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post #1 of 33 Old 11-29-2006, 07:12 PM - Thread Starter
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I do not know a lot about the current Intel chips that are out and the best price/performance ratios. I have a buddy who wants to setup a rig for Christmas. Here's the list as it stands right now let me know if it's good or not and what I need to change. Thanks! Budget is $800 +-$20 without the GPU.

GPU - EVGA 7950 GT $220 w/ MIR (His wife already bought him this so no changes here.)
http://shop1.outpost.com/product/497...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

CPU - E6300 Duo $169 ORDERED
http://shop1.outpost.com/product/489...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail $43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118019

BUFFALO Firestix 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $241.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820150054

ASUS P5B-E Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131070

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail $102

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

Raidmax Scorpio 668 $70
http://shop1.outpost.com/product/435...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

REUSED 60G HD
REUSED Monitor/Keyboard/mouse (Need KVM switch)

Total: $796-18
+XP = $841




Thanks for the help!!!!!

~BRISK


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post #2 of 33 Old 11-29-2006, 07:15 PM
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Solid rig there. maybe getting a lower end cpu cooler to start off. Or go on board for a while.
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The only thing I can think of to cut is the ram down to
BUFFALO Firestix 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - OEM$125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820150053

This would free up an extra $100 for case and PSU.

Or switching to this motherboard after the ram switch and then having a total of $100 for case/psu/shipping:
eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188009


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Try getting some RAM like this. It looks pretty good and overclocks by the looks of it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231087. Also try getting the plain old P5B Deluxe without the WiFi and that can save some cash.

I don't think that the 430W Thermaltake power supply would be a good idea for it. It seems a bit weak for a setup like that. With the savings on those two components I listed above hopefully you could get something around the 500W mark with about 32A combined on the 12V rail. But if you want to shave more money off then maybe getting the Gigabyte DS3 would be a good idea
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or you could get a Gigabyte S3 mobo for $115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128017
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I would say to use the stock Intel cooler for now and maybe get the non-wifi edition if your not going to be using wireless? The Gigabyte DS3 board is also good.
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What is the difference in overclocks between the stock cooler vs. the zalman?

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Also is there a big jump between the eVGA chipset and the ASUS?


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i would consider this as a cooler unless he needs top notch cooling in which he should get something besides the zalman anyway. cant beat $25 shipped http://www.directron.com/acfz7pro.html


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What is the difference in overclocks between the stock cooler vs. the zalman?

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Also is there a big jump between the eVGA chipset and the ASUS?
I'd only bother going for the eVGA motherboard if SLI would be something he's going for in the future. But I think he'd be better off with the P5B deluxe and the next video card being something of directx 10 capability.

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What is the difference in overclocks between the stock cooler vs. the zalman?

EDIT:
Also is there a big jump between the eVGA chipset and the ASUS?
Stock cooler vs Zalman 9700 is a huge difference... but it would be best to save that $60 for a better PSU or something. Even if you have great cooling, you won't be able to OC too high with only a 430W PSU.

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