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Old 06-13-2008, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, so I'm taking on a summer project to build a computer worthy of showing off. I want some input on anything that I can do better with the parts I'm ordering, so here it goes.


Motherboard: EVGA 775i FTW
Newegg.com - EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Video Card(s): EVGA 9800GTX
2x Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Processor: Q6600
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

RAM: 4gb(2x 2gb) OCZ DDR2 800 PC2 6400
Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

PSU: Corsair 750
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Power Supplies

Hard Drive: 640gb WD Caviar
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

I'm pretty solid about all of those parts except for the RAM and the PSU. What is the difference in RAM like say if I went for DDR2 1066 PC2 8500


Other parts:

Thermal Paste TX-2
Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease

Case
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

CPU Cooler
Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

For these I'm not really sure what case I will need. Should I go for a full tower? I don't really care all that much. I'll take recommendations on any cool looking cases that can still keep things cool. I don't really mind price all that much.





Any input from you guys would be amazingly helpful!!
Thanks in advance


Edit!!:
Ok so on second thought maybe I should just go with one 9800GTX until the new cards come out. SLI might be overkill.
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Thermal Paste should be TX-2
Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease

Case is personal preference but I don't like the Antec 900, I would recommend a different case.

Get this cpu cooler instead:
Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

I would get a single evga 9800gtx so you can step up later if you want for another few hundred to the newer cards. But sli works too since you have an SLI board.

Great build gl.
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Change to these:

- TX-2 Thermal Paste
- Don't get TRUE's because you need a Fan too, but I recommend the Xigmatek Rifle
- I don't recommend Raptor X's build 640gb Western Digital as they are as fast a 10k RPM drive and have more than 4x the HD space
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Sweet, Thanks guys!

Wow nice I didn't catch that the WD 640 was as good as the raptors. Thanks

What about the RAM? Would there be any point in me spending a little more the get the 1066 over the 800?
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The list looks great now

are u going to step up with the 9800GTX's?
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What do you mean by step up? Get both?
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Ohhhh I heard about this but didn't know exactly what they were talking about.
Yeah of course I'd do that, the question is would they let me trade in both cards? It says on there its a one time thing but I'm guessing thats a one time thing per card.
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I think it is per card. I dont think u can step up 2 cards to get 1. I havent tried it yet. In 1 week the new NVIDIA GT200 series will be released.
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Hmm I think I'll just get two 9800GTX and wait a while for the GT200 series.

What about my question about RAM? Negligible difference between running 800mhz and 1066mhz DDR2?
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