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Old 01-03-2007, 12:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Many thanks to those who tirelessly trudge through these redundant topics, to the benifit of us less knowledgeable folk.

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154

ASUS Striker Extreme Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131074

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145034

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701

Thermaltake Toughpower 850W W0131RU – NVIDIA QUAD-SLI APPROVED, FOUR +12V RAIL READY
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153043

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115002

ASUS EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M GeForce 8800GTX 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121033

The biggest concern I have is the heat issue. The mobo has reviews saying it runs hot, and the 8800 GTX runs hot, as everyone knows. Will the air ventilation from the case be enough? And thank you for anything else you guys pick up.
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If you really want to Spend that much on a power supply. Then this one is so much better and its cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703006
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Watt

I didn't read the case link, but fill up all fan slots and try to keep an even amount of In fans and out fans. Plus you could probably mod the case so fans are pointing directly on the motherboard and chipsets. You can also Mod the Underside of the Motherboard and case and do the same thing with prehaps water cooling or a peltier.
Also put a fan on the RAM and get a scythe ninja heatsink with Artic Silver 5 as the heatsink.
http://www.overclockers.com/articles1263/
Other than that it looks good.
Also, a good fan to put on that Heatsink is A delta Fan or a tornado.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999613
^^ Vantec Tornado

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/fansandmore.html
^^ Deltas.
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If you really want to Spend that much on a power supply. Then this one is so much better and its cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703006
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Watt
I was just going to suggest the same. They are the best name is PSU's....

...they also are used as back-up household generators during power outages...ahem...

Also, you could do with a faster hardrive for Windows:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136033

Great Build!
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seems excessive... especially the mobo
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I am going to build a computer soon that seems similar to that except for the mobo, video card, and processor.

I do not know about computers as much as a lot of other people on this site, but if it were me, I would have gotten the E6600 and then have overclocked it. Personally, $200 more does not seem worth it for a processor thats only .26GHz faster.

Great build by the way. I cannot wait until I build mine.
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Why do you want to get ASUS 8800GTX ??

You can get eVGA 8800GTX or MSI 8800GTX for cheaper price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130072
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127224
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You can save alot more money, by getting the evga 680i motherboard, and the C2D e6600. You can save like $400, by going with the evga 680i and e6600. I agree with Ste, on the power supply.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115003

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813188009
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Gah, I was going to order this weekend, but the PSU that was reccommended just became out of stock. Any other reccommendations?
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OMG dont do anything that was said about the powersupply

PC Power & Cooling is a definite yes but i do believe they have a model that is around 180 that runs 550watt or so

GET THAT. there is no need for 800watt or 750 watt or even 650 watt

Your ASUS card is going to run AMAZING id love to see it in action.

as for the mobo and CPU changes that were suggested i would agree with
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I agree on it seeming excessive, There's a few places you could save money. If I were you, I'd go with what " b1gapl" said and go with an Antec power supply. Antec's 550 watt is on sale on newegg this weekend for $90 and it'll run what you have there and more. Not to mention it costs a ton less. Air cooling should be fine, That case is huge since it's a full tower. You shouldn't have any problems with the right fan setup and ventilation.
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