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Old 05-15-2008, 07:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone! This is going to be my second build and I think I need a little help and a few suggestions since its been a while since I have done my own build. I do plan on playing with overclocking it although I never have so far. I was looking to spend between 1500-2000. I mostly do gaming, photo editing and some video editing so I figured I might as well go with a quad core and overclocking for the editing stuff I do. Im also never just doing one thing at a time anyway so a quad core might be best at this time and for longevity of the build. Im really having a hard time picking a motherboard so if someone can help me with that it would be most appreciated. Also if there are better components than the ones I picked out I will take any suggestions. Thank you!

So far the build is 1645 without the motherboard figured in.

Case
Antec 900 119.99 + 40 MIR
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Motherboard
ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 169.99 + 30 MIR
Newegg.com - ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 179.99
Newegg.com - ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards


ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 149.99
Newegg.com - ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 149.99
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EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 199.99
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CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GH 279.99

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

CPC cooler
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium
Newegg.com - ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks 49.99 + 10 MIR

RAM
CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail 122 + 30 MIR

HD
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
89.99

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives


CD/DVD
Samsung with lightscribe 33.99
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X 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 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply– Retail 109.99
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Power Supplies


Monitor

SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1 – Retail 289 +20 MIR

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1 - LCD Monitors

GPU

EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card – Retail $254.99 + $30 MIR

Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Keyboard
Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 34 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard – Retail 73.99
Newegg.com - Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 34 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard - Keyboards

Mouse
Logitech G5 2-Tone 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser 2000 dpi Mouse – Retail 41.99
Newegg.com - Logitech G5 2-Tone 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser 2000 dpi Mouse - Mouse

Speakers
Creative Inspire T10 10 W 2.0 Speaker System – Retail 48.99
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Windows XP Pro 129.99
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Default Re: which motherboard for new build

Go with the Abit p35 board. P35 chipsets are great and really good for overclocking.
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Go with the Abit IP35 or the 750i EVGA one
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GA-EP35-DS3R

its a pretty awesome board
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are u going to step up? if not get a cheaper 8800GTS 512MB
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Also don't spend $130 for XP pro, since you're paying that much you might as well get Vista

Are you sure you want the Antec 900? I mean its loud and it tends to get dusty with all the fans it has
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vernong is correct

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u can use the money u save on a bigger case like the cheap GIGABYTE 570
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Another flaw, he's buying the Superclocked KO 8800gts, get the cheapest one and overclock it yourself via ATiTool (and yes it works with nVidia cards)

and since you have a q6700 with a CPU Cooler, you could go OEM with it
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ok ill get the P35 and vista. Which 8800GTS 512MB do you recommend? Also do you recommend the Q9300 over the q6700? Ill take a look at some other cases like:

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from those 2 cases, if you want to see ur parts get the RAIDMAX. if not get the COOLERMASTER.

just get the cheapest 8800GTS 512

Newegg.com - ECS N8800GTS-512MX GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

if u dont like that one just get any 8800GTS 512 that is 200-210$ or lower
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