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Old 08-30-2006, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey there,

I want to build my first computer, althought it maybe a challenge I really think I can do it. Heres what I plan on running tips , suggestions are welcomed.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 4MB Cache Retail Box

AsusP5W DH Deluxe ATX LGA775 975X Conroe DDR2 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 GBLAN Sound Motherboard
( I like this one and have heard nothing but good about it)

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 ATX LGA775 Conroe P965 DDR2 PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 GBLAN Audio Motherboard
(Second Option, Cheaper and also heard it's a good board)

ATi Radeon X1900 XT 512MB AVIVO CrossFire PCIE
(Want this card, can it be crossfire thought or would I be better of getting a non crossfire board?)


Zalman VF900-CU Copper Dual Heatpipe 1350-2400RPM 18.5-25.0DBA VGA Cooler

NZXT Apollo ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT 400W Front Audio USB Firewire Silver
(Might switch cases not sure if this will do the trick or not)

OCZ GameXStream 600W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

LG GSA-H10N DVD+RW 16X8X16 DVD-RW 16X6X16 Dual Layer 10X/6X DVD-RAM 12X Writer 2MB Black OEM W/ SW

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache Ncq Hard Drive

Also I cant figure out which ram to get or whats going to be the best sutiable for my system. Here is some I have found

OCZ GX XTC PC2-5400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit W/ Heatspreader

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-5400C4 2GB 2X1GB PC5400 DDR2-667 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory

OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-5-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

Ocz Gold Xtc PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dimm Dual Channel Memory Kit

Ocz Gold Xtc PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dimm Dual Channel Memory Kit

AOpen Cobra AW-850 5.1CH PCI Sound Card

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM
Hopefully this guy will blow enought air

Alright there she is, please leave me some suggestions here as it be greatly appreciated. Since this is my first computer Im about to build I was looking around for Tutorials on how to build them but could find any Intel ones, are the new Intel processors fairly hard to install, my buddy keeps saying Im going to break my processor when I put my heatsink on.

Would you guys also recommend picking up some Arctic Silver 5 or using the paste Ill get with that system to put on the processor?

Thanks for the tips!
I hope this is all I need if not please let me know

thanks
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wow.. how was that name not taken?!?!
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If you plan on having a crossfire setup now, or in the future, the DS3 mobo only has one pci-e slot, so the P5wDh or Intel's badaxe mobo is the way to go. Also, the p5wdh, and badaxe can support nvidia's SLI with hacked drivers too, so you also have the option of getting a 7950gx2 if you want.
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Nice choices. Looks very similar to my dream build by christmas. I have heard good things about the cosair xms2 ram and that is likely what I plan on buying. Not heard much good about ocz. I was also eyeing that apollo case. Seems good but little in the way of reviews. As allways probably best to get a better PSU though. Good luck and keep us updated.
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^^ hows that for a name not taken, lol

very nice, btu man wheres the love for microatx, all the modders of this forum spent all the moeny so they cant afford C2D now???

i really cant say about ati, but i havent had any probelms with my 7900gt, i dont play fear but oblivion and guildwars and halo work fine
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I had the same RAM dilemma. I went with the 4-4-4-12 timings on a Patriot Extreme DIMM. I should have asked first, but If my understanding is correct I will be able to loosen the timings as I OC. If that's not right, someone tell me, please)
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lol ya I was shocked it let me have it ;-).

Going to get this Ram
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB 2X1GB PC6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

So heres my setup:

ASUS P5W DH Deluxe ATX LGA775 975X Conroe DDR2 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 GBLAN Sound Motherboard

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB 2X1GB PC6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

NZXT Apollo ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT 400W Front Audio USB Firewire Silver

Zalman VF900-CU Copper Dual Heatpipe 1350-2400RPM 18.5-25.0DBA VGA Cooler

OCZ GameXStream 600W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

LG GSA-H10N DVD+RW 16X8X16 DVD-RW 16X6X16 Dual Layer 10X/6X DVD-RAM 12X Writer 2MB Black OEM W/ SW

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache Ncq Hard Drive

ATI X1900XT 512MB

Intel E6600

any cables I will need?

Picked up some Arctic Silver 5 HIGH-DENSITY Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound to put on my processor.

Anyone know where I can find a good tuturial possibly with pictures for Intel setups? Found a AMD http://sysbuild.corsairmemory.com/re...spx?id=2&sid=1
so its probally close to the same besides processors install.

Hopefully I dont crack and light this baby on fire haha.

Any tips on the rig would be awesome before I make a mess ;-)
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