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Old 01-24-2007, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My old computer is just old. I done revamping it. Time for a new one. My question is this. I'm a computer noob. I don't know much but I know a little. I put in a new power source and graphics card in my old one. I don't know how much knowledge it takes to build a whole new computer with all new parts compare to a power source and graphics card. What would be a wiser way to go? Build my own or buy a Dell XPS 710 H2C? Money does not matter. I want an ultimate gaming rig. Would it be hard to build on my own with the limited knowledge that I have?

These are the computer parts that i have in mind if I build my own. Feel free to remodify my list if you think I can build my own computer on my own.

Intel® CoreTM 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor
EVGa 122-CK-NF68-AR Motherboard or Striker Extreme Motherboard
What would u recommend for RAM 2 or 4GB, and what kind of ram and who?
Sound Blaster® X-FiTM XtremeMusic
dual NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX graphics cards.
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM x2 for Raid 0
Data drive maybe 100 to 250 GB (what do u recommend)
PLEXTOR Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 4X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 8M Cache IDE Slot Load DVD Burner
Vista Premium
Monitor wise, I don't know what to get? i want something between 200 to 400 dollar range.
Case-Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000SWA Silver Chassis: 1.0mm Aluminum, Front Bezel: Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
1kw power source of something


am I missing anything else? Do I need cables for this? Should I water cool this or not? I don't know how to overclock and probably won't. So would it be wise to stick with fans to cool this off or use a water cooling system?

Any other suggestions or stick with the Dell XPS 710 H2C.

Thanks,
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what is your budget? cause most of you have right now is overkill.

cables and all that will come with the parts, so now worries there. water cool? I'd say no for now uintil you get a better grasp of what your doing. I'm assuming from this that you want a whole system? machine, speakers, kb, mouse, monitor?
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6000 or less. I'm not worried about accessories like speakers, kb, mouse etc. worried about the heat issue with the parts i've mention. will fans only do justice to this system?
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what is your budget? cause most of you have right now is overkill.

cables and all that will come with the parts, so now worries there. water cool? I'd say no for now uintil you get a better grasp of what your doing. I'm assuming from this that you want a whole system? machine, speakers, kb, mouse, monitor?
I think we can safely safe that his Budget is pretty Damm high.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115003 - E6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188010 - eVGA 680I
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227166 - OCZ 2 GB PC2 6400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817163112 - SilverStone 560 Watt SST-ST56F
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144 - Seagate 320 GB's 16 MB Cache SATA (Times 3 for RAID 0 or 5)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136033 - Western Digital 74 GB Raptor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151133 - Samsung DVD Burner (Times 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130072 - eVGA 8800GTX
http://www.sundialmicro.com/product_1700_462.html - Antec p180 case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102191 - X-Fi sound card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824112005 - Sceptre 22' WideScreen

As for the heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185038 Scythe SCNJ-1100P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007 - Artic Silver 5


And alot of Fans or Water cooling.
Some high CFM low noise ones are Delta, just google their Site.

Something like that, dunnue was just a quick link build, you can always get a bigger screen. Xp Pro of course. (Id wait for VISTA to be extensivly patched before trying it)


If you want to do RAID at all Get 3 Drives of whatever size you wish and do RAID 5. Make sure mobo you buy supports it.
Its also a good idea not to spend all of that 6 Grand. So you can build another computer a few years from now.
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i know a little about building from gaming magazines. I feel comfortable building my own, i was worried about the cooling part. I just wanna make sure the fans are adequate enough. but you reassured me. any good websites for building? thanks for info
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i know a little about building from gaming magazines. I feel comfortable building my own, i was worried about the cooling part. I just wanna make sure the fans are adequate enough. but you reassured me. any good websites for building? thanks for info
I and others listed the parts. As I did above. all you have to do is order them, you can then come to us if you have any problems building it.

Good sites to search for cheaper parts are (Such as the ones I listed)
newegg
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tigerdirect
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man, I wish my budget was that high. Just for some reassurrence, building it is pretty straight forward. Almost everything is labled, and it's almost impossible to plug something in the wrong way(special unidirectional shapes on the plugs :beard: ) and if you know what the parts are already, you should do fine
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