little out of my range. I will look into a different hard drive, is there a big price difference?

Also, I was wondering, do I need a CD drive so I can play games or does what I have written down - does any thing on there include a CD drive. (newb question.... )
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- G.Skill 4GB 2 x 2 DDR2 - CM 1000W PSU -
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Old 01-21-08, 07:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I'm limited to a little over $1500.00 USD, can you help me within that price range. Two 8800s seems a little out of my range. I will look into a different hard drive, is there a big price difference?

Also, I was wondering, do I need a CD drive so I can play games or does what I have written down - does any thing on there include a CD drive. (newb question.... )
You can get the 320Gb seagate for around 80 bucks so it's not bad at all. If you can't get SLI then get one 8800GT or GTX. Also, just get a DVD drive. Even the newer SATA ones are cheap. Anywhere from 20 --> 100+ depending on how much you want to pay for one. I have a SATA lite on DVD drive that I got for 30 bucks and it works great.
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Old 01-21-08, 08:04 PM   #5
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That's some good advice there Bearclaw. ::
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Old 01-21-08, 09:13 PM   #6
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Alright, here is what I want to get:
-OS - Windows Vista Premium
-Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
-Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-X38-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard
-CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
-RAM/mem - G.Skill 4GB DDR2-800MHz CL4 2x2 Gb
-Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250 Gb 7200RPM 8Mb SATA 3Gb OEM
-Video Cards - Dual HD 3870 crossfire
-Power Supply - 700W GameXStream PSU
-Sound Card - Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtremegamer
-Monitor - Ultra Sharp 19-inch Dell Flat Panel LCD 8ms response time
-Input Devices - I already have a Logitech G15 Keyboard and a Razer Copperhead that I just got.
-Speaker - Logitech R-20
Sweet setup, nothing i can complain about apart from OS which is preference.
I'd get the two 3870's also
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| Memory: 2x1GB OCZ Platinum Rev2 PC6400
| PSU: OCZ StealthXtreme 600W PSU
| Monitor: Acer G24
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Old 01-21-08, 10:42 PM   #7
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Bearclaw, I think I'm going to stick with the dual 3870s, but your advice about the hard drive is great. And, just to clear things up, I still NEED to get a dvd drive? AND, it can read and play games, not just dvds?

What do you think of this hard drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148297

And what of this dvd drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135147
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- ZALMAN 9700 - CM Stacker 830 - BENQ 24" LCD - 500 GB Seagate HDD -
- G.Skill 4GB 2 x 2 DDR2 - CM 1000W PSU -
- Logitech G500 - Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard - Razer eXactMat -
- Logitech G35 - ASUS Black DVD/CD drive - Windows Vista Home Premium x64 -


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Old 01-21-08, 11:45 PM   #8
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Bearclaw, I think I'm going to stick with the dual 3870s, but your advice about the hard drive is great. And, just to clear things up, I still NEED to get a dvd drive? AND, it can read and play games, not just dvds?

What do you think of this hard drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148297

And what of this dvd drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135147
i would get dvd burner instead of dvd-rom

excellent drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151154
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Old 01-21-08, 11:49 PM   #9
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Bearclaw, I think I'm going to stick with the dual 3870s, but your advice about the hard drive is great. And, just to clear things up, I still NEED to get a dvd drive? AND, it can read and play games, not just dvds?

What do you think of this hard drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148297

And what of this dvd drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135147
Like nekrosoft said, I would go for a DVD burner. That will be able to do everything, play movies, burn movies, play games, etc. You don't HAVE to but there is no point in not getting one when they are practically the same price as a cd burner, etc. nowadays. here is a nice DVD burner:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106057

That hard drive will work great.
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Old 01-21-08, 11:53 PM   #10
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i would get dvd burner instead of dvd-rom

excellent drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151154
Wow, that is a great burner, thanks! And for only $15 more it is definately worth it. I could also go dual drives if I wanted for that price. Thanks
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- G.Skill 4GB 2 x 2 DDR2 - CM 1000W PSU -
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Old 01-22-08, 12:04 AM   #11
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go for the sammy that SH-S203 is the best dvd burner you can buy right now.

i have 8 dvd burners (plus one blu-ray burner), i know
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go for the sammy that SH-S203 is the best dvd burner you can buy right now.

i have 8 dvd burners (plus one blu-ray burner), i know
Ya, I looked at that one. It looks nice. I might order myself one....
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