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Old 11-03-2006, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Heyas ... I'm just documenting my new build to augment a slightly outdated system that I've been upgrading over the past several months (which I'll still keep for various tasks). I've been accumulating the parts and it is nearing completion, but won't be entirely complete until Vista is released. I'll post some pictures or a link to the pictures when I can. It pretty much is up and running with a Vista RC1, but I'm still having fun adding little bits and pieces ...

If anyone is curious about the video card selection ... it's purely based on me waiting for the DX10 cards to let me get this fun machine up and running.

I first decided on these components to use as my main gaming rig and will probably use it as well as a media center to stream content to my home theater / Xbox 360 / etc. Basically, my higher performance "do all" ... although I'll try to keep the OS clean from unnecessary installs (i.e. like DVD burning which I'll use my current system for).

Thermaltake Mozart TX (Ordered 8/24)

Intel E6600 (Ordered 10/16)

Vista RC1 (Currently Installed)
Windows Media Center SP2 (OEM Pending Install - Upgrading to Vista)

WD1500ADFD Raptor 150 Gig (Ordered 9/6)

HD-Mass Storage
WD2500KS Caviar 250 Gig (Ordered)

Asus P5N32-SLI Premium 590 (Ordered 10/13)

XFX Geforce 7600GT 256 Mb PCI-E x16 (Orderd 10/16)
Note: This will ultimately be replaced by a DX10 card or I will go SLI ... decided on a less expensive route for now.

Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular (Ordered 10/16)

PSU Cooler
Stock Intel (for now )

Creative X-Fi 7.1 Platinum (Ordered)

Crucial 2 Gb DDR2 667 (Ordered 10/16)
Note: I went with this as it was certified with my motherboard and had the specs that would optimize the overal system capabilities.

Optical Drive
Samsung DVD DL x18 (Ordered 10/16)

Floppy Drive (Ordered 9/6)
Mitsumi 3.5" w/ USB Media Reader

Dell 24" Widescreen (Ordered 10/26);sku=320-4335

Thermaltake Rounded IDE Cable (Ordered 9/6)

Thermaltake Rounded Floppy Cable (Ordered)

Buffalo 9db Antenna (Ordered)

Internal USB M to F Extension (Ordered)

Monster DVI - DVI Cable (Ordered)
(via eBay)

Acoustic Research Toslink Optical Cable (Ordered)
(via eBay)

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (Ordered)

Generic U.FL to TN-TNC female 6" Jumper (Ordered)
(via eBay)

X-Fi Digital I/O Module (Ordered 11/2)

Netgear WGT 624 V2

Logitech G15 Keyboard

Logitech MX Revolution Mouse

Logitech 5.1 Z680 THX

Func Mouse Surface

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Looks like your wasting allot of money on stuff that in unnecessary and overpriced. I recommend putting some money into faster ram and you could even get a x6800 if you downgraded your soundcard and speakers.
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The soundcard cost me $150 and the speakers I had "left over" from my old system (it is under "existing" heading). The E6600 cost ~$300 while the X6800 ~$900 to $1000. While I do have some unecessary or pricey components, it isn't nearly as pricey as some top tier systems.

Regarding the ram, I specifically purchased RAM I knew 100% was certified with that MB as I knew Asus had issues with some untested RAM.

Thanks for taking a gander and evaluating though.
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awesome rig you got going, geforce 8 will be out soon to complete your build
Current Build:
Intel 3770k @ 4.4 GHZ | Galaxy GTX 770 SLi | 16 GB G.Skill Sniper | ASrock z77 Extreme4
2xSamung 840pro 128GB in Raid | 2x1TB Seagate | Antec 750 Watt GamerSeries
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Intel Core i3 3220 | Galaxy GTX 650 | 8 GB Corsair Vengeance | ASrock B75M | Samsung 840 120GB
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