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Old 01-17-2007, 12:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to be building my first rig soon and I need some insight as to which parts to use. I am still undecided if I should get an 8800gts or wait for the ati cards.

I have a budget of no more than $2,000 US, not including a monitor.

I originally thought about a e6600 and 8800gts machine, but I'm not sure anymore.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-17-2007, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If your really impatient get the 8800GTS if your more patient then wait for the ATI cards. The ATI cards will lower the price of the Nvidia ones if nothing else. right now an E6600 and a 8800GTS would make an awsome rig. I say go for it. You should also get the eVGA nForce 680i, it'll let you upgrade your CPU to quad core in the future. Get some good DDR2 800 ram, and a nice Full ATX case. and you'll be off to the races. of course you'll also need HDD, optical drives, etc.

EDIT: just make sure the first thing you do, if you get that mobo, is update the bios.

eVGA nForce 680i
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 2.92GHz
eVGA 8800GTS
2 x 1GB Kingston DDR2 800 HyperX
2 x WD Caviar 250GB in RAID 0
Antec TP3 650W
Arctic Cooler 7 Pro
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Alright, I'm pretty computer-illiterate so I don't know what updating the bios means. I have priced out a few scenarios using the p5n35 deluxe board and some corsair ddr2 memory.

I just heard a few people say that the ATI cards were going to be much better.
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Old 01-17-2007, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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With a budget of $2000, you can get 8800GTX

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
CORSAIR XMS2 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
XFX GeForce 8800GTX
MSI 975X Platinum V.2
COOLER MASTER CM Stacker Black/ Silver
Western Digital 320GB 7200RPM/16MB
Antec True Power Trio 650W

This will cost you less than $2000
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the build Maroon.

Here's what I have so far:

Case: Thermaltake Armor Series - $169.99 (or 139.99 with -30.00 mail in rebate)

Mobo: ASUS P5B Deluxe - $194.99

Video Card: eVGA GeForce 8800GTS (superclocked) - $409.99

PSU: OCZ GameXStream 700W - $154.99 (or 129.99 with -25 MIR)

CPU: C2D e6600 - $317.00

Memory: Corsair XMS2 2GB - $274 (or 234.00 with -40 MIR)

Hard Drive1: WD Raptor X 150GB - $229.99 (199.99 with -30 MIR)

Hard Drive2: WD Caviar 250GB: $74.99

DVD/RW: 2x Samsung 18x DVD-r Burner - $57.98 for two.

OS: Windows XP Home - $89.99

This is just under $2,000 before tax, and without purchasing a monitor. Am I spending money where I don't need to in this build?
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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yea that PSU is an overkill, go with an antec true power trio 550watt it will be more thnen enough to power that build
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Alright, anything else I can improve/switch?
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Old 01-18-2007, 01:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The mobo shows 1.8v and the memory I want says 2.1v, how do I resolve this? Or is it even really a problem?

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