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Old 08-24-2007, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just getting back into the computer scene. I used to keep up but then college/life got in the way but I'm starting to get back into it again. I'm in need of building a new system from scratch and this is what I was thinking of. I'm looking for nothing over $1000 the less the better, but I want to be able to add on for the future. Give me your opinions and corrections of whatever you want.

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Motherboard: ABIT IP35-E - $74.99 Newegg.com - ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 - $121.99
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2 800 - $84.99
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 250GB - $67.99
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Video Card: eVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB - $269.99
Newegg.com - EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Power Supply: Rosewill 500W ATX12V - $49.99
Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500-2 ATX12V v2.01 500W Power Supply 115/230 V CSA, CB, TUV, FCC, UL - Retail

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid Tower - $39.99
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Also saw a topic farther down in which they had a higher CPU that recently dropped in price that looks tempting. I plan on OC anyways.

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6600 - $129.99
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my build was between $970-$980 with a OS.

its not a hardcore gamer PC, but i think its a casual one with HD DVD/Blue-Ray capabilities/and hardcore video editing.

Case - XION Hydraulic XON-566TB Black with Blue LED Light Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Video Card - EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6550

PSU - Powertek PowerTek770W ATX 12V 2.2 / EPS 12V 770W Power Supply

Optical Drive - Pioneer 18X DVD±R DVD Burner Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DVR-112D

Memory - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

OS - Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2B 1 Pack



Im a newb at this though, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
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^ that PSU is overkill an xclio greatpower 550 would work, but nice build nonetheless ponder

might wanna use a less expensive brand in DVD-RW's, like LG and Samsung, might wanna get a 7900gs instead or something for ur build
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I'm glad most new members knows how to do their research on the products. If the E6600 is only $130 at MicroCenter, go for it. Best deal right now and it's a great CPU. I, myself is running an E6600 and it's great! All the parts seem like ones that I and many other members here at Tech-Forums would recommend. The PSU, if you can spend another $30 dollars on it, you can get the Xclio GreatPower 550W as vernong1992 suggested.
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also.. lcf8088 that build u have there is nice.. but a gts 320mb maybe limited by teh e4300, you might wanna consider overclocking it to avoid a bottleneck and u might wanna pick up a little bit more juice in ur PSU, a rp-550 perhaps? or xclio good or greatpower?
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also.. lcf8088 that build u have there is nice.. but a gts 320mb maybe limited by teh e4300, you might wanna consider overclocking it to avoid a bottleneck and u might wanna pick up a little bit more juice in ur PSU, a rp-550 perhaps? or xclio good or greatpower?
I would say the GreatPower would be a better selection since it has a 3rd +12V rail. Yeah, the E4300 might be a bottleneck to the 8800GTS 320MB. Did you see the E6600 on the bottom vernong? I suggested him to get the E6600 instead of the E4300 for about $10 more at MicroCenter.
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e6600 at 130? <3, thanks for brining it to my attention.

Change the graphics to an 8800GTS 320MB or a 7900 if you don't really care about DX10.
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e6600 at 130? <3, thanks for brining it to my attention.

Change the graphics to an 8800GTS 320MB or a 7900 if you don't really care about DX10.
He already chose the EVGA 8800GTS 320MB.
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I would say the GreatPower would be a better selection since it has a 3rd +12V rail. Yeah, the E4300 might be a bottleneck to the 8800GTS 320MB. Did you see the E6600 on the bottom vernong? I suggested him to get the E6600 instead of the E4300 for about $10 more at MicroCenter.
actually yes i did.. crap i knew i forgot to post about something.. but yes.. get an e6600.. (wow i thought that after july 22nd, i wouldn't be recommending xx00 series and xx20 series cards anymore, but i was wrong.. heh, but i think they also had a nice deal on an e6750 and e6700.. might wanna look into those too)
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Man thanks for all the speedy replies!

So yeah I was planning on overclocking the E4300. From what Ive researched it responds really well to it. Then I saw the E6600 for about the same price so that seems like a big plus. Then ofcourse I'll still overclock it. hehe

But yeah. I do want DX10 capabilities on my graphics card.

SLI I can care less about. Just more money the companies are trying to get you to spend seems like it to me.

What motherboard would you recommend for the E6600? Keep in mind overclocking capabilities and price.
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