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Old 12-15-2007, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's been awhile since I've paid attention to the computer world, so I'm sort of out of the loop, but I'm building a new computer. I dabble in a lot of things such as gaming, graphic design and DVD ripping.

Here's what I've pieced together...

MB: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 775 Quad-Core
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
(Zalman 9500 cooler w/ AS5)

Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
(I may go for 4gbs just for ****s because it's so **** cheap)

PSU: Thermaltake W0106RU ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W
Newegg.com - Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified - Retail

Graphics: EVGA 512-P2-N757-TR GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P2-N757-TR GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 12-15-2007, 11:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Change that 8600GT into an HD3850 if you want to stay within that price range. But I'd highly recommend an 512MB 8800GT instead at about $250-$270.

I'd recommend changing the G.Skill to a pair of Crucial Ballistix. As for 2GB vs 4GB, if you're running XP, stick to 2. If running Vista, 4GB might serve you well.

As for the PSU, change it to Corsair 520HX. No questions asked. Wattage doesn't mean much. Company build quality and amperage on the 12V rails is much more important. The 520HX will be plenty for your system. Actually, a cheaper alternative, and possibly an even superior alternative would be the Antec Neo HE 500. Get whichever you can find for cheaper. You can also get their even cheaper non-modular alternatives, like the Corsair 550VX. Not sure what the alternative would be for the Antec.

As for the P35-DS3L - it's a solid board. Had one myself. Lots of features. If you're willing to, you may have to pay a slight bit more and get an Abit IP35-E instead. They are highly recommended around these parts.

Good luck!
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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nice system... too bad he cheaped out on the video card... definitely agree with the hd3850 suggestion
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Ya, the little diffrence in price between the 8800gt and the 8600gt make it tottally worth buying it beacuse of the huge diffrence in performance. ya hd3850 is good... but if your not going to crossfire then why not get 1 8800gt?
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if you can find a place that still has an 8800gt for around $150
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yeah, maybe look into the 256MB version of the 8800GT rather than the 3850.
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ya they're usually around $210 which is like $100 more than what he was going to buy (8600gt)
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Cut down the cpu to a regular core 2 duo, and get an 8800gt 256mb.
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Cut down the cpu to a regular core 2 duo, and get an 8800gt 256mb.
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Or that, and save up a little more and be patient for the 8800GT 512
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