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Old 01-20-2007, 02:32 AM
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New Comp Build
So In about a month I'll be returning home from Iraq and I will definitely be upgrading to a new rig. While I can say money is not an option there are certain limits to what I want to spend and if need be I will wait for the price of these parts to drop but probably not. I will have to see how impulsive I am when I return.
So check out what I want and if you can offer any suggestions, ideas or comments about what Im going to purchase feel free. Please don't throw in biased opinions on certain parts because your an Intel or AMD fan or even a Nvidia or ATI fan. You can be technical but not too technical .
Take a look and tell me what you think.
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Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX
Full Tower Computer Case -

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811133154
Model #: VA8000BWS
Item #: N82E16811133154
$149.99

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel
Motherboard -

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131073
Model #: P5N32-E SLI
Item #: N82E16813131073
$319.99

BFG Tech BFGR88768GTXE GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card -
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814143075
Model #: BFGR88768GTXE
Item #: N82E16814143075
$599.00 (possibly 2 in SLI if the price drops once ATI releases their divx10 card, note if you think anything in my system can't handle 2 of these let know)

SeaSonic M12 SS-700HM ATX12V / EPS12V 700W Power Supply -
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817151031
Model #: SS-700HM
Item #: N82E16817151031
$209.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 -
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115003
Model #: BX80557E6600
Item #: N82E16819115003
$316.00

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 -
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820145590
Model #: TWIN2X2048-6400
Item #: N82E16820145590

$254.00(1) $508.00(2) getting two of these so 4G total

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822136012
Model #: WD1500ADFD
Item #: N82E16822136012
$219.99

LITE-ON Black ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model SHD-16P1S -
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827106027
Model #: SHD-16P1S
Item #: N82E16827106027
$19.99

SONY 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model DRU120C -
Model #: DRU120C
Item #: N82E16827131039
$44.99

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series -
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16829102005
Model #: 70SB046A00000
Item #: N82E16829102005
$145.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835100008
Model #: ARCTIC SILVER 5
Item #: N82E16835100008
$15.99

COOLER MASTER RR-PCH-S9U1-GP 92mm CPU Cooler -
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835103010
Model #: RR-PCH-S9U1-GP
Item #: N82E16835103010
$29.99

ZALMAN VF900 – CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler -
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835118001
Model #: VF900 – CU
Item #: N82E16835118001
$36.99
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Subtotal: $2,616.90
Not Included:
Keyboard/mouse (got a great set already)
Speakers (Have a 6.1 Yamaha surround sound and high quality headset)
Monitor (got a 22 widescreen LCD on my other comp gonna buy a cheapo crt for my old rig and throw this on the new one)
Windows XP (I have 3 of these OS's, ya no ****)
I'm hoping that the rig I build will run games smoothly for a long while. Honestly I've never built a PC from the ground up but I am familiar with replacing parts and such. But as this is going to be my first complete build is there anything that I am missing either not included or something I am missing completely. Like a cable or set screws or something, like if I go to a SLI setup I will need to buy a cable to do it and such.
Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 01-20-2007, 03:58 AM
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You must be an ATI fan? I've always preferred nVidia over them. The software never crashed my system as much and games over-all just seemed to run smoother and with a higher FPS. We all have our preferences though, System looks premo that's for sure. Nice selection on the mobo and processor. I don't see any conflicts coming at you anytime soon. Enjoy the new PC and welcome back!
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Old 01-20-2007, 06:41 AM
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Get some cable ties and heatshrink wrap for cable management. Try and route your cables along the case frame for maximum airflow. If you're not dead-set on the case, then I'd recommend the Antec P180. I've been using it for my rig and I have nothing but praise for it. Great airflow and super-quiet with 5 120mm fans + HSF going full blast at 2000 RPM. You might also want to upgrade that heatsink to something like the Zalman 9500. Otherwise, you've picked out some top-notch components, sounds like you know what you're doing already.

My current rig is an AM2 4600x2 / nForce 590 with the 150 Raptor, 2 gigs of OCZ plat and an nVidia 7900GTX. I'm counting on the AM2 socket to pull through because the 4600 was a temporary solution as I needed a new rig immediately and Conroe hadn't come out yet. The E6600 is going to last you a while if you're up for overclocking it. Conroes can take a beating and still run cool even on air, so I'd recommend it.

Good luck with your new system!
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I'll take a look at the parts your suggesting.

Is the Antec P180 a full tower? My only concern is that I've heard the 8800gtx is larger then normal and with a VGA cooler on it I wouldn't want to run into problems with space or it bumping into a fan/other cables.

I'll yank some cable ties and heat shrink from work for cable management.

I plan on cranking the 6600 up to at least 3.0 maybe 3.2-3.4 depending on full load temperature. The GTX is designed to run hot so Im hoping that it dosen't effect my overclocking capabilities with conroe.

Thanks for the advice
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:55 PM
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Get some cable ties and heatshrink wrap for cable management. Try and route your cables along the case frame for maximum airflow. If you're not dead-set on the case, then I'd recommend the Antec P180. I've been using it for my rig and I have nothing but praise for it. Great airflow and super-quiet with 5 120mm fans + HSF going full blast at 2000 RPM. You might also want to upgrade that heatsink to something like the Zalman 9500. Otherwise, you've picked out some top-notch components, sounds like you know what you're doing already.

My current rig is an AM2 4600x2 / nForce 590 with the 150 Raptor, 2 gigs of OCZ plat and an nVidia 7900GTX. I'm counting on the AM2 socket to pull through because the 4600 was a temporary solution as I needed a new rig immediately and Conroe hadn't come out yet. The E6600 is going to last you a while if you're up for overclocking it. Conroes can take a beating and still run cool even on air, so I'd recommend it.

Good luck with your new system!
Unpfhorgiven is right. That case is alright but the Antec p180 can serve the same purpose with less flashyness at a lower price.

The WD Raptor isn't worth the price imo. Only way I'd go with a 10,000 rpm is get the 34gb boot my OS off it for a lil quicker speed (Which I actually do now). The speed in games is hardly even noticable.

The best combo for drives would be. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136054
Load the OS onto the Raptor. If you have this set up your computer will run faster and have better performance but cost less and also have more space. Your call though.


If you save some more money you might be able to make a jump on the processor to E6700 (I have it and love it). For the price its a good jump but the jump to the Core 2 Duo Extreme is a bit too much (like $500 from the E6700).



nVidia is good for EA games, but if your a steam user get ATI. ATI 9/10 times out performs nVidia on steam based games (Medieval 2:TW,HL2,CS:S) and so on and so forth.

My thoughts, working while typing this so my mind was wandering. Sorry if some of my thoughts are incomplete.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:58 PM
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Oh yeah forgot that the 8800 was massive, the p180 is only a mid tower. I'll look for a good full tower for ya.
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Old 01-20-2007, 11:02 PM
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I don't have first hand experience on any of there but heres a few that received some good reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811233001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811165008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133153

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I'm going to recommend this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119093
It's where thermaltake got their idea for their Armor and Kandalf cases. It's huge. This is the case I use and I love it, so much space on the inside to work with.
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Thanks for the tips and tidbits I'll look into those products you suggested.

I was looking at the 6700 for a while and depending how much the prices drop over the next month when i do order these parts I'll make my final decision.

Well I plan on playing AoC (in The Eminence), darkfall if its ever released and some sort of MMOFPS in the near future so I'll stick with nvidia. Besides ATI's divx 10 card is going to be expensive when its released and the 8800 should drop in price so I may be able to get 2 of them.

Others have stated that the raptor isn't worth it for a 10krpm drive. I'll do a bit more research in that department. Possibly Maxtor or seagate, never had any problems with them but I really want a 10krpm just for the fact that it enlarges my epeen and it prevents me from having to mess with raid 0 with two 7500's
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Seagate is the way to go if you want to get a large HD. Least in my opinion.
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