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Old 05-16-2008, 03:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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finally got tired of this hand me down pos. i'm not exactly that computer savvy but a friend of mine is and will pretty much be putting it together for me, i'll more or less be an extra set of hands. anyway i think everything i've got is compatible but it probably wouldn't hurt to run it by a forum such as this, it should be heaven compared to this thing i'm sitting at now. Anyway any info or advice would be greatly appreciated, thx in advance.

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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
Intel BOXDP35DPM LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
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LITE-ON 20X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA
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EVGA GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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That 8600GT will be a dead weight on your system. Upgrade that to a 9600GT which is substantially better.
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8600gt... BIG DEADWEIGHT... if you get that you might as well get a 7600gt instead (not that I'm recommending it) get the 9600gt if you can vouch for it, or get atleast a HD3850...

don't get the BOX p35 board, its pricey and its a reference board, get a EP35-DS3L or DFI Lanparty DK board

Get teh Corsair 650tx or the PC Power and Cooling 610 Silencer instead

Maybe go q6600?

Perhaps not buying that Big Ugly Dust Magnet (Antec 900) but its really up to you...
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Another option for the graphics card is an 8800GS. It is slightly slower than the 9600gt and is faster than the 3850.

Newegg.com - EVGA 384-P3-N853-AR GeForce 8800GS Superclocked 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I agree with Vernong a DS3L will be a better choice for the motherboard.
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8600 is not really up to the quality of a "gaming" card anymore.

If you intend to game, go for an 8800 or 9600.

This deal has been posted in the deals forum for a while: ASUS EN8800GT/HTDP/256M Geforce 8800 GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card Retail at ZipZoomfly
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since he's not getting that much of a beefy card, he could step down to a Corsair 450vx or 550vx
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