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First time building, help wanted!


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bottlebottlebottle

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Hello,

First time here and i'm worried there might be problems here. Need advice about parts choice and cost cutting. I'm trying to achieve stability, efficiency and limited cost.

Mainboard: (Advice needed on which mainboard supports the q6600 and DDR3 and whatever other parts in the build)
cpu: Intel Q6600 (Hoping to keep this in the build since already have one)
gfx card: asus 5850 (Also hoping to keep this in the build)
RAM: Kingston DDR3 1333mhz (1 *4gb) (Advice needed if DDR2 will bottleneck this setup, if not, the cheaper DDR2 seems attractive)
HDD: Hitachi 320gb 16mb cache (IDE or SATA-II?? )
CPU FAN: COOLER MASTER HYPER TX3 (Want a good fan, is this a good one?)
Power: Vantec 550W Ion2+ 80+ (Is there sufficient power)
COOLER MASTER GLADIATOR 600 CASING (Will it fit everything and help to keep it cool?)
Sound: (Don't really mind, just want something cheap. Is a sound card actually NEEDED if one already has speakers?)

Hoping to spend below 900 usd excluding the cpu.
Thanks

Edited by bottlebottlebottle, 01 April 2010 - 09:35 AM.

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Motherboard: DDR2 will not bottleneck the system, so go for a Gigabyte or Asus Socket 775 board, and the fastest DDR2 your are willing to pay for. Crucial has 2x2GB for <$140US (CT2KIT25664BA1339)


Be aware Socket 775 is on the way out. The i3/i5/i7 use different sockets.

Sound:onboard sound is good enough for many of us.

Cooler:decent and cheap, but not the best for overclocking

HDD: go for the SATA interface and as much cache as possible for a given cost. If cost is not an issue, get an SSD for the OS.

PSU: should be OK for this build.

Case: it's fine
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Thank you DaffyKentReed for the reply.

After some asking around, i've settled on this set up.

P5KPL-EPU G31
Q6600
Sapphire HD5850 Vapor-X 1GB GDDR5
PC 6400/800 Kingston DDR2 CL5 (2 *2gb)
WD 500GB 32MB
COOLER MASTER HYPER 212
EnerMax MODU82+ 525W
CM Gladiator RC-600

Questions:

Is the COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 needed as a separate fan?
Will this set up work together in terms of cooling/potential hardware conflict/current requirements?

Edited by bottlebottlebottle, 01 April 2010 - 09:14 PM.

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Hoping to spend below 900 usd excluding the cpu

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Hmmmm... I think for $900 you can ditch the CPU, keep the existing ASUS 5850 and go with a newer faster set up like an i5/i7 Socket 1156 that utilizes DDR3 and has upgrade potential for an i7 and even better Video Card in the future.

Like this:

Core i5 750 Clarksdale
ASUS P55 Motherboard
4GB Corsair Memory
750 Watt Corsair PSU
640gb Western Digital Caviar Black - SATA II 3.0gb/s

You can fill in the blank with your existing ASUS 5850, Cases, CD/DVD drive, etc.

Let me know what you think. :)
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Hmm, the thing is that i'm trying to cut costs. And from what i understand, the q6600 doesn't really slow down the 5850 much. In any case, i doubt i'll be upgrading it again...
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