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Old 03-29-2007, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Guess what? Another new build thread!

I am planning on building my new computer at the end of April (when Intel drops their prices), but this is what I'm thinking:

Already Purchased:
Newegg.com - Antec Performance One P180B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4 x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

To be Purchased:
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1(DC 3000:1) - Retail
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
2 - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Motherboard: I am not planning on going SLI, but I've heard good things about:
Newegg.com - EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
...but I've also been thinking about...
Newegg.com - ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
...although I really am never going to need to play MP3s when my computer is off!
Memory: I could use some help here!

Thanks for all the input!
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It all seems good and compatible.

About memory, there are many options. I recommend Corsair and OCZ mainly, but G.Skill, Patriot, Mushkin, Crucial are also very good choices. I see you have money, so I'd recommend this OCZ Platinum Revision DDR2-800 4-4-4-15. You can also get faster memory, ie: DDR2-900 or DDR2-1000, but you'll have to overclock your system a bit to benefit from the extra speed.

Also, when I saw that huge monitor you plan on buying, I feared its native resolution might be too much for an 8800GTS 320MB. Fortunately (for you), I was wrong. I searched some reviews on the web, and found it's more than capable of running BF2142, for instance, at 1600x1200 with max settings. The system they used was an E6600 with a P5W-DH and 2GB of OCZ RAM at 900Mhz, very similar to what you're getting.
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I have reconsidered the monitor decision, and I think I'll go a little smaller:

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 204BW Black 20" 6ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustments 300 cd/m2 700:1 - Retail
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A very nice decision, in my opinion. Same resolution, slightly smaller size and $100 off. The 8800GTS 320MB should have no problem running games on that monitor. It really is a monster.
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I suggest G.Skill for ram. G.skill is the best in terms of Price/performance today and no one can argue this either. Get any model of G.Skill DDR2-800 and you will be fine. However the G.Skill NR, HK, and HZ model are just awesome.

For a motherboard the P5B Deluxe is a good board but the P5B-E has just about the same features, overclocks better, and is actually cheaper.

Western Digital are good but still today Seagate's 7200.10 drives are just awesome and more reliable.

That monitor is expensive and honestly I prefer the Acer Office line for around $280 as it's a great monitor and saves money; however Samsung make some of the best monitors and in no way is that a bad a choice.
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corsair isnt really known for its psu's try an antec..... I love that monitor ive got a VX2245WM the bigger brother it is an incredible monitor looks great on or off.

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corsair isnt really known for its psu's try an antec.....

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That really seems contrary to what I've been reading here and in other places...
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corsair isnt really known for its psu's try an antec.....
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Corsair PSU's are in the highest bracket out there. The 520 and 620HX are among two of the best PSU's you can purchase today...excellent choice on going with one.

Antec actually fall below Corsair. Antec's PSU's are good but definitely not the best. I don't even recommend Antec anymore becuase there are better for the money.
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