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#1 9mak9

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 04:26 PM

Hi all...I have been researching if I should buy or build my next computer and most of the advice I have received would be to build one...so far this is what I have come up with

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P Rev 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel Motherboard - Retail Ultra Durable 2, ultra cooling
$165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128067

CPU
INTEL Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz FSB1333MHz 4M LGA775 Retail BX80557E6550 Processor Retail
$169
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ctCode=10005520

Memory
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231098

Video Card
XFX PVT88PYDE4 Geforce 8800 GT 640 Clock Speed Extreme Edition 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 Video Card Retail
$280
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ctCode=10007128

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822152052

CD Drive
SAMSUNG SH-S203B/BEBN 20X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive w/Software
$29
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ctCode=10006485

Power Supply
Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, T▄V, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB - Retail
$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817371002

Case
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Mid Tower Case Retail
$50
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ctCode=10006342

Cooling Fan
Zalman CNPS9700 LED Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler w/Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG1, Fan Speed Controller FAN MATE 2 Retail
$61
https://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=373519

Sound Card
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card Retail
$59
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=290246

Wireless
INTEL 3945ABG 54Mbps 802.11a/b/g PCI-Express Mini Network Adapter Retail
$23
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ctCode=10006854


It totals $1106 which is much less than I would spend if I bought one. I am going to get vista and I will use a guide to put it together. I do need to read up on overclocking as most people say its very much worth it. The only questions I have had so far are:
-should I get a quad core or a 3ghz CPU?
-To get a different case, which I am not sure of which one
-I have been told not to get a sound card and some of sound its worth it...I will be playing games and using media so I think its best to get one

I have had some advice on many parts and changed many based on that advice...I and looking for all the advice you guys can give :thumbsup:

Any help would be appreciated...thanks

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#2 markgui

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:44 PM

Looks to me like a pretty good value for the money. As far as whether or not to get a sound card, I would say definitely especially if you are going to be doing some gaming. I just put a sound card in mine and I will never ever again use on board sound. Much better sound quality, but thats just my novice opinion.

I don't have very much experience with overclocking. My brother overclocked his but I would be concerned with shortening the life of my hardware.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 05:04 PM

Thanks for your opinion...I actually changed 5 parts

CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad-Core Processor 2.4GHz, 1066FSB, LGA775, 8MB cache Retail
$280
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...oductCode=80864

Memory
Kingston 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
$90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820134193

Case
LOGISYS Computer Area 51 CS51WBK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply - Retail
$35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811148030

Cooling Fan
Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail
$45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835154001

Sound Card
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Xtreme Gamer Sound Card Retail
$80
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=290247


I think im about done with it unless I get some good advice on making this cheaper without losing performance or if something is way off.

This comes to a lil over 1200...now i just gotta pay for shipping and vista premium 64x...thanks :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 05:24 PM

I have little to add, except there is really no point to overclocking a quad core processor. You won't notice any difference.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:03 PM

Check the motherboards manual and see if it needs SATA drivers or if It has PATA or IDE emulation. You will need to know this when installing vista. If the MB requires you to load the SATA drivers you should have a floppy drive handy it makes life allot easier.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 04:46 PM

I am actually going to downgrade my MB for one of these...I still want a good one so I might for the $125 one but the $90 is not out of the questions

Motherboard: GIGABYTE Intel« P35 + ICH9 Chipset DDR2 1066 ATX GA-P35-DS3L Motherboard Retail ($90)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/...&prodlist=pricegrabber
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MSI P35 Platinum LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($125)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16813130097

Thanks :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 01:21 AM

Id go gigabyte thats the same board im going to use on my build. The newegg reviews on that gigabyte board are excellent.
Centurion 5 Case~GA-P35-DS3L Rev2.0~E6550~EVGA 8800GS~3GB GSkill~Cooler Master 650 PRO~Seagate 320GB SATA II~ 2 ASUS 20X Burners~Sound Blaster Audigy SE~ZeroTherm CF900~Acer 22" P221W

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:01 AM

This is my update...I think with all this I'm about done...i removed the sound card and wireless card for now...just under $1100 total

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($95)

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail ($110)

Western Digital Caviar SE 16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s ($103)

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD▒R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM ($33)

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Mid Tower Case Retail ($50)

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail ($22)

thanks for any advice :D

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:17 AM

Study up a little more on those room heater quad core's and their overclocking?

Unless you do a lot of multithreaded video editing you'll probably never use the 3rd and 4th cores much and then they will be dangerously close to burning up the cpu.
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:53 AM

can u give me heads up on exactly what would be running on the different cores? I figure vista 64bit on one and if im playing a game that would run on another...what about a virus scanner or any programs im running? I am not going to be doin video editing though. I tihnk for now I am not going to overclock the CPU just to see how everything goes...especially if it runs hot

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:31 PM

they run hot at idle, just cramming 2 core duo's on the same cpu is enough to create a lot of heat

I would still use a better heat sink fan especially in a lower quality case with poorer air flow

newer games are starting to be multithreaded and will push those cores even hotter
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