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Old 03-07-2007, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 1st Build v2

OK, after trying to buy a dell xps 410 and then upgrade various components I've been told to just build the entire thing. Looking to stay around $2000, I'd be hesitant to spend much more, and I am definitely open to suggestions on lowering the cost. Don't need anything super top of the line, just want a good gaming computer that will last me for a while. Here's what I came up with.

Coolermaster Tower

EVGA 680i SLI mobo

EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640 MB GPU

Thermaltake 700W PSU

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU

G.Skill 2GB DDR2 800 memory

Seagate 320MB SATA 3.0Gb HD

Samsung 226BW 22" monitor

Samsung 18xDVD/48xCD SATA burner (x2)

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XTreme Gamer 7.1 sound card

Logitech X-230 32W 2.1 speakers

Sony Floppy Drive

Vista Home Premium OS

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome.

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Old 03-07-2007, 05:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off that PSU is ok but here is what's known as the very best PSU just about.


Don't worry about it having 80 less watts...a single 8800GTS will run on 400w's and SLI can run on 500 so a 620 one of those will work awesome. It's about the same price I think too.

Next That monitor is overkill, what makes it so good is the 2MS response time. That's nice but 2MS isn't needed. Save yourself a hundred bucks and go with something like this, Acer make quality monitors and 5ms is fine for gaming and everything.


Next I'm not to sure about the PK white model of the G.Skill. I'm sure it would work great but every person I have ever known to have these noted them as amazingly fast ram.


I myself have them and they can hit DDR2-1160 at 2.15v...simply amazing. Not that the white won't work it's just that I KNOW these are fast as ****.
E6300 w/ Arctic Freezer Pro 7 @ 3.6ghz 1.4Vcore
Antec 900 Case
EVGA 750i FTW Mobo
4x1GB of G.skill DDR2-800
2 8800GT in SLI
22" Samsung Syncmaster
1 250GB WD and 1 Seagate 7200.10 in RAID 0
Corsair 520HX 3DMark06 Score: 13900
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