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Old 03-29-2008, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, i'm back. More than a year ago I was planning on building a computer. I'm back and finally ready to buy and build it soon. I listed the parts I was going to get below.

If I missed something or you have a better suggestion, please let me know. I do have a few questions though. A year ago, SLI was was back and forth. Has it become worth it since then or is it still a hit and miss? I've also noticed PCIE 2.0 x16, is this better that PCIE x16? If so, is it worth it? I was planning on a RADI0 setup, is this still a good way to go? (with a 3rd drive for backup) Is 2GB ram still good for all gaming or has it gone up to 4GB?

Case: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE 3D Aurora 570 GZ-FA1CA-ASB Black 1.0 mm Aluminum body ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Video: Newegg.com - EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Power: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail

RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

HD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Sound: Newegg.com - Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series - Retail

Paste: Newegg.com - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Heatsink: Newegg.com - Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail

OS: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2 - Retail

Case Fans: Newegg.com - Thermaltake A2029 120mm Case Fan - Retail

CD Drive: Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail

Card Reader: Newegg.com - Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 3.5"/5.25" Card Reader - Retail

I've gone through quickly to see if there is anything better to get since then, I looked quickly and havn't changed anything, yet. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks.
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Old 03-29-2008, 09:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The case you've chosen isn't very good for airflow, maybe try for a Lian-Li.
Newegg.com - Lian-Li cases at: Newegg.com

Well, 2gb is sufficient, but having 4gb never really hurt anyone.
...Is your OS going to be the XP x64?

SLI is the way to go, but at the moment, you don't need it.
For instance, your GTX will run games great =]

PCIE 2.0 isn't worth it, not for a single card anyway. If you do choose SLI like you said, then sure 2.0 I assume would then show some greater performance.
I found an post on another forum about a month ago, I'll find it and link it.
HERE!---> PCIE 2.0 vs. PCIE x16 - Dev Hardware

About the RAID 0, I don't know too much about it; but why wouldn't it be the way to go?


Oh, this too

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Old 03-29-2008, 09:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just ordered a Gigabyte 570 myself, Im excited

I would suggest the 7200.11 series of the Barracudas


why are you paying $270 for XP?
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What motherboard?
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Hello, i'm back. More than a year ago I was planning on building a computer. I'm back and finally ready to buy and build it soon. I listed the parts I was going to get below.

If I missed something or you have a better suggestion, please let me know. I do have a few questions though. A year ago, SLI was was back and forth. Has it become worth it since then or is it still a hit and miss? I've also noticed PCIE 2.0 x16, is this better that PCIE x16? If so, is it worth it? I was planning on a RADI0 setup, is this still a good way to go? (with a 3rd drive for backup) Is 2GB ram still good for all gaming or has it gone up to 4GB?

Case: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE 3D Aurora 570 GZ-FA1CA-ASB Black 1.0 mm Aluminum body ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Video: Newegg.com - EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

8800gts g92 outperform this a lot and is cheaper

Power: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

Corsair 520hx is the same thing as this except the extra 100watts come for powering a lot of HD's and you don't need that power of the 520hx

PC Power and Cooling 610 is cheaper than the Corsair 520hx on Newegg though
CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail

RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

get Crucial Ballistix 2gb instead, but if you're set on 4gb get teh OCZ Reaper kit
HD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

7200.11 Drives are almost as fast as Raptors
Sound: Newegg.com - Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series - Retail

overkill, and you're paying for the Fatal1ty name
Paste: Newegg.com - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Get MX-2 over this its better
Heatsink: Newegg.com - Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail
THermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and a Scythe S-Flex is better than a Tuniq

OS: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2 - Retail

Case Fans: Newegg.com - Thermaltake A2029 120mm Case Fan - Retail

CD Drive: Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail

Card Reader: Newegg.com - Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 3.5"/5.25" Card Reader - Retail

I've gone through quickly to see if there is anything better to get since then, I looked quickly and havn't changed anything, yet. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks.
check the quote for my suggestions

wheres your mobo?

also PCI-e 2.0 and PCI-e x16 are pretty much the same thing, no Card can use up the whole x16 let alone the 2.0
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If you can afford it get the 9800 GX2
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The case you've chosen isn't very good for airflow
Not sure what the heck your talking about...
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Not sure what the heck your talking about...
lol I was just about to say... wait till aspire gets here haha, you love those aurora cases

it does seem to have pretty nice air flow, its aluminum so it takes out the heat fast, it has a front vent, a large side vent, and 240mm at the back
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lol I was just about to say... wait till aspire gets here haha, you love those aurora cases

it does seem to have pretty nice air flow, its aluminum so it takes out the heat fast, it has a front vent, a large side vent, and 240mm at the back
LOL... i was thinking the same exact thing.
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I wouldn't really recommend the 8800GTX.. what's the point? Just get the 8800GT like everyone else, and spend the extra money on some more RAM or something.
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