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Aight I need a new rig, been using laptops for so long but now I want a powerful desktop. I'm aiming to spend about 2 grand give or take a few hundred. So here are my ideas

CPU - Either 6300 or 6400, which do you suggest?
Mobo - EVGA 680i, Asus P5W deluxe or wait for the RD600
GPU - Getting R600 when it comes out unless its ridiculously expensive but I'm willing to go up to 700 for card
RAM - Need help here...I will be getting my friend to help with overclocking don't want to spend tooooo much but I realize if i want quality than I need to spend a little more
PSU - No clue here, help! haha With my specs looks like I will need at least 700w? maybe more
Case - Is another no clue thing, I want smthg big and with good air flow but I've seen such expensive ones rather only spend 200 max
HDD - I'm not concerned about will just buy wtvr strikes my fancy
Monitor - Any recommendations? I want a 20 inch roughly, smthg with good contrast ratio and refresh.

Will be getting a tuniq tower 120.

My friend says I should liquid cool, but the thought of liquid around electronics really doesn't sit well with me, but I guess I could...still weird for me. Isn't it pricey though?

Any recommendations would be amazing since I'm pretty much lost. Thanks OCN.
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post #2 of 34
My suggestion (based on what's available now, except video):

Total: $1,497.92 (excluding video card)

Comments:
  • MoBo: if you stay single card, then the P5B Deluxe is a good choice. If Crossfire is in the future, then wait for RD600, although it'll likely be a bit more expensive. I see no reason for 680i.
  • CPU: Either E6300 or E6400... does not matter that much. I just picked the E6400 because... well, it's so often left out
  • RAM: The one component NOT to skimp on with a Core 2 Duo rig, esp. if you plan overclocking.
  • Video: Up to you... $700 would bump the total to like $2,200.
  • HDD: add a second one for RAID0.. nice performance boost if you can afford it.
  • DVD: no comments. It burns.
  • CPU cooler: hope you find it in stock
  • Case: a polular pick, and good for air cooling with that huge side fan. Heavy though.
  • PSU: enough for a single R600. PC Power & Cooling is the best there is. If you plan Crossfire, then we'll probably need the 750W version (look for the Quad)
  • Monitor: either this, or check the Dell website.
    
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post #3 of 34
Chozart, why an E6400 not an E6300?

Just wondering, everything else looks amazing.

Edit - R600 pulls about 220W and the rest of your rig maybe another 200W, that's ~420W. Let's just say 450, but you want to be on the safe side since this is a perfect OC'ing rig. So, you want to get a good 550W+ PSU. PC Power & Cooling Silencers, OCZ GameXStreams, and SeaSonic PSUs are great.
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post #4 of 34
Check my comments... basically I was just in the mood for an E6400 today
    
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post #5 of 34
Oh, didn't see you edit that post, .
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Thread Starter 
wow thanks chozart...awesome help. I really like the Asus board but I want something future ready so perhaps RD600 will be my best bet. Awesome suggestions though. I can't wait till I get it going, should be powerful. Just hate waiting for the RD600 and R600
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post #7 of 34
That ram that Chozart recommended is really good but if you want something a little cheaper these DDR2 800 Ram sticks are really good OC'ers. (Also Chozart Recommended .)

Link:
Buffalo Firestix

Oh, and to go with that Tuniq Tower you don't want to forget about Arctic Silver 5or Liquid Metal
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300GB / 60GB / 4GB 16x LG DVD Burner Windows: XP ViewSonic 19" VP191b 
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post #8 of 34
There is a little sneak issue with those. The CAS4 are the good Firestix. Howerver, these are the CAS5, and I don't think they have the Micron D9's. Seems like a similar trick that Corsair did (only Corsair actually just replaced their chips on the same RAM without telling, Buffalo at least changes the CAS timings)

And of course only now I see you're in Canada.... crap. Thus, budget is $2000CAD, give or take?
    
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Eek!
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300GB / 60GB / 4GB 16x LG DVD Burner Windows: XP ViewSonic 19" VP191b 
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post #10 of 34
Nasgul pointed the Buffalo issue out to me.. I fell into the trap also once
    
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