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post #11 of 28
The savings is pretty good but if you tried shopping around for different stuff on say pricegrabber.com or if you tried newegg i bet you could save another few hundered dollars. Tiger direct are good people but don't usually have the cheapest prices.

edit: and my I inquire as to why you have to pci-e 2 port sata controller? and I want to suggest that the regular lower 7.1 X-Fi is really all the sound card you need without the extra fatal1ty name stuck on it jackin the price up if your looking to save a little more money
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post #12 of 28
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That's a good idea. I have used pricegrabber.com many time. I''ll shop around and get more prices for the custom build.

The HD controller card was a type. I only need one.

Thanks,
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Actually, I got another question:

If I upgrade the DDR2 RAM to 1066Mhz from 800Mhz, would I be able to overclock the CPU higher than on 800Mhz memory?

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post #14 of 28
I think that DDR2 800 should be sufficent in overclocking seeing as how most 800mhz ram will overclock up close to 1000mhz anyway. In theory, yes you would have more headroom to overclock your processor but its not really necessary and many people have gotten very high overclocks on 800mhz ram. If I were you, I would stay with some good quality DDr2-800.
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post #15 of 28
$400 isn't exactly a small saving :***:

Also, if you buy parts separate, most come with good manufacturer warranties.

if you buy from alienware you only get a 3 year warranty.

Most graphics cards have LIFETIME warranties. Alot of other pc parts also have lifetime warranties, or 3~5 year warranties.

So going with Alienware for the warranty is not a good reason IMO.

And damn, build it yourself. Not only is it fun, but its interesting, and CHEAPER!

And if you want an i680 board, get the Asus Striker.

It annoys me that everyone is just jumping straight to the eVGA, yet the Asus board spanks it at overclocking.
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post #16 of 28
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OK, I did some more price checking on the custom build system and I was able to reduce the overall cost by about $200.

Asus P5N32-E SLI Motherboard $250
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Dual Core Processor $925
Thermaltake Big Typhoon $50
Windows Vista Business ~$300
Corsair TWINX PRO 2GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz $332
2 X WD Raptor 74GB Hard Drive $340
18x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive $125
768MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 GTX $600
700 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply $180
PPA 2-Port SATA PCI Controller $25
Wireless keyboard/mouse $80
SoundBlaster X-Fi Fata1ity XtremeGamer $125
Case, cables, cords, wires, etc $200

Total Custom Build $3450
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post #17 of 28
My take:

1) why the PCI SATA controller? Any mobo has at least 6 and often 8 SATA ports. No need.
2) SATA for optical drives is still iffy. IDE is proven. Get IDE, and if the cabling is the issue, just get a round IDE cable for like $10. Too much money for not good enough a DVD burner. Any $30 - $40 IDE DVD burner is a better pick.

My list:

Total: $3,221.87 + $43.80 shipping = $3,265.67 - $65 MIR = $3,200.67

If you're outsite California, Tennessee or New Jersey, you don't pay salestax on the Newegg stuff. However, for the Alienware, you might need to pay sales tax. Check this, since this is another couple of hundred dollars.

- No Raptors.. not worth it in my opinion. Those Seagates in RAID0 will rock
- PC Power & Cooler PSU. Best you can get.
- Tuniq Tower is often out of stock. Get any other cooler in the same price range.
    
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post #18 of 28
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The controller card for the hard drives is part of the mobo?

And you're right about the Raptors. Despite being fast, regular SATA drives on RAID 0 perform better on pure throughput benchmarks only, but the Raptors have them beat on other benchmarks, so I guess you can swing it either way.

From your list, are there any other parts required to get the system working? That's all I would need?

Thanks for all the other info. This is exaclty what I am looking for. Advice and suggestions on parts!

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post #19 of 28
All modern motherboards have onboard SATA connectors. You can connect the hard drives and DVD burner directly to the motherboard. The ASUS motherboard we're looking at now can accomodate up to 6 (six) SATA drives, including RAID options, and up to 2 (two) IDE devices (DVD, CD, an old IDE hard drive, etc.)

This whole list of components should get you up and running. Only thing missing is of course a monitor. All cables will be included with the components (mostly with the motherboard)

You are correct about the speed differences between the Raptors and RAID0 with SATA II drives. Given that it's easy to swing either way, I'd prefer the SATA II's, since it's cheaper, especially in terms of cost per GB.

Just curious: which state do you live in? This matters a great deal when shopping online. When I buy from Tigerdirect for example, I'd have to pay sales tax, since they have shops in Illinois. However, with Newegg, I don't pay sales tax!
    
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post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
If it's on a 680i he can OC it. If it's on some crap Intel board, he can't.

Yes it will OC, and it will be a beast of a machine, however you could save a couple thousand dollars if you built it yourself, I'm sure.
If the Intel board is Bad Axe 2, then overclocking is "enabled"
    
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