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Old 04-21-2008, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I've decided that its time to upgrade my old computer, (with a mere celeron M processor 1.7GHz) to either a duel core or a quad core. For duel core I went with AMD because AMD is cheaper and it was also getting good reviews on newegg. For the quad core I decided that Intel would be better because they have had more experience with quad cores and the quad core I picked was getting many 5/5 reviews. Anyways here is the list of parts I have assembled for both of my possible new computers.

Duel Core:

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99
Motherboard: ASUS M2N-SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 560 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $90.99
Video Card: ASUS EN9600GT/HTDI/512M GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $174.99
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX - Retail $89.99
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $64.99
CD/DVD: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04 - OEM $24.99
RAM: 2GB already purchased.
Power supply: 420watt given to me, will this be enough?

Quad Core:

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99
Motherboard: ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $124.99 (SLI ready)
Video Card: ASUS EN9600GT/HTDI/512M GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $174.99
Power supply: Thermaltake toughpower W0117RU ATX12V / EPS12V 750W Power Supply - Retail $189.99 (will this be enough)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail $239.99
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $64.99
CD/DVD: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04 - OEM $24.99
Fans: (4) MASSCOOL FD12025B1L3/4 120mm Case Fan - Retail $23.16
RAM: 2GB already purchased.



What i'm currently shooting for

-COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99
-ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $149.99
-ASUS EN9600GT/HTDI/512M GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $174.99
-ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply - Retail $129.99
-Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail $229.99
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99
-LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S - Retail $28.99
-(4) MASSCOOL FD12025B1L3/4 120mm Case Fan - Retail $23.16

*note* all parts may change between now and when I buy the parts.

Im pretty sure they will all work together, but my big question is are the power supplys big enough?

Also When my video card gets old I plan to SLI it with another one just like it any info is helpfull!

All suggestions welcome.
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get the Quad-Core

get the PC Power and Cooling s610eps over your current PSU

don't get the P5n-E SLI, because 650i's and Quad-Cores don't mix that well, so get a 750i instead

otherwise its fine, but get the q6600 from Fry's for $180
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get the Quad-Core

get the PC Power and Cooling s610eps over your current PSU
I don't know much about power supplies, can you suggest one that would be good for my computer that meets those recommendations?
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I did the PC Power and Cooling s610eps

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S610EPS EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Power Supplies
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CD/DVD: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04 - OEM $24.99
get a sata cd burner insted of ide

and i 2nd the evga 750i ftw
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Vernon, why'd you recommend him a 610W PSU for that? I doubt the kid's going to go over 450W full load at the very most. I'd suggest an Enermax Liberty 500W or 550W. I had a 500W Enermax Liberty last me over 2 years on a far more power hungry build then that until I sold it.

To the OP-

Look at the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11's instead of the 7200.10. The 7200.11 comes with a 32MB cache and perform very, very well for a 7200rpm drive.

Also, you don't have to go with a 700 series Nvidia chipset if you're not going to go SLI now or don't play to later on. You could save yourself some coin and get a nice P35 chipset from Gigabyte or something. Even a DDR3/DDR3 for future upgrades.
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I do plan to SLI later on once their is a reason to SLI, because right now the video card I have selected is strong enough to play most games at full quality. But when I do choose to do that I could just buy a bigger power supply rather then spend the extra money now.
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Good choice.

The 9600GT's in SLI perform very well together, they're what I'm currently using. It's recommended atlesat a 480W, but I have a Corsair HX620W that's extremely solid, they're not cheap, but they're fantastic power supplies, I'd suggest getting one now since you're going SLI eventually. So you should get-

A 750i FTW
9600GT (I'm using two factory OC'ed BFG's, other brands are a lot cheaper)
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Good choice.

The 9600GT's in SLI perform very well together, they're what I'm currently using. It's recommended atlesat a 480W, but I have a Corsair HX620W that's extremely solid, they're not cheap, but they're fantastic power supplies, I'd suggest getting one now since you're going SLI eventually. So you should get-

A 750i FTW
9600GT (I'm using two BFG's)
Corsair HX620W
I don't recomemnd the 620hx because the 520hx is the exact same thing with the 100 watts coming from the rails that power mutliple hard drives, and that the Corsair 520hx is more expensive than the PC Power and Cooling 610 on Newegg
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Ok, one more question: which brand makes the best video card? (not chipset)
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