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Hello all,

First, I would like to thank all the forum vets for providing me interesting information while I lurked the last few days.

Second, my first name is James and I live near Dayton, Ohio. I am 27, married and a cop who is aspiring to go to law school next fall. I have been an avid gamer since Sierra and 'Quest' games they produced for the IBM 286. I have had self built pc's since early high school and went to many many many LAN parties during those same years. But the last four years I have been rather busy with crazy shifts and settling into my job.

I stumbed onto this site while doing research for my new pc. I decided to build it when I bough a Samsung 225BW flat panel and wanted to upgrade my AGP video card. My attempt to upgrade from a 9600xt to a 7900 gs AGP failed, a common problem with a black screen always occurring when window was loading. I called IT and figured it was probably my power supply, but ultimately the same thing happened with a new 500W supply. Frustrated, I took out my rage by researching my new project.

Let me know how much difference this new pc will be to what I have been used to for the last 4 years.

My old pc:

Old tank of a case / 250W case power supply / ASUS A7V333-x / AMD XP 2100+ / ATI Radeon 9600 xt / 1GB 166 DDR / HDD IDE = 120 gig.

My new pc:

Antec P180 (silver) / Ultra X2 X-Connect 550W / Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 / Core 2 E6600 / Sapphire X1900 GT / 2G B OCZ DDR2-800 PC2-6400 Latency Enhanced Platinum / 2 Western Digital Caviar 250GB SATA16 7200rpm hard drives / Artic Freezer 7 Pro / Zalman NB heatsinks

All the items are on the way via UPS or FedEx and should be here within 4 days. I initially wanted to only build a good pc, but it spiraled into this. I started with the core 2 E6600 and began realizing for a little more I could get an even better motherboard, and then well if I got that then I might as well double up on the RAM and so on... So that is about it, sorry it was such a long post.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 GA-965P-DS3 EVGA 8800 GTS 320 (2x1GB) OCZ DDR2-800 XTC 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
(2) W.D. 250GB SATA 16 Windows XP service pk 2 Samsung 225BW Logitech 
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 GA-965P-DS3 EVGA 8800 GTS 320 (2x1GB) OCZ DDR2-800 XTC 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
(2) W.D. 250GB SATA 16 Windows XP service pk 2 Samsung 225BW Logitech 
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post #2 of 27
like a 200+% increase? *****!

I'm serious though...that thing will pwn your old one!
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AMD FX 8120 Gigabyte XA990-UD3 Gigabyte GTX670 Windforce III G. Skill RipJaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Western Digital Blue LG Dual Layer Sata Antec Kuhler 920 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Dell 2007wfp 20.1" Logitech G710+ Corsair Professional HX650 
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Crucial M4 Western Digital Blue LG Dual Layer Sata Antec Kuhler 920 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Dell 2007wfp 20.1" Logitech G710+ Corsair Professional HX650 
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post #3 of 27
Nice! The P965 boards are pretty picky about ram. If you havn't already, I'd research to see if that ram likes your motherboard or not. Most require the first boot to run 1.8volts for the memory.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4430 MSI H81M-P33 MSI GTX960 2x4GB GSKILL DDR3 1600 
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Samsung EVO 850 256GB Win 10 EVGA 500B Zowie EC2-A 
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i5 4430 MSI H81M-P33 MSI GTX960 2x4GB GSKILL DDR3 1600 
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Samsung EVO 850 256GB Win 10 EVGA 500B Zowie EC2-A 
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post #4 of 27
My rig dominates your old one. Your new rig dominates mine.

Therefore your new rig doubly dominates the old one. Double Domination! lol

If you have any problems/questions...things to say, you know what to do.
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post #5 of 27
Welcome to the forums, and have fun with that new rig of yours, looks to be killer!
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
First off

Quote:
Double Domination! lol
I had completely forgot about double dominations, lmao!

Next,

I checked on OCZ's forums and found problems building with the mb/ram combo I have. The general consensus seems a cheapy ram stick is needed to get to BIOS and adjust the voltage up to 2.0 or 2.1. Then after that has been set, install the OCZ ram and continue. Am I understanding that correctly?

Finally,

Thanks to the first hour posters for making me feel very welcomed!!!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 GA-965P-DS3 EVGA 8800 GTS 320 (2x1GB) OCZ DDR2-800 XTC 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
(2) W.D. 250GB SATA 16 Windows XP service pk 2 Samsung 225BW Logitech 
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Ultra X2 X-Connect 550W Antec P180 Silver Logitech Laser Razor 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
(2) W.D. 250GB SATA 16 Windows XP service pk 2 Samsung 225BW Logitech 
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post #7 of 27
Hi and Welcome
    
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X4 965 ASUS M4A79 Deluxe 9800GTx2 2x2G OCZ Reapers 
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500G WD Black LiteOn CD/DVD R/W Win7 64 22'' ws Acer AL2223W 
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500G WD Black LiteOn CD/DVD R/W Win7 64 22'' ws Acer AL2223W 
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post #8 of 27
Hey yo and welcome. I myself am from the midwest, 27 and married! whooo hoo.

WELCOME!
    
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Pentium D 940 - 3.2Ghz Gigabyte GA-G1975x ATi X1900 AIW Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Army of Raptors Win XP Pro Dell 19" Ultrasharp x 2 Saitek Eclipse 
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Army of Raptors Win XP Pro Dell 19" Ultrasharp x 2 Saitek Eclipse 
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post #9 of 27
Wooot, for the Dayton, OH!
I grew up in that area.


Welcome to the forums, and CONGRATS on being a brand new forums member and already having your first REP point.
(I still haven't gotten one yet.... patiently waiting though, it'll happen soon enough.)
post #10 of 27
Hey, great community here. I'm not exactly positive on the ram thing, but I havee heard it in the Intel Ram forums somewhere. Look around there. Have fun with your new pc!
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X2 4200 @ 2.72 ASUS M2N32-SLI DLX WiFi X1900XT 2x1gig XMS2 DDR2 800 
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