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Old 01-29-08, 05:09 AM   #1
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In about a week's time or before, I'll be building a computer for my friend. The specs:

LG GH-20LS10 20X SMulti DVDWriter LightScribe,SATA
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600(2.4G)8M BOX (G0/95W)
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (Intel LGA775)
MSI P35 NEO2-FR P35 Motherboard
FSP 700W (FX700-GLN) ATX P.S. [24pins+SLi ready]
R680 (HIS/Asus/Sapphire 3870X2 1gb ddr3)
A-DATA DDR-2 800MHZ 2G Ram (stock coolers) x2
Seagate 250GB ST3250310AS SATA2 HDD
NZXT Apollo ATX Case
Logitech X230 32 Watts 2.1 Speaker
Acer 22" X222Wbd LCD (1000:1,DVI,CrystalBrite,HDCP)
Logitech G15
Logitech MX518

Total cost= about 1625USD

any recommendations before i go on?
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Old 01-29-08, 05:56 AM   #2
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Include an OS ,Otherwise its all good.

Do they want to OC ,If so higher speed ram.

Freezer 7 Pro is a great cooler and very cheap but give this thing a look.
http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...id=2233&page=5 < Mine should be arriving in the next couple of hours

Reviews are varied though.

500gb Samsung Spinpoints are nice ,Whats the price comparison with the 250gb seagate?
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Old 01-29-08, 08:06 AM   #3
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Any particular reason you've chosen the 3870X2? For price/performance I'd go with an 8800GT or GTS 512MB. Also, don't count out the difference a good 5.1 speaker set makes in a gaming experience, especially online shooters.
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Any particular reason you've chosen the 3870X2? For price/performance I'd go with an 8800GT or GTS 512MB. Also, don't count out the difference a good 5.1 speaker set makes in a gaming experience, especially online shooters.
I have to agree. If you go for the 3870X2, then you may be planning to go dual card. However, that may not turn out so well on a P35 board. So, I have to agree that a GTS 512MB card is likely a better solution on a P35 board. I also agree about 5.1 surround. Its a must have!
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Old 01-30-08, 07:05 AM   #5
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I have to agree. If you go for the 3870X2, then you may be planning to go dual card. However, that may not turn out so well on a P35 board. So, I have to agree that a GTS 512MB card is likely a better solution on a P35 board. I also agree about 5.1 surround. Its a must have!
I dont know if you know or not, but the 3870x2 ir the r680, not 2x 3870s in CrossFire, so a P35 board should be okay since the card only takes up one pci-e x16 slot. For crossfire, i wouldve planned for an x38 board, but im not going crossfire anyway.
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Old 02-01-08, 05:09 AM   #6
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should i buy 2 3870x2 and CF them or should i buy the 3870x2 (r680). 2 3870s would cost about 40USD less than the 3870x2.
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Old 02-01-08, 05:46 AM   #7
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I bought an Asus HD 3870 X2 and tried it myself. If you notice @ Newegg they don't allow a refund on that item just an exchange for another if it's defective.

In some titles where Crossfire doesn't work you get stuck with single HD 3870 performance. In other titles Crossfire causes very rough game play, example; "The Witcher".

The fan sounds like an outboard motor when it spins up to high. I had that happen quite a bit in "Crysis".

It puts up a decent 3dmock06 score and I'd get something else to game.

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http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=4997365

If you want a great bang for your buck card try an overclocked 8800GT 512Mb. Many of those can cope all the way up to 1920x.

http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/8800GTs/index.php

If you want a little extra push and better cooling try the 8800 GTS 512Mb.

I am kicking myself in the rear for bothering with the HD 3870 X2 now. If you really must try it buy it from a place that allows you to return it.

I've used mine less than 6hours and will be selling the full retail box for 400usd.
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Just wondering. What is your friend using his PC for. If it's just gaming and he's not gonna overclock it, I would have a think about dropping the Q6600 for an E8400 2 core. The reason is, I think the benefits of the higher standard FSB speed of the E8400 would give more benefit in gaming over the quad core.

If he is gonna be overclocking then you'll need a better cooler for the quad, where as he won't with the E8400.

Just a thought.

As for the graphics, I would have thought the ATI card would be the way to go, but I aint used one. Blacklash doesn't seem to like it so, yes, a GT or even better, a GTS512 for a few /$ extra would be a safe bet.
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Old 02-01-08, 06:28 AM   #9
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Well, my friend's not a PC enthusiast (duh, or else I wouldn't have to help him to build it), so i wouldnt imagine he'd overclock his q6600 a lot. An AC Freezer 7 Pro should do fine. Also, i was thinking about getting him a gts 512, but the 3870x2 is generally better. I was originally planning on getting him 2 3870s but i figured CF and SLi werent a good idea. A 3870x2 is multi-gpu but it should be a bit more stable since its on the same board and they dont need an x38 board to put it to full use.

BTW guys, do you think the MSI Neo2-FR is alright? Or should i pay about 10 bucks more to get the Asus P5KR? Thanks for the help people
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btw do you know if the q6600 price is going to drop when the new intel cpus come out (q9450)?
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btw do you know if the q6600 price is going to drop when the new intel cpus come out (q9450)?
Maybe initially, but when supplies start getting low the price drops might slow down. I do know this, though - each day we get closer to the Q9450 release the Q6600 becomes less and less future-proof. If you ask me, we've passed the point where it's worth getting a 65nm quad.
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Should I stick with the MSI P35 Neo2-FR, or go with the Asus P5KR?
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