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post #1 of 45
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I'm thinking about ordering this rig

Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

MoBo
ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX Intel

Case
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower

RAM
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB TWIN2X2048-6400

HD
(2x) Seagaate Barracuda 320gb 7200rpm (will raid 0)

PSU
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550W

Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card

CD/DVD Drive
LITE-ON 16x dvdr burner w/ lightscribe


Now, I need expertise on the configuration of this rig, I want to make sure that this rig will support the new dx10 cards coming out next year, (i probalby wont purchase until at least a year after the cards come out). i'll have around 1700-2000 USD

any input/convo/advice is greatly appreciated
post #2 of 45
Looking good, with one major exception.

Motherboards for the Intel platform based on the nVidia nForce4 chipsets do NOT overclock well.

The Asus P5W DH Deluxe will be a lot better for $269.99

The ASUS P5W64 WS Professional Socket T is also a very good board, but expensive at $309.99

Finally, the ABIT AW9D-MAX Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X is a good choice also for $239.99, but it only has one PCI slot, which is useless when running Crossfire or SLI.
    
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post #3 of 45
Here's another pretty popular mobo ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775)

People who own it says it OC's well.

For the ASUS P5W64 WS Professional Socket T mobo, why would 4x PCI-E 16x be necessary? [As the mobo itself, not related to his rig/use]
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I think you should change the ram. Get the G.Skill HZ that has 4-4-4-12 timmings or something. I have that corsair ram and the timmings are really bad im running at 5-6-6-18. Get the crossfire card later. I think a regular x1900xt is better in my opinion.
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Thread Starter 
Alright, thanks a lot you guys. This really helps, as, well, i'm rather newbish at some of these things. i know quite a bit about comps, but i've never built one myself. i just am trying to build the best possible system around the 6600 on the budget that i have. thanksthanksthansk
post #7 of 45
The motherboard is open for discussion. I choose the P5W DH Deluxe, since it's a proven overclocker, and it runs Crossfire (supported) or SLI (modded drivers) at a x8, x8 bandwidth.

When are you planning to buy?
    
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post #8 of 45
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I think i'll buy within the week.

I like that the deluxe is an overclocker, but shoudl i really spend the money on dual cards to xfire with the new dx10s just around the corner? (i honestly don't think i'll be upgrading all that soon after i buy this system)
post #9 of 45
If you don't want to crossfire, the 965P chipset is cheaper and overclocks really well. The DS3 or P5B are really good.
post #10 of 45
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Originally Posted by AeRoN
I think i'll buy within the week.

I like that the deluxe is an overclocker, but shoudl i really spend the money on dual cards to xfire with the new dx10s just around the corner? (i honestly don't think i'll be upgrading all that soon after i buy this system)
I am not suggesting to get Crossfire right now. GEt a single card, as I suggested above. However, having a motherboard that's ready for it might be a good idea for the future.

Granted, the P5B Deluxe is the better overclocker, but that only really comes to show with an E6300/E6400. The P5W DH is more than enough for the E6600, given the higher multi.
    
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