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Old 10-16-2006, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok everyone. I believe I have a general idea of what I want to buy and what I want for b-day/christmas lol. First, let me tell you about the parts. I would like to know if they fit together:

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231073

Intel BLKDG965RYCK Socket T (LGA 775) Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121049

NZXT Apollo BLUE NP Blue SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146026

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

ATI 100-435843 Radeon X1950XTX 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 VIVO PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814195024

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

Seagate Barracuda ES ST3250820NS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148156

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 E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151133

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188

Now for the questions

1. Will everything posted above fit together correctly? How about the quality (I'm not OCing btw)? Notice that some things i selected are OEM. Is it ok that these are OEM, or am I missing something like wiring because a particular component is OEM and not retail?

2. Video cards. An ATI x1950XTX is $480. A Evga 7950GX2 is $500. Which is better for me?

3. I have a question about DX10. If I were to dump the x1950XTX/7950GX2 idea, and buy a 8800GTX instead in nov., would it be able to run on Windows XP? Or do DX10 cards only run on Vista?


4. Any other comments about the setup?

Thanks a bunch. If everything looks ok, I'm going to order the CPU and GPU myself, and I can get all the other parts for b-day/christmas. I have alot... and I mean alot of family.
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Old 10-16-2006, 09:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Yes. OEM is fine. I get OEM hard drives, CD roms, and Power supplys and thats about it.

2. Your choice.

3. 8800GTX will run on XP yes.

4. Its exspensive
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Expensive as in...ripoff? Or it just costs a pretty penny in general i know, but I'm looking for something pretty darn fast so I won't get ticked off a year from now because I wouldnt be able to run anything. Some people here have more like 3k budgets lol.
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Not expensive as in ripoff.....it's just the components like that X1950XTX are expensive. But that will be an awesome system.
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i would get a better motherboard i mean thats a pretty high end system to limit your self to a cheap motherboard
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Is is a bad mobo? What makes a mobo bad if you're not overclocking? Can it limit speed, or does it blow up sooner or later no matter what?
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i would go with the lexa........

that case is wayy to standout ish, the lexa is sleek

its black and aluminum which makes it very nice

though it does have the auto clip bay things which the lexa doesnot, i just screw in the drives
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I'm probably going to stick with that case. I like the looks of it because it just reminds me of the alienware cases somewhat, because I think they are both clean cut. It least the front sides aren't flared out 4 inches each like some of these power-ranger looking cases.

So can anyone enlighten me on the motherboard situation? (read my next most recent post) thanks
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Sorry about the bump but I need an answer about the motherboard as I will make my decision soon.

And I've noticed that G.SKILL RAM i posted in the original post is always always always sold out. I've never seen it available. Can someone help me out with that? Any alternatives for RAM or sites that carry the same?
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Might want to get a aftermarket CPU fan. The one that comes with the core 2 duos are garbage. Zalman, or Artic Frezeer are the best.
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