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Old 12-08-2006, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I’m building a PC for my buddy over the break with a 2,000$ budget. Tell me what you think of the components that I’ve chosen. My friend does some gaming and allot of 3D and 2D digital editing. I’m not sure if I want to go with the motherboard that I have picked out and I deciding on if I want to change the ram as well. I’m going to lightly overclock, maybe to about 3GHz or so. I hope that ram motherboard combo can get me there. I’m hovering right around my budget cap so if I change anything I might have to downgrade something else. I don’t have any experience with that power supply but I like its specs, I want to try and keep it modular if I can. Any Q and A are welcome. Thanks guy.

Motherboard: Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP $209.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=247084

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 $309.9
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...ductCode=80860

CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS9500 $52.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=373509

Grease Arctic Silver 5 $5.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007

Ram: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB $279.00
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...ctCode=85025-6

Hard Drive 1: Seagate Barracuda 320gig $94.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...Code=101220-12

Hard Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda 320gig $94.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...Code=101220-12

Graphics: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS $454.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=322839

Sound: Onboard

Lan: Onboard

Optical: SAMSUNG Black 16X $30.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151136

Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS $149.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=371252

Power: SILVERSTONE SST-ST60F ATX 600W $119.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=267003

Keyboard: Logitech Media Keyboard Elite $29.99
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=211166

OS: Windows Xp With Vista Upgrade $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116175

Mouse: Purchased

Total- $1973.79

Grand total (after rebates + shipping)- $1933.36
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Okay, the build looks good, but I have a few minor gripes.

First off, for some gaming and 3d graphics, a Core 2 Duo will be just fine. There is no need for an overclock, and if you are doing the build for someone else, it is not a good idea to add instability with overclocking. In games, a few 100 mhz does not make much of a difference, it is about benchmarks.

So, cut the Zalman fan, and grab a sound card. Onboard sound sucks. The stock fan will keep the CPU plenty cool, and with the money, you can pick up a decent sound card.

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I dont think my buddy needs a sound card, he has the crappiest speakers in the world. He really wants to overclock but I might be able to talk him out of it. I was thinking about downgrading the CPU cooler and maybe the motherboard to a ds3 and getting some better ram but I dont know yet.
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the DS3 is greta and if he wants to oc that board will do really well
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