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Old 12-29-2006, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a build I came up and would like to know your honest opinion on it. My budget is $1200 and it has already exceed it by $30. All I am planning on playing with this system is MMORPG's like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars with my girlfriend, a few first person shooters like Counter Strike, and a couple strategy games. As for me putting in 1GB of RAM is due to running low on funds but will put another one in as soon as I get some more money. And as for the mobo I was thinking about getting the EVGA 680i mobo, but on account of there being too many complaints about that mobo and any other 680i mobo. So I will just wait until they work out all or most of the bugs and the price for it gets cheaper. So please take a look at my build and give me your honest opinions please and thank you in advance.


1) Mother Board - ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX Intel Motherboard

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16813131031

2) Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16819115003

3) Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140

4) Case - NZXT Apollo BLACK NP Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16811146025

5) DVD Drive - SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology - OEM

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16827151136

6) Memory - CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory

Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145153

7) Video Card - eVGA 512-P2-N637-AR GeForce 7950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP KO Superclocked Video Card

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814130066

8) Power Supply Unit - HIPER HPU-4K580-MS ATX12V v2.2 580W Power Supply 100 - 120V

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16817128002


P.S. - Also I am not planning on doing any Over-Clocking to my system.

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Old 12-29-2006, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say get a cheaper graphics card from evga, like a 7900gs, then take advantage of their step up program in a couple months. Why anyone would buy a vid card right now that is not DX10 compatable, let alone a higher priced one, is beyone me. If you don't want to drop money on an 8800 now, just get something cheaper then step it up once Vista hits the shelves.

As for the mobo, why not go with one of the ASUS 680i boards? That is the most important componant in your setup and it will be more up to date. Spend less on the graphics card and more on the mobo.
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thats the thing I have been hearing alot of bad comments about the 680i mobo, cause I was planning on getting a mobo just like yours but heard that it has been giving alot of problems, would you reccommend anyone getting that mobo.
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I go into detail about what I did during my install of this mobo with all the componants that you see below last night in this thread:
http://www.techist.com/showthread.ph...hreadid=135542

Yeah, you have to flash the bios, and get the latest chipset and raid drivers. But I did everything that everyone said to do and I am up and running without a hitch. Just read the order I did everything in and you should be fine. And the mobo has so many great features to it, even if you don't decide to overclock. I will be OCing and benchmarking tonight but thus far, I am perfectly stable and have not had any problems. All the complaints about the board were really problems that happened right away. EVGA has updated the bios, Nvidia updated its chipset and raid drivers. This shows that they are committed to making it a good product and that is another reason I bought it. Their tech-support is awesome, and they will continue to update the board as new features become available. I have always used ASUS boards but this one just looked like too much fun to pass up. Good luck!!
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I play guild wars with 1gb ram and an E6300 @3.0ghz with a 7900GS and I get constant so it seems 76 FPS. Even after I OC'd my card from 450/600 to 610/815 no difference which leads me to belive that my 1gb ram is limiting me any further. But none the less, 76 FPS with everything high 4xAA is excellent quality. What i'm saying is a 7900GS is a sick *** card and I have mine running faster than 7900GT on stock voltage. It will destroy pretty much any game out these days and then some.
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah don't waste the money on that card, buy cheaper, then save for a DX10 card.
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok guys here is the new specifications now I have taken waytoosmall's advice and getting the eVGA 680i for future use and downgrading from the eVGA 7950gt to the eVGA 7900gs on account to it makes now sense to purchase a over priced DX 9 card and will just wait until summer when I have money to purchase a DX 10 card. So here is my new specifications now, so tell me what you think.

1) Mother Board - EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188009

2) Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16819115003

3) Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16822148140

4) Case - NZXT Apollo BLACK NP Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16811146025

5) DVD Drive - LG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE Super-Multi DVD Burner

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136103

6) Memory - CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory

Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16820145153

7) Video Card - eVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130056

8) Power Supply Unit - HIPER HPU-4K580-MS ATX12V v2.2 580W Power Supply 100 - 120V

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16817128002


P.S. - Also I am not planning on doing any Over-Clocking to my system.
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Get 2gb of ram you know you want to
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Old 12-29-2006, 09:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Link problems above...

I read a review a while back about Hipers...the ones they tested werent so great...just make sure you do some research on that psu...

Cant go wrong with OCZ, ANTEC, FORTRON, SEASONIC.

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Old 12-29-2006, 09:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Dude the review you must have read must have been really out dated or about an older model of the hyper PSU this one get good ratings all around unless you can prove otherwise. Anyway does anyone else want to comment about my build and the PSU please do so cause I wait egarly to hear you response and opinion towards my build please and thank you in advance.
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