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Help Me Build A Oc'ing / Gaming Computer!


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#1 SPL Tech

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:31 AM

I am looking for suggestions on what to get for my next comp. It will be used for gaming / multimedia and I will be overclocking it.

What I don't need:

-Peripherals (including monitor)
-Operating System (I will use XP Home)
-Hard drives (I will use the new VelociRaptor as my primary drive and a Seagate 7200.10 for my secondary drive)
-GPU's (I will use two Evga 8800GTS G92's in SLI)

What I do need:

-RAM
-CPU (Core Two Duo / Quad / Extreme)
-Case (I think I would like to try an acrylic case)
-PSU
-Cooling (I think liquid cooling for at least the CPU and northbridge would be a good option if the budget favors it).
-Optical and floppy drive (I dont need a Blue-Ray writer / reader)
-Anything else that I may be forgetting?

Requirements:

The motherboard must have at least two PCI-e x16 2.0 slots so I can run my cards in SLI.

Budget: Approximately $1,500 I prefer to buy from NewEgg because they have good shipping charges to Hawaii.
CPU: Core Two Duo 2.13 GHz. E6400 OC'ed to 3.0 GHz. / 380 FSB RAM: 2 GB. Corsair 800 MHz. XMS2 DDR2
GPU: X1900XT 512MB Connect3D Mobo: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
PSU: 535 watt Enermax Whisper II HD: (2) 320 GB. Seagate Barracuda 16 MB. 7,200 RPM SATA II
OD: 52X DVD±RW Monitors: (2) Hanns-G JW199D 19" 16:10 widescreen DVI in extended desktop mode

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 01:23 PM

Suggestions:

RAM: Get plenty of it. Since you're using XP home (assuming 32-bit) you will max out at 4 GB. Anything more in the absence of a 64-bit OS is wasted money.
CPU: The Intel 45-nm quad cores are great, they run cooler and more efficiently. Plus, they can OC very well.
PSU: I recommend either Silverstone or Corsair PSU's.
Cooling: Never did liquid cooling, the thought of a leak keeps me away. If you can get a low maintenance unit go for it. If you decide to use air cooling. Zalman and Arctic Cooling have good options.
MB: Since you're SLIing I would suggest a 780i based motherboard. You could get a 790i, but the cost of DDR3 is too high.

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