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ADNoland

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So, my system is ailing. It's held up well but it's starting to falter in the face of the new games. I've decided it's time to build a new computer that can handle its own against games like Crysis and UT2k7. I also want it to be upgradeable and still formidable down the road. This is my first from the ground up computer. I welcome any suggestions, changes, or just general thoughts on it. I'll be getting all the parts from Newegg unless I see a desperate need to obtain a part from somewhere else.

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119138

Motherboard: NVIDIA nForce 680i
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813188013

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115018

Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835118003

Memory: CORSAIR Dominator 2GB
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145043

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136111

PSU: COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro 750W
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817171024

Graphics Card: BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTS 640MB
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814143092



That's what I plan on getting, I'll be reusing my optical drives and sound card to cut down on cost for now.

$1,557.64 before tax and shipping. I expect it'll be around $1700 then.
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kamille316

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I think you should get the 8800GTS 512MB (G92), it performs better than the one you picked and costs a lot cheaper.
EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail = $319.99 (price is $299.99 after rebate)
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XFX PVT88GYDF4 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail = $309.99 (price is $289.99 after rebate)

If it was me though, I'd get the XFX one because it has a better warranty but the EVGA do have that step-up program .

Kamille

Edited by kamille316, 28 January 2008 - 03:24 PM.

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I'm a happy BFG Tech customer and will stay with them.

Not familiar with PCI-E too much, did some quick looking, PCI-E 2.0 should be compatable with this MB?

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814143119 this card as a replacement then?
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BFG is a good one as well, just note that any overclocking or modding done on this video card will not be covered by its warranty (if something happens).
And yes, that video card is compatible with your MB but it will only run on the PCI-e 1.x rather than the 2.0, this is because your MB only has the PCI-e x16 and not the PCI-e 2.0. It would still work. (sorry I don't know all the terminologies)

Edited by kamille316, 28 January 2008 - 03:57 PM.

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I have an EVGA 8800GTS 512MB and the same EVGA 680i mobo. They play together wonderfully. :) PCI-E 2 is backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.1 (what the 680i has).
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So, it'll work, but will it be as fast? I've only had a brief readup on it, googling it :)

I guess it won't be as fast, kinda like USB 1.0 and 2.0 has a speed difference? Should I look at another motherboard then?

Edited by ADNoland, 28 January 2008 - 04:14 PM.

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Hi,

I like that case, it looks cool. I've never seen that one before :)

If you're not intending on running SLI then I recommend you get a motherboard with an Intel chipset. This Abit is excellent for the money. Of course, you're limited to DDR2 800 RAM. Or this Gigabyte with the X38 chipset, which allows you to go up to DDR2 1200 RAM.

If you aren't overclocking, get the retail processor with the Intel heatsink/fan.

This RAM is cheap with low latencies, if you really want DDR2 1066 then you'll find it a fair bit more $$$ (not worth the extra $$$ in my opinion). The RAM you linked to in Post #1 is out-of-stock :)

As discussed, get the 8800GTS 512MB (G92) video card. I do believe running a PCI-Express 2.0 video card on a 1.1 motherboard will not cause a bottleneck just yet. That said, the Gigabyte motherboard I linked above is PCI-Express 2.0 :)

Don't get that hard drive, it's IDE - grab a SATAII drive. I recommend Seagate, they have a 5-year warranty. This one is very nice.

I recommend this PSU.

Don't forget you need a DVD Burner and an OS for the build :)

Cheers,

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*edit

Going to go and rework this computer build.

Edited by ADNoland, 28 January 2008 - 04:50 PM.

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First off, Mr. Troy, I went with another, more expensive, motherboard. The Gigabyte board appears to do the same for a cheaper price, but to be honest, I don't know if I can handle opening my computer up to something that looks like someone threw up a fruit cocktail :)

Revamped build to be torn apart:

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119138

Motherboard: NVIDIA nForce 780i
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813188024

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115018

Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835118003

Memory: OCZ SLI-Ready 2GB
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227198

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148288

PSU: CORSAIR 750W
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139006

Graphics Card: BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTS
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814143119


What about this one?

I can't afford to get a second video card yet, but it would be a goal of mine for later.

Edited by ADNoland, 28 January 2008 - 06:05 PM.

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Oh, that's Mr Troy, eh? :)

Slightly cheaper version motherboard. I believe the 780i chipset a better choice for SLI.

Again, do you plan on overclocking the processor? If not, get the retail version with the Intel heatsink/fan. If you are overclocking, I would recommend something different. Look for either a Tuniq Tower or a Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120. They are big, but I wouldn't settle for anything less if you are up for some serious overclocking.

Troy.

EDIT: The Gigabyte motherboard does not support SLI (and what's wrong with fruit cocktails?).

Edited by troy, 28 January 2008 - 06:32 PM.

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I'll have a look at those, I'm not sure if I'll be overclocking or not, but I like the extra cooling to be honest. I currently have a Zalman heatsink on this processor and am very happy with it.

This is a big case, should be able to handle any of those heatsinks easily...

Edited by ADNoland, 28 January 2008 - 07:13 PM.

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I think your machine will play Crisis if mine does and I'm playing on an 8500 low settings of course here are my system specs.

ABIT IP35 PRO
core 2 duo processor E6850 3.0Ghz
cool max 550 wats.
XFX 8500GT 256 Megabytes
OCZ 800MHZ 2 gigs (timing 4-4-4-15)
SATA Seagate Hard rive 7200 rpm.
ULTRA ATX Grid Case
Sony dvd burner
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I just ordered all the parts.... Thanks for the suggestions. We'll see how things go....
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