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post #1 of 13 Old 04-05-2008, 08:25 PM - Thread Starter
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I am very indecisive at this point. Having read over these boards I am close to my build (and I thank everyone here)... but I am torn over a variety of options.

That is why I challenge you to make the best decisions and make a build out of these components that is the best Bang For Your Buck.

If you want me to consider a component that is not listed, let me know.

A few notes: I would like to go crossfire so as to be able to add a 3870x2 later on. I want this build to be able to last 3 years in accordance with my current career path (and thus have chosen to go with a build that can add a 38xx dx10.1 card at a later point that does not have to match up with my current 38xx choice).

I am also concerned over whether 1066 RAM will help or hurt (as opposed to 800).

If you have an alternate idea for extending the life of this build, let me know.



Monitor:

Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support - Retail

In Stock
$229.99




Case:


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Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: Nine Hundred

In Stock
$119.99
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Motherboard Options:


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GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Out Of Stock
ETA: 4/14/2008 9:26:00 AM
$269.99
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ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

In Stock
$259.99
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DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

In Stock
$194.99
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DFI LP LT X48-T2R LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Out Of Stock
$289.99
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Graphics Card Options:

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SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

In Stock
$169.99
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SAPPHIRE 100221SR Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB (512MB x 2) 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

In Stock
$399.99
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SAPPHIRE Toxic 100225TXSR Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

In Stock
$192.99
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HIS Hightech H387Q512NP Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ3 Turbo Video Card - Retail

In Stock
$229.99
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HIS Hightech H387QS512NP Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ3 Video Card - Retail

In Stock
$189.99
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Power Supply Options:

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COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-750-ACAA-A1 ATX12V / EPS12V 750W Power Supply - Retail

In Stock
$129.99
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Crossfire Edition) EPS12V 750W Power Supply - Retail

In Stock
$149.99
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Processor:

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

In Stock
$249.99
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RAM:


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G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

In Stock
$79.99
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G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

In Stock
$149.99
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G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

In Stock
$144.99
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Hard Drive (2x 0 Raid) :

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (16 cache)

In Stock
$79.99
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (32 cache)

In Stock
$109.99
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (16 cache)

In Stock
$79.99
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DVD burner:


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ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail

In Stock
$36.99
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Cooling:

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Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooling Heatsink - Retail

Out Of Stock
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$59.99
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Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail

In Stock
$49.99
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Thanks for helping!

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DDR Rating = 2 x FSB x Nwhere N is the ratio in fractional form (i.e. 5:4 is 5/4, etc.)
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I would say the PC Power & Cooling PSU, the DFI mobo, and the 32MB Cache HDDs will be the best bang for your buck. Depending on how high of a resolution your monitor is, that will decide your video card. 1600 x 1200 or 1920 x 1200, definitely get the X2 card. Anything below that, then get a single-core card.

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^^Why is that an option when you want Intel?
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^^Why is that an option when you want Intel?
Ah, yeah thanks... made it off a wish list from newegg, not sure how that got in there.

Will edit it out.

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To powertrip: the DFI supposedly (according to newegg) only supports 800 speed ram, is that going to be a problem for overclocking? I'm still not clear on whether 1066 will be a waste (and according to someone the g.skill 1066 is just overclocked?)

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Added a monitor:

Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support - Retail

In Stock
$249.99 -$20.00 Instant $229.99

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Nah. The DFI support RAM up to and above DDR2 1000. Stock RAM speeds aren't a big deal, really. I booted mine straight to 1066, so no worries there.

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Added a monitor:

Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support - Retail

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$249.99 -$20.00 Instant $229.99
During dark scenes this screen has some pretty noticable light "bleeding". I'm not sure what the official term is, but I can see the light on the top and bottom shining through a little. Other than that I love the screen for the price. Oh, and if you're getting the one with the speakers, just know that they suck pretty bad.


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Monitor:

Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support - Retail

In Stock
$229.99




Case:


-----
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: Nine Hundred

In Stock
$119.99
-----



Motherboard Options:


-----

DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

In Stock
$194.99
-----

Graphics Card Options:

-----

SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

In Stock
$169.99
-----


Power Supply Options:

-----

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Crossfire Edition) EPS12V 750W Power Supply - Retail

In Stock
$149.99
-----



Processor:

-----
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

In Stock
$249.99
-----



RAM:


-----
G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

In Stock
$79.99
-----Hard Drive (2x 0 Raid) :


Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (32 cache)

In Stock
$109.99
-----


DVD burner:


-----
ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail

In Stock
$36.99
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Cooling:

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Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail

In Stock
$49.99
-----

Also, I would at least consider getting a P35 board (Such as the extremely cost effective ABIT IP35-E for $60 after MIR) and the Sapphire x2 card with the extra money.

In either event, you could get the PCP&C 610w power supply without any concerns, you don't need 750.

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p35 or x 38 for 2x x16 lanes

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