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Old 05-02-2008, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply 90V~265V

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1200 (PC2 9600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

BFG Tech BFGE88512GTSE GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

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

I checked the PSU Guide here, but I'm having a hard time gauging whether or not the PSU I have here would support the system. It's a low wattage but has a high amperage over the 12V rails.

Also, what do you all think about going for a quad-core instead? I'm mainly a gamer, so I'm wondering if the prospect of multi-threaded apps in the near future would be worth jumping to the quad-core boat.

Otherwise, if anyone can see any bottlenecks or just has comments on the system I'd appreciate it.

Thanks everyone.
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Default Re: Prospective PC Build, what do you all think?

PSU looks ok, could go for a Corsair 550vx

I would go for a q6600 since future proof and you can overclock to 3+ghz

You don't really need ddr2 1200. You could get a p5k or P5KC and ddr2 800 and cut some price.

Besides that maybe someone else can take a look.
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Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S610EPS EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Power Supplies

use that PSU instead if you want to bust the extra money. Get the q6600 if you want for future proofing (like one guy said), and also..i would ditch the mobo and RAM...that seems to be really expensive for 2gb. If you want higher then 800 speed ram just get a mobo that can handle 1066 RAM
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Looks good, but I would change to these components:

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

Newegg.com - OCZ ReaperX HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S610EPS EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40įC Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
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I would maybe get a different power supply and ram.....that is gonna be a great pc for sure....no doubt.

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I love my new Wolfdale, but then I'm not a gamer.
How big of a case is yours? I have a large floor model (CMStacker) with excess air cooling capacity. I'm not sure why, but air flow has always seemed important to me.
Ever wonder though about how as soon as you buy a new CPU, a better one comes along that you'd rather have? :laughing:
BTW, is there anything better than Asus, or is that just a given? They produce so many different models, I wonder if they concentrated on producing a lesser variety, if they could build even better ones with less of a failure rate and better longevity?
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ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply 90V~265V

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1200 (PC2 9600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

BFG Tech BFGE88512GTSE GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

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

I checked the PSU Guide here, but I'm having a hard time gauging whether or not the PSU I have here would support the system. It's a low wattage but has a high amperage over the 12V rails.

Also, what do you all think about going for a quad-core instead? I'm mainly a gamer, so I'm wondering if the prospect of multi-threaded apps in the near future would be worth jumping to the quad-core boat.

Otherwise, if anyone can see any bottlenecks or just has comments on the system I'd appreciate it.

Thanks everyone.
looks good, maybe get a 7200.11 HD, step down on the Kingston, you can get a good 4gb OCZ Reaper Kit for the same price, consider the q6600, its the most future proof, bang for the buck CPU out right now

that PSU, might be enough, but its pushing it if you want upgrade ability, I recommend a PC Power and Cooling 610 Silencer, because its really cheap on the 'egg right now
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Pick up the ECS 8800gts on newegg now for $170 after rebate
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you all so much for your input. I really appreciate it. After looking over this thread and doing a bit more research, I've changed my build.

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory (Note: These are not sold in sets of two sticks, so I will simply buy two of them!)

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

These changes do some great things for the computer. For one, a nForce 780i board allows me the possibility of SLI-ing a second video card for an upgrade, while supporting 45nm technology if I so decide to upgrade that in the future. As well, the PSU is SLI certified and has a higher wattage (though I did like the higher amperage on the previous PSU).

With these changes, however, I am left with a few concerns. For one, am I overshooting with the video card upgrade? I did a comparison, and essentially (after rebate) I will be paying $75 for 260 MHz memory clock speed, and the capability for OpenGL 2.1. So, is this really worth it or will my other components bottleneck it? As well, how do you all feel about the future capability of DDR2 800? Would it be smarter to go for DDR2 1066 so I don't have to upgrade in the immediate future? As well I'm fine losing some space if you think a 32 MB HD cache will show a significant difference.

Anyway, thank you all for putting up with my insanity and for helping me out with all this.
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This ram is better, and about the same price after rebate:
Newegg.com - OCZ ReaperX HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

And I wouldn't bother with the 9800GTX. It's almost identical to the 8800GTS 512mb, Nvidia just cranked up the price and changed the name.

Grab the ECS 8800GTS 512mb for 170
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