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SyphonPayne
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 02:30 AM

Hello,

Well I've decided to look into buying a new gaming PC, and have been trying to get the best price to power ratio and I would like to see what some of the more experienced PC builders would have to say about my decisions on parts.

5 general questions:

1.) Are all of these parts compatible?

2.) Am I getting the best deal?

3.) Are all of these parts I selected quality parts?

4.) Am I missing any necessary parts/buying more parts than necessary? (other than DVD-ROM I have a spare one)

5.) Do any of these things come with cables (SATA etc.) or do I have to buy those separately too?

Ok, now for the parts I chose:

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Sound Card: Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series - Retail

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W Power Supply - Retail

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 - Retail

Mobo: ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

The Grand Total I have so far is: $1,360.91 USD

All help is appreciated thanks in advance smile.gif .

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 03:47 AM Edited by Ring_of_Fire, 22 December 2007 - 03:50 AM.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. You should get an nVidia SLI motherboard so you can pair 2 GeForce 8800GT's together in the future. Also, the power supply sucks. 430W is not enough. Get 600-800 watts.
4. You are missing a DVD+RW dual/double layer with LightScribe disc burner. LG/Samsung are good brands.
5. Use some of the parts from your old computer.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 03:52 AM

Hmm well from what I've read SLI isn't really all that cost-effective except when you run at much higher res I'll probably be using 1360x768.

As for the PSU I have heard that amperage on the +12v rail (whether it's dual or single) is what really matters and isn't 18 amps sufficiant?

I already said that I have a spare DVD-ROM drive I will use for now to save money, besides I can just switch my lightscribe drive out from my old PC.

As for the cables and stuff I plan on keeping the old PC running so I can't use them from it.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 04:04 AM

The 430W PSU is just over the recommended amount, as it says on EVGA's site. http://www.evga.com/...=512-P3-N802-AR

It recommends 450W for SLi, and you may want to opt for it in the future, I'm sure that card's price will drop quite a bit in a year or two, and it might be cost effective to just toss another one in. So adding a little bit on the PSU will pay off in the long run, imo. I'd say go with at least a 500W PSU.

The E6600 should do you just fine, I've got one and I love it.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 05:53 AM Edited by SyphonPayne, 22 December 2007 - 05:56 AM.

QUOTE (Picolini @ Dec 21 2007, 23:04)
The 430W PSU is just over the recommended amount, as it says on EVGA's site. http://www.evga.com/...=512-P3-N802-AR

It recommends 450W for SLi, and you may want to opt for it in the future, I'm sure that card's price will drop quite a bit in a year or two, and it might be cost effective to just toss another one in. So adding a little bit on the PSU will pay off in the long run, imo. I'd say go with at least a 500W PSU.

The E6600 should do you just fine, I've got one and I love it.

Could you (or someone) recommend me a good power supply and SLI board on newegg?

Also, would Vista 32-bit be better or even XP 32-bit? I think Vista because of DX10.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 06:08 AM Edited by Ring_of_Fire, 22 December 2007 - 06:11 AM.

QUOTE (SyphonPayne @ Dec 22 2007, 01:53)
Also, would Vista 32-bit be better or even XP 32-bit? I think Vista because of DX10.

You are going to want to go with Windows Vista 32 or 64-bit. Microsoft might soon cancel support for Windows XP in the future like how they did with Windows 98-Me already.

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Could you (or someone) recommend me a good power supply and SLI board on newegg?

Just buy a SLI motherboard that has SATA 3.0Gbps, FireWire, 4-8GBs of DDR2/3 RAM capable, and USB ports.

Just buy a power supply in the range of 600-700W

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:16 AM Edited by SyphonPayne, 22 December 2007 - 08:34 AM.

Decided to go with a WD drive because that Samsung seemed to have some bad reviews.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Anyway, more suggestions are still welcome.

EDIT: How about this power supply?

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

Would it fit in the case I selected?

And how about this mobo?

MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

BTW new price with these changes is $1,390.91

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:34 AM

QUOTE (SyphonPayne @ Dec 22 2007, 04:16)
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Would you like to have a WD Raptor X 10000RPM instead? If not, then go with your current choice.

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CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

Both the case and power supply are of the same ATX form factor, so it will fit.

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MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

It supports SATA 2, has eSATA and RAID support, has SLI, and supports a max of 8GB DDR2 800 memory - so YES INDEED! biggrin.gif

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:35 AM

nah I don't want 10000 RPM just wanna make sure it will be a reliable HDD.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 11:12 AM

Well...
Are you on budget?
Are you going to overclock any of the parts?

Anyways...
Tomshardware recently made a good article about budget PCs.
http://www.tomshardw...ow_cost_system/

Also, I suggest reading a few reviews/articles about PSUs before buying one... they can be one of the most important parts of a PC. And I can confirm it since I have seen plenty of them being toasted. I actually saw one blow up a few months ago.

http://www.tomshardw...uice_treatment/

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 07:41 PM

Alright people thanks for the help and I've now bought all the parts except instead of an E6600 I got a Q6600.




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