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Old 01-20-2009, 04:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Decided to get a better card

I was browsing newegg and reading reviews, and decided to get to GTX260 core 216.

My question now is, which one?

I see different one form different companies, and dont know what to look for.

Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

are some of the ones I looked at.

Any help with this will be great, I feel so lost.

Also, i read that these are large cards, will they fit into the case i picked with ease? or will I have to play around with them (this is my first time building a computer)

I decided to stay with the Seagate, since is back in stock.

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Old 01-20-2009, 05:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The cards will fit fine. And this one is better because it's not stock OC'd:

Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

You can OC it yourself if you wanted to, it's not that hard. And this one is a few bucks cheaper.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help,

Which Samsung did you mean?

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 16X DVD&#43;R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD&#177;R DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

or

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 16X DVD&#43;R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

About the case, I realy like the extra fans on the Antec so I think im going to stick with it, my questions is: Will the core 216 I want to get easily fit into it?

I went with the WD HDD, they restocked the 640 edition.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I decided to go with the CoolMaster, and the DVD you suggested.

I have another question, can you reccomend a hard drive enclosure? I need to get data from my old HD's, and i dont want to put them into the new build, I hared that enclosures are a good options for that purpose, and I would like to get one, a cheap one. I also dont know if my HD are 2.5" or 3.5". One is about 7 years old and one is 2, I dont know if that helps.

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Old 01-22-2009, 03:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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So the Q9300 is still out of stock, and im getting tired of waiting, so I decided to look into other CPU's.

What are you reccomendations? What is the difference between the Q9300 and Q9400 or Q9550.

here is the rest of my build:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail


CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail


G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail


Update Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail


SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM


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Q6600 if you can stretch a few more dollars for it its better at OCing and just an all around better chip as well
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:27 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I hear that the Q6600 had some bad batches lately, so I think il stick to the Q9xxx.

Since the Q9300 is now where to be found, I think im just going to go with the Q9500, the price for it is low now, and only 8$ more on egg then the Q9400. What do you think of the CPU, is it a good one? Will it go with the rest of my build and be compatible with my other parts.

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail


CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail


G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail


Update Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail


SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM


Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler

Thanks alot gor the help, I realy learned alot during this process.
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looks good to me..... im not an expert by any means but it looks like everything is gonna be compatable
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:08 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Dont get the Q6600. It was good for its time, but its been out for 2 years. About time we put the 'ole girl out to pasture. The biggest difference between the Yorkfield quads is the L2 cache.

The Q9400 has a 6 meg L2 cache (same as the Q9300) and the Q9550 has twice that. The Q9550 is a beast of a quad and will crush just about anything, but it really isn't necessary. Its up to you whether the $52 difference is worth it. That extra cache will help in benchmarks like super pi for sure. But in the real world, most games aren't cpu limited so you may not see a big performance improvement.

Bongwizard has shown that the lower end quads can OC just as well if not better than the Q9550 if you know what you are doing.
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mine has goten to 3.6ghz and i think it can go higher, so the q9400 is a very good quad core. on par with the new phenom II's
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