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Old 03-02-2007, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am new in the block (please don't take my lunch money). It's been 7 years since I built my first PC and now that I want to build another, things are a just a little bit different, (SATA??? who did you sit on?)

Anyways, I've been researching the last couple of weeks for parts and I would appreciate some thoughts and opinions on the following.

Case - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811133132

I really only want a side window and a flat top (not the hair style) mid tower.

Board - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131593

Idk if this even comes with cables. it's not OPEN BOX.

Video - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814121033

I read some good things about it, but with the 2 slot equirement I think it will take out my PCI x4. IF I ever want to use SLI, the second card will take out another PCI slot, and idk if they make the bridge connector to reach 3 slots.

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103773

my first AMD. I have read that they generally out perform Intel.

Memory - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820146673

I dont' even remember how I got to these.

Hard drive - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822136033

I'm really not going for space. I have plenty on external and other computers.

Well, that's all I have for now. the goal here is quality and performance. I'll primarily be playing wow and trying out some FPSs. Again, I appreciate any comments, ideas, suggestions anyone has. Thank you.
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With the case, thats mostly personal preference. The only things you need to be SURE to look for, are if it comes with a power supply (that hopefully isn't a POS), and what FORM FACTOR it is... ATX, BTX, etc. etc.
According to a review on the Motherboard, - "It comes with cables and software"
Video card is sweet
CPU will work with that motherboard
Memory will work with that motherboard
Hard Drive is good (I personally recommend Seagate drives, but WD is the only one offering 10,000 RPM SATA drives now).

If you are looking for the BEST CPU, then I have to say that Intel is the way to go. I am an AMD fan, but since C2D, Intel has re-gained the crown. Both in sheer performance, and price/performance ratio... generates less heat, and uses less power. (unless there has been a drastic change that I haven't read about in the past month or so...)

Good luck with your build.
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Yea don't know how long you have been away and Im sure since AMD has been owning it up for years you just looked for the best AMD. The problem is AMD is lacking now behind the Core 2 Duos and that CPU is no where near worth the price. For about 130 less the Intel E6600 is better and will smoke that when overclocked.

I would also get 2 Seagate Barracudas 7200.10 on RAID as they will have better performance and 4 times the space for the same price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115003

That means if you were to go with an Intel get this board instead, as it's one of the best boards there are for them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121059


I think that if you are buying RAM these days, it's a stupid choice not to go with G.Skill as they make excellent ram and are cheap.

Go with this ram instead and you will NOT be disappointed.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231114

I could recommend you various ways to save money...with the motherboard and ram and stuff but I tried to stay around your choices price becuase I think you just want really good everything which sometimes can be a waste but it still really good for the future as well.
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Thankx guys. Now that you mention it, I have seen several coments about the E6600. I will certainly concider, and probably take, your recomendations. The money thing is tricky. I am seting myself a 2k budget for this PC, but I wanted to get the expensive stuff out of the way first. Luckily I alrady have a monitor...but there's always room for dual screen .

Anyone else have ideas. The floor is open.
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Well that depends..is the option to run SLI a requirement for you?
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Well that depends..is the option to run SLI a requirement for you?
Ummm, it's not a requirement, but I would like to have the option in the future if I did want to add a second card. why is that a bad idea?
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That means if you were to go with an Intel get this board instead, as it's one of the best boards there are for them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121059
The board looks cool, but does the 975x support SLI? I didn't find anything about it in the specs. Also, if I'm using SATA, will I really need the IDE/PATA conecteor? I don't plan on having a floppy, so the FDD can go.

I know, I'm picky, but I hate having things on my board that I won't ever use like the coaxial S/PDIF. That has 0 use for me.
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Thankx guys. Now that you mention it, I have seen several coments about the E6600. I will certainly concider, and probably take, your recomendations. The money thing is tricky. I am seting myself a 2k budget for this PC, but I wanted to get the expensive stuff out of the way first. Luckily I alrady have a monitor...but there's always room for dual screen .

Anyone else have ideas. The floor is open.
I very easily got my E6300 up to 3 GHz without a volt mod(prime stable for 8hrs, load temp 53C, haven't tried longer). so if your looking for scalability, C2D is the way to go. If you don't plan on using SLI then you can save a lot on the board too (SLI is overrated). The RAM is great, but G. Skill is comparible and $40 cheaper.
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Wheres the Power supply?

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Wheres the Power supply?
I know, that is the next part I am researching. I was actually doing that today a little bit. I'm aiming for a 600W to give plenty of room for growth.
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